Hip-Hop Artist Cliff Notez to Perform at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 20, 2018—Musician, filmmaker, photographer, and producer Cliff Notez will perform music from his album When the Sidewalk Ends at Williams College on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Adams Memorial Theatre. When the Sidewalk Ends explores themes of racism, oppression, black mental health, and identity. Parents are advised that the album contains explicit content. The event is free and open to the public. Williams student George Taylor ’21, also known as GMT, will be the opening act.

Notez is the founder and co-owner of Boston-based media collective and production company HipStory, which cultivates stories through audio and video. During his career, Notez has collaborated with such organizations as Harvard University, MIT, Blavity, Allston Pudding, Hub Week, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston University, RAW Art Works, and The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

With his first band, The ValidDictorians, formed in 2011, he has self-produced and recorded five records and toured the East Coast, establishing himself as an emcee and musician. In 2017, he debuted his first narrative short film, Vitiligo, which was accepted to a dozen film festivals. The film earned finalist spots in two festivals and was the grand prize winner of best short in the March on Washington Film Festival, where he was honored alongside author, journalist, comic book writer, and educator Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Notez received his B.A. in music and psychology from Wheaton College and his M.A. in digital media from Northeastern University.

The event is sponsored by The Davis Center, MASS MoCA, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Department of Theatre, and the ACE student organization.


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