EMU students showcase talent during 10th annual MLK Hip Hop Explosion, Jan. 17

by Ward Mullens, Published January 09, 2009

YPSILANTI — The 10th annual MLK Hip Hop Explosion, an Eastern Michigan University student talent showcase of singing, dancing, poetry and rap, will be Jan. 17, at 7p.m., at EMU’s Pease Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's show will feature nine student performances, a dance battle between Diversion Dance Troupe and Finesse, and music by DJ C-Dub.

EMU’s MLK Celebration Planning Committee has hosted a student talent showcase for the past nine years, with performances paying tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is "Our Revolution...Our Responsibility."

Student performers will compete for scholarships. First place winner will receive $750, 2nd place $500, and 3rd place $250. The students will be judged on delivery, creativity, stage presence, relevance to the life and legacy of King, and their incorporation of the theme, “Our Revolution, Our Responsibility.”

“This event was created to show appreciation for King and to display the talent of EMU’s students. Come and get enlightened. Come and get a little bit of an education,” said Keith Jason, EMU staff member and the event’s co- coordinator. “Come and see something that leaves you walking out feeling inspired for more than one reason.”

Audience members will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle for tickets to the Nas (Nah z) concert at EMU’s Convocation Center Feb. 6. Nas is nationally known for his contributions to hip hop.

For more information, contact Keith Jason at 734.487.8659. For more information about other MLK events and programs, visit the http://www.emich.edu/mlk/

Ward Mullens

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