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Trayvon Martin Dedication: “Black is Just as Right”

15 Jul
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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and author of Ephemeral Moments. This book of poetry and short stories addresses issues such as: struggles of faith, domestic abuse, racial injustice, a falling economy, and contemporary love – all through the eyes of a Christian. It is available for purchase on Create Space eStoreTo preview the book, click here To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here.

Featured Poem of the Week: “Man Where the Leaders At” by Bernell Wesley

6 May

leaders at

Way back when I was young,

When things were good, when

Just to be on a bus was good enough,

When,

Kids acted like they should, when

They didn’t talk back,

Did their homework,

Because making good grades was yea, good,

Man, where the leaders at,

When, words like wack, crack, slack and jacked

Meant nothing to be alarmed about, when

Pants were worn way up, not way down, when

On the down low, meant you had more than one

Woman, not a woman and man

Man, where the leaders at, when

There were no policemen, metal detectors

In school lock-downs or Saturday in school arrests,

Man, where the leaders at,

Man, where the leaders at,

Man, where the leaders at.

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About the Author: 

“I am a junior at Georgia State University completing my degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in History. I was born on a sugar cane plantation outside of  Morgan City Louisiana 59 years ago. I am honored to have worked on Operation Moses, the first ever air lift of the Beta  Israel or Falashas from Sudan to America and Israel in 1984. I am [also] writing a script: Operation Moses: A Journey From a  Louisiana Sugar Cane Plantation To Africa.”
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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Featured Poem of the Week: “Devil’s Game” by Alicia Cooper

23 Apr

violence-domestic

Satisfied, he falls asleep

Thoughts drifting into dreams

Mad as Hell, I lie awake

Struggling to bridle my screams

Traces of my stolen DNA

Sheathe his most private places

While bleeding cuts and purple bruises

Defile my most sacred spaces

I gently nudge him but he doesn’t stir,

So I connive a hasty retreat

But flashbacks of an invariable scene

Fill my mind with familiar speech,

“You’ll die before I let you go!”

He cautioned countless times

“No one will miss a dumb Black girl!

Killing nothing is no crime!”

His mean and hateful words reduced me,

Rocked my esteem to its very core

But that was then and this is now

I’ll be subdued no more!

My eyes shift to the nightstand

That rests on his side of the bed

The one that holds the cold yellow steel

Which he uses for Russian Roullette

My movement is quick but deliberate

As I slide deftly onto the rug

And tiptoe on aching and shaky legs

‘Round the bed of the man I once loved

My eyes remain fixed directly on his

As I creep ‘cross the carpeted floor

Apprehension begs me to please turn back

But a still voice whispers, “No more!”

I seize the knob with a trembling hand

And pull open the drawer with precision

My heart is racing like a runaway train

As I ponder the cost of my decision

But, I have no time for contemplation

And although I know it’s dead wrong

I choose life for me instead of for him

I must get back to where I belong

My deadly gold savior greets me

With a cold and malevolent grin

Where many nights he was my tormentor

Tonight he is my friend

Never one to handle this gun

It’s much heavier than I assumed

I have no clue if it’s loaded or not

Guess I’ll know in a second or two

It’s not that I’m happy that he’ll die tonight

But better him than me

This golden Glock was full of bullets

And now, so is he!

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About the Author: 

“My name is Alicia Cooper, and I live in Atlanta, GA. This poem was actually inspired by a group that I am in on FB that supports domestic violence victims. Listening to the individual stories of survival and the heartbreaking stories of those still going through it and their thoughts about how they would be able to escape, really spoke to me. I know the struggle of being involved in such a relationship and was able to get out, but some women never make it out, and if they do, sometimes it’s because they had to resort to violence themselves in order to obtain their ‘freedom.’”

