Have Your Poetry Featured

*********

Not Accepting Submissions at This Time

*********

The black poetry community looks forward to hearing from you! To have your original poetry featured on the leading black poetry website, please email the following information to  ayvaunnpennspokenword@gmail dot com along with the poem(s) you are submitting:

Three easy steps!

1.) The title of your poem(s)

2.) Your name, where you are from, and any brief thoughts you would like to share about you and your poem(s) with the Your Black Poets audience

3.) Type “Your Black Poets” in the title line

Thank you for your submission! Be sure to subscribe, so you can be automatically notified via email when YOUR poem is featured.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Important Note: By submitting any of your work to Your Black Poets — ultimately the Your Black World network in its entirety — you are automatically agreeing to and acknowledging that you understand the following. You are giving Ayvaunn Penn permission to publish your poem(s) for the purpose of the entirety of the Your Black World network and ayvaunnpenn.wordpress.com (including its affiliate sites) to be published on these websites. You know that making any submissions will not incur any monetary benefits for you. Your Black World in its entirety reserves the right not to feature or publish poems they feel are inappropriate or that do not reflect the image Your Black World and its entirety would like to represent. Your Black World also reserves the right not to publish all or any of the poems submitted.

263 Responses to “Have Your Poetry Featured”

  1. Tyronda Jackson January 14, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    I love writing and would love sharing.

    • ayvaunnpenn January 14, 2013 at 6:33 am #

      We’d love to have you share, Tyronda!

      • Nego True February 22, 2013 at 4:46 am #

        Your Black Poets

        ‘Starts Early by Nego True

        2.) My names Nego True, I’m originally from Zimbabwe, I was born and raised in East London, Leyton to be precised. I created this poem as a narrative and to allow people to understand more of when and why a lot of young people in my area are percieved the way they are, I just hope the poems speaks. I’m also on twitter @NegoTrue

  2. Carolynn April 30, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Interested? If so, I’ll send in word doc as my laptop doesn’t have Internet right now. I am white, 2nd generation Italian, Christian. In our culture, matriarchs rule just like in African-American homes too:-)

    Thanks.

    Carolynn

    The Divine in the City

    The root of insignificance is significant enough to make you ponder the meaning inside the meaning inside the meaning until you are a vapor,
    annoying puffs of pollen,
    a saffron-color explosion –
    thick fuzz coating cars, lawn chairs,
    all things Americana, a rich coating on anything still.

    Once in Philadelphia, at the corner of 8th and Arch, I witnessed a homeless man sleeping at the foot of a brick building, protected above by a winged-feathered canopy.

    His long, mahogany-colored arms were bent into an awkward pose, resembling a crooked-cradle; how his head almost disappeared into the abyss-shaped hole his arms made.

    He was loud; he was contrast
    juxtaposed with the tit-tat traffic,
    the spit-spat rants, and the slick-Rick, two-stepping Motown Man mic-up across the street, singing about how things are going to get easier;
    Ooh, child/Things’ll get brighter.

    And I remembered when I had wondered away from my mother once inside a Woolworth’s as she tried on wig after wig after wig.

    I was lost but later found by a lovely black woman who smelled of lavender soap. She called me child while holding me close to her meaty hips, making me feel safe.

    And I thought about Christ,
    and His own homeless imprint on humanity-

    Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.

    This is the way of The Divine,
    where the significant become insignificant, the insignificant significant; where the last will be first
    and the first last.

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Jason Houston September 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmWnQzd6x0w&feature=youtube_gdata_player Hello my name is Jason. I’m from charlotte nc. I’m 30 years old. I started writing almost 2 years ago. I have more videos on youtube qcthagreat2. I was trying to get this video featured if possible. Thank you and have a blessed day

  4. kathyle1 November 25, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Enchanting self shots
    http://bdsm.sexblog.pw/?paginate.magdalena
    homemade toys and games salt water pool system electronics non traditional college courses pilippines heels porn

  5. crime city ipad cheats without jailbreak September 4, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    You will discover about three nearly all important causes to why you ought to do not delay get rid
    of every one of the network limits from an individual smart phone.
    ) It has only gotten more difficult to compare between the carriers.
    Your total 2 year cost for the family plan is $6,316.

  6. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a
    blog that’s both equally educative and interesting, and without
    a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The
    problem is something too few people are speaking intelligently
    about. I am very happy I found this during my hunt for something
    concerning this.

  7. getawayjordan July 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    MOTHERS OF THE MOVEMENT ON STAGE

    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Had the look of tigers caged
    Shared pain publicly
    In full view of #DNC
    Don’t have option to disengage

    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Swallowed barely concealed rage
    All lost a child
    But bravely smiled
    Used this 2 turn emotional page

    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Could’ve vanished, but chose to stay
    Don’t want credit
    Or a sympathy edit
    To join this club, a heavy price paid

    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Some mighty deep waters to wade
    Put the guns down
    Keep kids above ground
    Not the time to play Political games

    #MothersoftheMovement on stage
    Value of this image hard to gauge
    Some see vindication
    Others see exploitation
    Worth of this meeting is revealed with age

  8. Akia Thorpe February 3, 2017 at 2:44 am #

    Would greatly appreciate spreading the word about this poetry. It really touched me and I think it would others too, especially in these times. He’s so young and talented. https://officialkevynteape.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/uncle-sam/

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Poor Black Men Have Poorer Mental Health « ayvaunnpenn - June 13, 2011

    […] Yes, the latter factors could apply to anyone. Whenever studies are conducted, however, these traits disproportionately  represent blacks. The black community should not despair, though, because it is within our power to change that. It will not happen over night, but it starts with putting more emphasis on education. The rest — getting a job, escaping poverty, and minimizing mental stress — will fall in line. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  2. Hispanics Outnumber and Make More Money Than Blacks « ayvaunnpenn - June 13, 2011

    […] As the black community, this new knowledge should not make us angry that the Hispanic population is doing well. However, this information should make us want to do better for ourselves. That is not to say that all black people do not work hard. That is to say we should work together to help bring our people up to speed. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  3. Grammy Winner Buju Banton Faces 15 Years « ayvaunnpenn - June 13, 2011

    […] Banton will hear his fate at a Tampa federal court hearing  set for June 23. In the mean time, he is trying to get an acquittal and a new trial. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  4. Michael B. Hancock: Denver’s Second Black Mayor « ayvaunnpenn - June 13, 2011

    […] Instead of keeping his past life a secret from the public, Hancock embraced it in his speeches. When he spoke on the obstacles he had to tackle growing up, one of the things he said was “We’ve come from difficult situations, we’ve faced serious challenges, but yet we’re still here.” This and many other triumphant phrases like it enabled him to connect with his voters. The support and volunteer work put in by Hancock’s family certainly paid off allowing him to beat his opponent, Chris Romer, who was initially the favorite candidate in the campaign. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  5. Comedian Katt Williams Arrested for Stupid Act « ayvaunnpenn - June 13, 2011

    […] According to reports from TMZ, “the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. quickly arrived to the scene – arrested the women for assault with a deadly weapon and busted Katt for felony intimidating a witness.” Williams was jailed with bail set at $50,000, but he was soon released that night. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.  […]

  6. McDonald’s Charging Black Customers Extra Money? « ayvaunnpenn - June 13, 2011

    […] McDonald’s tweeted on Saturday, “That pic is a senseless & ignorant hoax McD’s values ALL our customers. Diversity runs deep in our culture on both sides of the counter.” Despite their declaration via Twitter, the picture continues to circulate on the web. Yesterday, McDonald’s addressed their patrons on Twitter once again saying, “That Seriously McDonalds picture is a hoax.” It looks like no matter how much McDonald’s tries to deny the photo and protect their image, the picture will continue to shock those who find it. The company may not make any progress with out taking their defensive claims to other media outlets such as television and radio. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.  […]

  7. Stevie Wonder Inducted into Apollo Legends Hall of Fame « ayvaunnpenn - June 13, 2011

    […] There will be performances from surprise guests such as Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Paul Schaffer, Wyclef Jean, Raphael Saadiq, and Chick Corea among others. At the end of this night of musical fanfare, Stevie Wonder will join artists such as Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, and Gladys Knight in the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. Wonder’s name will be etched on a plaque and stand alongside the others on the Apollo Walk of Fame under the theater’s legendary marquee on 125th Street in Harlem. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.  […]

  8. Sacrificing Christianity for Success is Unnecessary « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] What makes this aspect of Franklin shine is the fact that we live in times where people are continuously and gradually being convinced that anything can go. Before some know it, they have totally lost all the morals they once cherished and revered. Some people have allowed the world to convince them that it is okay to cheat in order to get a promotion. In Franklin’s situation, he could have persuaded himself that finishing a film was worth ignoring the Sabbath. With Christianity and the church being a strong pillar in many African-American homes, Franklin serves as reminder that Christians should never forsake their Christian roots.  He is also proof that it is not necessary to dishonor God for the sake of success. Franklin shows Christians that honoring God’s word and climbing to the top can be done simultaneously without one hindering the other. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.  […]

  9. President Obama Speaks on Weiner « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] Numerous public figures have already given their take on Weiner’s situation and what they believe he should do. However, I dare say there were a good number of people who couldn’t wait to hear what Mr. President had to say and — in addition — are not opposed to his prescribed actions for Weiner. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  10. 50′s Music Group the Coasters Loses Lead Singer Carl Gardner « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] A viewing and funeral services are scheduled for next week in Port St. Lucie. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  11. Obama Looking for Puerto Rican Votes « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] Although people living on the island can only vote during the primaries, there are many who live on the mainland. Their population is concentrated in New York and Florida with about 841,000 living in the latter state according to a 2010 census. If Obama wins the Puerto Ricans over, he could potentially win at least one state. The Associate Press also reports that while in Puerto Rico, “Obama will make brief remarks upon arrival in San Juan, meet with the island’s Republican governor, Luis Fortuno, and attend another fundraiser.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  12. Tracy Morgan’s Father Died of AIDS « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] It appears that Morgan genuinely regrets saying his hurtful, feisty comments. We will see how well the public accepts his apology. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  13. Ohio Governor Dubs Mavs Honorary Ohioans « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] Obviously, this statement is a jab at James since he made a totally opposite decision when he left the Cleveland team. Kasich also said in his resolution that ”the proud city of Cleveland and the entire state of Ohio share in the excitement of Dallas Mavericks fans everywhere.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  14. Michael Vick Delivers His First Commencement Speech and Awards Surprise Scholarships « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] Having Vick present at their graduation was quite a treat for these Philadelphia students, but there were two special students who got an extra dose of excitement. Graduates Monique Joseph and Rickey Savage recieved $5,000 scholarships from Vick during the ceremony. According to reports from the Associated Press, “Joseph plans to attend Penn State in the fall while Savage will go to Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. Neither the students nor their families — not even school staff — knew they would be receiving the funds.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  15. Erykah Badu’s Fashion Influenced by Religion « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  16. Trouble-Free Summer Pastimes for Youth « ayvaunnpenn - June 14, 2011

    […] These are just a few ways to keep your kids involved in positive activities in the summer months. Yes, it is a time to have fun, but do not forget to keep their minds learning and their muscles churning. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  17. NAACP Not Supporting Black New York Students « ayvaunnpenn - June 15, 2011

    […] Currently, New York’s charter schools can only hold 4 percent of one million public school children. No wonder black parents feel like the NAACP is stabbing them in the back by supporting a suit that looks to stifle the growth of charter schools and refuses to shut down public schools that fail to properly educate children. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  18. Oscar Grant’s Mother Denied Right to Confront Her Son’s Murderer « ayvaunnpenn - June 15, 2011

