YUSEF SALAAM – ONE OF THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE – TO JOIN JASIRI X FOR POINT PARK TALK BACK SERIES

WHAT:  Jasiri X comes to the Pittsburgh Playhouse as part of the Point Park University Talk Back Series, a speaker series designed to be interactive for the audience. Joining Jasiri X, a Pittsburgh-based hip-hop artist and activist who founded 1Hood Media, is Yusef Salaam, an influential and transformational speaker who, as one of the Central Park Five, spent 12 years in prison for a rape and assault he did not commit. Jasiri X’s speaker series appearance is, in part, motivated by his interest in this fall’s presentation of “The Scottsboro Boys” at the Pittsburgh Playhouse by The REP. It tells the true story of nine African-Americans wrongfully convicted of rape in the 1930s. Tickets for the show can purchased at http://www.pittsburghplayhouse.com/current-season/talk-back-series/jasiri-x, and the promo code JASIRI will give 50 percent off the ticket price.

WHERE: Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse
               222 Craft Ave.
               Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 19

Notes: Jasiri X and Yusef Salaam are available to the media for pre-interviews. Members of the media also are welcome at the show.

Contacts: Lou Corsaro
                  lcorsaro@pointpark.edu
                 704.860.6186 (cell)