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Featured Poem of the Week: “I Am More, I Am Me” by Angela Phillips

29 Jan

black woman painting

I was told to become who I was not

I was labeled outside of my name and then I forgot

I forgot who I was when I saw the images

Images portrayed of me that did not represent me

Yet these images were what they expected of me

Just because as far as their eyes could see, these women were the same color as me

Represent me? In what way do you mean?

I am more than just a body that they say is only good for sex

I am more than just a hair style that they say is fake

I am more than my nails that they say the Koreans made

I am more than just my eyes, I have a vision to see that in me lies the ability to be more than just a
drama queen

I am more than just my mouth that they say keeps me from getting a good black man

In my mouth speaks wisdom and truth that those who seek wisdom and truth can understand

I am more than just my legs they weren’t meant to only spread but to be a connector to my hips, my
ankles and my feet so I can walk out my God given destiny with integrity so please

Open your eyes to see past the culturally conditioned society

I am more than what they said I could never be

You see I already existed and there are many more like me

It’s not hard to find me if you are willing to see past the images they only want you to see

Open your eyes and see

I am more, I am me

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Angela Phillips, Maryland

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The founder of Your Black PoetsAyvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic  writing and acting. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.

Throwback Feature: “As I Grew Older” by Langston Hughes

7 Nov

Langston Hughes

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun–
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky–
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. To see her writings and services, click here. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here

Featured Video of the Week: “Spelling Father” by Marshall Davis Jones

26 Oct

 

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. To see her writings and services, click here. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here

Featured Poem of the Week: “Unrequited” by Miss Quote

24 Oct

You watched me sell my pride to anyone who would buy it.

This fight is only for the strong and careless.

We are not meant to be sterile. There is something healthy about this mess.

When you aren’t around, I’m uninspired. My poetry goes to rest

If you treat it like a disease you will always seek a cure for our side effects.

Today I tasted the salt of your soul and wondered what made you so hypertensive at best.

Who are you without your complex?

Who the hell am I without my perplex?

Even as a coward, you maintain powerful intellect.

The world is your oyster and you don’t even own a pearl necklace?

I watched you with eyes blinking to my sunsets.

We are a defiant merger of sorts.

Human capital with commodities competing at a loss.

Who knew a cut is the same thing as the incisions it aborts?

Our connection isn’t cerebral. This is a colonizing spiritual contort.

Is this why the institution of marriage is less about love and more about courts?

I don’t want this anymore than tricks want magicians to support.

You make this hard even when reason is impotent.

I tore away your body to get to your naked soul.

It is the same reason we pick a flower and put it to our nose.

Spiritual instinct I suppose.

This era is the oasis where all inhibition grows.

It is a glorious day when men smell the burning of their own throne.

My child, there are many ways to love. Just ask your foes.

There is more that protects the hearts from bleeding out onto sleeves.

I have never prayed like this; just ask my knees.

It cannot be helped; emotions grow like weeds.

This fight is only for the strong and careless.

Oh he loved me not, he loved me best.

Unrequited love is always the type of fight that pride never forgets.

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Miss Quote

About the Author:

Miss Quote is a feminist force of unique talent and poise. Hailing from Montego Bay, Jamaica, which she regards playfully as her heartbeat, she is many things — singer, songwriter, actress, and author. Yet, her definition remains rooted in her spoken word persona, Miss Quote. She first appeared at open mics in South Florida under the mentorship of the late Will “Da Real One” Bell, a celebrated community activist and HBO Def Poet alumni. She can be found these days performing in cities around the globe with great passion and thoughtfullness, wanting more than to empower her audience. Her voice will speak to your mind and sing to your soul.

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. To see her writings and services, click here. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here

“Assisting developing poets with vital resources”: Solid Truth Entertainment of Las Vegas

22 Oct

Ida Marie Collins a.k.a. SOLID

Hello YBP Family!

Previously, we talked about how chap books can help you establish and build your presence in the poetry community. There are many different independent publishers who publish these fun-sized poetry booklets. Heck, you might even venture out and do it for yourself. Great. So now, what are other ways to help promote yourself and your work? Today, we hear from the founder of Solid Truth Entertainment, Ida Marie Collins — popularly known as SOLID.

