SAY WORD! HIP HOP THEATRE FESTIVAL DEPT. OF THEATRE, FESTIVAL PRODUCER KASHI JOHNSON, FESTIVAL ORGANIZER SEPTEMBER 18 - 30, 2006
In the fall of 2006, Lehigh University's Department of Theatre kicked off its season by hosting the Say Word! Hip Hop Theatre Festival. Spanning two weeks, the festival featured a conversation between Hip Hop legend MC Lyte one of the first female rappers to spotlight what she sees as rampant sexism and misogyny in Hip Hop and Joan Morgan, author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost," an excerpt of the play "Word Becomes Flesh" by Marc Bamuthi Joseph educator, performer, and artistic director of The Living Word Project, performance and workshop by Maya Azucena, award-winning independent neo-soul/R&B artist who's performed on countless stages including Essence Fest alongside Beyonce, Jill Scott, Maxwell and others, Emmy Award-winner and two-time HBO Def Poe Joe Hernandez-Kolski ; world-renowned solo beatbox performer and theatre artist Yuri Lane, and Bakari Kitwana, co-founder of the first- ever National Hip Hop Political Convention and CEO of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop. The Dept. of Theatre also partnered with the nationally recognized Hip-Hop Theatre Festival on Tour to bring several artists to the Say Word! Festival.