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Minneapolis Hip Hop artist Brother Ali to speak April 18

Brother Ali, an American hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, will speak at 4:30 p.m. on April 18 in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

2012-04-19

Brother Ali, an American hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, will speak at 4:30 p.m. on April 18 in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Brother Ali, who has been practicing Islam for 13 years, was born with a rare genetic condition called Albinism. While Brother Ali’s family is white, he has often described a childhood marked by cruelty and exclusion by his white classmates as a result of his obvious physical abnormality. When Ali's career began to blossom, he began to field questions about his race. Due to his stage name, many writers assumed Ali was black. When questioned on the subject, Ali declined to comment however he states on his album "The Undisputed Truth" that when "they ask me if I'm black or white, I'm neither. Race is a made up thing, I don't believe in it.”

This event is sponsored by Institutional Diversity and Black Intelligent Gentlemen. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required, as the event is limited to the first 200 people. Tickets can be picked up in Wigley Administration 228 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until all tickets are gone. If you would like to reserve a ticket or set aside tickets for a group or class, please contact Briana Threatt at briana.threatt@mnsu.edu

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