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1.)   Please briefly share with the YBP community how you came to be a woman of poetry and how long you’ve been in the business. 

 I would say I have been a silent poet all my life. Writing and reading came natural to me; it was my passion since the age of 3. As a youngster, I easily memorized lengthy speeches and poems as a way to overcome a speech impediment. I never performed poetry in public before 2006. After seeing 2 local Las Vegas poets, Bliss and LaBlaque onstage, I was instantly inspired and immediately went home to begin writing. Being from Philly, music, culture, and poetry was in my blood, but this new style of performance poetry intrigued me and awakened a longing to speak my own painful truth with authority. 

I began writing on a daily basis and even performed on the double decker bus on the strip during the weekends under the name “Ms. Peaches.” Yearning for a place to express my work I began seeking open mics, and 300 performances later, I am no longer known as the soft, squishy fruit that bruises easily. I am strong, but flexible, and now known as “SOLID” – Socially Organizing Literally Inspiring Desire.” Although I produce and host shows for other artists, I still consider myself a newbie; an eternal student. I am truly a ‘groupie’ for poetry.

2.)  As the founder of Solid Truth Entertainment, you state that the goal of your company is to assist developing poets and other artists with vital resources and networking opportunities to ensure a smooth transition into the entertainment business. Will you please inform our readers of how your company achieves this? 

I am a social butterfly and a social media marketing specialist. By combining the information I collected while doing research for my own projects, I found various ways to help others. I began to share that information freely with other aspiring artists. That grew into an intense desire to teach others the correct ways to move forward while bartering or working with a minimal budget.

 SOLID Truth Entertainment coordinates events that allow upcoming artists to gain experience on stage, while promoting their products and services to industry professionals and fundraisers that can assist them to get to the next level. When other business owners or non-profits see that artists are hungry, sincere, and dedicated to SUCCESS, they are more than willing to offer the vital feedback needed to help the artist elevate their game. It comes from mutual respect. Everybody loves to be entertained and inspired.

3.)  Compared to the competitors of Solid Truth Entertainment, what sets your company apart? What services and benefits do you offer that would encourage writers to use your company over others?

SOLID Truth Entertainment feels there is no competition in EXCELLENCE. We pride ourselves on a job well done. STE provides consultations, referrals, mentoring, artist development, and leadership based on the needs of the individual artist or group. We provide coaching and training that enhances self-awareness and inspires creativity. Mental and behavioral stability have often been an issue with entertainers in the past, so we start with the individual artist first. Our seasoned consultants have proven success records and years of experience in the industry. We believe to do your best, you should be willing to learn from the best.

It is imperative that artists begin with the basics. Talent is not the only aspect that guarantees success. One must be dedicated, self-motivated, and balanced to have longevity in this business. STE delivers its products and services with truth, honesty, and respect. The process of self-discovery is just the first phase of knowing what you can accomplish as an artist. It’s not always about money.

4.)  Given that Solid Truth Entertainment is based in Las Vegas, in what regions of the United States does your company serve? 

Technology has allowed us to provide our services to artists worldwide. We use webinars, conference calling, video technology, and social media marketing to share much needed information. The personal touch is always there, because we plan the training and coaching sessions around the schedule of the artist. STE has worked with artists from the bay area and southern California, to Gary, Indiana, NY, New Jersey, Philadelphia, NC, SC, Florida, and Texas. By staying connected to a vast network of experienced artists who are dedicated to the success of others, we are able to offer referrals in every area. It’s really up to the artist to provide STE with the information that can help us help them. 

5.) What would you say is the number one thing to avoid doing while trying to build a career as a poet, and why?

Be original. There is only limited power in mimicking the talents, cadence, or style of others. Remember it is the inner voice that produces the outer glow. In the midnight sky all the stars shine, but each one has its own brilliance and spectrum of light. It is better to stand out than to try to fit in. Everyone has star potential.

