The Need to Notice: Race, Representation and Single Stories during TV Pilot Season

As summer comes to an end, we not only prepare for a turn in the weather (hopefully) and a new school year, but also a new batch of TV shows — it’s pilot… Continue reading

Input needed! Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why”?

I’m a little late to the game in terms of conversations about the Netflix original show, 13 Reasons Why, but I just finished season 2 a few weeks ago (and only watched season one earlier… Continue reading

Introducing: Dr. Emily Bailin Wells

As many of you know, on May 16, 2018, I graduated with my doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am officially DR. Emily Bailin Wells! Besides giving birth to my daughter in… Continue reading

Collective Dreams + Desires: Intergenerational Insights on Civic Participation & Media Literacy

I’m so proud to share this report that I have had the honor and privilege of working on for the last 6+ months. Please download and share widely! NEW REPORT RELEASED COLLECTIVE DREAMS… Continue reading

What to Read, Watch & Think About in the Wake of Charlottesville

Like so many others, I’m still processing the events in Charlottesville which, …became the site of an extended white-supremacist revival meeting. On Friday night, like a nightmarish graduation procession, a few hundred white… Continue reading

Considerations for Digital Literacy/ies in a Climate of “Fake News”

  For me, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is always a day for both remembrance and for action. Dr. King was a visionary who sought justice. Who fought for equality. Whose spoken and written… Continue reading

…now what? 

Like so many others today, my heart is heavy. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled with our choices for president. Though I was excited about the prospect of our first female president, #iwasonlykindawithher… Continue reading

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