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The Department Of American Ethnic Studies New Beginnings Celebration

FRIDAY, SEPT 19, 2014 | 5:00PM-7:00PM

DOUGLASS COMMUNITY CENTER ANNEX

901 YUMA (PARKING IN BACK OR ON YUMA STREET)

Please join us for the American Ethnic Studies Department New Beginnings Celebration! We will introduce new faculty and staff in the department, welcome the new school year, and invited artists/speakers for the HIP HOP: RIZE & DECOLONIZE panel and discussion will be in attendance to meet and greet guests.  All are welcome, and drinks and food will be provided!


Hip Hop: Rize & Decolonize

SATURDAY, SEPT 20, 2014 | 5:30PM-10:00PM

KSU STUDENT UNION MAIN BALLROOM

FREE FOR ALL

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Through panel discussion, audience interaction and performance, Cihuatl-Ce (queer-identified Chicana), Rocky Rivera (feminist-identified Asian American), Shining Soul (feminist-identified Southwest Indigenous), and Psalm One (queer-identified African American) will invite discussion on how they came into and utilized Hip Hop to challenge, raise awareness, and struggle against the genocide, criminalization, border militarization, poverty, police brutality, and profiling that they have endured in their respective communities. 

Shining Soul

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Straight outta the desert borough, Arizona's premier Hip Hop duo Shining Soul, show that the element of rap still is a conduit for revolutionary change. Fronted by MCs Liaizon of Central Phoenix/Tohono O'odham Nation and Bronze Candidate of South Phoenix, Shining Soul's been steady rising since independently releasing their first full-length project “WE GOT THIS” which dropped in 2011. Featuring the song “Papers” which was hailed by Phoenix New Times as one of the best songs to put racial profiling Senate Bill 1070 and the whole police state mentality that reigns in Arizona on blast, Shining Soul’s diversity in flavor and subject matter has gained the respect and approval from Hip-Hop admirers and the Human Rights Community alike. Through their vintage beat production and empowering rhyme delivery, Shining Soul brings to light the social injustices that attack their daily lives, such as the criminalization and militarization of indigenous and immigrant communities, while sharing and maintaining the essence of Hip-Hop culture.

Cihuatl Ce

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Cihuatl Ce has been spitting truth to power in the form of politically charged feminist inspired, urban indigenous hip-hop for the past decade. Sharing the stage with underground hip hop heavies such as Dead Prez, Bambu, Broadcast Live, Olmeca, Invincible -to name a few- her high energy performances have won her dedicated support base across the globe. She currently tours in support of her latest album, *FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn, *released early 2012. Cihuatl’s reach is not confined solely to the lyrical realm of resistance. For the past 15 years she has been a fervent youth advocate and community organizer. In 2010 she founded the first all womyn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade and was the driving force behind landmark events such as LA’s first ever Clitoral Mass attended by close to 300 womyn as well as other rides that address the health disparities specific to womyn of color and at risk communities. As a mother driven to reach young women with a message of hope, rebellion, and defiance against relics of tradition and patriarchy, Cihuatl Ce is committed to bringing consciousness beyond just the music, unapologetically creating change and leaving fans and casualties in her wake.

Hologram Kizzie (aka Psalm One)

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Hologram Kizzie has a past. She even has another name: Psalm One. Rap, urban, hip hop, soul, pop and dance music all have distinct characteristics, yet Kizzie blurs the lines of these genres effortlessly. Building on these varied soundscapes, her lyrics are nothing less than brilliant, combining intelligent quips, global sensibilities and compassionate philanthropy. While traveling in Europe, Kizzie made a vow: to protect the positive impact hip hop has on youth culture internationally. She recalls being taught about great books, historical figures, poignant life events and art — all through rap. There is no longer a culture balance in mainstream hip hop, but Kizzie works tirelessly in the real world to provide one, and it shows. A native Chicagoan, former chemist and hug enthusiast, Hologram Kizzie is an artist who comes around once in a lifetime. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd who is beyond interesting. You only need to meet her once to understand she’s quite unforgettable.

Rocky Rivera

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Rocky Rivera is an accomplished journalist-turned-emcee whose editorials appeared in XXL, The Source and Rolling Stone Magazine before she decided to perfect her own musical craft. Trading her moleskines for microphones, she’s dropped three musical projects since 2008, Married to the Hustle Mixtape, the self-titled album,Rocky Rivera, and the POP KILLER MXTP. Her debut album was released in 2010 and since then, has garnered critical acclaim and press coverage from VIBE, 2DopeBoyz.com, Refinery29, and numerous music blogs across the web.
In 2012, Rocky became the only female artist at the VIBE HOUSE’s Respect The West Showcase at the SXSW Festival, sharing the stage with West Coast favorites such as Nipsey Hussle, Strong Arm Steady, Snoop Dog and Kendrick Lamar.
In the past, she’s opened up for diverse artists such as Zion-I, Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Pac Div and dead prez.
Rocky continues to headline with her crew (DJ Roza & Irie Eyez) performing her signature blend of thought-provoking lyrics and bass-rattling beats. Make sure to check out all of her videos on YouTube to see more!