For the final Beyond Words event of the season, Red Ink is pleased to host Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan, and Babatunde of the legendary Last Poets. With jazz or funk as a backdrop, percussions rolling and words shooting out like bursts of machine gun fire, the group denounces the oppression of African Americans while painting a devastating yet humorous picture of life in the ghetto.
Critic Jason Ankeny wrote: “With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop.” In addition to their own projects, they have collaborated individually and as a group with artists such as Common, Kanye West, Pharaoh Sanders, Dead Prez, KRS-One, Nas, Public Enemy and many more.
Also joining the roster of amazing talent for the evening will be Flint’s own tap musician/dancer/vocalist Brinae Ali sharing works from her Independent Music Awards Nominated EP Destination Forever: Vol.1; Natasha Thomas Jackson and the Raise It Up! Youth Poetry Team; community activist/educator/poet Dawn Demps will be collaborating with choreographer and dance therapist Lucrecia Duncan; Ethereal the poet; author of “Hair Like Mine” and creator of “Mama Gone Thrifting” LaTashia Perry; soul food by Easy Smokin’ BBQ; all hosted by poet Amber Hasan.
The Beyond Words Artist Showcase is a collaboration of performing artists and social activists who share the power of their art throughout the world, coming together on one stage to connect with the city of Flint. It is interactive, fun, engaging, and something for all to experience.
Friday, December 11th
7:00-9:30pm – Event
9:30-10:30 – Social Mixer/Q & A with Artists
At Flint Local 432, 124 W. First St., Flint, MI 48502
Tickets: $5 for students, senior and military, $10 for adults.
Registration and Advance Tickets: BeyondWordsFlint@gmail.com
Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/925652664137223/
Beyond Words is a series of poetic theater, workshops, and programming that focuses on collaboration and innovative ways to advocate literacy, and is supported in part by the Ruth Mott Foundation and the Bernard F. and Mary A. Powell Foundation.
Flint Local 432 is located at 124 W. First Street in Flint, close to lots of free parking and within walking distance of several restaurants and bars. Mid-Michigan bands and performers are encouraged to e-mail email@example.com for information about playing at the club, and a complete schedule of activities can be found at www.redinkflint.org.
Red Ink Flint is a youth-serving non-profit located in downtown Flint. Red Ink Flint’s mission is to enrich the local community by providing individuals of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore and express their creativity. Red Ink is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.