Temple University

#TrustTheProcess Ep. 1



Follow a day in the life w/ Tyree!

In this episode (the first of many ) I travel across Los Angeles on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Both, to stop in to serve at my local Church and meet up with friends along the way.  I'm doing  this new series, to show you guys just how I 'Trust the process' after Grad School.

Disclaimer: It's pretty EPIC!


Temple Univ. AASD Imhotep: Graduate Student Journal

Extra, Extra Read about it!


This is very first copy of Temple Univ. African American Studies Department Imhotep Graduate Student Journal.

After being defunct for nearly a decade, the Imhotep Graduate Student Journal is officially alive and well.

This issue - appropriately entitled "Sankofa", or  The Return, - was meant to commemorate the contributions and spirit of  the existence of AASD Doctoral program at Temple for 25 years.

Revitalizing the journal was not a simple undertaking. After nearly two years of continuous editing of academic articles, identifying areas of improvement, and attending regular meetings with the Chair of the department; we were able to bring it to completion.

I'm so appreciative to have been able to be the lead editor. I'd like to send a big Thank You to Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin on the cover and Mikana Scott for her diligence and patience. As well as all the submissions. If interested in submitting or obtaining a physical copy, please feel free to email imhotep.temple@gmail.com.

Temple Univ.|Graduation Day 2014


So the little guy from California did it!


Tyree A. Boyd- Pates received his Masters's in Africology from Temple University, PA.

... Running on maybe 5 hours of sleep due to excitement, I laid in my bed contemplating the milestone I was about to accomplish. Rushing into the shower, and  ironing my  garments, I was continuously interrupted by my Grandmother who wanted to get multiple pictures of me in my Regalia. Finally, after a sparse breakfast, Her and I rushed to the Anderson building in what felt like 100 degree weather under nearly 3 layers of clothing. After making several greetings with well wishers I arrived to Anderson Hall and it began to sink in. I actually did it!

After two years in a foreign Pennsylvania land full of cheesesteaks, hoagies, culture, and intellectual discussion, I officially have my Masters' of Arts in African American Studies from Temple University.

Temple University was a wonderful institution that not only stretched me, but grew me. Here I learned the significance of  personal reflection, communal responsibility, leadership, and the privilege of an education. Moreover, I learned my  responsibility  toward  scholarship, and how it becomes useless to those around me if it doesn't engage, shape, and reimagine their crucial questions about Life, Faith, Race, & their particpation within them .

Certainly, this was one of the most momentous occasions of my life, that proved to me that the impossible is actually possible.


I can't wait to see what next!




Temple Univ | #ReinstateDrMonteiro Rally (Photo Essay)



"On May 8th, The Student Coalition for the Reinstatement of Dr. Monteiro with Tenure held a large rally  on the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The rally held nearly  200 people made up of  professors, activists, community members, and members of the press.Guest speakers at the event included CNN political analyst Marc Lamont Hill, Philadelphia activist Pam Afrika, and keynote Dr. Cornel West.The afternoons protestors were demonstrating in the ongoing effort to restore Temple professor Dr. Anthony Monteiro to his previous post at the University with tenure.Dr. Monteiro was employed at Temple University on a year-to-year basis for ten years. He was informed at the end of the 2013 academic year that his contract would not be renewed."

Here are several photos that document how the rally unfolded.


Student protestors were in full support of Dr.Monteiro and his reinstatement in front of Morgan Hall.


Tony Monteiro and Dr. Cornel West stood in solidarity during the open remarks by the Student coalition.


Student activists also appeared in solidarity with Dr. Monteiro, and spoke on the lack of living employment for African-American and Latino communities in Philadelphia, and severe cases of gentrification of North Philadelphia.


 Dr. Monteiro looked optimistically at the level of support he had galvanized for the cause of his reinstatement.Image Supporters of all ages organized in support of Dr. Monteiro and his cause. Here is an elder community member who stood with a sign detailing her stance.


During Dr. Wests passionate speech he stated that  "When you attack Tony Monteiro, you attack a black man named Cornel West too. Ain't no doubt about that"- Cornel West


"..You're attacking Angela Davis, Du Bois, Robeson, Sinclair Drake. I'm talking about tradition; not about individuals."  - Cornel West


“Who has been to more marches, more sit-ins than this man right here?” -  Marc Lamont Hill on Dr. Monteiro's contributions to not only the academy, but to the community


 As the Sun set on Broad Street, Dr. Monteiro looked onward very pleased and confident about the outcome. At the end, He, Dr. West, and Hill embraced at the success of the afternoon and their hopes for tomorrow.

 The decision to reinstate Dr. Monteiro by Temple Administration will officially be made in the Summer of 2014.