    […] According to the Los Angeles Times, Cephus Johnson, Grant’s 53-year-old uncle says, “that officers “snuck” Mehserle out of the courtroom, preventing the family from speaking at his release. Johnson said the court didn’t notify the family of Mehserle’s release until after he had left custody, depriving them of their right to address him before his release, as outlined in the “Victims’ Bill of Rights.”  Johnson made a special trip to the courthouse  in order to testify under the Bill of Rights, but he his efforts proved fruitless. Grant’s uncle nor his mother or any of the other family members, to this point, have had a chance to speak with Mehserle. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  19. Grandmother to be Evicted from Home for Gang Activity « ayvaunnpenn - June 15, 2011

    […] The grandmother just hopes that the eviction will be repealed. All she has to say at this point is “I’ve been here for 30 years. I raised my children here. I’m poor, and I just want to defend myself.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  20. You Can Have Dinner with Barack Obama! « ayvaunnpenn - June 15, 2011

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  21. Black Poets Overtaking the Pop Culture Scene « Your Black Poets - June 17, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  22. Philly Cemetery Thieves on the Loose « ayvaunnpenn - June 17, 2011

    […] Hopefully this victim will lock her car door next time. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  23. Montel Williams Selling Pot for Good Cause « ayvaunnpenn - June 17, 2011

    […] Based on what can be seen so far, it looks like Williams means well. He is looking to use the sale of marijuana to fuel healing — not addictions. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  24. Sagging Pants Equal No Plane Flight « ayvaunnpenn - June 17, 2011

    […] Despite it all, the Associate Press also reports that the “University of New Mexico football coach, Mike Locksley, said the school is aware of Marman’s arrest and plans to support him.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  25. Father’s Day Cards for Black Moms by Hallmark « ayvaunnpenn - June 21, 2011

    […] In response to consumers like Bryant, Kristi Ernsting — a Hallmark spokesperson — says that cards like this are created due to consumer demand and are meant to celebrate single parents of all races. Ernsting states, “[Hallmark} also released one card that was specifically addressed to all mothers in our general Hallmark line. It is our goal to create cards for the wide range of people’s relationships so that everyone who seeks to connect in a positive way with others can find a card that will meet their needs.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  26. Black Coaches on the Rise with the NCAA « ayvaunnpenn - June 21, 2011

    […] It is important to note that the NCAA is not only looking increase the number of black coaches. Reportedly the purpose of The Champion Forum is to focus on increasing the number of “ethnic minorities” as a whole in head coaching positions at colleges that have football teams. This year’s motto also includes informing coaches that they are responsible for more than making sure their players can handle hits on the field. The NCAA also expects all of their coaches to look after budgeting, fundraising, and alumni relations in addition to other things. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  27. African Refugee Graduates from Ivy League « ayvaunnpenn - June 21, 2011

    […] At the time of Michael’s resettlement, he was a high school student. He excelled in his classes here in the U.S. and explored the option of college upon the prompting of his high school counselor who saw his potential. It was all history from there, and that brings us to today. With a B.S. in biochemical engineering under his belt, it is Michael’s desire to further his education in medical school so he can return to African to help the ailing people living in poverty. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  28. “We Get It, Already! Black Males are Behind” « ayvaunnpenn - June 21, 2011

    […] The suggestion they make about it taking the help of the whole nation sounds like it could be a good idea.  Too often, however, individual people forget that they, too, are a part of the nation. We, as individuals, have power to help our black males elevate their level of academic achievement. Parents need to start taking responsibility for their children. We can start teaching our kids the basics of how to read, write, and count before they ever step foot in a school. When our kids do get to school, parents and other family members need to hold them responsible for their homework and make sure they get it done. Should there be no required homework, as often there is these days, our kids should still be taking at least 30 minutes out of their day to work practice problems in each of their text books. Education needs to take priority in the family unit. This will let our children know that nothing less than excellence is expected of them. Then when they sit in a classroom, this will be their driving force to listen, pay attention, and strive to achieve their very best. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  29. Lack of Respect for Disney’s Black Princess « ayvaunnpenn - June 21, 2011

    […] In the mean time, back to you, Rose. Thank you for playing the role of Princess Tiana with dignity and pride. Bask in your glory as the black woman among  other contributors to the Disney legacy who will be honored as official Disney Legends at the D23 EXPO. According to PR Newswire reports, this event will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 19, in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  30. Cutting Planned Parenthood « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] According to reports from the Huffington Post, “A Planned Parenthood spokesperson said Wisconsin has never seen an administration more fundamentally opposed to family planning and birth control.” The spokesperson also said that “Walker was the first gubernatorial candidate to seek and win the official endorsement of Pro-Life Wisconsin — a group that considers birth control a form of abortion and opposes sex education for teenagers.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  31. Lighter Skin = Lighter Prison Sentence « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] These numbers support the saying that in America everything white is right. This study also bolsters the distrust many people have for the justice system. Who knows if other countries sentence people to prison based on a color scale. Based on this Villanova University study, however, it definitely happens in the United States. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  32. “Kool-Aid Extra Crispy, Please”: New Fried Fair Treat « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] News of the fried Kool-Aid balls has been flying across Twitter — already. It looks like soon this treat of sorts will be right on up there with the other fried goods in the “Fried Fair Food Hall of Fame.” No, that doesn’t exist, but it looks like it should. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  33. President Obama Reaches Decision on Bringing Troops Home « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] Some government leaders are concerned about the speed of withdrawal and the time over which the move will span. The sheer fact that there will be a reduction of troops in war period, however, is likely good enough for soldiers and their families. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  34. Serena Williams’ Unexpected Wimbledon Win « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] The champion tennis player said that all she wanted was to win at least one match, and that, she did. Although Williams fell behind Rezai in the middle of their match, she came back strong and rounded it out for a win she did not expect. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  35. Michelle Obama Gets Cold Shoulder from South African President « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] In Zuma’s defense, Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for South Africa’s foreign office said, “It’s totally wrong to suggest this is a snub….If Mr Zuma or the International Relations minister were in the country they would have met her. We recognize this is a historic visit and that’s why she has been welcomed by senior cabinet ministers.” Zuma’s personal spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, stood firm on not discussing the president’s appointments simply stating that Zuma’s schedule was filled and that it could not be easily amended. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  36. Aretha Franklin Trips Over Jimmy Choo « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] Franklin said, ”The first question was, ‘How am I going to get this shoe to match my gown?’” when she found out about her fractured toe and the boot she would have to wear. Aretha, you just describe that boot like I did, and it will match whatever you tell it to match.  Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  37. Obstacles for Successful Blacks: 5 Things Not Worth Trifling With « ayvaunnpenn - June 22, 2011

    […] 2.) Being Despised By Other Black Peers For Succeeding  ”Who do you think you are? Makin’ good grades…” (spoken with contorted face)      “Uhhh (blink, blink) I’m me, and I’m going somewhere positive in life. Are you going anywhere?” (spoken with academically savvy attitude)      Actually trying not to learn is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. True there are prodigy’s who are already brilliant and who don’t need school, but as for the rest of us in this world, our lil’ behinds need to be studying our butts off. Whoever told you it’s not cool to learn needs to get somewhere and sit down. It’s also not cool to be struggling financially for the rest of your life, on the streets, or in jail. To black students whose friends criticize them for trying to succeed — perhaps even, once again, calling you white – your critical peers don’t want to see you do well because they aren’t trying to do anything for themselves. You don’t have time to be bothered with them, and they aren’t worth trifling with. 3.)  Lack of Family Support Even worse, sometimes family members can get jealous of their successful children. There is no better truth than the fact that EVERY generation should be better than the last. It’s definitely the adage to live by, and families should support it. Yeah, it is also true that for years black folks could not get an education. Well, that is not how it is anymore. Black youth today have privileges their elders couldn’t have dreamed of having. To the hateful family members, don’t knock your children. Heck, if nothing else, they are the closest thing to your future. Don’t play like you don’t want to be in good hands. To the successful blacks putting up with hateful family members, let them handle their own problems, because you know what? It’s never too late to learn. Instead of being jealous of the opportunities you have, they should be taking care of their own noggins. If they are too lazy to go to the local library and better themselves with something as simple as reading an educational book, don’t worry about them. Still love them, but their mess isn’t worth trifling with. 4.) Lack Of Resources This one is for the people aspiring to go to college. Blacks are on the rise with more and more of us pouring onto the middle class playing field. Some of us are even breaking ground to build our new mansions. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! Whereas all of that is exciting, there are still many African-Americans living in economically disadvantaged areas. That means schools in those areas don’t have nearly as many resources as schools  in wealthier school districts. All of that said, our black youth can still be successful. To the black youth fighting the lack-of-resources battle, yes, it might be more challenging, but just think. You will be stronger for it, and your success is worth fighting for. Don’t give up on your education — ultimately your life — because your books are falling apart and your desk sits under the leaky part of the ceiling. I’m not saying that’s something to be excited about. What I am saying is you can take advantage of what you have, make it work for you, and build upon it. You can still do great things. You must do great things if you ever want to be better off than what you are now. Don’t let “lack-of-resources” get in your way because “lack-of-resources” isn’t worth trifling with. Stopping to trifle will only hold you down. 5.) The Feeling Of Discouragement Well dang after reading all of this, it seems like some black students have everything going AGAINST them — friends, family, economic status. What more could possibly laden a poor soul? Discouragement – the feeling that “Since I’m up against so many odds…”, the feeling that “Since no one appreciates me…”, the feeling of “Do I even appreciate myself at this point?” To the black people out there who feel like the world is against them, if you give in to discouragement, you only put your life in the hands of others. If you’re not careful, discouragement will creep into your mind and paralyze you from brilliant on down. Yes, you are brilliant, but you won’t know until you challenge yourself. I know discouragement is hard to fight, but believe me. Discouragement will only keep you from blossoming into your brilliant self, and it’s not…I repeat…IT’S NOT worth trifling with. This is from Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  38. Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “I Could Not Survive Outside my Blackness” by Philip-Paul Grimes « Your Black Poets - June 23, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  39. Your Black Poets with Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “I Could Not Survive Outside My Blackness” by Philip-Paul Grimes « ayvaunnpenn - June 23, 2011

    […] To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  40. Racist Anti-Abortion Billboards in Oakland, Cali « ayvaunnpenn - June 23, 2011

    […] People have the right to oppose abortion, but things start getting offensive when ads begin to call out specific races of people when abortion knows no color. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  41. Not Working with a Black Company Now Has Official Business Term « ayvaunnpenn - June 23, 2011

    […] Of course Kizart’s account is only one of many across the nation. It was discussed at the convention about America’s corporations and organizations refusing to acknowledge black affiliation claiming that it is “unnecessary” since the U.S. is color blind — they would like to think. It was also pointed out, however, that such claims are false because those very companies making such claims have motives driven by racial conscious. Ultimately, it is just sad — period — that black business and black affiliation is turned down so often that the act has earned an official business term: No Urban Dictate. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  42. Black Representation Politically Threatened in Georgia « ayvaunnpenn - June 23, 2011

    […] More discussions will be held by the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Jordan School of Business at Savannah State University. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  43. Ex Smallville Actor Busted in Drug Ring « ayvaunnpenn - June 23, 2011

    […] Jones received his sentence yesterday in a Los Angeles federal court. TMZ also reports that “before sentencing…Jones begged the judge for mercy … explaining he’d lost everything — including his dog, his car, and his acting gig on “Blue Mountain State” due to the drug charges.” His whimpering paid off earning him a four year reduction on his would-be prison sentence. Jones only has to serve 366 days of the 5 years federal officials suggested. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  44. Sean Kingston Finally Out of Hospital « ayvaunnpenn - June 23, 2011

