NYU Local reported this past fall that Gallatin added a new Arts Workshop titled “Microphone Fiends: Hip Hop and Spoken Word” where students “research, write, record, produce and perform original work and the verse of inspiring underground wordsmiths,” while also analyzing poetry, and various arts movements through an academic lens. The class is taught by Professor Bryonn Bain, a Harvard Law graduate, Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry Champion, and finalist in the 2000 International Slam Poetry Champion. As writer Andrew Olshevski aptly noted in our last article on Bain, “This guy is a legend.”
Bain and Gallatin student (as well as Local Sounds alum), Zach Levine-Caleb, both appeared yesterday on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show in a segment called “Fighting For Social Justice Through Spoken Word.” Harris-Perry noted that Bain is “fighting mass incarceration and racial profiling…through art” and the prolific professor did an epic spoken word performance with Levine-Caleb who simultaneously played stand-up bass and beatboxed. It’s not uncommon to see NYU students appear on TV, but if there was ever a time to be rightly jealous of a student peer, then yesterday’s live performance may take the top spot.