Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash will make a special appearance at the University of Arizona as part of Black History Month events.
Sponsored by the UA College of Humanities' Africana Studies Program, Grandmaster Flash — considered one of the founding fathers of hip-hop — will give a lecture and live demonstration at Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Ave., on Feb. 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and tickets will be provided at the door.
Recently, Grandmaster Flash collaborated with film director and producer Baz Luhrmann on the Netflix drama series "The Get Down." He also has been the recipient of numerous other awards, including "VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Icon Award" from BET in honor of his contribution to hip-hop as a DJ; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIAA; and the Bill Gates Vanguard Award.
"Hip-hop has become an all-pervasive key component of contemporary American and international society, culture and identity. Its impact across humanities research warrants serious academic inquiry to advance humanities scholarship and address growing contemporary trends," said Alain-Philippe Durand, dean of the College of Humanities.
"Additionally, engaging with humanities through hip-hop addresses the ever-growing diverse population of University students and gives them access to humanities scholarship through a common language of their time," Durand said.
DJs have until Friday, Feb. 3, to submit entries for a competition to be held Feb. 9 from 6-9 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson. The event is free, and details are available online. Ten finalists will be selected to compete, and the top three will receive prizes and be invited to perform for Grandmaster Flash at the Feb. 28 event. Grandmaster Flash will give the top three winners feedback on their technique and style.
Grandmaster Flash's appearance is the grand finale to the Africana Studies Program's Black History Month. Other programs and departments also are hosting events, which include:
- Feb. 7: The Eller African American Honorary will host a "Discussion of Black Life in America" at the Eller College of Management at 5 p.m. The event will be held in Room 201B of McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen St.
- Feb. 8: UA Presents will host a performance by Bettye LaVette, a prominent member of the 1960s Detroit R&B and soul movement, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.
- Feb. 10: The Elgie M. Batteau Honor Society will present an "Intro to African and Caribbean Dance" from 7-9 p.m. at the UA Hillel Center, 1245 E. Second St.
- Feb. 16: African American Student Affairs will host its annual block party at 5:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Building, 1322 E. First St.
- Feb. 17: The Elgie M. Batteau Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive to be held from noon-3 p.m. in Room 100 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Building.
- Feb. 18: Numerous UA affiliates are participating in the Tucson Juneteeth Celebration and Health Is Wealth Fair to be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club, 2585 E. 36th St.
- Feb. 25: The UA's Office of Early Academic Outreach will host African American College Day at the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd., from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Feb. 28: The Africana Studies Program will host an open house in the South Ballroom of the Student Union from 2-4 p.m.
For more details on the UA's and UA-sponsored Black History Month events, visit http://aasa.arizona.edu/calendar. The calendar will be populated with event details for the month.