    […] On Sunday, Kingston tweeted “Feeling alot better! GOD IS GREAT! Thanks for all the prayers and support! Love you ALL!” He also shared a picture of himself throwing up a peace sign while still in the hospital. Joseph Carozza, Kingston’s publicist, released a statement on Wednesday saying that Kingston is now recovering at home. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  45. Whites Are Being Outnumbered: Preliminary Census « ayvaunnpenn - June 24, 2011

    […] The Associated Press also reports that “demographers say the numbers provide the clearest confirmation yet of a changing social order, one in which racial and ethnic minorities will become the U.S. majority by mid century.” Whereas the final 2010 census findings will be revealed this summer, the latter information is based on the most recent data collected. It is also a pretty accurate precursor to the final results which will be more detailed with householder relationships, race, and age breakdowns. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  46. Florida Congressman Accused of Sexual Harassment « ayvaunnpenn - June 24, 2011

    […] According to reports from the Associate Press, the Office of Congressional Ethics ”has no disciplinary powers, and it can only recommend further investigation by the House ethics committee. The Office of Congressional Ethics had no comment.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  47. $1.5 Million to Help Black Women Fight Diabetes « ayvaunnpenn - June 24, 2011

    […] These grants are in partnership with Together on Diabetes(R) – a $100 million five-year program. Their mission, like that of Myers Squibb, is to focus on aiding adults disproportionately affected by type2 diabetes. Lamberto Andreotti, the chief executive officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb, says that ”African-American women represent one of the country’s highest risk groups for developing and suffering the impact of type 2 diabetes.” He adds that “with these grants specifically focused on African American women, Together on Diabetes(R) is supporting innovative efforts to make self management programs work for African American women in the context of their lives.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  48. Black Woman Believes She was Sterilized Against Her Will « ayvaunnpenn - June 24, 2011

    […] According to reports from WCNC News, “Long has inquired with the task force on Black’s behalf, and will fill out paperwork to determine if her friend was sterilized through the program.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  49. Is Marriage for White People?: Controversial Book « ayvaunnpenn - June 24, 2011

    […] Those are some strong words that do not sound to good to a lot of people. First, plenty of black men have taken care of marrying outside of the black race. Second, it appears that the majority of men of other cultures maintain a certain level of dedication to women of their own heritage. Certainly, there are those men of other races who marry outside of their race. Largely, however, men of other cultures remain loyal to and wed women of their own culture. How then are black women going to get a man outside of their race? That is a challenge that still needs to be overcome — if it can ever be overcome. Lastly, it is probably safe to say that black men do not like being referred to as largely criminal and uneducated. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  50. Ways to Save Money for Black College Students « ayvaunnpenn - June 24, 2011

    […] This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black and Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  51. NFL Player Turned Substitute Teacher « Ayvaunn Penn - June 27, 2011

    […] Referring to teachers as “the guiding source of youth,” this NFL player takes his new-found leadership position in the classroom seriously. He does not merely teach from behind a podium or desk. He says he goes around the classroom “helping them (students) our individually.” He adds that “you’re constantly using your brain, especially teaching stuff that you — in my position — haven’t done in six years.” However, Bruton is not one of those substitute teachers who is content to be rusty on material they need to teach. He says, “I [am] definitely in the books, on my iPad looking up how to figure out quadratic equations and finding out angles.” Bruton definitely sounds like the black male teacher desperately needed in the scholastic world. Maybe he will be able to positively impact the lives of at least a few black students and inspire them to do great things. This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  52. Jermaine Jackson Performs in Honor of Michael Jackson « Ayvaunn Penn - June 27, 2011

    […] Jermaine sang a medley of hits that highlighted Michael’s career. Some of these songs included:  ”Scream,” ”Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and “Can You Feel It.” The Associated Press also reports that just prior to performing, Jermaine said to the crowds, “This is a special moment in the show because it’s a tribute to my brother.” The performance took place at the 12th Indian International Film Awards festivities in Toronto. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  53. Katt Williams’ Arrest: More Details Released « Ayvaunn Penn - June 27, 2011

    […] TMZ reports that in the course of the 911 call from the unnamed man in conflict with Williams, he told the dispatcher, “I’ve been beaten with sticks. They tried to tear my shirt off me when I was operating the tractor. It’s a big black family. The guy claims to be the second most important black guy on the face of the earth.” Williams’s voice is audible in the background of the emergency call as he argues with the victim. The comedian was arrested for the felony of intimidating a witness. There is no further information. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  54. Serena And Venus Williams Eliminated at Wimbledon « Ayvaunn Penn - June 27, 2011

    […] There are many fans who hate to see the Williams sisters leave Wimbledon so early. It is important to recall, however, that the Williams family has been through a lot of hardship with Serena being in and out of the hospital for two foot surgeries and having treatment for blood clots in the lungs. Serena, herself, did not expect to win much of anything at Wimbledon. In reality, the fact that these famed sisters made it as far as they did in the competition is still an accomplishment given the late trials of life they have endured. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  55. 100 HBCU’s Strive Towards President Obama’s Collegiate Challenge « Ayvaunn Penn - June 27, 2011

    […] Mary Evan Sias, president of Kentucky State University, says, “You shouldn’t have to divide and say access or success. At a time when we need to be graduating more students, we can’t afford to drop the amount of money that we’re giving those students.” Whereas this appears to be a reasonable observation, Clark Atlanta University President Carlton Brown foresees Obama’s goal still being attainable. He states that “we have to understand that there has to be some investment in pre-college education and a whole new standard of outcomes. It’s possible, but we need the political will.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  56. 100th Anniversary of 1st Black NYPD Officer « Ayvaunn Penn - June 27, 2011

    […] Battle decided to get a second opinion from one of the top white physicians in his region. In doing so, he found that he was actually in good health. NYDailyNews.com reports that after the second exam and “through pressure from black activists, the NYPD swore-in Battle on June 28, 1911.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black and Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  57. New Film Coming Soon on Boston Busing Riots « Ayvaunn Penn - June 28, 2011

    […] One of the purposes of this documentary, according to project coordinator Donna Bivens, is to show that the Boston bus riots were about more than racial tensions between black and whites. They were about everyone having equal access to education. The Associated Press also reports that Bivens says “organizers of the 10-year project plan to hold community meetings around Boston with victims of the riots and seek to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Currently there is no further information available. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  58. 6 Wrongful Deaths at the Hands of New Orleans Police: Katrina Aftermath Trial « Ayvaunn Penn - June 28, 2011

    […] The Associated Press also reports that “five other former officers already have pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up to make the shootings appear justified. They are cooperating with the government and are expected to testify during the trial, which could last up to eight weeks.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  59. Alicia Keys’ First Broadway Production « Ayvaunn Penn - June 28, 2011

    […] Diamond is also known for her rendition of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” and is the author of “Stage Black” and “The Gift Horse.” Having already been performed in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Boston, “Stick Fly” is scheduled to officially open in New York on December 8th. However, the Associated Press reports that performances will begin as early as November 18th at the Lyceum Theater on 45th Street. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  60. Tracy Morgan Now Pokes Fun at Cripples « Ayvaunn Penn - June 28, 2011

    […] After patching that up so nicely, it is a bit of a surprise that Morgan would then make joking comments about physically disabled people. It would not be a shock if there were handicapped people who took offense to his comment saying, “Don’t ever mess with women who have retarded kids. Them young retarded males is strong. They’re strong like chimps.” He proceeded to share an anecdote in which he allegedly dated a crippled girl when he was a teenager. Reportedly, these comments earned him some “uh oh’s” and groans from the audience. No one knows what Morgan was thinking or when he will learn to be more careful about what he says in his comedic acts. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  61. 100 Black Men of Las Vegas Mentor Black Youth « Ayvaunn Penn - June 28, 2011

    […] The mentoring program is offered weekly at 2341 Comstock Drive. They also mentor at Wendell P. Williams and Mackey elementary when school is in session for the year. 100 Black Men is making a positive move in the right direction to help bring our black youth along the successful path. Instilling values of good work ethic must begin at an early age, and the 100 Black Men of Los Vegas are capitalizing on that truth. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  62. Terrell Owens Injury & Retirement Rumor Answered « Ayvaunn Penn - June 28, 2011

    […] Drew Rosenhaus, Owens’ agent, told ESPN that Owens’ injury did not occur while filming for his VH1 television show, but he would not say how the injury occurred. Rosenhaus added that Owens had his surgery in April and will be ready to play football come August. Specifically he stated, “He’s many, many months into his recovery now. He’s doing fantastic….He is a legendary healer. He comes back from injury faster than anybody I’ve ever seen.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  63. Abercrombie & Fitch Fires Muslim Woman, Allegedly, Based on Her Appearance « Ayvaunn Penn - June 29, 2011

    […] There appears to be a fault in Abercrombie’s counterclaim, however. According to reports from NYDailyNews.com, “Khan filed the federal lawsuit after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in September that she was fired illegally.” Unless, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made an false call on Khan’s behalf, Abercrombie has already — in a sense — been proven guilty.  Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  64. “Harlem’s Sweetheart” Busted for Crack Gang Begins Serving 90-day Sentence « Ayvaunn Penn - June 29, 2011

    […] Owes was known in her church for her talent in poetry and singing in the choir. It is believed that she got involved in the gang because of her boyfriend, and her church, friends, and family just hope Afrika will be able to recover her life from her bad decisions. Rev. Calvin Butts, pastor of Abyssinian, says, “I’m very, very thankful for this outcome. You can’t ask for anything better than that … Hopefully, she has learned already and can get on with her life.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  65. Venus and Serena Williams’ Father Comments Wimbledon Loss: “There’s a time when they were sick and hurting. That wasn’t the problem…” « Ayvaunn Penn - June 29, 2011

    […] As stated earlier by Serena, she did not expect to win anything. She was just glad to win something after suffering so much illness in the past year. Things had been tough for the whole Williams family, so when Serena and Venus arrived at Wimbledon it was initially just looked at as a joyous occasion – not so much as hard competition. When the sisters came out the gate winning, however, their father no longer saw their presence at Wimbledon in terms of “just being grateful to be there.” He began to see the competition as actually winnable for his girls — hence his seemingly tough comments against his daughters who have endured so much as of late. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  66. Chinese View on Trend of Chinese Men Marrying Black Women « Ayvaunn Penn - June 29, 2011

    […] Chinese men marrying black women may not be all that progressive in social change after all. Perhaps it is better to say that this new trend of interracial marriages will not be socially accepted for an extremely long time.  In the mean time, check out these photos of Chinese men with their black wives and the — let’s say — interesting captions. These photos are courtesy of The Atlantic Post. "The son of a wealthy Sichuan Chinese businessman who married last year's Miss Kenya!!! Strongly recommend!!!" "This is a Chinese man and African woman's child. I've always wondered, is this child i considered Chinese or not? Very confusing!!!" "A Shandong migrant worker who married a wife in Africa and gave birth to a daughter. His African wife passing away from illness when the daughter was two-years-old and he raises his daughter alone planting vegetables in the suburbs of Nairobi being bother father and mother to her. Not easy! What a great Shandong man! A great Chinese man!" "This is a photo of a young Fujian guy with his African wife in Congo. They run a restaurant there to make a living, I've eaten there once, it wasn't bad. The young couple are able to communicate in Chinese." Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  67. Tia Mowry Misses BET Awards to Give Birth to Son « Ayvaunn Penn - June 29, 2011

    […] Clutch magazine reports that “[Mowry's] pregnancy was chronicled by The Style Network, which has plans to air the journey in a special later this year.” No information has been released concerning the baby’s name and measurements. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  68. Ayvaunn Penn: Anti-Homosexuals Deserve Respect, too « Ayvaunn Penn - June 29, 2011

