"Rap, Race and Black-Asian Relations"

WHO:  Jeff Chang, writer and author of "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation"

Kenyon Farrow, writer, activist, co-editor of "Letters from Young Activists" and culture editor for Clamor magazine

Walidah Imarisha, poet, independent journalist and founder of The Rearguard and AWOL magazines

WHAT:      Panel discussion on rap music and race relations

WHEN:      Feb. 1, 2006, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:    University of Pennsylvania, Room 360 Huntsman Hall, 3730, Walnut St.

Since the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the topic of post Civil Rights era race relations in America has gained greater attention among a broad range of people, including academics, community activists and pop culture aficionados.  And in the last decade hip-hop has become a popular topic of debate among activists and intellectuals.  "Rap, Race & Black-Asian Relations" will bring the two conversations together to explore how the two groups engage one another vis-a-vis hip-hop and what impact this has on their relations in general.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Penn's Asian-American Studies Program, CCCO, Third World Coalition of AFSC and AWOL Revolutionary Artists Workshop.

Additional information for Jeff Chang is at www.cantstopwontstop.com.  More information about Kenyon Farrow is at www.lettersfromyoungactivists.org and further information about Walidah Imarisha is at www.poetryoffthepage.com.