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RAaW (Racial Awareness at Waynflete) Presents NAS: Time is Illmatic, the controversial documentary that explores the making of the 1994 debut album of the rapper Nas. This important film, which came out in 2014, follows the artist as he returns to his childhood home and portrays the story of his upbringing and other influences that contributed to his important evolution from young street poet to recording artist. Illmatic is a look back at a life spent in the culture of the projects, acknowledging joy as much as pain, taking note of violence as a fact of environment rather than a focus of life.
There will be a brief presentation before the film and a discussion following led by Dr. Don Sawyer, a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Dr. Sawyer teaches Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture, based on his research of urban education, visual sociology, youth culture, hip-hop culture, and youth critical media literacy. His studies are founded on his belief in the importance of community based education.
Please join us for a pot-luck dinner followed by the film and discussion. Waynflete Middle School parents may bring children to the dinner. The film is intended for students 14 and older.
Waynflete School Drama Room and Franklin Theater
April 10, 2015
6:00 – 6:45 Dinner
7:00 – 10:00 Presentation, Viewing, and Discussion