    […] These are legitimate thoughts for any person to think about concerning homosexuality, and there is nothing wrong with that. Whether for religious reasons or not, some agree, and some disagree. Again, I repeat that disagreement with homosexuality should never entail the mistreatment of fellow human beings in any way, form, or fashion. The bottom line is that even people who disagree with same sex marriage and homosexuality deserve to have their voices heard without being socially slandered. Anti-homosexuals exist just like pro-homosexuals exist, and it is indeed possible for both sides to coexist in peace while agreeing to disagree. Heck, smokers and non-smokers get along just fine. Those who are pro-homosexuality or anti-homosexuality should be able to do the same while being able to bear listening to each other at the same time. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  69. Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “The Eyes Have It” by Greg Jackson « Your Black Poets - June 30, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  70. Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “The Eyes Have It” by Greg Jackson « Ayvaunn Penn - June 30, 2011

    […] To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  71. Tiger Woods: The New Face of Japanese Muscle Rub « Ayvaunn Penn - June 30, 2011

    […] Reportedly, Woods has promoted other products in Japan as well. Back in the 90s, he did a television commercial for Japanese canned iced coffee. This latest television commercial for the  muscle rub featuring Tiger Woods will appear in Japan nationally starting around mid July. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  72. Saving Money and Doing Business: MediaTakeOut Founder Speaks « Ayvaunn Penn - June 30, 2011

    […] What causes many entrepreneurs to fail is the inability to save money and maintain a source of revenue. The step of saving is essential because most new businesses will not make money for the first two years. On average, it is during the third year that businesses break even, and it is not until the fourth or fifth years that a business actually starts to make profit. Hence, the tip entrepreneurs can take from Mwangaguhunga — save money in advance to support your business for a full five years. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  73. H.O.A. Denies Black Veteran New Home Designed for His Disabilities « Ayvaunn Penn - June 30, 2011

    […] With all of the discord and opposition, however, Sgt. Gittens wife — Sharon Gittens — says they now think it is best to move. The Augusta Chronicle reports that “Sharon Gittens, Sean’s wife, told news media Monday the family decided not to stay in Knob Hill because they did not feel they would be welcome… she said [she] was ready to put the situation behind her and thanked neighbors who had supported her family.” Sharon also asked that they “encourage the association to embrace the veterans and not worry so much about property values.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  74. Model Says Top NBA Pick Kyrie Irving Harassed Her and Masturbated on Skype « Ayvaunn Penn - June 30, 2011

    […] NewsOne also reports that Jackson “threatened to report Irving to the police after she began receiving phone calls that she believed were from Irving’s friends and family [and that] MediaTakeOut has obtained the court document for her harassment claim.” As investigations proceed and with Irving’s career being threatened before it can even begin, it probably will not be long before we see if this model’s claims are legitimate. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  75. High School Football Star’s Father is Charged After His Death « Ayvaunn Penn - July 1, 2011

    […] The student took a fatal stab wound to the chest, and was driven by his father to a medical clinic. From there he was transfered to a local hospital where he died. According to The Root, “Police are investigating whether the attendants acted in self-defense.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  76. 5-Year-Old Boy Shoots 4-Year-Old Playmate « Ayvaunn Penn - July 1, 2011

    […] Police were called to the 4400 block of 23rd Parkway for a shooting when they found the wounded child on the apartment complex playground. The 4-year-old was taken to the hospital. The Washington Post reports that “police eventually recovered the weapon, a handgun, inside the apartment, and detectives are investigating to determine who owns it and where it came from [according to] authorities.” Cpl. Mike Rodriguez says that “the gun owner or those who should have been supervising the boy might face criminal charges. The name of neither child has been identified. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  77. Some Pastors Embrace the Harlem Gay Pride Event « Ayvaunn Penn - July 1, 2011

    […] Gothamist.com also reports that there are three other pastors lending their support to the Harlem Pride event. Rev. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church says, ”It’s a free country and they certainly have every right to be in the park. Spewing out venom like that does not help to foster the kind of communal spirit that we so desperately need.” The reverend of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church says that he is please that he and his church members will be able to attend a gay pride event that is actually closer to their neighborhood. Rev. Earl Kooperkamp says, “Now we don’t have to go all the way downtown, we can celebrate gay pride right here in the neighborhood. I think it’s a good thing.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  78. Idris Elba Gets Feisty with BET Awards Reporter Over Tyler Perry Comments « Ayvaunn Penn - July 1, 2011

    […] Word is spreading of Idris Elba’s arguably snappy attitude with a report in the BET Awards press room. The reporter, who remains unnamed, asked the actor who starred in one of Tyler Perry’s films about the comments he made concerning Tyler Perry and his work. The comments the reporter was referring to were shared earlier this year in a media interview. Elba is reported to have said: “Can I be candid? I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.” The reporter at the BET Awards asked Elba to clarify his comments and specifically asked him speak on his opinion of Tyler Perry’s famed character Madea. Elba was very short and to the point when he responded to her saying that his comments were already clear and straight forward. He refused to provide anymore information and simply stated that she needed to revisit his former comments for any further understanding she felt she needed. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  79. Affirmative-Action Ban Lifted in Michigan by U.S. Courts « Ayvaunn Penn - July 1, 2011

    […] According to the ruling of United States Court of Appeals, however, Proposal 2 “unconstitutionally alters Michigan’s political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities.” Predictions are that this latest decision will be appealed. The spokesperson for the University of Michigan, Kelly Cunningham, states that “the university is reviewing the possible implications of the court’s decision, and recognizes that there may be further legal steps.” She added that it is too early to know if the ruling will change admissions policies. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  80. Michael Jackson’s Brother Suffers Gunshot Wound from Tina Turner « Ayvaunn Penn - July 3, 2011

    […] NewsOne reports Randy as saying “that Tina Turner shot him when he walked in on her and his wife in what he alleged was a lesbian encounter in the 1980s.” According to reports from TMZ, “Tina’s old assistant once wrote about the incident in a book, saying Tina fired a shot through the ceiling and one through the doorway before Randy leapt through a window.” Attempts made by TMZ to reach a representative for Turner were unsuccessful. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  81. Original Tuskegee Airman Present at Opening of Smithsonian “Black Wings” Exhibit in Chicago « Ayvaunn Penn - July 3, 2011

    […] “Black Wings” will be on display at DuSable Museum through September 25. This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  82. Man Kills 11 Women and Lives with Their Corpses « Ayvaunn Penn - July 3, 2011

    […] To this point, John Parker — the defense attorney — says that there is no DNA evidence connecting Sowell with the murdered women. Sowell pleads not guilty to the murder of the eleven females, but he will receive the death penalty if he is convicted. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  83. Texas Sonogram Bill Challenged by Center for Reproductive Rights « Ayvaunn Penn - July 3, 2011

    […] The Huffington Post reports that so far this year “28 ultrasound bills have been filed in 14 different states…Arizona, Texas and Florida have enacted sonogram laws [but]…CRR successfully blocked the implementation of a mandatory ultrasound law in Oklahoma last year.”  This gives CRR hope for success in stopping the sonogram law in Texas. Until then, the new bill requires that a woman have an ultrasound between 1 and 3 days prior to having an abortion, and any physicians who fail to follow the new legal protocols detailed above will lose their medical license and be charged with criminal misdemeanor. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  84. Kappa Alpha Psi: Black Fraternity Celebrates 100 Years « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] The Chicago Tribune reports that “about 30,000 members of Kappa Alpha Psi and their guests plan to celebrate 100 years of the fraternity’s existence in Indianapolis starting today.” Also according to the Chicago Tribune ”the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association estimates that the Kappa Alpha Psi convention will increase visitor spending and generate a local economic impact of about $17 million.” Reportedly as a part of the agenda of activities, there will be 65 buses transporting attendees to visit places of historical importance to the Kappas. This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  85. Gay Soldiers Severely Beaten by 6 Black Men and 2 Black Women « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] NewsFirst5 says that “police are looking into the possibility of hate crime charges when the suspects are found.” Lieutenant Pat Rigdon of the CSPD said, “if it’s based on ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation we can charge people with that (a hate crime).” Chris concluded his interview with NewsFirst5 saying, “I and a few other friends of mine that were there that night have fought for this country….You would get respect for that but it’s apparent you don’t.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  86. 248 Congolese Women Raped in June by Soldiers « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] Losema Etamo Ngoma, the Nakiele village chief, was able to shed light on why these crimes occurred and why they occurred in this manner. He shared that the raping and looting conducted by nothing less than 150 soldiers under the order of Nyiragire Kulimushi, the national army colonel. On June 8th, Kulimushi ran away from the military base after being accused by a Sud-Kivu lawmaker of being the head of the rape crime. AFP reports that Lambert Mende, a government spokesperson, said on June 25th that the “government forces were ‘actively’ looking for Kulimushi, and that a special tribunal would be set up to evaluate the case.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  87. San Francisco Police Shoot and Kill Holiday Weekend Drunkard « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] The identity of the victim and the officers in the Sunday shooting have not been revealed. However, BART officials have stated that the dead man is white while the officers who were involved are white and Asian. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  88. Patti LaBelle’s Harasser on the Loose « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] On June 28th, Fennicks was given permission to leave his halfway house situated on Erie Avenue in order to have a physical exam at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He never arrived, however. The following afternoon, the hospital alerted Fennicks’ halfway house that he never showed up for his physical. NBC News reports that “Fennicks has many mental-health disorders” and that there is a “warrant for Fennicks…though there has been no word on where he is.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  89. “Costs of War” Underestimated by Government « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] According to White House estimates, since 2001, the full amount of money allocated towards war endeavors of the Department of Defense, intelligence, and State Department is approximately $1.3 trillion. They also predicted that number to reach about $1.4 trillion by the year 2012. In contrast, the Brown University researchers say that kind of government accounting is far too marginal to have a realistic perspective on war costs. They also say, however, that such accounting is nothing new for the government. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  90. Single Mothers Have Worse Health Conditions than Married Mothers « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] The study included 4,000 women and lasted over a 30 year span. The women were interviewed between the ages of 14 and 22 in 1979. They were also interviewed for all the subsequent years leading up to 1994. From there, the women in the study were interviewed every two years until 2008. TheLoop21 reports that the study found that “stress, high blood pressure, and high sugar levels were among the detriments discovered….For white and Hispanic women who married the biological father later on in life, their health improved. But for the black women, there was no proven beneficial effect.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  91. Jury Finds Casey Anthony Not Guilty Of Murdering Daughter « Ayvaunn Penn - July 5, 2011

    […] The online social networks are buzzing with responses from the general public. One person identified on Twitter as TheeRachelB tweeted, “Yall HATE to use the race card, bt we got BLACK women going to JAIL for putting their kids in school in a better district.” This woman does not have to be right, but she certainly makes a legitimate a point. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  92. First Prominent Black Venture Capitalist of Baltimore Dies « Ayvaunn Penn - July 6, 2011

    […] Two of Adams most notable accomplishments include owning Carr’s Beach — the most popular local black amusement park — and Parks Sausage which came to be one of the first black-owned businesses to be publicly traded on Wall Street. This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  93. Bishop Eddie Long Could End Up in Court « Ayvaunn Penn - July 6, 2011

    […] ChristianPost reports that “Anthony Boyd, who formerly worked at the Atlanta megachurch as a security guard, is accused of breaking into Long’s office on June 12, 2010 and stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry and electronics, including an iPad and iPhone. On [last] Tuesday, he appeared with his lawyer David Fife in court to enter a not guilty plea to the burglary charges.” Fife says that he not only expects the case to go to trial but that Long will be called to the stand. Specifically, Fife told WSB Atlanta, “He’s certainly a witness that would have to be called by somebody. The state or the defense.” Regardless, Boyd is just interested in clearing his name. It should not be long before we hear if he succeeds. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  94. 13-Year-Old College Bound Prodigy Once Accepted into UConn Now Rejected « Ayvaunn Penn - July 6, 2011