6.)   Where can readers learn even more about you, your company, and your work? 

More information on SOLID Truth and SOLID Truth Entertainment can be found respectively at http://www.solidtruthlv.wordpress.com and solidtruthent.webs.com.

Thank you so much for sharing your time and expertise with the YBP community. We appreciate you!

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. To see her writings and services, click here. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here

Featured Poem of the Week: “I Am My Mother My Father My Child” by Claudette Scholfield-Grimes

16 Oct

My mother knew not how to love me

My father chose to be free

Abandoned to find my own way

I chose to parent me

I am my own mother

I gave birth to my identity

I am my own father

The junior to only me

I taught my child to be a man

I taught him how to respect

I, father and mother of his birth

I taught him not to neglect

Like a mother I held my self tightly

When I found myself in pain

Alone I walked the floor nightly

I choose to lay no blame

Like a father of my only child

I would not let myself go

Who could better protect me

Than the father and mother I know

I am my own father

Preparing my son to leave the nest

The rite of passage in fatherly pride

I prepared him to past the test

I am my own mother

My only child I must protect

Questioning the motives of others

Would they too leave him to neglect?

So like a mother I questioned

Can they love my child more?

Can they provide protection?

Pay attention and not ignore

I am my own mother

I am my mother’s only child

I am my own father

I gave myself my father’s style

I have taught my child to distinguish

The good from the bad

I taught this child to discover

What I never had

I taught my child to seek wisdom

The likes I never knew

I have taught this child to listen

The way good parents do

His  mother will never abandoned

His father will never forsake

This child will not have to wonder

What is real and what is fake

I am my own mother

I love my only son

I am my own father

Beholden to only One

I will make my child a good child

I will protect him from all harm

I will hold my child oh so closely

Hold him tightly in my arms

…these arms that are my own.

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Featured Poem of the Week: “Undead” by DeTyme POET

10 Oct

David DeTyme Tolliver

Every day I hide my skeletons

walk with the zombies

and sleep with a ghost…

To wake to a nightmare that haunts me

it seems, whether wearing masks or scary dreams

every day’s become Halloween and now the other holidays taunt me

Valentines and Christmas eves

giving thanks and sharing memories with family trees

the roots, the branches and the leaves

now all Halloween, the willows weep

the autumn falls of dusty leaves crumbled one by one

the willows weep and like the trees the seasons change

and all the withering memories flee like wilting leaves

or roses

Left for dead… amongst the dead

on tombstones

where the zombies rise again

uncovering the skeletons you’ve hidden within

coffins, closets or even skin…

Yes, flesh is home to heart and bone

but when disguised your smile can hide

your deepest secrets and wounded pride

but what happens when theres nothing left inside?

Maybe Im just a phantom

I fathom I get whatever I imagine I desire…

then I just bring it to my grave

burn ember like jackolantern smiles

twisted face with a twist of fate

faintly burning away from the inside

what expression shall I carve…

I could be anything or anyone you want me to be

And that’s the scariest part…

we all wear masks

costumes too, sometimes unaware of what costumes do

give you false facades and embellish truths

until those costumes you wear essentially consume you

Welcome to my nightmare

the children look the happiest

but these are not the innocent

this is dead walking amongst the dead

zombies who tuck their skeletons away

vampires who stay fed, they suck

monsters stay green, and fresh blood stays red

and like I said… the children Look the happiest

but they don’t remain unscathed

sometimes they carry their own scythes that slice their innocence away

walking boldly towards any opportune door

that could seem to make life a little sweeter

young men vanish like magic tricks

he doesn’t know any other way to treat her

all he sees is full moon, he’d rather leave her then to beat her

emotionally or physically, yet it will not defeat her

for she sees herself in costume too

a simple sheet…

all white, or bloody stained

its alright for shes died inside enough to know

theres no more pain, if she goes ghost

…what other option would death provoke?

