Tag Archives: hip hop

#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

What I Learned From Frank Ocean, Reddit, and Pokemon Go

This was a rough summer for me. I was supposed to travel to Ireland, England, France, Spain, and China but had to cancel all my flights because I was suddenly diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism after blood clots in my leg traveled into my lungs. I spent four days in the hospital and another two […]

How ‘Hamilton’ helps me teach about xenophobia and immigration

When students take history into their own hands, they begin to see themselves as agents of change, responsible for challenging and rewriting the narratives that have excluded them in the past.

A White Teacher Reviews Emdin’s “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…”

If I had read Dr. Chris Emdin’s newest book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Ya’ll Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (2016) prior to my first year of teaching, I would have been so much more equipped to work with urban youth of color…For White Folks tears down the shroud that has been concealing what many white teachers have known, even subconsciously, but been too afraid to confront; that we have been complicit in the oppressive structures of schooling and that this complicity has consequently severed our ties, not only to our students and their humanity, but to ourselves as human beings in the process of becoming…I read For White Folks less as an indictment of white teachers and more as a love letter to them, from someone who genuinely cares about students and teachers. And like Emdin reminds us, “you cannot teach someone you do not believe in.”