    […] In the mean time, Batin says that he and his daughter will still move to Connecticut as planned and seek other education opportunities. He says, “I’m her dad and it just bothers me to see her go through this…I’m fed up. They have insulted us and the work that we’ve put in…I’m not sure I want her to be involved with an institution that treats her like that.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  95. Nebraska Brushes into NCAA Over Illegal Purchases for Football Players « Ayvaunn Penn - July 6, 2011

    […] In their report to the NCAA, Nebraska not only expressed that they wished they had not conducted themselves inappropriately but that they also enacted a new process for allocating scholarship books to athletes. According to the Associate Press, Nebraska also added, “…in all cases, bookstore employees and athletes believed the recommended books were included in scholarships.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  96. Former Detroit Mayor Speaks on His Scandalous Affair in His New Book « Ayvaunn Penn - July 6, 2011

    […] His book was scheduled to release this month. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  97. Miguel’s Sexuality Questioned by Parody of His Song “Sure Thing” « Ayvaunn Penn - July 6, 2011

    […] While the Human Rights Campaign takes care of that, Miguel made a point of addressing the rumors concerning his sexuality. He released a public statement saying, “For anyone who questions my sexuality, the honest truth is I love women. I’ve always openly loved women.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  98. Dallas Cowboy Rejected by Former Miss Texas After Mailing Engagement Ring « Ayvaunn Penn - July 6, 2011

    […] Although the former Miss Texas rejected Williams’ proposal, she failed to send back the big buck engagement ring. After claiming that she lost it, Williams’ found out that her father has it. The Washington Post also reports that “Michael Daniels, told the newspaper that he planned on returning the ring to avoid any legal hassles saying, ‘I want to wash my hands of it. It’s just a hassle. I’ll take care of my daughter. I don’t need him.’” For that to be father Daniels’ answer, one would think that he would have given the ring back before now. Anyhow, we will see how long it takes for him to give back the ring now that a lawyer is involved. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  99. Oprah Winfrey Teaching High School in Africa « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] College is not the only thing Winfrey would like to inform her girls about. She also wants to enlighten them on what they can expect as teenagers blooming in to young adults. Winfrey wrote on her Facebook page, “I love being with them and talking to them about all things important. When I’m there I’m talking from the time I get up till I go to bed, about EVERYTHING teenage girls are going through. It’s the same all over the world.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  100. Prison Guard Killed by Inmate Lover « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] This 37-year-old woman was shot and killed in Newark by 21-year-old Allen Barron at a barbecue early on Tuesday. Barron then left the scene in Owens’ truck, drove to Richmond, and killed himself.  According to New York Post, “Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio [told] the Star-Ledger that Owens was having an affair with the man who killed her.” Reportedly, Owens met Barron when she was serving as a guard at New Jersey Training School during the time Barron was there as a juvenile inmate. In her death, Owens not only leaves behind her husband but also three children. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  101. Emmett Till’s Tragedy Remembered Through the Performing Arts « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] New York Post reports, “‘Blues’ is based on the horrific, true-life case of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old from Chicago who was murdered in 1955 in Mississippi, where he reportedly had the audacity to whistle at a white woman.” New York Post adds that “while this play is no longer the urgent wake-up call it was when it debuted in 1964, theatergoers should be grateful for the chance to see a work that’s rarely been revived.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  102. Man Rapes 82-Year-Old Woman and Steals Her Lottory Tickets « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] Last week, a warrant was issued for Rowe’s arrest. However, he has not been seen since then. This thief and rapist has been previously arrested for drugs, and authorities say that he is dangerous. Prosecutor Donna Rogan told KPRC, “If you’ll rape an 82-year-old woman, you don’t have any boundaries in my opinion. That’s about as bad as it gets.” If Rowe is ever caught, he will be faced with nothing less than a $50,000 bond, but that is nothing compared to serving life in prison if he is convicted. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  103. Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “Going Home” by Catherine Whitehead a.k.a. Catherinebutterfly « Your Black Poets - July 8, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  104. Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “Going Home” by Catherine Whitehead a.k.a. Catherinebutterfly « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  105. Oprah teach high school | Mass Appeal News - July 8, 2011

    […] This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  106. Ron Artest Makes Time for Basketball with the Boys in the Hood « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] One might think that, compared to the NBA, “commoners” basketball is casual basketball for big name players like Metta World Peace. According to Artest, however, it is not that way at all. New York Post reports that “he’s said in the past playing all those games against this level of competition is a great way to keep in shape for the upcoming season.” Especially since there is now a lockout in session, what better way to keep in shape while putting smiles on fans’ faces? What better way to give back to the community? Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  107. Atlanta School District Uncovers 10 Year Cheating Scandal « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] Results from the investigation revealed that this cheating took place at 44 schools and that nothing less than 178 teachers and principals were active participants in the scandal. According to Gov. Deal, approximately half of the latter have already confessed, and he has no doubt that they will suffer the consequences of their actions. Interim Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. and the school board members say that there will definitely be dismissals, and it is likely that there will also be criminal charges. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  108. Judges Getting Paid by Private Prison Owners to Send Convicts Their Way « Ayvaunn Penn - July 8, 2011

    […] These two prison businessmen were simply capitalizing on the fact that there is a lack public prisons to house criminals. As a result, the justice system has to send convicts somewhere, so they end up sending them to private owned prisons. Since the justice system has nowhere else to turn unless the government starts building more public prisons, owners of private prisons can charge outrageous prices for every new inmate they house — a very profitable venture. Zappala and Powell wanted to ensure that their jail-bird business would make big money, so they promised Ciavarell and Conahan a portion of the profits if they sent convicts to their prisons. Hopefully nothing like this ever happens again. However, until more public prisons are built to deter such corrupt activity, we cannot be sure. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  109. 8 Ways to Increase Your Vehicle’s Value « Ayvaunn Penn - July 11, 2011

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  110. Lowest Work Wages in 18 Months « Ayvaunn Penn - July 11, 2011

    […] Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute says that this decrease in wages is “a symptom of how weak hiring is. Employers know they don’t have to pay substantial wage increases to keep workers.” Various reports are saying that even though employers are cutting back work hours they are failing to pay workers additional money. On Friday, the Labor Department released new data showing that the average work week for workers in the private sector shrunk to merely 34.3 hours in June. At the same time, average hourly wages dropped by a penny landing at $22.99.  CNN Money says, “the downward spiral in wages is yet another sign of how troubled the jobs market is…and it will also slow the pace of the recovery since Americans won’t start buying more until they are earning more.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  111. Robbery Suspect Claims Spiked Marijuana Cigarette Stole His Memory « Ayvaunn Penn - July 11, 2011

    […] Despite the elaborateness of this “innocent” tale and perhaps even its impressiveness, it does not add up to the police reports and evidence that suggest he is guilty. According to reports, Marshall was not working alone. The band members were ordered to carry all of their equiment downstairs. At the bottom of the staircase, a man who was waiting there took all of the goods and ran off. Hearing all of the racket of the robbery, neighbors in the apartment complex called police to the scene. When the police arrived, however, Marshall was trapped upstairs. In a failed attempt to escape, Marshall jumped out of the apartment window landing himself a dislocated shoulder, broken fingers, and handcuffs. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  112. Black Waitresses Discriminated Against at Houston Topless Bar « Ayvaunn Penn - July 11, 2011

    […] Despite all of this, a manager from Michael’s keeps insisting that they are a culturally diverse establishment while continuously citing that they just established a Latin theme. Whereas this is a fact, it has nothing to do with promoting acceptance of African-American women or even white or any other race of women. Even if Michael’s had a theme that promoted women from all cultures, that does not mean it is okay for the vice president of a business establishment to speak negatively of any race. That needs to be fixed, and the EEOC is on it. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  113. Blacks More Open to Matchmaking Services « Ayvaunn Penn - July 11, 2011

    […] Although Brunson does not explicitly state it, it is no secret in the black community that he is likely referring to those bleak black relationship stats. The Chicago Tribune even gives an example that reads something like “In Chicago, for every 100 single black women, there are 75 single black men.” As we all know, that is simple that one city out of the whole nation, so multiply the plight of the Chicago black singles by the number of cities in the country. That number is certainly worth pondering if your are a black single looking for a black mate, but fret not. It never hurts to instigate options outside of the old fashioned dating game. We jump on bandwagons for fashion and other trends. Why neglect jumping on the one for matchmaking? You can always hop right back off. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  114. Airline’s Saggy Pants Charges Don’t Fly After All « Ayvaunn Penn - July 14, 2011

    […] Joseph O’Sullivan, Marman’s attorney, said, “I think the (district attorney) realized the real villain in this case was U.S. Airways, not Deshon Marman.” U.S. Airways continues to claim that Marman was exposing a body part, but Wagstaffe’s investigation has not found any evidence to support that claim. The airline also made a statement saying that the football player was not escorted off of the plane because of his attire but because of his refusal to comply with staff requests. The Associated Press reports O’Sullivan as stating that “Marman plans to file a lawsuit against US Airways alleging he was the victim of racial profiling.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  115. James Harrison “Wouldn’t Piss on Roger Goodell to Save His Life” « Ayvaunn Penn - July 14, 2011

    […] There is not too much one can say about safety when it comes to a literally heavy-hitting contact sport like football. Health risk is involved no matter what. Hopefully the remainder of Harrison’s interview to appear in next month’s issue of Men’s Journal will provide more indepth insight concerning not only his stance on fooball safety but also about his disdain for Goodell and other members of the NFL community. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  116. Fashion Student Found Dead and Nude After Visiting Boyfriend « Ayvaunn Penn - July 14, 2011

    […] The Associtated Press reports that “[Brown's] clothes were found about 25 feet above her in the tree, police said, and they believe she either fell or jumped to her death on Saturday afternoon. Police told the newspaper they believe the woman was the same person that a priest reported seeing hugging and striking a statue earlier Saturday, several blocks away outside St. Benedict’s Church.” Authorities are trying to see if drugs were in any way related to her death, and police are currently waiting on autopsy results. The Associated Press also reports that Brown’s family “told the Advocate that Brown did not use drugs.” Brown’s great aunt by the name of Willene Coleman shared with the Advocate, “We know she didn’t do any drugs…We’re worried that it might be some kind of date rape drug.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  117. Mother and Child Jump to Safety Out of Moving Vehicle « Ayvaunn Penn - July 14, 2011

    […] Investigators report that White sideswiped a state trooper vehicle parked within close proximity of a work zone on I-95. The trooper inside the vehicle then began to pursue White. According to findings from NBC News, “White allegedly hit speeds over 100 mph. Another trooper spotted the Lexus on the Outer Loop of the Beltway and noticed that the passenger door was hanging open due to damage from the earlier collision. Police say White was accelerating and then slowing down to speeds as low as 10 mph.” At the point that White reached Rockville, the mother is said to have jumped from the vehicle near Cabin John Parkway with her baby in her arms. Soon following, White was pulled over and arrested by authorities. The mother did not suffered life threatening injuries but was treated for a cut on the head. Her child was not injured. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  118. Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication this Summer in Washington D.C. « Ayvaunn Penn - July 14, 2011

    […] King’s memorial will be located where he delivered his I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington. The dedication of the Stone of Hope will take place on August 28, 2011. For more information on how you can support this memorial, you can visit http://www.buildthedream.org. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  119. President Obama Meets Ruby Bridges Today « Ayvaunn Penn - July 15, 2011

