Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels’ Master Class

  • Artistic Board member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels leads a spoken word Master Class.

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniel’s Master Class contained students from the Spoken Word/Performance Poetry Studio that focuses on themes of Empathy, Identity & Interdependence.  The studio is part Writer’s Workshop, part Hip Hop skills, and part Performance Training.  The project that the students shared during the Master Class was a series of perspective poems written revolving around the murder of Oscar Grant in Oakland, CA this past New Year’s Eve and the personal perspective poems spawned by studying this unit.  D.M.C. provided feedback on the pieces and ideas on how to make the performances stronger and more poignant.

Student Quotes:

What did you enjoy most about Master Class?
“It was inspiring, super duper inspiring, I have been to Master Class for four years, and the class greatly affected me.”


Please share one thing you learned today.
“I learned about really being you and not trying to be the next man.”


How has today influenced how you think about your art?

“It makes me want to work a million times harder.”
“The way I make art is going to be different now because of the words from DMC.”


How do you feel the arts improve our communities and build multicultural understanding?

“It gives people a chance to explain their story and where they grew up.”