Trick or treat? They haunt these streets

monsters equally masked the same

whispering ravenous echoes of lost love

never mentioning the others name

“and now…

you can live with your skeletons

sleep with the ghosts in your bed

and rise in the morning to an endless Halloween

Walking through life… Undead”

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David DeTyme Tolliver a.k.a DeTyme POET, Tampa, FL

About the Author:

David is from Cleveland but currently lives in Tampa, FL. He hosts a monthly slam and showcase in the bay, and it is 3 years running. Additionally, he also hosts a weekly New Ink open mic promoting new writers and poems from your local favorites. Click here to contact DeTyme POET and find out more information about his events and performance schedule. 

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You & the Chapbook: Publisher Speaks on Publishing & Promoting Your Poetry

3 Oct

Hello YBP Family!

Publishing your poetry can be a daunting task, as a writer. Should I approach major publishers? I want to be famous! Should I use an independent — “inde” — publisher? Will anyone find my stuff this way? Heck, should I just do the #$%^ thing myself?! I’ll make sure errbody and they mama know who I am! This is a common cranial war that wreaks havoc on many a poet’s brain. Today Christopher K.P. Brown — co-founder of  the unique publishing company 2 Pens & Lint – will help lay our minds to rest.  Lyrical ladies and gents, I present to you Christopher K.P. Brown.

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1.) Please briefly share with the YBP community how you came to be a man of poetry and how long you’ve been in the business. 

I began writing poetry when I was 14 years old (1999). The first poem I ever wrote won 1st place at a poetry competition at a university back home in Arkansas. I’ve unofficially been in the business since then. I sold 200 copies of my first book when I was 16. I self-published the book using a printer and a computer my folks had purchased for me. I’ve officially been in the business since November 2008. Currently, 2 Pens & Lint publishes chapbooks for poets and we also run the website, Poetry247.com which promotes spoken word events in Philly, NYC, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

2.) As one of the founders of 2 Pens & Lint LLC., will you please inform our readers of how your company helps poets like us through the production of chapbooks? What is a chapbook?

We publish chapbooks for poets. We’re pretty open to what we publish, however we don’t publish erotic poetry. Our service allows poets to put out new product and double their money while doing so. One of the main goals of our company is to put money directly into poets’ pockets. Chapbooks are a small booklet of poetry. Our chapbooks normally consist of 20-25. Traditionally, a poet would produce their own chapbook but the process can be very expensive and very time consuming which is where we come in. We do all of the work for the poet and we do it at a low price. This allows the poet to focus on performing and writing.

3.) Compared to the competitors of 2 Pens & Lint LLC., what sets your company apart? What benefits do you offer that would encourage writers to use your company over others or set aside self-publishing?

We’re more personal. To this day our poets still know they can call me at 2:00 AM in the morning, and I’ll answer my phone regarding their chapbook. We’re a small company with a small staff which allows us to be much more organized. This allows us to actually communicate with our clients on a regular basis and see what their particular goals are regarding poetry and their chapbook. With this in mind we’ll normally offer suggestions and tips to our poets about how to go about achieving those goals. One major plus for us as a company is that we work directly with poets on a lot of major poetry scenes. We actually attend open mics and other poetry events so we’re more in tune with the scene than most larger companies are. As far as self-publishing, as I mentioned before we save our poets both time and money so they can stay focused on the poetry.

4.) Even beyond chapbooks, what would you say are the top three ways poets and spoken word artists can promote themselves and their work?

The top three ways right now are video, performing at open mics regularly, and building up a strong online presence (website, Facebook, and Twitter at least).

5.) What would you say is the number one thing to avoid doing while trying to build a career as a poet, and why?

Don’t forget to write good poetry. Seems simple but I see it all the time. People promote, build connections, save up money for projects but forget that none of that matters if you’re not taking the time to continuously become a better writer.

