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Poets, rappers, and otehr rhyme-slingers salute four decades of protest.

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More than a dozen singers, rappers, and dancers perform original works inspired by 40 years of activism in Troublemaker? The show — part of the Speak Out series — borrows inspiration from ’70s advocate Angela Davis’ protests against fascism, war, and racism. “Audiences will experience a reflection of America,” says poet Monica Idom, who’ll perform under the stage name Poetess Journey today. “Whenever we as a people speak out against injustice, we’re perceived as troublemakers. It’s about having a voice together.” Performing artists like India Ramsey, Nailah Perryman, and Bethany Pugh confront political justice, teen pregnancy, and other hot-button issues in Troublemaker?, which wraps up its weekend-long stay at Playhouse Square this afternoon. “We [performers] are the unspoken word,” says Idom. “Power in the numbers is what we need to succeed. But people aren’t going to change by going to one event. We have to step up the game.”
Sun., Oct. 28, 4 p.m., 2007

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