“My biggest fear is growing up and not letting the world see who I am,” South Philly beat/rap artist Julius Wright tells the audience in “Who Is Wright,” a Villanova social justice documentary currently being produced by a team of student filmmakers. There is little chance of that once the completed film is screened April 28 in Villanova’s Connelly Center Cinema. The documentary is a product of Villanova’s Center for Social Justice Film. A Philadelphia screening of the film will be held May 6 at The Freedom Theatre.
Wright’s story of a street toughened life redeemed by music will be celebrated at a “Keep The Beat” benefit from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 20 in the Villanova Room of The Connelly Center on Villanova’s Main Campus. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music (G.E.G.I.S.O.M.), a non-profit performing arts institution that offers at risk youth from Philadelphia a safe and creative environment for training in music and the performing arts. Tickets to the concert, open to the public, are $10 at the door. Free parking is available in the Main Lot on Lancaster Avenue.
Wright’s unique beat/rap style using two pens and his hands to sound a beat on common objects like an upended plastic recycling bin, table top or a door, accompanied by original rap will be featured at the concert. George 2.0 will host the event. Also performing will be students of G.E.G.I.S.O.M., the Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Choir of Philadelphia and Vicinity, free style rapper “Los,” singer Anthony Riley, Villanova’s Gospel Choir, the Supernovas, the Haveners and Vocal Minority.