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Points of Departure: Hakim Walker and Francis Pina

Friends speak for themselves, for each other, and about BU


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Listen above to Francis Pina (MET’09) (left) and Hakim Walker (CAS’09) as they explore their undergraduate collaboration.

Hakim Walker (CAS’09) and Francis Pina (MET’09) are best friends, roommates, and copresidents of Speak for Yourself, BU’s spoken word and slam poetry group. Today, they kick off a series called “Points of Departure,” conversations with seniors every day this week, leading up to Commencement.

They’ll be graduating Sunday, but it sounds like their BU-based collaboration is far from over. “I love being on campus, even when I don’t have to be,” says Walker. “So I’m trying to stay in Boston. I really hope I can. Most likely Francis will be staying in the city, too. We’ll still be hanging out. We’ll still be crashing Speak meetings, going to shows — and stealing stage time.”

Four creative years can’t be compressed into a few creative minutes, but what does emerge is the strength of a great friendship, using wordplay to create shared visions.

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.


7 Comments on Points of Departure: Hakim Walker and Francis Pina

  • Anna on 05.11.2009 at 9:19 am

    Great dynamic, guys! Thanks for sharing your story and your passion for poetry. You have contributed so much to BU and you sure as anything better stick around!

  • Jessica Lin on 05.11.2009 at 11:31 am

    Great Four Years

    I flipping love you guys, and you have made the past four years beautiful, insightful, and amazing. I will have to keep crashing BU as long as you guys do too!

  • JACK on 05.11.2009 at 11:33 am


    BU says goodbye to two of its most talented assets Sunday. Kudos to BUToday for recognizing that.

  • Gina Regonini on 05.11.2009 at 12:01 pm

    Go to their shows!

    Speak for Yourself is incredible- Hakim and Francis are extremely talented members, and there’s more where that came from! Great job and congratulations, gentlemen!

  • Kemi on 05.11.2009 at 12:58 pm


    Boys, it’s “I sprinkle my scrambled eggs with salt and lead paint chips.” That’s okay, you were close. :)

  • Anonymous on 05.15.2009 at 12:37 pm


    you guys are great!! keep it up!!

  • Anonymous on 05.16.2009 at 9:56 am


    I graduated BU in 2008 and Speak for Yourself shows are one of the highlights of my time there. I still come back. I am so glad BU Today is recognizing Francis & Hakim. Thanks for 4 great years guys!

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