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Life and music of Tupac Shakur the topic for Hip-Hop Summit 2008 at IU Northwest on April 9

Grammy-winning hip-hop poet Malik "The Wordsmyth" Yusef to give keynote speech at annual cultural event

Tupac Shakur is the focus, and Grammy- and Emmy-winner Malik "The WordSmyth" Yusef is the guest speaker, for Hip-Hop Summit 2008 at Indiana University Northwest on Wednesday, April 9. This free program begins at 6 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, located at the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind.

The Hip-Hop Summit has become a popular tradition at IU Northwest both for university students and area youth. This year's event will feature spoken-word and freestyle performances, a dance presentation, and a panel discussion on issues related to hip-hop music and culture. The focus of this year's event will be the life and music of slain hip-hop star Shakur, whose cultural legacy endures to this day.

Yusef, a Chicago native, is one of the country's premier spoken-word artists. He has appeared on ABC Worldwide News, BET's Rap City and the CBS game show "Know Your Heritage." Yusef's poetry has also been featured on promotional compilations for ASCAP, Sprite, Coca-Cola, Nike, and multiple underground mix tapes across the country, as well as on several albums with noted hip-hop artists such as Method Man. His own debut album, "Malik Yusef presents The Great Chicago Fire, a Cold Day in Hell," was released in 2003. He won an Emmy in 2004 for his appearance on HBO's "Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry."

IU Northwest is pleased to welcome Yusef to campus for the Hip-Hop Summit 2008. The Northwest Indiana community is invited to participate in this exciting and culturally vibrant event. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of French Scooter Pégram at (219) 980-6532, or email him at

The Hip-Hop Summit 2008 is sponsored by the IU Northwest Diversity Programming Group, Gamma Sigma Omega Fraternity, the Department of Minority Studies, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and the Black Student Union.



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