Evan Okun ’13, Chantaneice Kitt ’13, Manny Rivera ’14, and Mckenzii Webster ’13 bring you a super awesome two-part series on diversity and inclusion:
Join us on Friday, January 25th for the screening of “Color Outside The Lines”, a documentary film by artist Miya Bailey and Director Artemus Jenkins. This film looks to provide a deep look into the history, culture, and lives of the world’s top black tattoo artists. From Atlanta to Amsterdam, the film in an important document of stories that will surprise, entertain, and educate. There will be a Q&A with Director Artemus Jenkins and featured artist Made Rich of Think Before You Ink Studios. Free dinner provided.
Date: Friday, January 25th
Place: Daniel Family Commons
Cost: Zero moneyzzz (plus FREE dinner)
Read about the awesome/crazy/coolio Part II of this event after the jump.
McKenzii Webster ’13 invites you to hear your word-wise peers rub elbows with some old-school hip-hop (featured on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”):
Joey Bada$$, a 17-year old rhyme slayer, is on the come up! He is a member of Pro.Era, a group of talented Brooklyn MCs. He is signed to Cinematic Music Group (home to Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and SO MANY MORE) and has recently inked a deal with Green Label Sound. Joey dropped his highly acclaimed mixtape ‘1999’ this Summer, and the buzz surrounding it has yet to die.
Joey will be performing at Psi U on Friday!!! Project Sterling (Eric Wilson ’15) and E.Oks (Evan Okun ’13) will be opening!
Date: Friday, November 9
Time: 10 pm-12 am (Doors open at 9:30 pm and will close at 10:30 pm)
Place: Psi U
Evan Okun ’13— slam poet, musician, and generally all-around awesome person—wants you to know about a new single released today as part of Music & Public Life. His description below:
Click here to play and download (for free): “Billionaire (remix)“—composed, written, recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely by Wesleyan students/graduates: Evan Okun ’13 (Rapper & Lyricist), Mel Hsu ’13 (Cellist and Vocalist), Sam Friedman ’13 (Harmonica player and Pianist ), Greg Shaheen ’13 (Percussionist), Garth Taylor ’12 (Vocalist), and Jared Paul ’11 (Engineer). Even the photograph used for the Album Art was shot and edited by a Wesleyan student!
The song is being released to promote the year-long campus-wide exploration of Music & Public Life, which began this past Friday with THE MASH. After listening, please find a room, an instrument, a friend, and make music!
This song simultaneously examines (1) the human tendency to self indulge (focusing on liberal-elites recent tendency to place all blame on the 1% without addressing the unsustainable standard of living that we, the top 10%, have grown accustom to) and (2) the Buddhist theory that all craving ultimately leads to dissatisfaction, since it implicitly frames life without the desired object/body as empty or devoid of substantial value. Bang Bang.
Above is the album artwork of “Sleep On It,” a concept-album by the illustrious Evan Okun ’13 (who sometimes goes by E. Oks). Click here or click the artwork itself for a free download of the mixtape. Evan is a member of WeSlam, leader of Writers’ Bloc, founder of The Freestyle Collective here at Wes, and a big fan of Lois Lowry’s masterpiece The Giver. About the album in Evan’s words:
The record examines the futility of the braggadocios rap which dominates the air-waves by juxtaposing such egoistic tendencies with the reality that we are merely passing phenomena, destined to dissolve into the universe from which we came. Evaporate into this.