6.) Where can readers learn even more about you and check out some of your poetry?

Currently, the best way is through my personal website – www.dancingwithscars.com. I have quite a bit posted there, and I will be using that site from here on out for all things Christopher K.P. Brown.

Thank you so much for sharing your time and expertise with the YBP community. We appreciate you!

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Poetry Events Update: What’s Happening Near You This Week?

1 Oct

Attn. Washington, DC

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 2nd at 9:00 PM
Venue: Langston Room, 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Details: Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by Twain. For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Tickets are $5 at the door. For details on advance ticket purchase, click here. To contact the venue by phone, call: 202-387-7638.
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 2nd at 8:30 PM
Venue: Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid Street NW, Washington, DC (near Banneker High School and Howard University School of Business)
Details: Droopy the Broke Baller and Dwayne B. the Crochet Kingpin  present the renowned Spit Dat weekly open mic –Thursday nights, 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM. This is one of the longest running open mics in Washington, D.C., and it recently won a NUSPA (National Undergroud Spoken Word Award) for venue of the year.
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Attn. Virginia

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 2nd at 8:00 PM
Venue: See flyer above.
Details: Open to poets, singers, musicians, MCs, rappers, magicians, and comedians. Free and open to the public.
 
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Attn. Texas, Michigan, Ohio

Future The Poet performing…

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:30 PM
Venue: Red Cat Jazz Cafe, 711 Franklin St., Downtown Houston, TX 77002 (next to Historic Magnolia Brewery Building)
Details: Come out and see Future The Poet perform. For additional details about the venue, click here.
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Date & Time: Saturday, October 6th at 7:30 PM
Venue: University of Michigan-Flint, French Hall Theatre, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48502-1950.
Details: Future The Poet will not only be performing at the national Super Talent Show. Tickets are $10. We are planning to organize this event annually with the upcoming show being the first installment. We look forward to seeing YOU come out!  Online auditions for next year will begin on July 1st and end on July 31st. Either send a YouTube link to garyjones@live.com (performance time limit is 5 minutes) or audition in-person. In-person auditions are at the University of Michigan-Flint Kiva auditorium on July 20th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM and July 21st 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
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Date & Time: Sunday, October 7th at 7:30 PM
Venue: Delish, 149 N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45402
Details: Future The Poet will be headlining The Lyrical Lounge Spoken Word & Open Mic Night. Be there early to sign up if you would like to participate.
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Attn. New York

Date & Time: Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 PM
Venue: Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY
Details: Open mic every Thursday, same time, same place
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Attn. Florida

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 26th at 8:00 PM
Venue: Club Easy, 878 Hwy US1, Rockledge, FL 32955
Details: Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month. Doors open at 8:00 PM and the event starts at about 9:00 PM.
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Attn. British Virgin Islands

Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Details: For additional information, click here to contact Emorej Bless by sending a message.

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“Ask Me” by Sioban Campbell of the UK

14 Sep

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. She is also a freelance editorpoet, and spoken word artist. To publicize your poetry events on YBP for free, click here. To like Your Black Poets on Facebook, click here. To become Ayvaunn’s Facebook friend, click here.

“POET MESSAGE” by Luella Hill-Dudley

13 Sep

I felt words brewing all inside of me

until the words became so strong

that it begin to move my arms

the paper became the floor mat

for my words that is brewing in my soul

 

can’t contain these words

so I have to throw them at you

becoming nausea when I can’t release my words

 

as the words begin to travel alone the line of the paper

it begin to no longer look like paper but a map

drawing me in deeper and deeper

 

Shock at the formation that poetry has me in

I’m wondering what is happening to me?

