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Speaking Justice

Workshop featuring spoken word artist Too Black

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"History of Race Relations at OSU"

TOO BLACK, a graduate of Ball State University, is a spoken word poet based in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The name TOO BLACK developed from wanting to challenge the perceptions of blackness and humanity in general.  Influenced by a wide variety of artists and historical figures from Malcolm X to George Carlin to Audre Lorde, TOO BLACK brings a versatile perspective to the stage. TOO BLACK has a working dialogue that draws from personal experiences, historical and current events, and utilizes Hip Hop as a way to relay his point.  He has a conversational performance style in which he is talks to the audience not at them.

TOO BLACK teaches a poetry workshop called named “Speech is My Hammer” to empower children and young adults to think critically about issues of social justice.  He is also apart of an Indianapolis based group called Axiom Collective.  It is a community of dedicated artists and educators committed to transforming communities through creative expression, civic participation and transformative art education.

TOO BLACK has been performing poetry professionally for four years.  He successfully launched his own college tour called Education Redefined 101: Tips, Fees, and Degrees.  ER 101 has provided an opportunity for TOO BLACK to perform at a wide variety of colleges and universities including UCLA, Boston College, and Penn State University among many more.

Overall, TOO BLACK has featured and headlined venues throughout the country in 16 states including the historical Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, Jus Words in Philadelphia, Soul Speaks in Chicago, and Busboys & Poets in D.C.  In 2015 he was featured in AfroPunk online magazine.  He has been fortunate enough to open for black panther legends such as Elaine Brown and Erika Huggins as well as starring in a tribute show to honor the late Gil Scott-Heron.

 


Valley Library (campus map)
room 5069
Free
Linda Richards
atomiclinda at gmail.com
History Department