Will Strickland Presents The Corner – Alberta Edition feat. Waymatea “Sista J” Ellis of Souljah Fyah x Marlon “Arlo Maverick” Wilson of Politic Live, Stephanie Harpe, and Jerome ‘K-Riz’ Henry
“The Corner” is a hip hop musical that incorporates spoken word, singing & rap, to address issues of the day for young people in a fun & informative way.
“The Corner” has been toured all over Canada to over 500,000 young people since 2004.
“The Corner” was endorsed & added to the ArtSmarts Programming of former Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean.
“The Corner” is a vehicle utilized to speak to young people across Canada on issues such as gun & gang violence, literacy, Black History, homophobia/transphobia, Indigenous Truth & Reconciliation, cyberbullying, domestic violence, the rights of children, multiculturalism, racism, human / civil rights, child soldiers, poverty, women’s rights, HIV/AIDS education & awareness, the ecology & more .
“The Corner” is not so much really about hip hop culture. Hip Hop culture is the carrot that is dangled to engage these young & not-so-young minds alike in dialogue about effective communication across the lines of race, class, gender, religion, etc. This method has provided a platform for discussion & introspective thought on what it is to communicate effectively with one another, dismissing imagined &/or real barriers established in our greater society.
“The Corner” speaks to crafting leadership & diversity, utilizing hip hop culture as a viable & valuable educational tool within your institution of education & higher learning.
Tell us about your school and any pressing issues with which you would like to engage and educate your students and administrators alike. A customed script of “The Corner” will be crafted in addressing any areas of concern/focus, then submitted for internal vetting and approval in advance of performance.
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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Arlo Maverick: A widely-acclaimed Edmonton-based hip-hop MC whose accomplishments include three Western Canadian Music Award nominations, showcasing at Canadian Music Week, Breakout West, the Edmonton and Winnipeg Jazz Festivals, Arlo Maverick connects with his fans one song at a time. Be it songs about the innocence of falling in love, confronting one’s inner demons, or the struggles of making ends meet, his music is as much about moving the crowd physically as it is about moving them emotionally.
Stephanie Harpe: Stephanie Harpe is a successful mother, inspirational speaker, singer, songwriter, actress on award winning tv series Blackstone as well as a casting agent from local to Hollywood productions. Recently featured on CBC and The National, Stephanie is a passionate and articulate activist and educator whose powerful voice is a very welcome addition to The Corner.
Jerome ‘K-Riz’ Henry: Born in Toronto, Ontario K-Riz has lived in Edmonton, Alberta for a number of years. Shaped by the polarizing lifestyles found between Canada’s East and West, K-Riz has truly come into a sound of his own that is drenched in these varied experiences. On August 4, 2016 K-Riz released his official debut, Fresh Air – a project he thinks will help to revitalize the rap game. K-Riz is part of hip-hop’s new generation of melodic based MCs who lyrics can still spark barbershop conversations – especially on The Corner.
Waymatea: An award-winning teacher and nationally acclaimed musician, Waymatea was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Formerly Janaya “Sista J” Ellis, Waymatea is the ‘mother’ of reggae band Souljah Fyah, twice winning Outstanding Urban Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards and also scoring a JUNO nomination in 2008. She taught Native Studies, Social Studies, Music and more in the Caribbean as well as in Alberta with Elk Island Public Schools for 13 years, and is an acclaimed public speaker, workshop facilitator and teen motivator.
Will Strickland: Combining his cultural status and brief professional basketball playing career with an exemplary educational background & over 30 years in the entertainment industry in the US & Canada, Will is responsible for several unique “firsts” including conceptualizing and creating the first ever online concert in Black Music history as well as establishing the world’s first university-accredited course on hip hop culture at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1998 called “Edutainment: The Impact of Hip Hop on American Culture”.
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