Tuesday, August 22, 2017

@awkwafina at @ualbany

Awkwafina has received growing acclaim over the past three years for her quirky persona, impish humor, cheeky music videos, and engaging manner as a talk show host. Formerly the co-host of MTV's weekly late-night talk show Girl Code Live!, she now hosts her own show, TAWK, on Verizon's new streaming service, go90.com. TAWK was an Official Honoree at the 2016 Webby Awards and a 2016 Streamy Award nominee in the News and Culture category.

On Thursday, August 31, Awkwafina will talk with her former UAlbany journalism professor, Steve Barnes, senior writer and restaurant critic of the Times Union, about her life and career.

Nora Lum is an American rapper, comedian, television personality, television host and actress known by the stage name Awkwafina. She originates from the Forest Hills, Queens, area of New York City.

Thursday, August 31 at 4:15 p.m. in the Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany's uptown campus. Earlier that day at 3:15 p.m., she will appear at an informal meet and greet in the new Campus Center West Addition on the UAlbany uptown campus. Free and open to the public.

Awkwafina took four journalism courses with Barnes, who called her, "an extraordinarily gifted young writer, one capable of packing moods, scenes, emotion, insight and intelligent wit into essays of four to five pages." Awkwafina credits UAlbany for nurturing her creative talent. "I wanted to learn from all of these professors I was so intrigued by," she said in an interview. "I don't think I would have been able to be Awkwafina if I didn't go to SUNY."

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