Author Archives: Brian Mooney

Leading with Love During Times of Crisis

The feminist scholar and cultural critic, bell hooks in her book All About Love: New Visions (2000) tells us that, “when we work with love we renew the spirit; that renewal is an act of self-love, it nurtures our growth.” Many people don’t see love and work as compatible, but hooks insists, “I was convinced […]

Day 11: Pandemic Reflections

I went to Shop-Rite a few days ago and there were signs that said, “Do your part, six feet apart!” I was looking for bananas and a few other essential household items. Most of the shelves were empty, a result of panic buying. Once I finally got on the express check out line, a woman […]

6 Takeaways from “On the Come Up” for Educators

Here are some of my big takeaways for educators (and students) from On the Come Up, the sophomore novel by Angie Thomas. There are no major spoilers, but I do include plot details and character descriptions so read at your own discretion!  1. The School-to-Prison Pipeline A major theme of On the Come Up is the […]

#HipHopEd Has Its Eyes On You: Why Lin-Manuel Doesn’t Get a Pass for This SNL Sketch

How could you do us like that? This was my first thought after watching the Saturday Night Live sketch in which Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda plays a substitute teacher who tries to impress his students via hip hop. By “us” I mean teachers who are part of the #HipHopEd movement, a collective of educators who think deeply about ways to […]

My Book is Coming Soon!

My first book is about to drop very soon! Stay tuned for more info! #HipHopEd