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HBO Def Poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski to present his show ‘Refried Latino Pride’ at IU Northwest Sept. 19

Writer, actor and spoken-word artist, who grew up in Chicago and graduated from Princeton, has earned international acclaim for comedic performances and commentaries

The Indiana University Northwest Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) will kick off its 2008-09 Diversity Programming Series with a free performance by Chicago native and acclaimed two-time HBO Def Poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Savannah Auditorium, located at the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind. The doors open at 5 p.m.

Hernandez-Kolski, who recently appeared on the sixth season of “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” on HBO, and who also had a role in this summer’s Will Smith blockbuster “Hancock,” will present his acclaimed one-man stage performance, “Refried Latino Pride,” an invigorating mix of humor, social commentary and personal stories. Hernandez-Kolski has developed an international reputation as a significant and entertaining voice for the hip-hop generation, and IU Northwest is pleased to welcome him to Northwest Indiana for this engaging cultural performance.

Hernandez-Kolski has displayed his comedic talents and unique perspective at a variety of venues, including the stage and the small and big screens, as well as at universities across the country. He has a role in an upcoming Jaime Foxx -- Robert Downey, Jr. film, “The Soloist,” and he recently opened the “Say Word” Hip-Hop Theater Festival at Lehigh University with his hip-hop solo show “You Wanna Piece of Me?” Hernandez-Kolski has earned accolades for his dramatic stage work, including his dual performance in the Center Theater Group’s production of “The Stones,” in which he portrayed a 15-year-old kid in trouble with the law and a detective investigating the case.

To learn more about Joe Hernandez-Kolski, visit his Web site at

The Office of Diversity and Equity at IU Northwest works to enhance the overall university experience by providing an appropriate array of education, diversity, awareness, mentoring, and equity programs and services. IU Northwest students and faculty, as well as members of the Northwest Indiana community, are invited to explore and sample the richness of opportunities for learning, service and participation that IU Northwest offers.



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