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Rapper Noname explores race, politics and music at FAS event

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Noname noted her opposition to the University’s planned private police force.

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) hosted the rapper Fatimah Warner, best known as Noname, on March 18 to discuss her social activism and music. The event, the third of the symposium’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” speaker series, was hosted by FAS Co-Directors Ryan Ebrahimy and Margaret Hanson and moderated by Associate Professor of History Sasha Turner.

Warner has been featured on Chance the Rapper’s 2013 mixtape Acid Rap and has released two albums of her own, Telefone and Room 25. She has an upcoming album titled Factory Baby.

In 2019, she founded the Noname Book Club to highlight works by authors of color and support small bookstores and public libraries. Additionally, Warner created Library Card Registration Day in January 2020 to encourage people to register for library cards rather than support corporations like Amazon.

Warner described the significance behind her stage name and what it represents to her.“It gives me space creatively to exist in different realms,” she said. “Noname is able to take on any persona and be anything and be completely unknown and obscure as well.”Warner initially began her career as a poet and participated in […]

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