Asiah Thomas-Mandlman

Day 2, Closing Session: Shakespeare Was A Rapper: Pushing Storytelling Boundaries through Hip-Hop and Shakespeare

Abstract: Shakespeare Was A Rapper is a performance-based lecture that showcases the relationship between Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and rap music today. By exploring classic literature through the hip-hop lens, this session will deepen your understanding and expand your appreciation for Shakespeare, Poe, Coleridge, rhyming language and the hip-hop genre – and how stories can benefit from this unexpected relationship. This session will feature Las Cruces artist, Asiah Thomas-Mandlman.

Asiah Thomas-Mandlman is a born and raised New Mexican. Growing up in the Land of Enchantment influenced her love of the arts. She is a multipotentialite of varied interests.

You can find a recent collaboration with The African American Cultural Center in Albany, New York of an 8ft portrait on display.

When Asiah is not being a visual artist, she is on the stage herself, a vocalist and zealous performer. You can find some of her performances on YouTube: Coffeeshop Concerts.

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