Tag Archives: spoken word

Poet Mentors Incarcerated Youth Through Art. Meet Messiah Ramkissoon.

23 Apr
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Not only did he win 3 times at New York’s Apollo Theater for his lyrical skill, he was also a featured performer at the unveiling of the MLK monument in Washington, DC, and that’s not the end of his impressive resume. Learn how this master of language is using his talent to change the lives of others for the better.
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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories available on Amazon. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets and currently earning her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University. Catch her spotlighting black excellence in theatre and the performing arts with Black And Making It. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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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.

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

26 Oct

 

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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

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.

Spread the poetry revolution by clicking the image to become a fan on Facebook.

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

Poetry Events Update: Mark Your Calendars

9 Sep

Attn: Arkansas!

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:30 PM

Venue:  University of Arkansas Union Theatre

Details: The best poets in the world are coming to Fayetteville for a full week of competition, and there’s only one spot left! Wednesday night at the University of Arkansas Union Theatre, we will hold a slam open to ANYONE from anywhere who wishes to try and clinch the last spot in the competition. Poets will travel from all over and bring their best poems, making this one of the most “hard fought” competitions of the festival. And the best news? It’s absolutely FREE to see!

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the competition starts promptly at 8.

Rules: 2 round, 3 minute, reverse order slam; all originals, no repeats. No props, costumes, or musical accompaniment.

For additional details, click here. For more national poetry events hosted by Individual World Poetry Slam, click here.

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Attn: Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio!

Future The Poet will be performing in all of the above listed states this week.

Tennessee

Date & Time: Thursday, September 13th at 8:30 PM

Venue: Jazz & Jokes, 174 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN, 37201, US

Details: Future will be headlining the “Next to Blow” open mic!

 

Kentucky

Date & Time: Friday, September 14th at 9:00 PM

Venue: Jazzyblu, 815 W Market St, Louisville, KY, 40202, US

Details: Featuring at what is quickly becoming my favorite stop in the mid south! JazzyBlu is one of the sexiest venues in the country for poetry, spoken word and live music!

 

Ohio

Date & Time: Saturday, September 15th at 08:30 PM

Venue: Zanzibar Brews, 750 E Long St, Columbus, OH, 43203, US

Details: Future will be headlining at the “Spit n Sketch Live” open mic poetry and music showcase!

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Attn: Florida

Marc Marcel will be performing in Miami this week.

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 12th at 8:00 PM

Venue: The Bohemia Room, 697 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136, US

 

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

Denver, CO: Spoken Word Artist Marc Marcel to Perform!

31 Aug

As seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, one of my fav spoken word artists, Marc Marcel, is performing in Denver, Colorado!

Date:

Sunday Sept. 2, 2012

Time:

8:00pm

Where:

The Mercury Cafe

2199 California St.

Denver, CO 80205

Not only have I seen this artist perform live in person, I have spoken with him. It is always awesome when talented artists like himself are down-to-earth enough to talk with the members of their audience one-on-one before and after the show — for more than 2 seconds. I absolutely love his work all on its own, but his tangibility amplifies his fan affinity. I have no doubt that you will be amazed by his mentally twisting, intricate, and enrapturing work too! His reputation precedes him in the spoken word community. To read more about him, click here. Share & enjoy!

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

Ayvaunn Penn Presents: “Going Home” by Catherine Whitehead a.k.a. Catherinebutterfly

8 Jul

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

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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.