Why We Love Hip-Hop: Open Mic Night with Free Verse
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2012) — Hip-hop is much more than just music. Open Mic Night, hosted by slam poetry duo Free Verse from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Student Center Small Ballroom, is a free event and part of the "Why We Love Hip-Hop" series sponsored by the Student Activities Board Multicultural Affairs Committee.
Free Verse, a professional slam poetry group composed of Ayinde Russell and Dominique Ashaheed, slammed the competition to earn the title of the 2011 National Poetry Slam champions. The duo pushes the boundaries of normal poetry, incorporating vocal arrangements and topics ranging from global multicultural issues to organic, localized issues. The Open Mic Night will also allow artists from the University of Kentucky and Lexington communities to showcase their poetic talents.
“This event highlights the poetic aspect of hip-hop and focuses on how poetry and literature have inspired the genre,” said RaeVonna Mitchell, Student Activities Board director of multicultural affairs. “It also gives students a chance to work on their presentation skills in a non-formal way.”
Multicultural Affairs Committee's Why We Love Hip-Hop series aims to highlight the positive and beneficial aspects of hip-hop and educate the Lexington and University of Kentucky community about the encompassing genre.
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