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Mexican/Chicano identity and history

September 27, 2013

Micheal Reyes appears at CSU in a performance that will examine contemporary Chicano identity through themes such as immigration, globalization, and community activism. He'll share some of his poetry about historical figures in order to create an awareness about Mexican and Chicano identity and culture.

Micheal Reyes' performances are where education and art meet entertainment and activism. Image from, October 1
7-8 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Room 228

Michael Reyes writes poetry that wakes up your emotions. His poems move, inspire, and incite.

Below are the first two stanzas of his poem, Lolita, You May Cry Now, a tribute to Puerto Rico's national heroine, Lolita Lebron, who served over 25 years in prison as a political prisoner.

Lolita you may cry now
Tears for the oppressed
Hungry for food, knowledge and hope

Lolita you may cry now
Tears for the millions upon millions
Of the indigenous peoples of the Americas
Tears for those names, languages, customs and cultures
We will never know
Lost like the leaves that fall into the streams and rivers

Appearing at CSU

Reyes will perform, "Mexican/Chicano identity and history through the spoken word," at CSU on Tuesday, October 1, in connection with National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Spoken word, hip-hop, poetry

For more than 12 years Reyes has brought innovative and engaging performance to audiences across America and internationally! Reyes is a Chicano /Mexicano poet, emcee, actor, playwright, artist and community organizer (specializing in youth development).

His combination of hip-hop, poetry and spoken word create a unique blend. His narratives are infused into a rhythmically crowd pleasing performance.

As a hip hop artist, his work is a synthesis of radical soul, raw lyrical hip-hop, fresh beats, and poetic style.

Cultural stories, inspiring poems

A leading voice in progressive and radical music, Reyes combines cultural stories of resistance, raw hip-hop and inspiring poems, to reach youth and elders alike. His work challenges and confronts the many social ills faced by communities of color.

Contact: Jose Gomez
Phone: (970) 391-3710