In honor of Maya Angelou, American author and poet, we wanted to share this poem by Natalie Patterson. Maya's huge body of work spanning more than fifty years has inspired individuals all around the world. This poem is for her.
'Letter to My Unborn Black Child' by Laye Kwamina - Spoken Word
Minneapolis Southwest High School student Laye Kwamina reads his poem "Letter To My Unborn Black Child" at the Human Rights Day Rally on December 6, 2014. His poem, laden with references to violence against blacks such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, held the crowd spellbound.
12-year-old Kioni "Popcorn" Marshall has been writing poetry since the age of five and performing at NYC venues since she was nine. In October, she was invited to perform at New York's storied poetry mecca, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In this PRODIGIES exclusive, Kioni performs her original poem, "Forgotten", at THNKR's NYC studios.
Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator," and this powerful spoken-word essay celebrates - and challenges - the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be "articulate."
Bringing the Noise '14: Brandon Mooney - Spoken Word
Brandon Mooney performs 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.