Poem by Lamar Jorden (formerly known as Tha Trufe), speaking on a conversation he had with a homeless Army veteran in Seattle. Lamar Jorden is a writer, poet, emcee, and performer from Chicago's west side.
My heroes never wore tights or appeared on carton channels
They had long beards and kept clothes above the ankles
No combing the streets, like beasts at night looking for thieves
My heroes fought their egos, and narrated ahadith
And some of my heroes were once bag guys too
Baby killers and highway robbers, if you only knew what they knew
Cause you gotta know a lie in order to recognize the truth
And what the point of knowing truth if you can't back it up with proof
And to prove my ...
Monica Mendoza performing at the 17th annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco (1/20/2014). Every year, Youth Speaks gathers the community to celebrate the ongoing life and legacy of Dr. King.
Monet Boyd performing at the 17th annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco (1/20/2014). Every year, Youth Speaks gathers the community to celebrate the ongoing life and legacy of Dr. King.
"Self-destruction" is a piece that was written to bring awareness and hopefully a solution to the violence going on with Chicago youth. Ironically, the only solution to this self-destructing culture is to self-destruct ourselves in a way that is sacrificial for the greater good.
I Speak for the People by Donte Clark & Deandre Evans - Spoken Word
Poets from Richmond, California's Raw Talent/Making Waves use their unique talents to find a new way to see, think, and speak about diabetes while also improving and informing their community. Poets, Donte Clark & Deandre Evans.
Poets are Kai Davis (left) and Safiya Washington of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement perform during last year’s Brave New Voices semi-finals. The term “hipster racism” was coined by Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious and refers to using racist language “ironically”.