Looking at first time poets trembling at the mic

Looking at the season poets that leave the mic in sparks

Looking at the poetry movement just igniting more fire inside of me

until one day I had to discover I am a poet

but once when I learned I am a poet

I begin to walk the line of a poet

I begin to allow the bravery of another poet

to become my bravery that took me to the stage

 

then poetry said, ” now you finally made it to the platform

for me to marinated you into poetry juices”

So I am thinking I am working my poetry

but poetry said, “no I’m really working you”

once when you become confortable in your own skin

then I will clip wings to your back

and release you to meet up with destiny

then destiny will define who you really are

For your are more than a poet

Poetry is your platform that about to take you

to the next level.

ARE YOU READY POET?

 

Are you ready poet

to take that journey with me?

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. She is also a freelance editorpoet, and spoken word artist. To publicize your poetry events on YBP for free, click here. To like Your Black Poets on Facebook, click here. To become Ayvaunn’s Facebook friend, click here.

“Thorn in my Side” by Ayvaunn Penn

9 Sep

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ATTN Florida: Spoken Word Artist ‘Future’ to Perform

31 Aug

Share if you know poetry lovers in Florida! What a great way to have a good time during Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy!

Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. She is also a freelance editorpoet, and spoken word artist. To like Your Black Poets on Facebook, click here. To become Ayvaunn’s Facebook friend, click here.

“Pregnancy Gleam” by Nicole Anyadike

29 Aug

To the ones who don’t know… It’s not that you’re slow, but you let this guy take a piece of your soul and fill it up with his intentions and plant it right there… into your ovaries for 9 months of conception. Are you feeling lost? Lonely? Do you sometimes feel as if  you gave your goods to a dog like a piece of bologna? And you ask yourself.. how could that sweet loving bliss turn into something like this?

When the world and everything in it walked away from you, the sky turned blue. You accumulated your tears in a bucket as the neighbors watched the rain wash their window looking at the sky of blue thunder, while you’re trying to knock out the sounds of your emotions like we do when the Jehovah’s Witness arrives… who did you tell when you felt deprived?

Sometimes I wish I could of just scooped up your pile of tears and told you listen to your spirit when you got weak, and just  use it as purification for your face, because what breaks you can only make you. Sometimes I wish I could have replaced your hands with mine and sketched that outfit you said you couldn’t make come to life and paint those pictures of who really loves  you. Sometimes wish I could of caught you three months before you turned 16, because if I did… on August 26th the doctors wouldn’t have to hear you scream.

I know right now your soul is aching when it plays the piano in the dark. You collab with those creatures whom we are afraid of when they come out in the dark. But you make a BEAUTIFUL melody. If you were to play Beethoven in the dark, those graceful hands would touch the souls of those who were antiemetic. Your like a lantern in dark uniting those lost souls, locking hands and singing: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, I’m gonna let it shine…”

With the 2 inches of body fat you used to pinch and label gut has how turned into 37 weeks of a mother and baby in development. You need to now find happiness within the man upstairs as your walking through the judgments of people from different points of view and laughing with those who aren’t true.

In 3 weeks, your baby is going to be here. But 205 days ago when that test came positive you were about to say no. As a mother, you gotta be the hawk for your family and it’s needs. I’m not saying all men are perfect, but when things not goin’ right you need to have your soul in place and use the skin from the Holy Bible as protection and mix those pages of wisdom with the cerebral fluid in your brain and store it like you would for your baby’s umbilical cord. B/c you may never know when your gonna need it.

Maintaining that systolic 120 and the dialostic 80. Trying to have less complications for her and her baby. Because the clock is ticking, there’s no script… this is reality. There’s only 84 600 seconds in a day, which gives her 24 hours and no room to play. She’s not living like she’s dying… wailing out that controversial motto: YOLO. Thank God, it wasn’t YOYO (you on your own) when the pressure was on her and the seed has grown. With God’s grace, she made it without being alone.  Don’t think this poem is to condone Teenage pregnancies its to keep those juvenile souls from roaming alone without  guidance from our Father in Heaven.

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. She is also a freelance editorpoet, and spoken word artist. To like Your Black Poets on Facebook, click here. To become Ayvaunn’s Facebook friend, click here.

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