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5 Black Queer Poets You Need on Your Bookshelf

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By Diamond 11:12 am June 29, 2015 By L.G. Parker For black and queer persons alike, much of the realities of our lives are considered “made up” by those who don’t and won’t understand us. Black, queer poets have access to new ways of approaching language as a result of this reality. As self proclaimed […]

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VOTD: #SayHerName

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By Diamond 11:24 am May 22, 2015 Poet Aja Monet’s poem is a powerful contribution to the #SayHerName movement.

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VOTD: Camonghne Felix “Meat”

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By Diamond 12:10 pm April 28, 2015 Watch poet Camonghne Felix‘s powerful poem on police violence.

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Broadway musical featuring songs from Tupac set for June 19

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:41 am June 5, 2014 A new Broadway musical will feature songs and poetry of the late Tupac Shakur. 

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Guest submission: Why…some thoughts

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:39 am March 18, 2014 By: Mark Eubanks How long do we have to walk on this earth? Why is it that you’re assigned a death day the day of your birth? Why do people always strive to make it to the top and sit on the throne, not realizing that u […]

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Clip of the day: ‘Behind the Veil: God’s Victory’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:29 pm January 22, 2014 Milwaukee native Victoria Liddell seeks to inspire. Through her modeling, motivational speaking and spoken word pieces, she wants to let everyone know that they can be victorious.  In her latest piece, “Behind the Veil: God’s Victory,” Liddell seeks to promote independent self-worth, and increase the self-esteem of […]

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Tupac-inspired musical set to debut in May

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:24 pm January 8, 2014 Thug life on Broadway? It’s going to happen. The Tupac-inspired musical Holler If You Hear Me is set to begin its Broadway run at the end of May. The production will be directed by Broadway veteran Kenny Leon. 

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Happy 70th Birthday Nikki Giovanni!

Happy Birthday to legendary poet, educator, and activist Nikki Giovanni, one of the most brilliant, prolific, and influential poets of her generation. Black Feeling, Black Talk (1967), Black Judgment (1968), Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (1975), Love Poems (1997); too many classics to name!

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Young Chicago Poet Malcolm London Will Address Race, Class, Education on TED show

Accomplished young Chicago poet Malcolm London will be featured on “TED Talks Education” tonight on PBS, performing a spoken word piece dealing with race, class, and education.

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews avery r. young About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes and Reasons interviews poet avery r. young, getting his perspective on the roots of Hip Hop: James Brown “Take Some… Leave Some”, Nina Simone “See-Line Woman”, and Gil Scott-Heron “The Bottle”

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