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Photograph of HEARNE
Photograph of HEARNE
Local hip hop artist to perform at WSU Tri-Cities in honor of Black History Month (Photo) - 02/08/24

RICHLAND, Wash. - In honor of Black History month, Washington State University Tri-Cities will be hosting a free live performance by local hip hop artist HEARNE. The event is open to the public and will take place on Feb. 16 on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. 

Bryan Christopher Hearne, also known by his surname HEARNE, is a multifaceted poet, actor, community organizer, and musician who uses his artistry to transcend boundaries and blend genres while promoting black liberation. His career began with acting in several popular shows and movies, including alongside Keanu Reeves and Michael B. Jordan in “Hardball”, and as a series regular in Nickelodeon’s “All That”. 

Hearne is involved in the local community, most notably as the co-CEO of the non-profit organization Urban Poets Society, which provides safe spaces for artists to share their talents through social justice and mental health lenses in the Tri-Cities. Hearne was awarded the CBC Martin Luther King Spirit Award in 2021 for his contributions and service. 

Hearne’s music and spoken word touches on his personal perspectives. His EP titled “I Won’t Move” was released during a period of social unrest and includes themes such as the desire for change as a black man and the instinct to protect black women. The performance at WSU Tri-Cities is described as an ode to Black History Month, and will feature his newest album, titled “Martyr,” utilizing hip hop as a form of resistance. 

“Get ready for a captivating experience as we embark on a journey through the powerful words, soulful rhymes, and music that captivates us all,” he says. 

The free performance will take place in the Student Union Building (SUB) on the WSU Tri-Cities campus on Feb. 16 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. and is open for anyone to attend. 

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