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Story Week ‘dream’ survives, festival arrives

By Lisa Schulz

March 18, 2012

After traveling homeless with only his dog, Randy Albers, Story Week founder and Fiction Writing chair, was halfway to his doctorate degree at the University of Chicago 34 years ago when he realized his past academic success, fortunate upbringing and future were not in alignment.With help from others and some luck, he found Columbia, he said.“Surviving the American Dream” is the theme for the 16th annual Story Week, a festiv...

Shawn Chrystopher, hip-hop’s newest prodigy

By Sophia Coleman

November 14, 2011

At 8 years old, rap artist, producer and Chicago native Shawn Chrystopher, now 25, remembers watching rap-duo Kris Kross on MTV, dreaming of the day he would have his own spotlight. His time soon came. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and earned a four-and-a-half-year scholarship to the University of Southern California, which left him to pursue his career in music.With his soaring IQ and ability to play five instr...

Big Splashes talks creating original rhymes

By HermineBloom

February 7, 2011

Most variations of rap and hip-hop are electro-infused these days, especially judging from the Top 40 charts. Chicago’s hip-hop trio Big Splashes is no different, using 8-track tape decks and computers to produce beats. After primarily rhyming in the kitchen drinking beers or in the park, Samuel “SP” Piazza said he and his friends Alex “Mart14K” Corona and Greg “Flamingo Papers” Floyd began collaborating and re...

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