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Lunchroom Cypher Podcast

By HipHopEd Podcast Network

Youth congregate in Lunchroom Cyphers because it’s a space within a school where students can be themselves. Reading this as a call to action from students, this podcast explores how school counselors collaborate with all other educators to create a school ecosystem that uses hip-hop based counseling practices to support students' social/emotional, academic, and career development.
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Episode 1: A Hip-Hop and School Counseling Program (Ft. Ja-Quan Greene)

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S2, E8: Hip Hop & Mindfulness (ft. Chris [i.D.] Jeter)
S2, E8: Hip Hop & Mindfulness (ft. Chris [i.D.] Jeter)
In this episode of the Lunchroom Cyph we connect with a school counselor, emcee, and advocate for creative expression and mindfulness - Chris [i.D.] Jeter. We discuss how Hip Hop functions as a grounding practice in our individual lives and work with youth. There's nothing like chatting about Hip Hop and school counseling practices with a fellow school counselor - this conversation was incredible. Together we analyzed a 16 from Black Though (The GOAT in my opinion) before Chris closed us out with a guided reflection and meditation practice (timestamp 32:30). Happy listening! Catch Chris on his socials listed below: IG: @id_jeter Website: solo.to/id_jeter
42:04
October 04, 2022
S2, E7: Turn Up Pedagogy - Hip Hop Dance in Elementary School Classrooms (Ft. Alexia Pendleton aka @TheDancerTeacher)
S2, E7: Turn Up Pedagogy - Hip Hop Dance in Elementary School Classrooms (Ft. Alexia Pendleton aka @TheDancerTeacher)
On this episode of the lunchroom cyph we feature Alexia Pendleton aka @thedancerteacher. Alexia is a kindergarten teacher in Atlantic City, Nj, and the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year!!! Her work is incredible, and I had the pleasure of hearing all about it. During this episode, Alexia reflects on her years of practical dance experience, formal dance teaching, and brilliant usage of Hip Hop dance in elementary school classrooms to support students' wellbeing. We break down some bars from Elementary Trill by @johngivez, and conclude with some practical recommendations for folx as they return to the classroom for the 2022-2023 academic year! Please support Alexia across her social media! IG: @Thedancerteacher Twitter: @Dancerteacher_ All other websites: linktr.ee/thedancerteacher
49:30
August 29, 2022
S2, E6: A Summer Hip Hop Mixtape Camp (Ft. Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.)
S2, E6: A Summer Hip Hop Mixtape Camp (Ft. Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.)
This new episode of the lunchroom cypher was recorded live at Texas State University - San Marcos, where my colleague Dr. Raphael Travis and I were in the midst of facilitating our 4th annual Hip Hop Mixtape Camp. Together we reflected on the camp as it unfolded in real time, sharing how the integration of our respective therapeutic Hip Hop models offer important ingredients to support youth development. We also bump some Chance the Rapper and share practical tools from Mixtape Camp that educators may use! Happy listening! Support Dr. Travis by checking out the links below! IG & Twitter: @Raptjr https://www.flowstory.org/ Cop his book: https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Power-Intersections-Ethnicity-Culture-ebook/dp/B018T63AY4
37:48
August 08, 2022
S2, E5: Hip Hop & Social and Emotional Learning (Ft. Jamila Sams)
S2, E5: Hip Hop & Social and Emotional Learning (Ft. Jamila Sams)
For this episode, we are joined by Jamila Sams, founder of the Hip Hop and SEL organization We Do It For The Culture. In this powerful discussion, Jamila breaks down the importance of SEL programming in schools, as well as the offerings of WDIFTC. An important consideration is given to the current social and political climate surrounding schooling, which in many ways has attempted to silence SEL work. We of course close out by bumping some Kendrick, breaking down the lyrics and discussing next steps for educators. Thanks for listening, and check the links below to support WDIFTC! https://wedoit4theculture.com/ IG: @sel4theculture Twitter: @sel4theculture
37:05
June 28, 2022
S2, E4: Teaching. Learning, and Mental Health (Ft. Dr. Napoleon Wells)
S2, E4: Teaching. Learning, and Mental Health (Ft. Dr. Napoleon Wells)
