FREESTYLE FOR LIBERATION - THE CIPH

Session 1 | 12:00 PM - 1:30PM

Session 2 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Room 2477 | UCLA School of Law

 

It all started when…

How do our voices shape the legal issues and challenges facing our community, especially those disproportionately disenfranchised and incarcerated? We aim to focus in on how freestyling can help to foster community conversation and solutions around major legal issues that Black and Brown people in America face by sharing the freestyle cipher preparation tools we learned under the mentorship of Bryonn Bain in his class “Microphone Fiends: Hip-Hop and Spoken Word.” Come freestyle with us as we share the history and technique strategy formation of this form and begin a conversation about how it can generate solutions for mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.

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Mira Al-Sayegh

Mira Al-Sayegh is a multi-lingual African-Lebanese mother herbalist scholar and activist based in New York City. Currently enrolled in the M.A. in Performance Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Mira is a Natural Wellness Consultant, Community Organizer, Freestyler, Singer storyteller dancer-writer. Mira fights for community creative conversation and retelling narratives of care.

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Kwame Max Taylor

Kwame Max Taylor is a 26 y/o disabled transgender artist in San Antonio via Brooklyn. They are an advocate for the end of the prison industrial complex and government sanctioned genocide against Black peoples; a Hip-Hop artist; computer whiz; a survivor of homelessness, incarceration, and hate crimes; a dropout of New York University; a passionate devotee to the improvement of human life. Kwame came of age on the stage of Christopher St. Pier -- an integral part of QTPOC history -- and in organizations including FIERCE and the Audre Lorde Project. Kwame dreams to be a moving part of the future we can build together, through means of art and activism, in hopes that one day compassion and radical transformation can be the driving forces of our nature.