Stay tuned for announcements on our 2017 Keynote Speaker. BSC 2016 was thrilled to welcome Professor Elizabeth Alexander at last year's keynote event... 



Professor Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, and teacher. She is the author of six books of poems, two collections of essays, a play, and various edited collections.  She was recently named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She previously served as the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, where she taught for 15 years and chaired the African American Studies Department. In 2009, she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her memoir, The Light of the World, has just been released to great acclaim.

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And our 2016 performer was the gifted and flowin' Mick Jenkins! 

(Image from Redeye)

(Image from Redeye)

Mick Jenkins is an artist from Southside Chicago, IL. In the spring of 2013 Mick released a mixtape entitled “Trees and Truths” that quickly became a local favorite, buoyed by acid jazz-influenced production, biblical allegory and lacerating lyricism. A few months after its release, a collaboration with Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa came in the form of a single entitled “Crossroads,”which was a summer hit. In August 2014, Mick released “The Water[s]” which garnered national attention and serves as his breakout project while receiving critical acclaim. After wrapping up a summer tour with past BSC Headliner, Joey Bada$$, Jenkins is focusing his attention on his newly released EP "Waves," which was released on August 21, 2015. 



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