[Uncommonrealist Recap] Uncommonrealist Attends Wutang Inspired Art Exhibit and #MLKNOW Event

wutangThis past Sunday ended The Incredible Creation’s Wu-Tang pop up art showcase at the The Incredible Little Art Gallery. The purpose of this showcase was to pay homage and acknowledge the impact that the Wu-Tang Clan has had on hip-hop culture.  The Wu-Tang pop up art show also honors those who took the necessary risks to change the voice of hip-hop. Many artists contributed their most creative Wu-Tang pieces. Uncommonrealist was able to check out the exhibit and was impressed!

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Monday, Uncommonrealist celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. in a historic place.  This place was Riverside Church, where Dr. King delivered his Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence speech. I traveled to New York City for this Black Out For Human Rights and Campaign For Black Male Achievement presented event because for some reason I felt I needed to be there. Not only for the people who were going to be there, but to be part of progression. This event was hosted filmmaker and Black Out for Human Rights founding member, Ryan Coogler and I must say he outdid himself! There were speech performances from various familiar faces including Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Tessa Thompson, Chris Rock, Harry Belafonte and more! Every speech was remarkable and the audience was well involved. The musical performances included India Arie, Bilal, Anika Noni Rose and more. Ryan also did a very in depth and interesting interview with J. Cole where they discussed the current standing of black culture along with other topics. The way these two young men complimented one another just made the moment more memorable. The program ended with a panel discussion lead by journalist, Trymaine Lee. The panel included Gina Belafonte, Dante Barry, Linda Sarsour, and others. The discussion went over the program end time, but it was indeed something we needed to hear. it was sort of like sitting at the dinner table with your relatives. #MLKNOW needs to be an annual event as it is now part of this generation’s black history and is beneficial to the millennials who don’t know much about the historical figures who came before them.

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