"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.
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”.
Raise Up is an online hip hop and spoken word competition for youth ages 15-22. Youth who enter are asked to speak on the national high school drop out crisis. Five individual winners will each receive a $5,000 educational scholarship and a trip to Washington DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28.