For those of you who are Jean Grae fans, you know this is a rare appearance. The last time (I recall) her coming to LA was when Chinky Eyed LA booked her for their 10 year anniversary. This time around, this is going to be your typical visit as she’s going to be speaking at USC this Thursday evening.
In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of South Africa elected under universal suffrage. The end of the violent segregationist policy of apartheid two years prior had launched an era of new political possibilities. In celebration of the twenty-year anniversary of Mandela’s election, a panel and concert will consider the current condition of both South Africa and the United States, highlighting ongoing global struggles for an end to police abuse and labor suppression. Hip hop emcee Jean Grae will join Mazibuko K. Jara, journalist-activist and founder of South Africa’s Amandla magazine and Brian Ashley of the Alternative Information Development Centre in Cape Town and co-founder and editor of Amandla,as well as U.S. historians Robin D. G. Kelley and Johanna Fernandez to discuss contemporary cultural and political conditions shared between two nations whose struggles for civil and human rights modeled the ambitions of a majority world.
This event is free with RSVP (which you can do here), and make sure you arrive early.