On this episode of the Lunchroom Cypher, we bring back a Dr. Napoleon Wells for a conversation about mental health. While the initial plan was to discuss tools and strategies for teachers to process their own mental health concerns, after another long school year, it suddenly became necessary to also discuss the school shooting in Uvalde, TX. As always, Dr. Wells grounds us in a focus on mental health and wellness, for teachers and students, in addition to supporting our collective processing of this national tradegy. We bring in some new work from Kendrick Lamar as well. Thanks for listening. Support Dr. Wells by checking out his IG and writings below! IG: napoleontheblerdpsychologist Writings https://www.mvmediaatl.com/post/spyfunk-excerpt-a-bullet-from-a-god-s-gun-by-napoleon-wells https://www.amazon.com/Kick-Gods-Teeth-Story-Iqhawe-ebook/dp/B09YDM8QHR/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=XI6VAU4HFSFU&keywords=napoleon+wells&qid=1653660594&sprefix=napoleon+we%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1
47:36
May 31, 2022
S2, E3: "From Our Cell to Your Block" (Ft. The JMC 300 Unit)
S2, E3: "From Our Cell to Your Block" (Ft. The JMC 300 Unit)
On this episode of the Lunchroom Cypher, we have a rare opportunity to hear directly from young people at J. C. Montgomery High School - a juvenile court school in Kings County. For 8 weeks I met virtually the JCM principal, Elizabeth Norris, and a small-group of youth to write a Hip Hop song about a social justice issue they deemed relevant to their lives. Together the young people penned a song exploring inequities within the criminal justice system, and then chose to interview each other about their contributions. Their song was recorded during one of our sessions with the help of Josh “Optx” Levine (a local recording artist). On this episode you will hear a conversation between myself, Elizabeth, and Josh to set some context. Then you will hear a song created by young people, as well as a series of interview questions they asked each other. This is one of my favorite episodes yet! The youth also elected to write their own description for this episode, see here: "This episode features students producing a song and interviewing each other. Day to day real-life stories of the inmates of Kings County Juvenile Center. Real-life stories, it ain’t scripted." https://www.kingscoe.org/ https://www.instagram.com/optx/?hl=en
35:36
May 03, 2022
S2, E2: Hip Hop & Comic Book Making (Ft. Dr. Mike Dando)
S2, E2: Hip Hop & Comic Book Making (Ft. Dr. Mike Dando)
We're back with the 2nd episode of the season, highlighting the wonderful work of Dr. Mike Dando, at the intersections of Hip Hop and Comic Bookmaking.  This episode takes a deep dive into Dando's cross-element work centered on Afrofuturism and English education. We hear about some of the direct work he's done with young people, sharing their own narratives through the creation of their own comic books, and collectively geek out about how English teachers and School Counselors might collab! We of course breakdown some bars - Joell Ortiz this time (admittedly one of my fav. emcees!). Enjoy! Support our guests by following them (links below). IG: @thedandolorian Twitter: @mbdando Also check out his podcast, Comics School: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/comics-school/id1504101680
50:35
March 21, 2022
S2, E1: Normalizing Love in Classrooms (Ft. Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz & Vera Naputi)
S2, E1: Normalizing Love in Classrooms (Ft. Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz & Vera Naputi)
Welcome back to Season 2 of the Lunchroom Cypher Podcast! We kick off this season on Valentine’s Day 2022 with a conversation about love in classrooms with the incredible Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz and Vera Naputi. This episode takes a deep dive into poems from Yolanda’s text, Love From the Vortex. We hear some poems from the book, learn about the ways Vera and students have integrated those poems into classrooms, and together break down quotes from students reacting to their time in the classroom. This episode is an important reminder about the importance of teachers broaching vulnerable and emotional conversations with youth to support their mental health in classrooms. Enjoy! Support our guests by following them (links below), and please visit Yolanda’s website to purchase both Love From the Vortex and The Peace Chronicles! Vera’s Contact IG: @bouldersshoulder Twitter: @bouldershoulder Yolanda’s Contact IG: @yolie_sealeyruiz Twitter: @RuizSealey https://www.yolandasealeyruiz.com/
58:52
February 14, 2022
Episode 12: Practicing Self-Care (Ft. Shauna Brown AKA @TeachForTheCulture
Episode 12: Practicing Self-Care (Ft. Shauna Brown AKA @TeachForTheCulture
On this episode of the Lunchroom Cypher, we build with the incredible Shauna Brown, Founder of @TeachForTheCulture. As we all continue to dive headfirst into the 2021-2022 school year, Shauna reminds us about the importance of self-care as a necessary first step in supporting youth development. Together we discuss various ways to practice self-care and break down a fire new verse from Lauyrn Hill off Nas' most recent project. Enjoy!
