Tomorrow night, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore and Maryland Institute College of Art will be sponsoring their seventh in a year-long series called "Talking About Race." Tuesday's event will feature music, spoken word performance, discussion and the documentary film New Muslim Cool, about the life of Hamza Pérez (aka MC Hamza), a Puerto Rican, independent hip-hop artist who converts from Catholicism to Islam in the aftermath of 9/11.
The documentary follows MC Hamza's spiritual journey from the streets and jails of the East Coast to the post-industrial Midwest of the Great Recession.
After the screening of New Muslim Cool, Bakari Kitwana, author of The Hip-Hop Generation, will moderate a panel discussion with guests including Nura Maznavi, staff attorney from Muslim Advocates; filmmaker Jennifer Taylor; and MC Hamza.
Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center's Falvey Hall (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.).