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."
Mazomedia wrote: Film by Matteus Clement & Mazo Media Poem by Jeremy Loveday (www.jeremyloveday.ca) Twitter: @JeremyLoveday https://www.youtube.com/user/jeremyloveday/videos Learn and take action: Ten things men can do to prevent gender violence: http://jacksonkatz.com/wmcd.html http://www.whiteribbon.ca/ http://vwsac.com/ With much thanks to the Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre, Gagan Leekha, Billy Yu, and and Jackson Katz.
Written & performed by Dominique Christina. Video produced by SlamFind, the free performance poetry mobile app. For more Dominique Christina, check out: www.dominiquechristina.com https://www.facebook.com/dominiquechristina https://twitter.com/nyarloka
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 ...