In addition to the performance itself, held at Northeastern’s Blackman Auditorium, the writer and cast of Word Becomes Flesh conducted a weeklong residency at Northeastern, working with classes and community groups, and participating in a scholarly forum on modern African-American identity. Here’s a snapshot:
> A discussion with Artists for Humanity, a Boston organization dedicated to helping youth find employment in the arts.
> Two Northeastern classes: Communication and Gender, taught by Jesica Speed, postdoctoral teaching associate, and African-American Music, taught by Emmett G. Price III, associate professor of music.
> Hip-Hop in the Age of Obama: A panel discussion about how race relations have evolved in the U.S. since the election of the first African-American president.
> A workshop at the Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
> A workshop at Project Hip-Hop, a performance and “cultural activism” group for young people, based in Roxbury, Mass.