Tag Archives: teaching and learning

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#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 […]

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My Book is Coming Soon!

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

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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.”

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Hip-Hop Education Featured Panel at SXSW edu in Austin, TX

If you’re anywhere near Austin, Texas, come check me out next week at the SXSWedu Festival at the Austin Convention Center. I’ll be speaking on one of the Featured Panels, in collaboration with Urban Arts Partnership, to discuss hip-hop education, youth, and school culture. Our Featured Panel, titled “Can Hip Hop Save Us? Youth & […]

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The Conversation: Hip-Hop Education #HipHopEd

Several months ago, I had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable conversation about hip-hop education with some of my colleagues at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. As part of the series, “The Conversation,” facilitated by Brennan DuBose, our dialogue explored the intersections of hip-hop and education from multiple perspectives. Discussion participants include Ian […]