    […] Prior to Mr. President meeting with Bridges today, he will have a morning news conference discussing negotiations on the nation’s debt. The Associated Press reports that this afternoon he will “call the crews of the space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station [since] it’s the last mission of the U.S. shuttle program.” Then finally, according to the Associated Press, “Later in the day, Obama [will] meet with Ruby Bridges and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell’s painting ‘The Problem We All Live With’ is displayed outside the Oval Office. It depicts a landmark moment in the civil rights movement, the day Bridges integrated a New Orleans school in 1960.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  120. Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Feels Muslims are Trying to Take Over U.S. « Ayvaunn Penn - July 15, 2011

    […] Despite protests in  Murfreesboro — a city located approximately 35 miles southeast of Nashville —  one of the county judges ruled that the building of the mosque was of no threat to residents who tried to stop its construction. To be exact, residents who detested the idea of having the mosque in their area disliked the idea so much that they went to such lengths as filing lawsuits. NewsOne reports that “opponents have used the hearings to argue that the mosque is part of a plot to expand Islamic extremism in the U.S. [and] Cain appeared to agree.” In fact, Cain’s words were, “It (the mosque) is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts. This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah (core Muslim principles) law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  121. Woman Addicted to chewing Lavender Dryer Sheets « Ayvaunn Penn - July 15, 2011

    […] After seeing her youngest daughter begin to put tissue in her mouth and chew it, that is when she realized she had to stop. Edmun then took her case to TLC’s “My Strange Addiction.” It was at this point that she was told by a doctor the negative health effects of chewing dryer sheets. The doctor shared that some of the chemicals are actually carcinogens that can cause “anything from pancreatic cancer to lung cancer.” ABC News reports that thanks to TLC and support from Edmun’s family, it has been three and a half weeks since Charmissa has chewed on dryer sheets. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  122. Atlanta Public School Cheating Scandal: Ex-Superintendent Speaks « Ayvaunn Penn - July 15, 2011

    […] To read the initial report detailing findings of investigation, click here. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  123. Tone Loc Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges of Domestic Violence « Ayvaunn Penn - July 15, 2011

    […] The Associate Press reports, he is also currently facing “a felony possession of an assault weapon charge because Burbank police discovered the rapper has an unregistered Colt AR-15 rifle…Police have released few details about the 45-year-old’s arrest, saying only that he was taken into custody after a woman accused him of assault.” The Associated Press also reports that Loc’s agent could not be reached when they called. Loc is scheduled to be in court again on July 28. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  124. Teen Dies Mysterious Death in Custody of Florida Prison « The Penn Speaks - July 18, 2011

    […] As the investigations continue, 47-year-old Maritz Perez is mourning the loss of her son and searching for answers as to why he died. She says, “They should have taken him to a hospital. Just because he made mistakes doesn’t mean they have the right to take his life away….they took it upon themselves, and left my son on a mat in the dining room, dying.” According to The Miami Herald, “Jones said agency heads do not yet know what caused Perez’s death,” since they are waiting on an autopsy report. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  125. Congresswoman Says Obama is Disrespected by Congress Because of His Race « The Penn Speaks - July 18, 2011

    […] Jackson Lee rounded off the vocalization of her observations stating that she hopes her eyes are wrong — that she hopes Mr. President is not in this day and time being treated differently because of the color of his skin. She is right when she says that many members of the black community ponder on the latter. Many African Americans would agree that it is true that it appears like President Obama catches an exceptional amount of unwarranted flack in comparison with former presidents. It is also a fact that we will never have a definitive answer to our inquiries unless those we believe to be the perpetrators fess up. Considering that such an act is not likely to occur, it looks like we will forever be wondering if the intellect and achievement of a black person will ever be able to overshadow the color of his or her skin. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  126. Hit-and-Run Suspect Beaten by Mother of Victim with Baseball Bat « The Penn Speaks - July 18, 2011

    […] It is not surprising that Lott’s family wants the woman who beat her so severly to be charged with attempted murder. Lott’s daughter states, “If they (police) hadn’t stopped her, I believe my mother would be dead.” Currently, no charges have been filed against the unnamed mother who beat Lott.The Riverfront Times also reports that “the severity of the injuries sustained by the hit-and-run victims is also not clear.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  127. Rihanna Beats Lady Gaga on One Front of Social Networks « The Penn Speaks - July 18, 2011

    […] When it comes to Twitter, however, it appears Lady Gaga’s fans are showing her more love with Gaga having 11,653,916 Twitter followers. Rihanna merely has 6,116,687 followers. The Wrap News also states that “according to Famecount.com’s aggregated rankings, [Gaga is] still tops among celebrities when her combined Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and YouTube views are taken into account. Rihanna ranks third behind Gaga and Justin Bieber.” Based on the stats and her latest stage performances, however, it looks like it will not be long before Rihanna meets up with and perhaps even leaves Gaga in the dust. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  128. Obama Family Visits Historical Church « The Penn Speaks - July 18, 2011

    […] Reportedly, this was not the first time Mr. President attended worship at St. John’s Church. In fact, there is a special row designated as “The President’s Pew” located nine rows from the altar. According to the Associated Press, “Church history claims that every president since James Madison has visited.” Whereas this appears to be true, President Obama does not make St. John’s his only stop. Reports say that he visits other churches within proximity of the White House as well. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  129. Chemicals Thrown in Face of Woman by Her Man’s Jealous Ex « The Penn Speaks - July 18, 2011

    […] The effects of the attack are so bad that Watts says she “wouldn’t wish this on [her] worst enemy.” According to The Grio, the victim “says she feels that justice has been served thanks to the diligence of the detective on their case. Anderson has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Jackson in exchange for an eight year jail sentence. Jackson was arrested earlier this week.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  130. Michael Irvin Openly Supports Homosexuals, Especially Males in Sports « The Penn Speaks - July 19, 2011

    […] Irvin also believes that the sports industry will support any male athlete who decides to be public about being homosexual. He says, “I believe, if a teammate had said he was gay, we would have integrated him and kept moving because of the closeness.” He adds that he would definitely be one to ensure that a homosexual male athlete felt welcome — even if it had been his fellow team Troy Aikman who was rumored to have been gay. NYDailyNews.com reports “Irvin said in the magazine article that while he did not believe the Hall of Fame signal-caller (Aikman) was gay, they never explicitly discussed his sexuality. ’Would it have affected the team? No sir. I was going to make sure of that,’ Irvin said.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  131. Son Stabs Mother and Sister to Death and Does Not Resist Arrest « The Penn Speaks - July 19, 2011

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  132. San Francisco Community Angered Over Police Shooting « The Penn Speaks - July 19, 2011

    […] In protest of the shooting, a furious mob of people congregated  in the mission district overnight. They chanted “Cops, pigs, murders,” as they braved the night. According to The Grio, “the man shot on Saturday has not been identified by authorities. They say he might have been a person of interest in another shooting wherein a pregnant woman was killed. Community members still say that even if this is the case, he did not deserve to be murdered without fair trial.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  133. Tyler Perry Makes Up for Spike Lee Comments « The Penn Speaks - July 19, 2011

    […] Perry proceeded to share with Ebony that there was no need for there to be a dispute between him and Lee over the film industry. He added, “I’m gonna be more respectful of him and his family. I believe Spike can do what he does and I can do what I do. We both have a voice and very different experiences in life. There’s room for more than one of us in every industry, and the moment we embrace that as a society, we can get past all this stuff.” According to reports, Lee did not respond to Perry’s comments. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  134. Michael Vick Takes Anti-Dogfighting to Congress Level « The Penn Speaks - July 19, 2011

    […] On Tuesday, Vick announced at a news conference that he endorses a House bill that will put a damper on organized animal fights by prohibiting attendance. There is also an additional penalty for enabling a minor to attend. According to the Associate Press, “Vick said he wants to teach kids not to get mixed up in animal fights and to take away profits from sponsors of these events.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  135. Black Man Punches Skinhead Unconscious After Stab Threat « The Penn Speaks - July 19, 2011

    […] Baker thought he was leaving the trouble behind only to find that Abbey would follow him for over 300 yards. NewsOne reports, “Baker says his 28-year-old assailant, Daren Christopher Abbey, then followed him for over 300 yards, called him racial slurs, and threatened to stab him.” In self defense, Baker swung around and threw a single literally face-breaking punch that knocked Abbey unconscious. According to reports from NewsOne, Baker acted out of fear. Lieutenant Stu Miller said, “He (Baker) felt threatened – there was an actual threat that was made that he was going to get stabbed [and Abbey] actually followed him for quite some distance.” The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department says that Abbey was charged with malicious harassment after his facial fractures were treated at a local hospital. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  136. Poem: Black Daughter Confronts Black Mother About Father « Your Black Poets - July 19, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  137. Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “I’m In This World But Not Of It” by Jacqueline N’Jai « Your Black Poets - July 20, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  138. This World Is So Messed Up: Woman Puts the Illness of the World into Lyrics « The Penn Speaks - July 20, 2011

    […] To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  139. Black Man “Too Gay” to Donate Blood « The Penn Speaks - July 20, 2011

    […] NYDailyNews.com says “Pace said on Tuesday that he plans to sue the bank for sexual-orientation discrimination. Bio-Blood Components didn’t return a call for comment from the Daily News.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  140. Pastor Sexually Assaults Child 9 Times « The Penn Speaks - July 20, 2011

    […] According to WCNC News, Pitts was arrested back in 2009 “on charges he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in his home in 2006, 2008 and then again, in 2009.” On Monday, the jury found Pitts guilty, but the entirety of the trial spanned for five days last week. For his sick  actions, he will spend nothing less than twenty years behind bars, maybe even 24 1/2 years. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  141. Philadelphia Cemetery Robbers Are Finally Arrested « The Penn Speaks - July 20, 2011

    […] On July 18th, both women were discovered and arrested by authorities at an Olney residence in Philadelphia. According to NBC News, “Daniels was arraigned on $5,000 cash bail while Thomas was arraigned on $15,000 cash bail. Police say that similar thefts occurred in Cheltenham during the summer of 2010 in which the credit cards of people were stolen from their cars while they were visiting a grave. It’s unconfirmed whether or not Daniels and Thomas are connected to those incidents as well.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  142. Burglar Hitches Ride in a Family’s SUV Trunk « The Penn Speaks - July 20, 2011

    […] The man asked Carter not to call 911, but of course she did just the opposite. Sure enough, The Grio reports that the ”Sacramento County Sheriff’s department confirmed they were looking for a burglary suspect in the neighborhood where Shannon lives.” Carter thinks that the suspect slipped into her vehicle when she left the garage door open at her home. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  143. 70+ Former NFL Players File Lawsuit Against NFL for Withholding Concussion Facts « The Penn Speaks - July 20, 2011

    […] Greg Aiello, an NFL spokesperson, released a public statement saying, “We have not seen the complaint but would vigorously contest any claims of this kind.” The Associated Press reports that the “Riddell spokeswoman Laura Moore said the company had not yet reviewed the complaint and its policy was to not comment on pending litigation.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  144. R. Kelly’s Voice Recovering After Emergency Surgery « The Penn Speaks - July 20, 2011

    […] This is currently the only information released. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  145. Plaxico Burress Wants to Play for Miami Dolphins « The Penn Speaks - July 21, 2011

    […] Burress, himself, has acknowledged that it does not look like his current dream team is interested in him. He even has help from Armando  Salguero of The Miami Herald in recognizing this reality. Last month, Salguero tweeted, “Dolphins source tells me Dolphins are ‘absolutely not’ interested in Plaxico Burress.” According to NBC News, “the team (Miami) already appears to have its receiving corps set with rookie draftee Edmond Gates joining Marshall, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and Roberto Wallace.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  146. Confederate Venture Still Funded by Alabama Government « The Penn Speaks - July 21, 2011

