Students gathered in Webster University’s Sunnen Lounge Wednesday at 5 p.m. for a series of activities that could possibly enhance writing, improvisational and rapping skills. Hip hop artist Toni Blackman provided her experiences and knowledge to inspiring artists during the “I Rhyme Like a Girl” workshop.
“I would love for the students to say they’ve walked out of here knowing themselves a little bit better,” said Blackman.
Blackman discussed the many experiences of performing in front of an audience and ways to overcome various fears. She believes that once someone masters being in front of an audience at any time, you can become fearless in any situation.
“I want to perfect my craft because I’m a writer, poet and I rap,” said junior Kayla Thompson. “So, I’m trying to see what else I can learn, because poetry and writing is a process that’s never ending.”
After Blackman’s improvising techniques, the students had the chance to apply their skills in an actual performance. Following the workshop, at 8 pm Blackman and various St. Louis musicians performed several pieces and allowed students to freestyle along with her on stage.
“This event has inspired me, because I am a writer,” said sophomore Ashley Johnson. “ I am looking for more events like this at Webster.”