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

29 Jan

black woman painting

I was told to become who I was not

I was labeled outside of my name and then I forgot

I forgot who I was when I saw the images

Images portrayed of me that did not represent me

Yet these images were what they expected of me

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

Represent me? In what way do you mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open your eyes to see past the culturally conditioned society

I am more than what they said I could never be

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

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

Open your eyes and see

I am more, I am me

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Angela Phillips, Maryland

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

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

1 Oct

Attn. Washington, DC

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

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

Future The Poet performing…

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

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

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

Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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

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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. To like Your Black Poets on Facebook, click here

“Ask Me” by Sioban Campbell of the UK

14 Sep

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We turnin’ this world inside out, ya’ll.

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

“POET MESSAGE” by Luella Hill-Dudley

13 Sep

I felt words brewing all inside of me

until the words became so strong

that it begin to move my arms

the paper became the floor mat

for my words that is brewing in my soul

 

can’t contain these words

so I have to throw them at you

becoming nausea when I can’t release my words

 

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

it begin to no longer look like paper but a map

drawing me in deeper and deeper

 

Shock at the formation that poetry has me in

I’m wondering what is happening to me?

Looking at first time poets trembling at the mic

Looking at the season poets that leave the mic in sparks

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

until one day I had to discover I am a poet

but once when I learned I am a poet

I begin to walk the line of a poet

I begin to allow the bravery of another poet

to become my bravery that took me to the stage

 

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

for me to marinated you into poetry juices”

So I am thinking I am working my poetry

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

once when you become confortable in your own skin

then I will clip wings to your back

and release you to meet up with destiny

then destiny will define who you really are

For your are more than a poet

Poetry is your platform that about to take you

to the next level.

ARE YOU READY POET?

 

Are you ready poet

to take that journey with me?

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

Experience the power of the Penn. Keep writing, stay blessed, & stay tuned to Your Black Poets.

Spread the poetry revolution by clicking the image to become a fan on Facebook, and encourage your friends to do the same.

We turnin’ this world inside out, ya’ll.

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

“G.O.Y.” by Nicole Anyadike of Abuja, Nigeria

12 Sep

God gave her the test. Not the test she takes in school, ignoring the rules, playing the teacher as a fool, sharing answers among the class while the nerds while they’re getting their last laugh. The test where God becomes the person she kneels down to and cries after she’s disrespected, ignored, skipped church for pre-marital sex and still goes around saying she’s blessed while her sinful soul is being caressed.

The test to prove her character of showing unconditional love for those that make the decision to implant a silent incision in her heart which progresses into a silent cry with salty tears evaporating from the surface of her skin which is her internal twin because they’re both hurting inside.

Who is she to get mad for wasting 17,531.6 hours of pure stress on…? Hurting inside because she’s a lost soul named “Question” who refuses to surrender and repaying each and everyone in evil currency while she’s battling malicious spirits of hatred, sorrow and loneliness rather it’s intentional or unintentional. Psychological abuse from her past, things that she aimed to do in a YOLO mentality which is now an unwanted pile of shit that flies feast on and becomes this annoying bill collector that her nor her family can save her from because the cost is too much, the currency is confusing because converting hatred, sorrow and loneliness VS living a happy life just seems to be insufficient and inconvenient at this point.

The sun is shinning but her problems become the shadow that hinders her. So she calls out for God waling those lungs which grasps the throat, turning her into the wheel of unfortune because a lifetime supply of air is only limited when you don’t have love.

After being inspired from a still black and white picture on Youtube listening to a song from two gifted hearts telling her to take off her cool…Wise words from Simba Castano told her: “To release yourself is to let loose of the man that stalks your spirit. For the man cloaks himself in your shadow. The man, extending to a blurb of breathing midst is your shadow. But then! release this man through your eyes, through those palms”

And then she’ll let the sounds of the almighty knocked reverberation into her. Progressively swifting her hands to greet and fold, praying for the soul recreation which will speak from testimony and wisdom along with the old tears that will attract magnets around the world.

Laugher, happiness and intelligence will slide out of her mouth like waterfalls which will arouse the 193 nations in the world for all of them to utter GOY out of their mouths.

Ever felt yourself crying tears of sadness because you still feel the bruises from your past? Then crying tears of joy because there is a second chance, and then crying tears of hope and faith for a better future.

With her hands lifted in the air feeling liberated with freedom and giving thanks to the Lord that me! Nicole Anyadike did not have to run and hide my face underground to worship the greatest man in heaven!

AND if the enemy says I don’t know nothin’ I know God is love and man can’t love none without God!  And I am no longer going to keep the burden of my mistake because it’s behind me and what I see following the order of operation for love. GOY! (God, other’s, yourself)

PEACE OUT!

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

Experience the power of the Penn. Keep writing, stay blessed, & stay tuned to Your Black Poets.

Spread the poetry revolution by clicking the image to become a fan on Facebook, and encourage your friends to do the same.

We turnin’ this world inside out, ya’ll.

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

“Ponytail: A Poem for Gabby Douglas” by Jasmine Waiters

16 Aug

Oh yeah, now this is what I’m talking about — using poetry to positively impact society through raising awareness, provoking deep thought, and inward reflection. This young lady, by the name of Jasmine Waiters wrote a poem in honor of Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas. She calls upon the members of the African-American community to look beyond Gabby’s hair and focus on her accomplishments and the mark she has made in history not only for herself but for her people. Check out this viral video by Jasmine Waiters. Enjoy!

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

Poem: Black Daughter Confronts Black Mother About Father

19 Jul

Hello Your Black Poets! This poem was posted in response to one of the last features I did by Philip-Paul Grimes called “I Could Not Survive Outside My Blackness.” This is a very touching poem about a black child inquiring of her mother why she can’t see her father. I hope you all enjoy!

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

Experience the power of the Penn. Keep writing, stay blessed, & stay tuned to Your Black Poets.

Spread the poetry revolution by clicking the image to become a fan on Facebook, and encourage your friends to do the same.

We turnin’ this world inside out, ya’ll.

 

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.