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u'Design by Brooks Hassig/AS Publicity Center'

By Matt Crowley/The AS Review

On Monday, Nov. 23, the AS ROP Social Issues Resource Center (SIRC) will be presenting “Auction Block to Hip Hop,” a new play that dissects black stereotypes and degradation of women in hip hop and rap music.

“Auction Block to Hip Hop” was written by Jamillah and David Lamb, who previously wrote “Platanos and Collard Greens.” The play has received acclaim for its performances in New York City and colleges around the country and was performed at Western last year.

The performance will be held in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $2 for Western students w/ ID and $5 for general admission.

In “Auction Block to Hip Hop,” hip hop mogul Set Fo’ Life is visited by three ghosts who take him back to the time of his ancestors, from his enslaved great-great grandparents to his mother and father as members of the Black Panthers, before seeing himself falling in love at an anti-apartheid protest.

SIRC Assistant Coordinator Alekz Wray said the play does a good job of addressing the issues put forth by hip-hop music.

“We [the SIRC] felt like we haven’t put on events that show the detriment that hip-hop can have on the black community,” he said, adding that “the main character doesn’t care about what impact he has on the black community.”

David Lamb grew up in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. and upon graduating from law school worked for a Wall Street firm as a public finance attorney.  Eventually he was inspired to start his own publishing company where he published his first novel, “Do Platanos Go Wit Collard Greens?”  The success from the novel sent Lamb across the country speaking at colleges and universities.

His wife, Jamillah Lamb, graduated from Harvard and was vice president for Citigroup.  She later left her career as a commercial real estate banker to form Between the Lines Productions, the company behind the couples’ two plays.

“We want people who come to have a heightened sense of the music they listen to,” Wray said.