Fall 2014 Inside the Ethnic Studies Stuido

October 23, 2014

OSNA

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

12:00pm - 1:15pm

UH Mānoa, Webster Hall 113

 

This session will feature Osna, a popular Hawai‘i-based DJ, rapper, and producer who has worked on numerous musical projects. He is also 1/4 of the Hawai‘i rap supergroup, Angry Locals, whose albums include Aloha From Hawaii, Shaka to da Neck Mixtape, The Los Wages Tour, and Locals Only. His solo projects include U Already No and U Already No Part 2 (I Thot U Knew). Osna is widely recognized as an accomplished music producer and known for his witty rhymes and punch lines in his battle raps (he can be seen in the local battle rap circuit and on national stages like Grind Time Now). His work as a DJ has taken him and his artistry to new levels and locales – he just returned to the islands after recent tours with Common Kings and Justin Timberlake. In the presentation, Osna will speak about his work as an emcee, DJ, and producer in Hawai‘i and beyond.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956 - 6915.

 

 

October 23, 2014

Seph One

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

9:00am - 10:15am

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301

 

As part of Filipino American History Month, this session will feature Seph One, a mainstay in the local Hip Hop and spoken word scene for the past two decades. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in parts of the U.S. and Europe, he has been a resident of Hawai‘i for most of his life. He is the former emcee/host/radio DJ for HI-Level Funkshun on KTUH 90.3 FM. Seph One has been recording music since 2001 and has been featured in several albums with fellow emcees and artists, including Hunger Pains, Mo Illa Pillaz, the Mana Maoli Music Collective, and the recently formed Add+Plus (with PaizLee), which will soon release their first EP project. Utilizing his Ethnic Studies degree, his work in the local community has focused on engaging with men to end gender violence and using the arts for consciousness-raising and community-building efforts among youth.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956 - 6915.

 

 

September 30, 2014

Sekou Heru and Marjory Smarth

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12:00pm - 1:15pm

UH Mānoa, Webster Hall 113

 

This presentation will feature two dancers from Dance Fusion, a premier group of New York dancers who have been key in the evolution and innovation of Hip Hop and House Dance Culture. Marjory Smarth was born in Haiti and raised in New York City. Marjory started to take dance seriously at the age of 4. She performed in shows and plays throughout elementary and high school. At 17, she danced in her first music video (Superlover Cee & Cassanova Rud). She continued to dance professionally with artists such as Diana Ross, Heavy D, CeCe Peniston and more. As her career blossomed she did everything from movies, stage performances, and documentaries, including New Jack City, Boomerang, and the PBS documentary, House Of Tres. Now Marjory is a world-renowned dancer/choreographer/teacher and inspirational speaker.

 

Tony Sekou Heru Williams is from Trenton, New Jersey. His unique dance style fuses an array of forms including hip-hop, house, martial arts, and even fitness training. He has toured with Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince and with Fred Ho's “Voice Of The Dragon.” He performed with Mariah Carey in Michael Jackson's “United We Stand” concert, and has appeared in the films like Brown Sugar, Marci X, and 25th Hour and in music videos by Will Smith, Aretha Franklin, MC Lyte, Foxy Brown and Jay-Z. Sekou was the choreographer for Fall Out Boy's video for “Dance Dance,” which has won many awards, including Viewer's Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards and two Teen Choice Awards. He has traveled the globe teaching House dance and judging organized street dance competitions, is a certified fitness instructor and has created his own dance method called POWERHOUSE DANCE Fusion Fitness. His most recent stage performance, “The Greatest,” with The Peggy Choy Dance Company at La Mama Theater in New York and the University of Madison in Wisconsin examines the life and times of boxing great Muhammad Ali and his meeting with Malcolm X. In the presentation, Marjory Smarth and Sekou Heru will speak about the connections between their lives and artistry.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956 - 6915.