When you’re not sure how to enter the conversation (or if you should even be a part of it…SPOILER ALERT: YOU SHOULD)

In the aftermath of a series of jarring events–the deaths of Terrence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, violence, protests–throughout the last few weeks, I know that so many people are hurting; are tired, angry, heartbroken.… Continue reading

Who Sees, Who Writes, Who Tells What Stories?

What if ‘Hamilton: The Musical’ is a satirical sociopolitical commentary on the ways in which we tend to remember and retell American history?

The Conversation: Hip-Hop Education #HipHopEd

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to sit alongside my colleagues and brothers from Teachers College to talk all things hip-hop education, social justice, teacher education, and the social media movement… Continue reading

On Representation and Responsibility This Halloween

Because there are heavier and more pressing issues at hand this week, this post will be brief, but in light of the event at Spring Valley High School earlier this week, and given that… Continue reading

Questioning the “History” of Rap: Critical Thoughts on the Fallon-Timberlake Duo

Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed last night, I noticed a few people had posted a link to Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s latest edition to their video series, the “History of Rap”. This… Continue reading

Why and How to Critically “Read” What’s Happening in Baltimore

Since late last week, my Facebook newsfeed has been riddled with opposing opinions, quotations, and links about Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray. As in the aftermath of the… Continue reading

Christopher Emdin with Emily Bailin, a Multimodal Interview for Esteem Journal

I am so incredibly proud of and excited to share my interview with one of my mentors (and members of my dissertation committee!), Dr. Chris Emdin, for an amazing online publication, Esteem: Conversations Between Educators. It’s… Continue reading

What Comes Next? Notes from An Ally, in Process…

This was not an easy piece to write. The following is not easy to share. But out of respect for the folks in my circles (the people in my life who blur lines between scholar/colleague/friend/family), for the larger populations and greater goods that I am committed to, and for myself, I’m here to share my truths with criticality and humility.

Beyoncé and…***Flawless, Feminism, Intentionality, Performance : A Correspondence with Author of “Answer Me Soon,” Mia Hood

Mia Hood, a friend and colleague from Teachers College, a fellow lover and aficionado of pop culture, and author of the blog Answer Me Soon, invited me to engage in a correspondence about Beyoncé: to… Continue reading

Striving for “Wide-awakeness”

This summer I’ve been developing the conceptual framework for my pilot study–what I’m currently describing as a multimodal narrative inquiry that will examine the ways in which pre-service art educators in a master’s… Continue reading