The Grandin Theater began celebrating Black History Month in 2017 with film-centric events.
“We’re excited to move away from just showcasing films for this year’s celebration and move into more interactive events that embrace the five tenets of hip-hop culture,” said Grandin CEO Ian Fortier. .
These elements, according to a press release, are 1) lyricism, also known as MCing; 2) DJing and platinum; 3) b-boying/b-girling/breakdance (movement and dance); 4) graffiti; and 5) hip-hop history.
February 15. “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap”, a documentary film. 7:30 p.m.; free.
In this film directed and produced by Ice-T, the rapper and actor interviews artists such as Chuck D, KRS-One, Q-Tip, Melle Mel, Rakim, Cheryl “Salt” James, Common and Ye, according to imdb.com .
February 22. “Soul Sessions: For The Love Of Hip Hop,” a spoken word slam. 7:30 p.m., $10.
This regular spoken word, poetry and music event, founded by Roanoke poet and rapper Bryan Hancock and featuring a plethora of talented artists, has become a Grandin staple. Artists like Dylan Dent, Bobby Cosack and Hancock will share stories and poems about how they fell in love with the genre, Hancock said in an exchange of messages.
February 26. Graffiti workshop in the parking lot behind the Grandin CoLab. 10:00 a.m.; free.
Multifaceted artist Macklyn Mosley will lead the workshop.
Beyond February, the Grandin will offer hip-hop programming with a concert on March 30 featuring Detroit artist Terrel “Tall Black Guy” Wallace and Ozay, with the opening of Roanoke’s Stimulator Jones.
Wallace swapped his basketball shoes for a microphone and developed a style that grew out of his early influences — Motown Records, jazz and early hip-hop, his online biography reads.
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