First Mondays, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Oct. 1, explores a side of hip hop’s rise during the late 1980s with a performance of excerpts from Idris Goodwin’s Break Beat Theatre play, “How We Got On.”

Hank, Julian, and Luann are the flip side to the A story of hip-hop’s beginnings — kids who forge a cultural identity in the white suburbs by dueling with poetry in parking lots and dubbing beats on a boom box. In this coming-of-age tale remixed, a DJ loops us through the lives of three Midwestern teen rappers who discover the power of harmony over discord. “How We Got On” was composed by CC’s new Mellon Fellow, Idris Goodwin, and features appearances by members of Break Beat Theatre: Deonna Bouye, Brian Quijada, Courtney Richardson, and Terrell Donnell Sledge. Watch the event live at www.coloradocollege.edu/live.

This First Mondays event is sponsored by Student Life, the Demarest Lloyd Lecture Fund, the Theatre and Dance Department, and the English Department.

 

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