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Lyrics from Lockdown

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hip Hop Culture The Human Journey

Lyrics from Lockdown an unbelievable true story of wrongful imprisonment and the way race, power, and privilege shape prisons and policing in America. In this one-man multimedia production, prison activist, actor, and Hip Hop theater innovator Bryonn Bain tells his own unbelievable true story by weaving with a fusion of Hip Hop, theater, spoken word, rhythm and blues, comedy, calypso, rock and classical music, and much more

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Lyrics from Lockdown an unbelievable true story of wrongful imprisonment and the way race, power, and privilege shape prisons and policing in America. In this one-man multimedia production, prison activist, actor, author, and Hip Hop theater innovator Bryonn Bain tells his own unbelievable true story by weaving together the voices of more than 40 characters into an extraordinary tour de force developed in prisons nationwide. Performing a fusion of Hip Hop, theater, spoken word, rhythm and blues, comedy, calypso, and classical music, this award-winning show features a live band, professional beat boxer, and video DJ.

Produced by Harry Belafonte and directed by Gina Belafonte, the show incorporates multimedia, humor, music, and spoken word into a gripping tour-de-force developed in prisons nationwide. Each show will be followed by a town hall dialogue.

“Amazing!”
-Angela Davis
Scholar and Activist

"Shortly after producing the film ‘Beat Street,’ in the years that followed, I grew frustrated with Hip Hop. I was disillusioned by how many artists have turned their backs on social responsibility. The world needs to see how Bain's Lyrics from Lockdown carries the tradition of joining art and activism as an instrument for justice - at a time when the prison system has our communities in crisis."
-Harry Belafonte
Executive Producer

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Town Hall Schedule:

Thu., 10/18 at 7:30
Topic: Collateral Consequences (Re-entry)
Luis Cardona, Montgomery County
Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets
Juan Pacheco, Barrios Unidos
Jay Holder, Columbia Center for Justice
Marc Morje Howard, Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative
Louis Reed, Dream Corps

Fri., 10/19 at 7:30 p.m.
Topic: Front-end reform, Policing and Sentencing
Judith Browne Dianis, Advancement Project
Ivan Calaff, Columbia Center for Justice
Charles Thornton, Correction Information Council
Dana Rachlin, NYC Together
Rev Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

Sat., 10/20 at 2 p.m.
Topic: General Criminal Justice Reform
Rose Styron, Poet / Author
Sean Pica, Hudson Link
Jennifer Epps-Addison, Center for Popular Democracy
Divine Pryor, Center for Nu Leadership
Malika Saada Saar, Google Criminal Justice Initiative
Robert Wright, Columbia Center for Justice

Sat 10/20 at 7:30 pm
Topic: General Criminal Justice Reform
Michael McAfee, Policy Link
Elle Hearns, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Sabra Williams, Creative Acts
Danielle Sered, Common Justice
Tiq Milan, Activist

NOTE: Bryonn Bain will sign books following all performances, in the States Gallery outside of the Terrace Theater.