Posts Tagged ‘Hendricks Chapel’
Anna Deavere Smith breathed life into several characters during her lecture/performance at Syracuse University on Tuesday afternoon. She almost perfectly embodied the conversational cadence and idioms of former Gov. Anne Richards, Rep. John Lewis and theologian Peter Gomes for about an hour.
Maybe her most impressive role was portraying prisoner Paulette Jenkins for a piece called “Mirror to her Mouth”. This sobering tale, filled with domestic violence, murder and regret, moved the crowd toward an almost religious silence.
This year will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Air Bombing.
The tragedy has permanently linked the city of Syracuse with Lockerbie.
At SU they call it Remembrance Week and events kicked off last weekend. Senior Erin Carhart helped organized a candlelight vigil tonight that began at Hendricks Chapel with speeches and concluded at the Wall of Remembrance with silence.
For a list of the activities for the 25th Anniversary Commemoration of Pan Am Flight 103 at SU, click here.
To hear some of the audio from tonight’s program, click the link below (Orange Appeal Singers with senior Tim Chang on the beatbox).
In an intimate, yet lively conversation on Tuesday, rap icon MC Lyte and cultural critic Michael Eric Dyson dissected Hip Hop Culture: past present and future.
MC Lyte noted that the real raw Hip Hop lyrics and culture these days come from the slam poets, because a lot of them do it for art’s sake and not for money. She also noted that the corporate take-over of radio (and play-lists) keeps DJs from being able to break new songs like they did back in the day.
Dyson added that we must be careful not to judge with revisionist history because at the time groups such as Public Enemy (now Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers) were once considered too black and too strong to be played on radio.
The event was co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the NAACP.