Advertisement

Blogs

Julian Nicholas

Social: Twitter / Instagram

As a former English teacher and with my passion for music and culture, I have been consuming media and writing/teaching about artists/culture. I brought artists from Chicago's Southside into my lesson plans to work with students. What drives me as a critic changed after working with the 200 students I taught. Although we enjoyed the same artists, my students and I were consuming the lyrical content differently. I developed lessons using lyrics from artists we both enjoyed. Using the required books, many of which were historical fiction, I would blend lyrics from artists of former generations and today to guide my lessons. Eventually, the students would lead a Socratic circle where they would recap the book and the lyrics we used. In my current role, I plan on creating and forwarding dialogue to a larger audience.

 

More posts from this author

"Once you lose that passion it is easy to become unhappy. It has to be fun . When it feels like an obligation I will quit. It is simple; I draw what feels nice and what makes me happy." Sometime last year hip-hop surpassed rock as the most popular genre of music. Stateside, we...
“The type of team we have with Propane and Jared is incredible. Everything we do is like a no-look pass, we know the other person is going to catch it,” says Trinidad James who’s new single “Graduated” debuted in the blockbuster comedy ‘Night School’ starring Kevin Hart and...
Reinaldo Marcus Green’s directorial debut, Monsters and Men , is a steadfast depiction of police brutality and the effect it has on a neighborhood and the police force within that community. The film follows three characters whose lives never cross paths, but are forever changed...
(Photos: Josh Sobel) “This feels like my homecoming,” Meek Mill humbly says into the microphone Friday while taking the stage at Made in America. A seemingly endless crowd flooded the Benjamin Franklin Parkway all in support of their hometown hero’s return. Among them,...
It’s nearly midnight. Alone, I stand on the L train platform at Union Station, this alone is an experience in itself, headed East towards Brooklyn. A wave of hot air rushes onto the platform as lights hug the tunnel wall. A train comes to rest and a hydraulic sigh opens the...
“The musical world was already created with Season 1…[Season 2] allows us to get deeper into the music, which in turn allows us to get deeper into helping establish the development of the characters,” explained Adrian Younge, co-composter of the Marvel-Netflix series, ‘Luke Cage...
(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) “I’m going all in. Terry Crews is 100%” Crescendoing voices descend upon our conversation on the line; “Terry we have to go now!” a publicist calls out. “Yep, they’re telling me I have to get out of here,” Terry laughs. It’s 8 AM and Terry Crews...
(Photos Alex Abaunza for Noise) “We got an email for Shake to come and record in Wyoming about 4 weeks ago and life has not been the same since.” YesJulz, born Julieanna Goddard, is an entrepreneur (Founder & CEO of 1AM Entertainment) and social media powerhouse boasting...
(photo: Mel D. Cole) Original lyric: “I can dig rapping, but a rapper with a ghost writer? What the fuck happened? ” Summer Jam edit: “I can dig rapping, but a rapper with a ghost writer? You tell me what happened?” Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar headlined last night at...