The Center on Halsted continued its yearlong SpeakOUT series Sept. 22 with “Hip Hop on the Down Low,” a free performance and panel discussion featuring four openly queer hip-hop artists.
After an energetic spoken-word performance from emcee Sage Morgan-Hubbard, IMPACT’s very own Lou Bigelow took to the stage alongside local performers Charity Taitt, Emanuel Vinson and Tim’m West for two hours of live music and thought-provoking discussion. Subject matter from the night’s performances included everything from Port-au-Prince and civil rights (from the quick-witted Taitt) to pop culture and double standards (Vinson’s multimedia tracks). Homophobia and acceptance were pervasive themes.
Here’s a rap-quote from Lou:
“Human sexuality is like a ghost/if it’s not straight, it’s invisible to most.” Turning to the audience, he asked: “Why does it matter who’s in my bed? It’s your turn to think about what I just said.”
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