The St. Thomas community is invited to Student Diversity and Inclusion Services’ Fun Night on Friday, Feb. 3. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. with hip-hop spoken word artist Desdamona and will conclude with a dance hosted by DJ Enferno from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Anderson Student Center dance hall, located in Room LL 07.

Desdamona

Desdamona

Desdamona is recognized as a Minnesota hip-hop pioneer. Although she came onto the Minneapolis scene in 1997 and wasn’t the first to grab the mic, she paved the way for women in the Twin Cities and was the first female emcee widely known as a promoter, community organizer and teaching artist. She co-founded B-Girl Be, a celebration of women in hip-hop that hosted an annual (2005-07 and 2009-10) international festival in the Twin Cities for women in the four elements of the genre. She has received five Minnesota music awards and three Urban Griots Awards for both hip-hop and spoken word, and she works in the community extensively through residencies and workshops in schools, colleges and prisons.

DJ Enferno

DJ Enferno

DJ Enferno Dante Coleman has worked professionally in the Twin Cities as well as the international stage for many years. Coleman’s work in Mazatlan, Mexico, for spring break, helping start ATG Entertainment, and teaching DJ lessons at public schools inspired him to continue working on his dream of creating an ATG scholarship for high schools. He also won the Minnesota DJ of the Year title for two consecutive years and has been asked to be a part of Hittmenn DJs, performing in Los Angeles for the B.E.T awards weekend, at the King of Diamonds in Miami.

Open house ice and cream social

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services invites the campus community to an open house and ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Room 224, Anderson Student Center.

For more information call Student Diversity and Inclusion Services, (651) 962-6460.