Passing the Mic: Into the Multiverse - Mahogany Browne, First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble - 10/16/2021 - 6:00pm

Passing the Mic: Into the Multiverse

Union Theater Play Circle

UW-Madison Office of Multicultural of Arts Initiatives and the Wisconsin Book Festival present the 15th Annual Passing the Mic Festival: Into the Multiverse. The Multiverse is where the dimensions of past, present and future all intersect on the same timeline. If the last two years have taught us anything, they have emphasized the importance of now. The urgency of honoring real histories, real present pressing matters, real futures filled with hope and yet at stake. The 15th Annual Passing the Mic Intergenerational Hip Hop Festival is the Multiverse where these planes meet; where we bridge the gap between generations and silos; where we use song and poems, multi verses, movement and media, to demand radical documentation, collaboration, and celebration. Join us for a weekend of showcases, concerts, panels and workshops all dedicated to this conversation: where have we been, where are we going, what will we make possible and how in this Multiverse?


Doors open at 5:30pm. Performance 6:00-8:00pm


Hybrid performances and conversation by PtM Youth Participants representing youth arts and activism organizations from across the country, First Wave Scholars, FW Alum, and internationally acclaimed artists Mahogany L. Browne and Jive Poetic. Event is for all ages and free of cost, but space is limited. Please reserve your tickets here:


Passing The Mic (PTM) is an intergenerational dialogue on hip hop arts, education, and activism. Learn more at

Mahogany Browne

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Mahogany L. Browne is the Executive Director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative designed to support the groundwork of criminal justice leaders and community members. This position is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, & educator. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, & Black Girl Magic. Browne is the founder of the diverse lit initiative, Woke Baby Book Fair; and is excited about her latest poetry collection. I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love is a book-length poem responding to the impact of mass incarceration on women and children. She is based in Brooklyn and is the first-ever Poet-in-Residence at the Lincoln Center.

Recent Book
I Remember Death By It's Proximity to What I Love

First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble

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The First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble (FWTE) is a groundbreaking collective of spoken word poets, emcees, dancers, singers, actors, and activists from across the United States. FWTE represents the First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Learning Community at UW-Madison, the world's first and only full tuition scholarship for Hip Hop and urbans arts. They create works that unpack the personal narrative as a route to academic engagement, artistic productivity and community engagement.


They have performed in England, Mexico, Panama, Africa, Australia, and Jamaica as well as across the USA including featured performances on Broadway and annual performance keynote at the Boys & Girl Club Keystone Conference.  Touring Members host workshops and performances in local and regional high school and community spaces.


FWTE Members for 2021-22 are Azura Tyabji (Seattle), Jackson Neal (Houston), Marjan Naderi (DC), Sarah Abbas (St. Louis), & Zachary Lesmeister (St. Louis).