46:56
October 06, 2021
Episode 11: Hip-Hop Dance & Development (Ft. Aysha Upchurch)
Episode 11: Hip-Hop Dance & Development (Ft. Aysha Upchurch)
In this episode, we learn about hip-hop dance, joy, and liberation from Aysha Upchurch. Aysha Upchurch is an artist, instructor, and education consultant committed to youth advocacy, social inclusion, artistry development, and transformative education. Through narratives about her work in dance and education (at Harvard!), we hear about the ways hip-hop dance can propel youth development. We also break down some Lauyrn Hill and share insights for educators!  
49:58
September 06, 2021
Episode 10: Hip-Hop Literacies and Pedagogy in the English Classroom (Ft. Dr. Lauren Kelly)
Episode 10: Hip-Hop Literacies and Pedagogy in the English Classroom (Ft. Dr. Lauren Kelly)
On this episode of the Lunchroom Cypher, we sit down with the incomparable Dr. Lauren Kelly who shares insights from years of experience in the English classroom integrating hip-hop based approaches. We also discuss some of the hip-hop based work she is currently leading as an assistant professor at Rutgers University. Together we break down bars from Teyana Taylor, and share practical insights for educators!   Follow Lauren and her brilliance @djdutchesss
57:41
August 16, 2021
Episode 9: The Emcee & Producer Duo: Building Student Rapport (Ft. J Rawls and John Robinson)
Episode 9: The Emcee & Producer Duo: Building Student Rapport (Ft. J Rawls and John Robinson)
Legendary producer Dr. J Rawls and emcee John Robinson join us for a powerful discussion on leveraging hip-hop culture to build relationships with students. Drawing from their experiences working together as a producer and emcee duo (Rawls and Robinson) and writing their book (Youth Culture Power), we glean insights for educators to bring the best out of themselves and their students. We are also blessed with the chance to break down an original track off of their recent album. Follow J Rawls @Jrawls82 and John Robinson @JohnRobinsonMusic, and catch their collaborative efforts @ItsJayAreYCP Tap into their book and music at ItsJayAre.com
51:18
July 12, 2021
Episode 8: On Joy & Happyvism (ft. Justis Lopez & Ryan Parker)
Episode 8: On Joy & Happyvism (ft. Justis Lopez & Ryan Parker)
In this episode, we are joined by two brilliant educators, Justis Lopez and Ryan Parker to discuss how hip-hop can be a vehicle for choosing joy. We discuss the nuances of their work, around an album and book called "Happyvism", which includes listening to and breaking down bars from some of their music. Please check out and support Project Happyvism: https://www.projecthappyvism.com/ Also follow these brilliant people: @social_justis & @peaceloveparker on IG
01:01:38
June 23, 2021
Episode 7: Hip-Hop Meets Chess and Jiu Jitsu (Ft. Adisa Banjoko)
Episode 7: Hip-Hop Meets Chess and Jiu Jitsu (Ft. Adisa Banjoko)
Adisa "The Bishop" Banjoko is an author, podcast host, chess player, martial artist and founder of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation - amongst other amazing things. On this episode we discuss the melding of hip-hop, chess, and jiu jitsu to support youth development. Adisa's incredibly unique and powerful journey began after an unexpected interaction with his school counselor that led to a newfound friendship with the late great rapper Easy-E. We hear about his story in detail on this ep, followed by a breakdown of some dope lyrics - this time some hip-hop and chess bars from Apathy. Adisa is also the host of the Bishop Chronicles Podcast, which you can catch here: http://www.bishopchronicles.com/ Also check his socials: IG: instagram.com/bishopchronicles Twitter: https://twitter.com/adisathebishop
49:46
June 07, 2021
Episode 6: Narrative Work Through Hip-Hop & Coffee (ft. cxffeeblack)
Episode 6: Narrative Work Through Hip-Hop & Coffee (ft. cxffeeblack)
