“Straight Outta Fresno” presents championship round April 15

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“Straight Outta Fresno” presents championship round April 15

The “Battle for Fresno State” championship round, the second of two battles hosted by the “Straight Outta Fresno” public history project at Fresno State, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the North Gym (Room 118). Winners from the Battle for Fresno State preliminary round, battle of the New Year 3 and the winners of an event-day open round, will compete for the championship prize money. The event will feature a lineup of judges made up of some the most respected West coast b-boys in California. It will also feature a discussion of Fresno and Central Valley hip-hop history with a panel including legendary popping pioneer Timothy “Poppin’ Pete” Solomon, Deborah McCoy of McCoy hip-hop, local b-boy legend Charles “Goku” Montgomery of Climax/Soul Control and Grizzly Fest organizer and one of the primary architects of the Central California hip-hop scene, Aren “DJ Hecktik” Hekimian. Portions of the Straight Outta Fresno public history exhibit will be on display. Straight Outta Fresno staff will conduct walk-in oral histories with community members who want to share their histories and will scan any material (photos, flyers) community members would like to share from 9:30 to 11 a.m. All material gathered will be uploaded to the Straight Outta Fresno public archive that will be hosted in the Henry Madden Library’s website. The event is free and open to the public. INFO: Dr. Romeo Guzman at romeog@csufresno.edu.