All photos were taken by Tyree Boyd-Pates. 


The Corner: Episode 11| Nommo /Spoken Word


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When words collide!

Listen to this past week's show with one of Temple's finest spoken word artist's, AADS Doctoral Student, Christopher Roberts! Listen here to him blaze the Mic..

" ...Whips and Chains, Whips AND Chains..." 

What Studying for your Comprehensive Exam Looks Like...


Bad eating, Starbucks, Selfies, Stress, Breaks, and enrichment. This is what the last two months have looked like for me. After perusing what feels like hundreds of books and articles, I just got done turning in my Comprehensive exam into my department here at Temple. Six hours, two questions, one man. Can't wait to get feedback from my advisors. Graduation here I come..

The Corner: Ep. 10| What's The Word?!


Ep.10 was AWESOME! Poetry, lovely discussion and my favorite cuts.. I could get used to this. ;)

..We are the CORNER; the intersection of two points.

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An Invite from the White House...

.. So what would you do if I told you I got past White House clearance and was 60 feet away from the President of the free world?


Well, that's sort of how it went...


I must admit, when the President first entered the room there seemed to be an electricity that spanned across the auditorium as a number of dignitaries entered and sat down quickly.

Obama went into detail about his passion for My Brother's Keeper initiative and the broadening of the Health Care system. The President also went into great detail about Voter ID laws and how access to the ballot is inextricably bound to the Civil Rights Act that we are currently commemorating its 50th year.

Obama stated that "The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,". Most of the President's critique were against his Republican contemporaries and their attempts to set further restrictions against voters, some of which only reflect the bi-partisan interests.

However, against such restrictions, Obama encouraged everyone in the room that they still have a duty to participate. Without participation, "we give our power away" by becoming discouraged and staying home on Election Day.

Go out there and vote. You can make a change. You do have the power - Barack Obama

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"Go out there and vote. You can make a change. You do have the power," he said. "I've had my last election, but I need you to make sure that the changes that we started continue for decades to come."

These remarks were certainly powerful and inspiring.

What an amazing experience covering the 44th President of the United States of America.


The Corner: Episode 8 | What's Love got to do with It?

..Did you miss The Corner's show last week. Don't worry we gotcha!

On the show we discussed:

- A World premiere of the show's new Intro
- A New Segment with Melanie called "Mel Tells"
- What is Love?
- & Our April Def Poetry Jam

We are #TheCorner


The Corner: Episode 7| New and Improved

..Did you miss "The Corner" yesterday?

..Don't worry, we gotcha! We had a fiery show with a lot of great dialogue, loud arguments, and lots of jokes. We discussed:

- TU Alerts - An interview with #RenewTU; Temple's newest TSG candidates - Nick Canonn's Caucasian conversion - & Kobe Bryant's controversial Trayvon Martin comments

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We are #TheCorner 📻

The Corner: Episode 6 | ”Would you do different?”

|| Listen to this week's show NOW ||

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- Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Women's History

- Is Chris Brown the Lindsey Lohan of Hip Hop?

- Mental Disorders within the Black Community



The Corner| Episode 5: This is How We Do It!

https://soundcloud.com/the-corner-radio/sets/the-corner-episode-5-this-is This week, #TheCorner was hot! We went to task on a range of topics ..

Hope you enjoy and look out for us next week!


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The Corner Episode 4: What is America So Afraid of?

Missed this weekend’s show?  Well here you are. https://soundcloud.com/the-corner-radio/sets/the-corner-ep-4-what-is

This week we discussed  "What Is America So Afraid Of? Some of the topics were..

  •  Introduction | Why is Pharrell So Amazing!| Natural Hair Community at Temple Univ.
  •  Jeopardy & Why Black Hisory is Awkward for White People
  • What is America So Afraid of : Michael Dunn, Jordan Davis & Stand Your Ground
  • Shoutouts| Beautiful Poem from Claude Mckay

Hope you enjoy and look out for us in a few weeks!


The Corner Radio

The Corner Episode 3: The State of Hip Hop w/ Professor Timothy Welbeck


Missed this weekend's show? Well here you are.

This week we discussed the State of Hip Hop with Temple Universities own, Professor Timothy Welbeck , Professor of the course of Hip Hopcrisy: Hip Hop & Black Culture. Professor Welbeck and I went into detail about these topics:

  • Nicki Minaj’s new controversial single and her use of  Malcom X on it's over
  •  Is Hip Hop considered apart of  Black History?
  • Hip Hop: Origins, Future, Faith
  • &  Is Hip Hop still a voice  for the voiceless?

Hope you enjoy and look out for us next week!