Thursday May 26, 2016. Wicker Park Chicago
Guild Literary Complex Presents: Where Margins Meet
5:30 – 7:30 PM Artist Talk with Danny Alexander, Volumes Bookcafe
7:30 Door, 8:00 – 9:45 PM RAP 101, Iridium Clothing

Danny Alexander, the author of Real Love, No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige will be sitting in with RAP 101 on May 26th. A longtime editor of the music and politics press Rock & Rap Confidential, Alexander is coming to Chicago to host a conversation sponsored by Guild Literary Complex, Iron Heart Productions, and Volumes Bookcafe about music in general, Blige in particular, race and the role of women in the artistic markets, and what all that has to do with the work of Chicago area writers, musicians and revolutionary thinkers. In a political season that’s come to stand for bullying and divisiveness, Alexander believes its important for writers and artists to come together around the healing and unifying vision offered by the art we make and the art that inspires us. This will be a freewheeling event beginning with a reading and conversation, then moving to a night of performances both announced and spontaneous. We’re out to have fun, share deep, and dream big.

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RAP 101 will feature host Yung Assata and:

HUEY Gang ( Headstrong Urban Educated Youth) is a rap collective started by Stark of HUEY and The Law of HUEY back in 2009 with the goal of making unique music while catering to the community. We help to create and assist with opportunities for youth to express themselves such as the various open mics we host. Our main goal is to make it to the top with our artform and help others to achieve the same goal; with,

Claire Smith (born 1996, Baltimore, MD) an African American-Dutch queer artist that is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Writing from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is award winning and has been published in literary magazines in Maryland and Illinois. Her work circles around the concepts of maternal, romantic, and platonic relationships, existential epiphanies, and sexual and racial identity.

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