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Featured Poem of the Week: “The Art of Pain” by Jonathan Downey

20 May

pain

This old lady said to me, “Boy what you know about pain”………..as I sat there I realized I knew what ever body else knew….it hurts. See fixing a broken heart aint no easy task especially when you unmask those feeling you have only to have them crushed. The rush of the anxiety creeps up your spine until it reaches your mind then shoots back to your heart where it started. Until your body shuts down and you dont wanna get up and you dont have the keys to start it. Pain aint no joke to those who have really been hurt especially when you worked so hard to build up that wall around you heart only to take it down and have it shattered. After that it doesnt matter cause you will never find the pieces and the person who did it you will never be at peace with. Yea they apologize and you know that they are sorry for what they have done but they will never know the damage because they arent the ones that have to deal with it. A broken heart doesnt just hurt emotionally it also hurts physically. Let Newton’s Law of Physics be an example how chemistry can create chaos. These words are just a reaction of an action that was either opposite or equal. You can see through the chest of someone whos had a broken heart is transparent but apparently the male species cant have a broken heart we can only break them but we have to learn from some where. What I’m trying to say is one can only know pain after it has been afflicted. Some seek revenge and inflicting pain becomes addictive. In short we all know what pain is whether its a paper cut or broken finger but the pain of a broken heart always tends to linger……

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About the Author: 

“My name is Jonathan Downey. I am 20 years old, and I am from Norlina, NC. This is just a brief poem about how a broken heart can cause a vicious cycle between men and women.” 
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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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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.

Exclusive Interview: Jai Harris, The New Face And Sound Of Entertainment

14 Jan

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With her latest album Disconnected – Vol. 1 being praised by acclaimed music artist Common, in 2013 best believe you will be hearing a blissful “ear full” from hot new lyricist Jai Harris.  Poetry is becoming a formidable competitor in the music industry with mainstream music producers looking to spoken word artists to cultivate a fresh sound. Ms. Jai is a leader in the revolution, and Vudu Spellz Entertainment – producer of Ludacris’ Grammy award winning track “Release Therapy” and his Grammy nominated song “Georgia” featuring Jamie Foxx – has her back. Spoken word artist Jai Harris is quickly rising to the top of entertainment with her unique and captivating twist on the lyrical art. Click the video above to watch Your Black Poets‘ candid interview with the young artist. Click here to get a free download of her new album Disconnected – Vol. 1. To read more about Ms. Jai, you can visit her website at jaiharris.com.

Jai Harris

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

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

7 Nov

Langston Hughes

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

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

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

24 Oct

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

This fight is only for the strong and careless.

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

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

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

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

Who are you without your complex?

Who the hell am I without my perplex?

Even as a coward, you maintain powerful intellect.

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

I watched you with eyes blinking to my sunsets.

We are a defiant merger of sorts.

Human capital with commodities competing at a loss.

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

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

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

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

You make this hard even when reason is impotent.

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

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

Spiritual instinct I suppose.

This era is the oasis where all inhibition grows.

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

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

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

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

It cannot be helped; emotions grow like weeds.

This fight is only for the strong and careless.

Oh he loved me not, he loved me best.

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

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Miss Quote

About the Author:

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

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

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

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

22 Oct

Ida Marie Collins a.k.a. SOLID

Hello YBP Family!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 Oct

My mother knew not how to love me

My father chose to be free

Abandoned to find my own way

I chose to parent me

I am my own mother

I gave birth to my identity

I am my own father

The junior to only me

I taught my child to be a man

I taught him how to respect

I, father and mother of his birth

I taught him not to neglect

Like a mother I held my self tightly

When I found myself in pain

Alone I walked the floor nightly

I choose to lay no blame

Like a father of my only child

I would not let myself go

Who could better protect me

Than the father and mother I know

I am my own father

Preparing my son to leave the nest

The rite of passage in fatherly pride

I prepared him to past the test

I am my own mother

My only child I must protect

Questioning the motives of others

Would they too leave him to neglect?

So like a mother I questioned

Can they love my child more?

Can they provide protection?

Pay attention and not ignore

I am my own mother

I am my mother’s only child

I am my own father

I gave myself my father’s style

I have taught my child to distinguish

The good from the bad

I taught this child to discover

What I never had

I taught my child to seek wisdom

The likes I never knew

I have taught this child to listen

The way good parents do

His  mother will never abandoned

His father will never forsake

This child will not have to wonder

What is real and what is fake

I am my own mother

I love my only son

I am my own father

Beholden to only One

I will make my child a good child

I will protect him from all harm

I will hold my child oh so closely

Hold him tightly in my arms

…these arms that are my own.

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

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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.