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Passions to Professions: Lunch with Hip-Hop Artist Olmeca

Passions to Professions: Lunch with Hip-Hop Artist Olmeca

Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Location: Hicks Center Cafeteria, Stone Room

Contact: Rachel B. Wood, 269-337-7183

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Share an informal lunchtime conversation with hip-hop artist Olmeca about his career path. Meal tickets available for those without meal plans; pick up outside caf starting at 10:45 AM. Olmeca is a bilingual hip-hop artist/producer whose work has been featured on CNN Latino, Democracy Now, BBC World, ABC, FOX, NPR, URB Magazine and TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” He has collaborated with Grammy winners including Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Maldita Vecindad and shared the stage with KRS - One , Jenni Rivera, Dilated Peoples, Joe Strummer (The Clash), Julieta Venegas, Pete Rock, X Clan among others. With migrant parents, Olmeca grew up in L.A. and Mexico, a reality that brewed his music mix of genres and cultural sensitivity. He coexists between hip-hop and latin alternative audiences. Olmeca has toured Canada, Latin America and Europe building a network of supporters as an independent artist. He is credited for supporting a new phase in Latin alternative music in the United States that mixes hip-hop with Latin American sounds. His unique experiences and work outside of the stage have been an example for motivation and reflection. Olmeca graduated from CSULA with a degree in Philosophy (Ethics and Politics). He has worked with migrants, indigenous communities and urban youth. He has been a keynote speaker in universities and conferences throughout the U.S. Canada and London and has presented alongside Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, civil rights dignitary Dolores Huerta, as well as, educators Naomi Klein, Dr. Gustavo Esteva, Dr. Rodolfo Acuña among others. Olmeca is also a community activist and university lecturer at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and guest lecturer throughout the U.S. including Notre Dame, University of Indiana, Northwestern University, UCLA, USC, Puget Sound University to name a few. Cosponsored by the CCPD and the Intercultural Center.