On this episode we welcome on Bartholomew Jones of Cxffeeblack (https://cxffeeblack.com/) - an entrepreneurial venture with specific social implications, started by Bartholomew Jones and Renata Henderson to reclaim the black history of coffee and remain its black future. Together we discuss the history of coffee, and how hip-hop and coffee can be jointly leveraged to reclaim personal narratives. Cxffeeblack is also an emcee, so he shares some of his lyrics with us, and breakdowns practical steps for facilitating coffee cyphers. IG: cxffeeblack https://cxffeeblack.biglink.to/links
01:08:11
May 17, 2021
Episode 5: Rap-Motional Wellness: Collaborations with Psychologists (Ft. Dr. Napoleon Wells)
Episode 5: Rap-Motional Wellness: Collaborations with Psychologists (Ft. Dr. Napoleon Wells)
During this episode we discuss how school counselors and school psychologists collaborate, using hip-hop, to support youth. Dr. Wells takes us on a journey through the history of hip-hop, and how hip-hop organically serves as a tool for healing and combating White supremacy. We also breakdown some Jay Electronica lyrics and offer practical next steps for educators and psychologists. Dr. Napoleon Wells: @Napoleonwellsthepsychologist napoleonwellsphd@gmail.com 
55:27
May 03, 2021
Episode 4: “Who We Be”: DMX, Resilience, and Counseling on College Campuses
Episode 4: “Who We Be”: DMX, Resilience, and Counseling on College Campuses
On this episode we are joined by Kim Davalos, Nate Nevado & Adam Freas who discuss their work counseling youth on college campuses through Hip-Hop. We open this conversation by honoring the late great DMX, who throughout his life and career modeled resilience and unapologetic authenticity. We then consider how those core tenants of Hip-Hop play an essential role in how we theorize and deliver Hip-Hop based interventions on college campuses. Rock The School Bells IG: @rocktheschoolbells Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education & Research (CIPHER) IG: @cipherskylinecollege Kim Davalos IG: @Kimdavalos Nate Nevado IG: @n8diggs Adam Freas IG: @freaslife Record Shop: @twelveswax
01:09:39
April 12, 2021
Episode 3: Hip-Hop Culture Across School Programing (Ft. Qiana Spellman)
Episode 3: Hip-Hop Culture Across School Programing (Ft. Qiana Spellman)
This episode features one of the dopest school counselors in game, future Dr. Qiana Spellman. Qiana takes us through the various ways hip-hop has informed her work, from teaching elective classes to constructing school studios. As usual we close out with breaking down some bars from Big Sean and share tangible tools for educators to use.
52:44
March 31, 2021
Episode 2: Emotionally Freeing Classrooms (Ft. Dr. Chris Emdin)
Episode 2: Emotionally Freeing Classrooms (Ft. Dr. Chris Emdin)
In this episode we welcome Dr. Chris Emdin, Columbia Teachers College Professor, Author of the New York Times Best Seller “For While Folks Who Teach In The Hood: And The Rest of Y'all Too”, and the forthcoming text - “Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success”. Together we discuss how supporting student’s social and emotional development is the responsibility of all educators. We also breakdown a Loaded Lux Freestyle and share some practical next steps for educators. Pre-order Ratchetdemic here: https://bit.ly/39Hyi5Z Follow Chris on IG & Twitter @ChrisEmdin
49:08
March 31, 2021
Episode 1: A Hip-Hop and School Counseling Program (Ft. Ja-Quan Greene)
Episode 1: A Hip-Hop and School Counseling Program (Ft. Ja-Quan Greene)
Welcome to The Lunchroom Cypher, a podcast discussing how hip-hop can support student development in schools. In this episode Dr. Ian P. Levy (Host) and Ja-Quan Greene (educator) discuss the co-creation of a hip-hop and school counseling program at a NYC high school, break down some bars, and offer practical steps for all educators. 
49:12
March 30, 2021