    […] Despite all of the alleged “good” the tax money does in maintaining the Confederate Memorial Park, it is probably safe to say that many African Americans agree with the black legislator. Now that all the of people the money was supposed to take care of died, it just does not seem like there is a good reason to still collect taxes. No, do not let the grave become overrun and unpleasant for loved ones to visit, but figure out a different way to achieve that. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  147. T.D. Jakes Filming New Box Office Hit “On the Seventh Day” « The Penn Speaks - July 21, 2011

    […] Morrison shares with Your Black World that this new eye-teaser from Jakes  ”is set to wrap on August 6, 2011.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  148. TD Jakes Set to Release a New Film « Black News, African American News - July 21, 2011

    […] Morrison shares with Your Black World that this new eye-teaser from Jakes  ”is set to wrap on August 6, 2011.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  149. Alabama’s Government Still Has Residents Pay Confederate Tax « Black News, African American News - July 21, 2011

    […] Despite all of the alleged “good” the tax money does in maintaining the Confederate Memorial Park, it is probably safe to say that many African Americans agree with the black legislator. Now that all the of people the money was supposed to take care of died, it just does not seem like there is a good reason to still collect taxes. No, do not let the grave become overrun and unpleasant for loved ones to visit, but figure out a different way to achieve that. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  150. Plaxico Burress Says He Wants to Play for the Dolphins « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 21, 2011

    […] Burress, himself, has acknowledged that it does not look like his current dream team is interested in him. He even has help from Armando  Salguero of The Miami Herald in recognizing this reality. Last month, Salguero tweeted, “Dolphins source tells me Dolphins are ‘absolutely not’ interested in Plaxico Burress.” According to NBC News, “the team (Miami) already appears to have its receiving corps set with rookie draftee Edmond Gates joining Marshall, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and Roberto Wallace.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  151. Women Arrested for Allegedly Robbing Mourners at the Cemertery « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 21, 2011

    […] On July 18th, both women were discovered and arrested by authorities at an Olney residence in Philadelphia. According to NBC News, “Daniels was arraigned on $5,000 cash bail while Thomas was arraigned on $15,000 cash bail. Police say that similar thefts occurred in Cheltenham during the summer of 2010 in which the credit cards of people were stolen from their cars while they were visiting a grave. It’s unconfirmed whether or not Daniels and Thomas are connected to those incidents as well.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  152. Black Man Buys $330,000 for $16 « The Penn Speaks - July 21, 2011

    […] Based on Shopes seemingly irrelevant statements suggesting that it is not likely Robinson will ever own the home, it sounds like Shope feels the same way as some of Robinson’s irritated neighbors. Leigh Lowrie, a neighbor to the $16 house, states, “If he wants the house, buy the house like everyone else had to. Get the money, buy the house.” Despite all of the controversy, Robinson holds to the fact that the means by which he acquired the home are wholly legal — a law, not a loophole. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  153. Newark Late Night Dining Fails to Get Safer « The Penn Speaks - July 22, 2011

    […] One would think that after the tragic death of the off-duty police officer that Booker would have approved the new law requiring armed security at late-night eateries. On Tuesday, however, it was announced that Booker vetoed the proposal. According to NBC News, Booker backed up his decision saying that those types of eateries “are only linked to 2 percent of all violent crime in Newark. He also said the ordinance would leave the city vulnerable to lawsuits and force the eateries to incur extra costs.” NBC News adds that “it wasn’t clear Tuesday night if council members would seek to override Booker’s veto.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  154. Magic Johnson Providing Employment in Detroit « The Penn Speaks - July 22, 2011

    […] WCHB News reports quite simply, “Magic Johnson stated he will be creating jobs in Detroit teasing a ‘big announcement’ he plans to make in Detroit, Michigan his home state. He followed up with a second tweet , Johnson said, ‘Look forward to help putting people back to work in my home state.’” It might be extra short, concise, and to the point, but that does not negate the potency and power of opening job opportunities in an economy such as this. This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  155. Night Time Dining in the City of Newark is Still Not Safe « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 22, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  156. Man Gets $330,000 Home for Just $16 « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 22, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  157. Magic Johnson Plans to Create Jobs in Detroit « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 22, 2011

    […] WCHB News reports quite simply, “Magic Johnson stated he will be creating jobs in Detroit teasing a ‘big announcement’ he plans to make in Detroit, Michigan his home state. He followed up with a second tweet. Johnson said, ‘Look forward to help putting people back to work in my home state.’” It might be extra short, concise, and to the point, but that does not negate the potency and power of opening job opportunities in an economy such as this. This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also aspoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, clickhere. […]

  158. 83-Year-Old Woman Bloodily Beats Police Officer « The Penn Speaks - July 22, 2011

    […] Usually people arrested for charges like police battery and resisting arrest are simply held in prison until a court hearing the next morning. Due to Robinson’s age and health, however, Judge James Hallock made special arrangements calling an 8 p.m. emergency hearing at the police station. According to NBC News Chicago, “Hallock ordered [Robinson] released on her own recognizance until an Aug. 9 hearing, and police said a relative drove her home.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  159. R. Kelly Now Released from Hospital « The Penn Speaks - July 22, 2011

    […] Feeling throat pain, Kelly went to the hospital on Tuesday. After being examined, it was determined that emergency throat surgery was necessary to drain an abscess on one of his Grammy-winning tonsils. Now that fans know the 44-year-old musician is well enough to complete his recovery at home, many are now just hoping he will be able to get back in the studio and resume his career. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  160. Marion Jones’ NBA Future Looks Bleak « The Penn Speaks - July 22, 2011

    […] As bad as it may sound, perhaps it is simply that Jones just is not able to perform without her illegal help. According to the Associated Press, “Jones was averaging less than a point per game in 14 appearances for Tulsa, which is just 1-14 heading into the All-Star break.” Despite her sorely lacking playing days with Tulsa, she is reported to have said that she is grateful to have had the “opportunity to fulfill a dream” and would like to still be able to contribute to the WNBA. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  161. 83-Year Old woman Arrested for Beating a Police Officer « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 22, 2011

    […] Usually people arrested for charges like police battery and resisting arrest are simply held in prison until a court hearing the next morning. Due to Robinson’s age and health, however, Judge James Hallock made special arrangements calling an 8 p.m. emergency hearing at the police station. According to NBC News Chicago, “Hallock ordered [Robinson] released on her own recognizance until an Aug. 9 hearing, and police said a relative drove her home.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  162. 83-Year Old woman Arrested for Beating a Police Officer « PatriceJohnson: Queen of Black Celebrity Gossip - July 22, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.   Leave a Comment LikeBe the first to like this […]

  163. R. Kelly Has Been Released from the Hospital « PatriceJohnson: Queen of Black Celebrity Gossip - July 22, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  164. R. Kelly Has Been Released from the Hospital « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 22, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  165. R. Kelly Has Been Released from the Hospital « Black Celebrity Gossip, African American Celebrity Gossip - July 22, 2011

    […] Feeling throat pain, Kelly went to the hospital on Tuesday. After being examined, it was determined that emergency throat surgery was necessary to drain an abscess on one of his Grammy-winning tonsils. Now that fans know the 44-year-old musician is well enough to complete his recovery at home, many are now just hoping he will be able to get back in the studio and resume his career. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  166. R. Kelly Has Been Released from the Hospital « Black celebrity gossip for Black America - July 22, 2011

    […] Feeling throat pain, Kelly went to the hospital on Tuesday. After being examined, it was determined that emergency throat surgery was necessary to drain an abscess on one of his Grammy-winning tonsils. Now that fans know the 44-year-old musician is well enough to complete his recovery at home, many are now just hoping he will be able to get back in the studio and resume his career. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  167. Marion Jones’ NBA Future is in Question « PatriceJohnson: Queen of Black Celebrity Gossip - July 22, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.   Leave a Comment LikeBe the first to like this […]

  168. Marion Jones’ NBA Future is in Question « Your Black World – Yes, This is Our Temporary Platform - July 22, 2011

    […] As bad as it may sound, perhaps it is simply that Jones just is not able to perform without her illegal help. According to the Associated Press, “Jones was averaging less than a point per game in 14 appearances for Tulsa, which is just 1-14 heading into the All-Star break.” Despite her sorely lacking playing days with Tulsa, she is reported to have said that she is grateful to have had the “opportunity to fulfill a dream” and would like to still be able to contribute to the WNBA. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  169. L.A. Officer “Groping Bare Breasts” Caught on Video, Fired « The Penn Speaks - July 22, 2011

    […] For some reason, the other unnamed officer was not fired. Bruce Gillman, the transportation department spokesperson, says that the other officer is still working yet being reprimanded appropriately. Due to state law shielding employee privacy, Gillman refused to share additional information concerning the disciplinary process. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  170. Man Who Killed 11 Women is Convicted of Murder « The Penn Speaks - July 22, 2011

    […] This is just the case of one woman out of 11. According to reports and video from court hearings, it appears that Sowell was not in his right mind at the time of the murders. The Associated Press reports, “Sowell told detectives during the interrogation that he heard a voice that told him not to go into a third-floor bedroom where two bodies were found. He also told them about ‘blackouts’ and ‘nightmares’ in which he would hurt women with his hands. He told detectives that he began losing control of his anger about the time the victims started disappearing.” While on the stand in court or hearing testimonies describing things he had done, Sowell would make statements like “It had to be me” and “I guess I did that, too…Cause nobody else could’ve did it.” He acts as though he is sorrowful for his actions but is confused about how they occurred. Whether his actions and demeanor or genuine or staged, one thing is for sure. Whether found guilty of the other 10 murders or not, the fact that he was convicted of the single murder of Carmichael makes Sowell eligible for the death penalty. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  171. 30+ Atlanta Teachers Resign After Cheating Scandal « The Penn Speaks - July 23, 2011

    […] According to reports from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Davis says he talked with Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. on yesterday to see what to do with the guilty instructors who remain. At a town hall meeting, Davis said that it was requested of the DA’s office that they signify which educators will not be prosecuted so they can know how to proceed most efficiently. The Associated Press says “the report names 178 educators, including 38 principals, as participants in improving students’ state test scores,” and these are the people that still have to be handled. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  172. Mother Allegedly Beats Child for Refusing to Attend Church « The Penn Speaks - July 24, 2011

    […] A Georgia policeman made a point of stating that corporal punishment is not against the law, but there is a place to draw the line. Police reports show that this is the fourth time that they have been called to the Smith home for domestic violence. Ironically, this mother works with children regularly in Cherokee County Schools as a speech pathologist. Smith was charged with criminal trespass and simple battery. She was released on bond on July 17th. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  173. Walnuts Are Drugs According to the FDA « The Penn Speaks - July 25, 2011

    […] You heard them. The FDA thinks you need medical guidance on how to eat walnuts. A member of the Life Extension magazine team by the name of William Faloon says he thinks he knows why the FDA opposes educating the public on the health benefits of walnuts and other natural foods that are actually healthy for consumers. The first reason he gives is that junk food manufacturers who, he says, lobby the federal government will bring in more revenue. According to The New American Magazine, The second reason Falloon states is that “by making it less likely that Americans will consume healthful foods, big pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers stand to gain by selling more ‘expensive cardiac drugs, stents, and coronary bypass procedures’ to those made ill by their diets.” Hopefully neither of the latter propositions is the case because that would be terribly disturbing. Until Diamond Foods works out the kinks with the FDA we can just buy walnuts from a different compnay. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  174. HS Student Wins $40,000, then Gives it All Away « Black Athletes: Dr. Boyce Watkins Hits the state of the black athlete in America - July 25, 2011

