‘Xplicit’ social message

Poetry night mixes music, hip-hop | Robin Siteneski reporter | Hip-hop and poetry were in the limelight Monday night, Feb. 17, at the U-Club when the Office of Student Diversity presented a night of spoken-word poetry. Part of the Black History Month celebrations, the poet Xplicit was joined on stage by Tebe Zalango, who surprised the audience with poetry, violin music and song. “My name is Brandon – my poetry name is Xplicit – but my mama calls me Brandon, so you can call me Brandon,” he said, setting an intimate tone. Brandon Thornton shifted from hip-hop to poetry seven years ago. He now divides his time between teaching high-school math and traveling the country…

Poet ‘X’PLICIT’ kicks off Black History Month

Poet Brandon 'X'PLICIT interacts with the audience during his poetry session Feb. 4 in the U club

Joud Bayeh | reporter Black History Month at Pittsburg State opened in explicitly poetic fashion with the talents of spoken word artist Brandon Thorton. The Black Students Association (BSA) and the Office of Student Diversity invited Thorton, also known as X’PLICIT, to the University Club on Feb. 4. This is Thorton’s second performance at the university. He opened the schedule of Black History Month events last year. His act began with a rendition of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the theme song from the namesake Will Smith sitcom. Thorton moved to a deeper topic by reciting his own poems about social problems like poverty and racism. “Black people are the No. 1 consumer but the…