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Upcoming Hip-Hop Education Workshop in NYC on Thursday 10/15

Hey all, I’m doing a hip-hop education workshop in New York City next Thursday, October 15 at Spreadhouse Coffee on the Lower East Side. This workshop was supposed to take place in the summer, but it was moved to this fall date due to venue issues. Spreadhouse Coffee is located on Suffolk St. between Rivington and Delancey. I […]

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10 Tips for Teaching Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Poetry

Be yourself. If hip-hop isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. Better to “keep it real” and be yourself. In other words, keep it authentic. Find connections to your students that are meaningful to you – but don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. If you love classic poetry, boom – spoken word […]

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Educators: I’m teaching a workshop on #HipHopEd @ NYC location on 8/6

What you will learn: This will be a workshop and discussion that demonstrates some of the best practices in hip-hop and spoken word education. This might involve warm-up games from Theatre of the Oppressed, mini-lessons, studying of student artifacts, close-reading exercises with hip-hop lyrics, and creative writing prompts. Where: Spreadhouse Coffee 116 Suffolk St. (between Rivington and Delancey) New York, […]

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The Transcendental Gospel of Freddie Gray

When his spine snapped, Freddie Gray became kindling, became New England pond water. Without vertebrae intact, he was free to move beyond the confines of spine. The movement of his neck was one of inquiry, one of commas bent into question marks. Joining Thoreau, then, on Walden Pond, the only sound they both heard was […]

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Hip Hop Education: An Interview w/ Dr. Pedro Noguera

As part of a series of interviews with scholars, teachers, and students about the intersections of hip hop, spoken word poetry, and urban education, we interviewed Dr. Pedro Noguera of New York University. Dr. Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. He is a sociologist whose scholarship and research […]