A Tribute to Hip-Hop and Shakespeare's Othello "When the Knight Fell" Part - 1: Clear's Rise

Author: Christopher Simmons


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“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 graduate 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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