Preview: An ‘organic approach’ to jazz: Moutin Factory Quintet and Kavita Shah discuss their musical background

The Moutin brothers, who played their first American concert in Pittsburgh 18 years ago, will be back in Pennsylvania this weekend to play at the college. “We are really happy to come and play for people at Lafayette College,” said Francois Moutin. The Moutin Factory Quintet, led by French twins, François and Louis Moutin, and Kavita Shah […]

Music to nourish the mind: Kevin Hutchinson ’20 champions conscious rap and musical therapy

“Music is the medicine that replaces all other medicines,” said Kevin Hutchinson ’20, alias Poetik Kindle.  Sitting calmly and coolly in a laid-back chair, Hutchinson relayed his love for music and his connection to the world. For Hutchinson, listening to music is much more than popping in ear buds and bobbing your head to the […]

Musical Review: Balancing black comedy and social commentary, ‘Heathers’ is a triumphant success

The Marquis Players delivers a razor-edged insight into the American high school experience with their performance of the energetic musical “Heathers: The Musical.” The production, with lyrics and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, is an adaptation of the 1980’s cult classic film “Heathers” (1988) that detail the experiences of outcast Veronica Sawyer, played by Olivia […]

‘Comparison is the thief of joy’: Karamo Brown shares journey from struggle with identity to embracing it

“You are perfectly designed. Part of that design is respecting and loving every bit of you.” This was Karamo Brown’s message to students as this year’s senior speaker. Brown shared details about his experiences with “Queer Eye,” growing up, relationship with his sons and gave advice to the packed audience in Colton Chapel on Wednesday. […]

Author and professor Sylvia Chan-Malik speaks on individuality of American Muslim women

Sylvia Chan-Malik came to the college to speak about the historical and current roles of Muslim women in America on Tuesday. Chan-Malik recently wrote a book on this topic, entitled, “Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam.” Chan-Malik is a professor of American studies and women and gender studies at Rutgers […]

At Dare to be Dark panel, students and faculty share experiences with colorism

Colorism is the discrimination against individuals among an ethnic or racial group because of skin tone. On Monday, students and faculty gathered in the Gendebien room to discuss colorism and the role it has played in their lives. The panel featured a handful of students and faculty who discussed their experiences. The panel, moderated by Danielle […]

Jean Corrie poetry prize winner discusses love, themes for poem ‘Bruises, Tongues, and a Funeral’

Emily Lugos ’20 is a first generation Mexican-American whose first language is English. Lugos explained that in her culture, many people will start with their first language as Spanish. Not fitting in with the norm, she said, she didn’t always feel like “a part of [her] culture.” The cultural disconnect left her stranded in a middle-ground […]