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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hip Hop on the U of M Campus

“Women and Hip Hop” open discussion will take place April 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in Coffman Union 324.

Hip Hop on the U of M Campus
Come Talk Women In Hip Hop Wednesday 7pm in Coffman Union 324
Presented by the Cypher Coalition and the Womens Student Activist Collective --
What: Women & Hip Hop; an Open Discussion
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Location: Coffman Union 324
Food from Cane's Chicken, Red Bull, (along with Vegetarian Options) will be Provided!
Meet author and U of M alum, Murali Balaji on Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.
Author and U of M alum, Murali Balaji will discuss his book, Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asian America, on Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union
About the book: Desi Rap is a collection of essays from South Asian American activists, academics, and hip-hop artists that explores the genre as an expression of racial identity, class, status, gender, sexuality, racism and culture. Desi Rap speaks to full complexity of immigrant and Asian American lives through the youth who are creating American culture through hip-hop solidarity through their discourse on race and ethnic identity.
Equilibrium presents
Vietnamese Women's Spoken Word and Hip Hop show at the Weisman featuring Sahra Nguyen, Jennii Le, and Magnetic North
Friday, April 10, 8pm
At the Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis
$5/$3 students, Loft and Weisman members
Born out of the business of dirty laundry and hard knocks of floorsanding, Sahra Nguyen is running the legacy of a refugee family. She grew up chasing nickels to the local bodega, dancing with the cockroaches and dodging mouse traps in her proud hometown, Boston, Massachusetts. By 15, she was a city-wide exhibiting artist with Artists for Humanity and youth organizer with the Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth. Eager to expand her consciousness and knowledge about social movements and grassroots organizing, she moved to California to study Ethnic Studies and Art at UCLA and UC Berkeley. Through life's journey, she hopes to relate her pains, joys, epiphanies and revelations through art, writing and performance with all those around her.
Born in San Diego, CA and raised in the Bay Area, CA. Jennii Le never found herself existing without a pen, paper, and music to help compose her thoughts. Inspired by notions, emotions and feelings of love, Jennii Le discovered her passion and talent for writing poetry in high school. Yet, it wasn't until college did she discover the art of performance poetry or "Spoken Word" and since then she has performed in Texas to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and across the San Francisco, Bay Area.
Magnetic North (Direct and T-Minus) is the hip hop duo known for moving your body as well as your synapses. Respected nation-wide for their soul scorching lyrics and innovative melodies, Direct & Theresa Vu have turned heads from rap superstar Nelly to renowned activist Yuri Kochiyama. They released their first album in March of 2006, and continue to rock mics and stages across the country.