Fort Collins-based rapper Qbala, also known as Kalhie Quinones, performs during an inspirational talk Thursday. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)
The music, the message, the moment…It all came together when Qbala taught students the art of crafting their personal narratives through lyric writing.
She told her story of hardship and time in jail, something many students were humbled to hear about.
Qbala finished by saying: “Words don’t define me,” she said. “I’m energy.” Then she performed a few songs for us. Students were jamming out, deeply connecting to her messages of resilience and honesty.
By the end they were ready to write their own songs in their new journals, courtisy of Qbala.