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Presented by Kennedy-King College and the Chicago Local Organizing Committee for the 2006 National Hip-Hop Political Convention, this series of screenings, lectures, and panel discussions continues Friday through Sunday, January 13 through 15, at Kennedy-King College, 6800 S. Wentworth. For more information visit www.chiloc.com/events.html.

FRIDAY 13

R One Week

Columbia College graduates Carl Seaton and Kenny Young scripted this intense and intelligent drama about responsibility and relationships. A young man (Young) preparing for his wedding learns from the partner-notification program of a local health clinic that his former lover is HIV-positive. As he waits for the results of his own test, he debates how and when to tell his fiancee and discovers that his slacker buddy (Eric Lane) faces the same situation. The taut and cleverly structured screenplay makes every conversation and event gain in significance as time passes but also includes welcome moments of outright hilarity, as well as acute observations of young, black urban professionals. This is a work with the courage of its convictions--independent filmmaking at its best. Seaton directed. R, 97 min. (Alissa Simon) A discussion will follow the screening. (Dunham Theatre, 3 PM)

DL Chronicles

Chicago native Quincy Lenear directed this 30-minute drama about a married real estate banker who's secretly attracted to men. (Lecture Hall 2W89, 3:15 PM)

"Too Many Degrees of Separation"

A panel discussion on "ways to break down cultural barriers in hip-hop." (International Hall, 4:45 PM)

White Boys Can't Rap

The first installment of a four-part documentary about the popularity of hip-hop among white listeners. Writer-director-producer Lexx Luger will answer questions after the screening. (International Hall, 6 PM)

SATURDAY 14

Music videos, program one

Videos by Mental Giants, Poka Face Sharks, Earatik Statik, and Primeridian. (International Hall, noon)

Marathon screenings

Six- and seven-hour programs of shorts and features, including 50 Cent/Refuse 2 Die: The Unauthorized Biography (81 min.), Michael Shahih's drama When the Smoke Clears (72 min.), and Rusty Cundieff's hip-hop mockumentary Fear of a Black Hat (1993, 88 min.). (Classroom 4, Dunham Theatre, Lecture Hall 2W89, noon)

Caucus sessions

Individual discussion groups on MC'ing and spoken-word poetry, DJ'ing and turntabling, visual art, dance, and "deep knowledge of one's self and surrounding world." (various locations, 1 PM)

Live entertainment

Competitions in DJ'ing and turntabling, MC'ing and spoken-word poetry, dance, and visual arts. (International Hall, 4:15 PM)

Greater Chicagoland Hip-Hop General Assembly

Live performances by guest artists and winners of the preceding competitions. (International Hall, 7 PM)

SUNDAY 15

"Getting Hip-Hop's Soul Right"

A panel discussion on "world religion and interdenominational cooperation." (Dunham Theatre, 2 PM)

Civil rights presentation

Remarks from representatives of the Congress of Racial Equality, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Black Panther Party, and Chicago Freedom Movement. (Dunham Theatre, 3:15 PM)

R The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Possibly the most radical of the blaxploitation films of the 70s, this movie was an overnight success when released in 1973, then was abruptly taken out of distribution for reasons still not entirely clear. A mild-mannered social worker (Lawrence Cook) is recruited by the CIA as a token black and proceeds to learn (and later apply) the techniques of urban guerrilla warfare in Chicago (though most of the filming was done in Gary, Indiana). Corrosively ironic and often exciting, this adaptation by Sam Greenlee of his own novel, directed by Ivan Dixon, remains one of the great missing (or at least unwritten) chapters in black political filmmaking. 102 min. (JR) Greenlee will attend the screening. (International Hall, 3:15 PM)

10,000 Black Men Named George

Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) stars in this 2002 made-for-cable movie about Asa Philip Randolph, who organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in the mid-30s. Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) directed. R, 95 min. A discussion will follow the screening. (Lecture Hall 2W89, 3:15 PM)

"Power Ballers' Parlay"

A 20-minute turntabling set by DJ Madrid precedes this conference of local government officials. (International Hall, 5:15 PM)

Greater Chicagoland Hip-Hop Town Meeting

A conference wrap-up, with presentations from earlier caucuses and agenda setting for the 2006 National Hip-Hop Political Convention. (International Hall, 7 PM)

Closing concert

Live music by Qualo, DA Smart, Animate Objects, and others. (International Hall, 8:30 PM)

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