Episode 2031: WHEN THE KNIGHT FELL: PART 1 - CLEAR'S RISE by Christopher Gary Simmons - a podcast by Ric Bratton

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WHEN THE KNIGHT FELL: PART 1-CLEAR'S RISE by Christopher Gary Simmons

“When the Knight Fell” is a literary version of the modern musical. Follow
characters Clear, Ego, Cash and Diamond on a theatrical odyssey inspired by
the fictional tragedies of the Shakespeare cast Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio
and Desdemona. Perceptions of race, class and societal norms are all challenged
here. Imagine Othello reincarnated as a white minority navigating through the
predominantly African American hip-hop community and culture of today. This
book pays homage to a classic piece of literature by sparking our imagination and
expanding our perspective. Author Christopher Gary Simmons elevates his unique
style of spoken-word poetics by combining the story telling of William Shakespeare
with the broken English of Langston Hughes. The rhythmic production used
throughout the audiobook enhances the reading experience, creating a profound
tribute to lyricists everywhere and our memory of the character Othello. This
innovative project will move readers to connect with Shakespeare’s dramatic tale
while being transported blissfully to a new level of melodic expression.

Philadelphia native Christopher Gary Simmons is
a humble graduate of Temple University with a
bachelor’s degree in English Literature and honored
member of Villanova’s Executive MBA program. His
appreciation for writing and lyrics knows no bounds.
Raised in the golden era of hip-hop on artists that include
Public Enemy, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Wutang, Nas, MosDef,
and Jay-Z his love of lyrics was born from a love of stories. God willing,
following “When The Knight Fell” Part 1: Clear’s Rise, all can look forward
with excitement to the soon to be released conclusion Part-2: Clear’s Fall.
Simmons is working to complete a 5-volume hip-hop / Shakespeare series
containing musically re-imagined adaptations of Shakespeare plays Othello,
Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing. It is a
concept that readers can grow with and support from beginning to end. His
goal with this project is to help you find and share your own creative voice.

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