Mindset and Paradigms

The most successful groups I have run as a school psychologist are “Hip Hop Social Emotional Learning” (SEL) groups. I cannot express on paper how powerful these groups are at getting students to learn content and process social emotional learning...

Self-Awareness & Racial Identity

In the song, I Am Not My Hair, India Arie shares her experiences with finding her identity throughout development. Initially, she defined herself by her hair. Because her hair defined her, she curled it, permed it, and did many things to it to make herself feel more...


Artist: Lupe Fiasco Song: Kick Push Kick Push is a song about a young man who is interested in learning to ride a skateboard. During his first few attempts at riding, he failed miserably. He slipped off the board, scratched his face up, and felt that he was an utter...

Paradigm Shifts

In the song Wings, rapper, Macklemore, shares a childhood story about his fascination with name brand shoes—namely, Air Jordans and Addidas. He explains that he bought into the hype of a brand and logo. He believed that the shoes made him cool; he wanted to fit in,...
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