    […] works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, clickhere. Posted by Staff Filed in african american athletes, black athletes Leave a Comment » […]

  175. Man Pimps 13-Year-Old Girl and is Fatally Shot by Police « The Penn Speaks - July 25, 2011

    […] As Irizarry stated and as many would agree, it is not right to let a person “die like a rabid dog with nobody helping [them].” According to The San Francisco Examiner, “protesters accuse cops of doing nothing while the injured Harding lay dying in front of numerous witnesses.” That was not right in any way, form, or fashion. As people protest the injustices of Harding, however, it is important to not loose sight of the injustices that several others have endured because of this very man. They were harmed, too. Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  176. Rev. Al Sharpton Addresses Rumors About MSNBC Job Offer « The Penn Speaks - July 25, 2011

    […] For the black journalists out there getting hot under the collar, cool off. Based on the words Sharpton has shared, he is not trying to be what he is not — a journalist. He is simply being offered a more powerful platform from which he can do what he has done for many years — be an advocate for the African-American community. This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  177. Black Valedictorian Allegedly Not Fully Recognized by School « The Penn Speaks - July 26, 2011

    […] Molly Bratton, Wimberly’s mother, says that she heard school staff discussing her daughter’s position as valedictorian in a negative light and stating that it could be a “big mess.” It appears that in order to suppress tension Darrell Thompson, the high school principal, told Bratton that another student was named “co-valedictorian” although this student’s GPA was lower than that of Wimberly. Thompson had already allowed a press release with the new information to be sent to local papers. The Huffington Post reports that “despite Bratton’s protests, the school board would not hear her appeal on her daughter’s behalf, [and] Wimberly seeks punitive damages for violation of equal protection rights secured by the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  178. Black Women More Likely to Die from Breast Cancer than Whites « The Penn Speaks - July 26, 2011

    […] Researchers predict that a difference in tumor biology and access to health care are factors in the mortality rate between black women and white women with breast cancer. According to a study conducted last year, it was found that after breast cancer surgery black women waited longer than white women to proceed to drug treatment. Last year’s study also discovered that black women were usually diagnosed at later stages of breast cancer than their white counterparts. Gapstur stresses that even though weight has not been directly tied to increased death rate among black women with breast cancer, it is still important to African-American women to watch their weight. She states, “We don’t yet have a clear picture…It is always important to maintain a healthy weight, for a variety of reasons.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  179. Study Shows that Black Women Die Fastest from Breast Cancer « Black Women Today - July 26, 2011

    […] Researchers predict that a difference in tumor biology and access to health care are factors in the mortality rate differential between black women and white women with breast cancer. According to a study, it was found that after breast cancer surgery, black women waited longer than white women to proceed to drug treatment. Last year’s study also discovered that black women were usually diagnosed at later stages of breast cancer than their white counterparts. Gapstur stresses that even though weight has not been directly tied to the increased death rate among black women with breast cancer, it is still important to African-American women to watch their weight. She states, “We don’t yet have a clear picture…It is always important to maintain a healthy weight, for a variety of reasons.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artistand an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  180. NAACP Leader Says Voting ID is Like Modern Jim Crow Law « The Penn Speaks - July 26, 2011

    […] Whereas Spakovsky makes a legitimate point, Jealous maintains that the photo ID law in the state of Wisconsin would prevent approximately half of the black and Latino population from voting due to lack of valid state-issued IDs.  Jealous says, “Simply put, people who are too poor to own a car don’t tend to have a driver’s license,” and will not be able to vote. According to Reuters, Jealous also cites that “an Arizona law requiring photo IDs to be attached to voter registration applications had [already] eliminated 40,000 voters from the rolls.” Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  181. High School Basketball Player Gives $40,000 in Scholarships to Fellow Classmates « The Penn Speaks - July 26, 2011

    […] Although the advertising firm is who provided the scholarship money for the free throw competition, the idea was that of Court Crandall — a Hollywood screenwriter and employee of the advertising firm. Daily Mail Online news reports, “He became concerned that a lack of finances were denying talented students from Compton, a deprived area of Los Angeles, the chance to progress, so he set up the contest and persuaded his firm to donate the prize money.” This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  182. Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “The Power of Silence” by E.D. Arrington « Your Black Poets - July 30, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  183. Woman Beat by Husband on Wedding Night « The Penn Speaks - July 30, 2011

    […] To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  184. Powerful Lyrics Promoting Peace Over Violence: Presenting “R.I.P” by Suli Breaks « Your Black Poets - August 16, 2011

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  185. “G.O.Y.” by Nicole Anyadike of Abuja, Nigeria « Your Black Poets - September 12, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  186. “Ponytail: A Poem for Gabby Douglas” by Jasmine Waiters « The Penn Speaks - September 12, 2012

    […] To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  187. “POET MESSAGE” by Luella Hill-Dudley « Your Black Poets - September 13, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  188. Poetry Events Update: Save the Dates « Your Black Poets - September 13, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  189. “Ask Me” by Sioban Campbell of the UK « Your Black Poets - September 14, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  190. Featured Poem of the Week: “Baby Girl” by LJ Thomas « Your Black Poets - September 19, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  191. Featured Video of the Week: “Friends” by Future the Poet « Your Black Poets - September 21, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  192. Poetry Events Update: What’s Happening Near You This Week? « Your Black Poets - September 23, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  193. Featured Poem of the Week: “What They Dying Fo’” by Fidel M. Love « Your Black Poets - September 26, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  194. You & the Chapbook: Publisher Speaks on Publishing & Promoting Your Poetry « Your Black Poets - October 3, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  195. Featured Video of the Week: “Vanity” by Shanelle Gabriel « Your Black Poets - October 5, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  196. Featured Poem of the Week: “Undead” by DeTyme POET « Your Black Poets - October 10, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  197. Featured Video of the Week: “Niggers Niggas & Niggaz” by Def Poet Julian Curry « Your Black Poets - October 12, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  198. Featured Poem of the Week: “I Am My Mother My Father My Child” by Claudette Scholfield-Grimes « Your Black Poets - October 17, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  199. Featured Video of the Week: “Mirror Mirror” by Future « Your Black Poets - October 19, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  200. “Assisting developing poets with vital resources”: Solid Truth Entertainment of Las Vegas « Your Black Poets - October 22, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  201. Featured Poem of the Week: “Unrequited” by Miss Quote « Your Black Poets - October 24, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  202. Featured Video of the Week: “Spelling Father” by Marshall Davis Jones « Your Black Poets - October 26, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  203. Featured Poem of the Week: “Opium Delusions” by Edet Ime « Your Black Poets - October 31, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  204. Throwback Feature: “As I Grew Older” by Langston Hughes « Your Black Poets - November 7, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  205. YBP Thanksgiving Feature: “Mary of Roanoke” « Your Black Poets - November 21, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  206. Featured Poem of the Week: “To My Grandmother” by Tyree Jackson « Your Black Poets - November 28, 2012

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  207. Quotes from The Penn « The Penn Speaks - December 18, 2012

    […] 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. […]

  208. New Laws Forbid Skeletal Models | Naturally Moi - January 3, 2013

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

  209. “Youngest Nigerian billionaire”, Ladi Delano, Eniola Mafe named “Top 4 African of 2013″ | YNaija - January 3, 2013

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

  210. Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Gown: Who’s The Designer? | Naturally Moi - January 4, 2013

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

  211. Mariah’s Ex Claims To Be The Reason For Her Success | Naturally Moi - January 7, 2013

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

  212. Rockmond Dunbar Ready To Tie The Knot | Naturally Moi - January 7, 2013

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

  213. Surprise ‘Cosby Show’ Reunion On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon | Naturally Moi - January 7, 2013

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

  214. Father Fights To Ban LBGT Lessons In Schools « The Penn Speaks - January 9, 2013

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

  215. Woman Fired For Expressing Christian Views on Homosexuality: Federal Court Ruled “Sexual Diversity Over Religious Rights” « The Penn Speaks - January 9, 2013

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

  216. La La + Carmelo = Fight…Carmelo + Kevin Garnett = “[Your wife] tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios” | Naturally Moi - January 10, 2013

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

  217. Exclusive Interview: Jai Harris, The New Face And Sound Of Entertainment « Your Black Poets - January 14, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  218. Featured Video: “Pray, Believe, and Be Healed” « Your Black Poets - January 18, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  219. Featured Poem of the Week: “Merlot” by Jabari Styles « Your Black Poets - January 21, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  220. The Penn Speaks: God “Goes Out Of His Way” To Keep His Word « The Penn Speaks - January 21, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  221. Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Gown Designer Revealed | Naturally Moi - January 22, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  222. The Inaugural Poem: “One Today” by Richard Blanco « Your Black Poets - January 22, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  223. Black History Month Has A New Theme Every Year? The Focus For 2013 | Naturally Moi - January 25, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  224. Featured Poem of the Week: “I Am More, I Am Me” by Angela Phillips « Your Black Poets - January 29, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  225. Featured Poem of the Week: “Destroying Corruption” « Your Black Poets - February 4, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  226. Page not found « Your Black Poets - February 11, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  227. Black History in Television & Film: Who Made “Scandal” Possible? | Naturally Moi - February 13, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  228. Featured Video: “A Familiar Ignorance” « Your Black Poets - February 15, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  229. Featured Poem of the Week: “Full of Love” by Louvenia Haliburton « Your Black Poets - February 18, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  230. You, Too, Can Walk On Water. Keep Your Eyes On The Lord | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  231. Never Think You Can “School” God (Video) | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  232. The Humble Leader is the Best Leader | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  233. Having the Love of Christ is Bigger Than Any Offering Check | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  234. Signs of End Times? What’s a Christian to Do? | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  235. Have You Fed And Clothed The Lord Today? | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn 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. […]

  236. Listening to the Spirit Over the Voice of Man | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

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

  237. How to Pray Under Pressure | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

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

  238. God Does Not Need Our Help: Letting God & Letting God | Daily Devotionals - February 19, 2013

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

  239. The Art of Chasing Dreams: A Lesson from Dr. King | Naturally Moi - February 21, 2013

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  240. Yes, The Christian Faith Is Blind. That’s How It’s Supposed To Be. | Daily Devotionals - February 22, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  241. “Furtherance of God’s kingdom rests on interdependence among the body of believers and the divine touch of God” | Daily Devotionals - February 25, 2013

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  242. Behind the “Glam” of Megachurch Leaders | Daily Devotionals - February 26, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  243. Heaven: Who’s In, Who’s Out, and Why | Daily Devotionals - February 27, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  244. Something Being Legal Is Not A Stamp Of Approval From God | Daily Devotionals - February 28, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  245. For the Singles: How to Avoid Extramarital S*x | Daily Devotionals - March 1, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  246. Featured Poem of the Week: “Why do people do this, Mom?” by Anonymous | Your Black Poets - March 4, 2013

    […] Have Your Poetry Featured […]

  247. It’s Not a Sin, but Should You Do It Before People Who Think It Is? | Daily Devotionals - March 4, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  248. American Idol: Should Christians Be Participating In Or Watching This? The Penn Speaks | Daily Devotionals - March 4, 2013

    […] The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  249. Why Some Restrictions Are For Your Good | Daily Devotionals - March 5, 2013

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  250. “I Can’t Help It” Never Applies to Temptations. God Has Given Us Strength to Overcome. | Daily Devotionals - March 6, 2013

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  251. Daily Devotionals - March 7, 2013

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  252. A Hand Ain’t Nothin’ Without Fingers: The Body of Believers | Daily Devotionals - March 8, 2013

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

  253. Immortal Bodies Really Do Exist, And Guess What…There’s One With Your Name It | Daily Devotionals - March 18, 2013

    […] Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: