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7NMS | Marjani Forté-Saunders + Everett Saunders: Prophet: The Order of the Lyricist

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A four-year archival, research, and multi-genre storytelling project on the life journey of a lyricist, Prophet: The Order of the Lyricist, illuminates the distinctive practices, systems, philosophies, and  political ideologies that have shaped hip-hop’s emcee/lyricists. The Lyricist is an Order of craft, of prose, oration, and exposé. Through the coming-of-age story of Everett as “Mental,” the emcee, audiences are invited to enter a world of courage, self-determination, and devotion. Using text, sound, film, and performance, Prophet is a critical and embodied offering to the scholarly, civic, and ancient bodies of radical Black expression.