TCC Literary Festival

April 4-7, 2016

Tidewater Community College's annual celebration of the written word explores diversity through music and lyrics. Former MSNBC co-host Touré will be the keynote speaker. All events are free and open to the public.

“Hip-hop and the War on Drugs”

Presented by the Office for Intercultural Learning
April 4 at 8 p.m.
Roper Performing Arts Center

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Touré is a longtime entertainment writer and cultural critic. He is the author of a recent biography of the musician Prince.

His opinionated banter made him a popular co-host on “The Cycle.” The Brooklyn-born author is at work on another biography with rapper Nas.

Book signing and reception will follow.

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April 4 at 7 p.m.
Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Campus

Internationally renowned master storyteller Charlotte Blake-Alston will precede Touré's talk.

Blake-Alston combines African folk tales with music. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments, such as the djembe, mbira, shekere or the 21-stringed kora.

Laurie Baefsky
April 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Academic Building, Chesapeake Campus

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Laurie Baefsky is executive director for ArtsEngine and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities. Housed at the University of Michigan, the organization focuses on promoting the intersection of the arts within the university, nonprofit and governmental sectors.

The performer and arts educator has appeared on flute and piccolo with the Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New World Symphony, and as a tenured member of the Virginia Symphony.

Charisse Minerva Spencer
April 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Pungo Auditorium, Virginia Beach Campus

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Charisse Minerva weaves together song, rhythms, verse and theatre with a style that is developed from a diverse career in the arts and sciences, having received degrees from both the Medical College of Virginia and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Minerva also regularly teaches workshops in dance, drum and meditation, revitalizing the ancient contemplative practices into modern cultural forms. She performs her original works throughout the Hampton Roads area, and across the nation and around the globe. Minerva considers herself a social, environmental and cultural activist.

Kevin So
April 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, Portsmouth Campus Student Center

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The Chinese American singer produced eight independently released CDs, including his latest "Leaving the Lights On,” which confronts identity, relationships, history, family and racism.

Jae Sinnett
April 7 at 7 p.m.
Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Campus

A drummer, composer and band leader, Jae Sinnett has written more than 150 compositions and scored music for five documentaries. Sinnett is in his 26th year as jazz producer and host for National Public Radio affiliate WHRV-FM 89.5 in Norfolk. He hosts the popular shows “Sinnett in Session” and the “R&B Chronicles.” 

Readings by TCC students and faculty
April 5
  • Norfolk Campus, 12:30 p.m., Student Center, 5th Floor
  • Portsmouth Campus, 12:30 p.m., Building A, The Forum
April 7
  • Chesapeake Campus, 12:30 p.m., Academic Building, room 4317
  • Virginia Beach Campus, 12:30 p.m., Student Center
Changing America is the 2015-16 theme for TCC Intercultural Learning


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