Join VAHC Friday Night for Live Hip-hop, Rap, Afrobeat and Caribbean Music Performances

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Date: Friday, June 12, 2020
Time: 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Get ready for another night of quarantine-style fun as the Valencia African Heritage Committee hosts the Black Music Month and Juneteenth Music Series this Friday, June 12, 2020. The second event in the four-week, Friday-night series is a tribute to hip-hop, rap, Afrobeat and Caribbean music.

Join our live host Rudy Darden, professor, English, and social justice advocate, for an exciting lineup of online performers and speakers including:

Educator, Businessowner, Arts Activist and Performing Artist Don Harrell

Don Harrell is an adjunct professor at Valencia College, where he teaches African American Humanities, and an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, including the Burnett Honors College, where he teaches the Evolution of Hip Hop in the Africana Studies Program. Don will discuss hip hop’s connection to a long continuum of music genres that have played central roles in the black American liberation and civil rights struggle, as well as present a musical narrative on African rhythm-centered music culture.

Artist, Professor, Father, Son, Brother, Partner Francisco Perez

Born and raised in Orlando with Puerto Rican and Cuban roots, New Student Experience Faculty Francisco Perez, aka Frankie Toma, was exposed to hip hop culture up close and personal with yearly trips to New Jersey with his family as a child. As an emcee, writer and educator, Frankie has been blessed with many opportunities to travel the world connecting with various communities and cultures.

Frankie Toma will perform an original song titled “Traveling Man.” “In my short time on this Earth, I have traveled and experienced a great deal of beautiful people, places and love. In the end, we are all traveling on this planet around the sun, and it is up to us how we choose to experience it.”

Business Owner and Musician Alvin Colbert, Jr., aka T.E.C.

As owner and chief information officer of Authentic Artistry Entertainment Group, Alvin utilizes his passion for instrumental music performance by providing live entertainment services and a positive environment for music lessons. With 28 years of music and social work experience, Alvin enjoys connecting with young people in the community and promoting the joys of music education. Alvin will perform a medley of two Bob Marley classics with the AAEG Band, led by Maya the Magi.

There will also be more additions to the lineup, to include some surprise tributes from Valencia College employees.

For additional information on the Black Music Month and Juneteenth Music Series, click here.

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