Donney Rose thinks that dudes who post/share the infamous "Bitches Be Like" memes are idiots, and breaks down his reasons why in the humorous, yet poignant poem titled "Memes." Performed at the 2015 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival (where Rose was a finalist) and filmed by Write About Now Poetry, he dismantles the misogynoir that is often shared by black men when referencing black women, that the perpetrators usually dismiss as a joke or some sort of factual revelation.
In the poem he writes:
...Did you pray for a boy?
did you weep when the doctor handed you
more than your misogyny could muster?
is it frustrating raising a young woman
while looking at every woman around you
as a less than sign?
Rose is a veteran of the Baton Rouge spoken word poetry community and has toured the nation as a slam competitor, featured performer and teaching artist. For more info on him, visit his website www.donneyrose.com or Facebook fan...
By the powers that be in the land of Twitter, I met a young talented poet by the name of Tro'juan Henderson and became a fan instantly. Fast forward two years later I had the opportunity to watch him perform live in Texas. He is an advocate for victims/survivors of sexual assault, rape, various forms of domestic abuse, and intimate partner violence.
And, he has a track called "Black Girl Magic" (above).
He strives to redefine masculinity in regards to emotional stability. He's passionate about giving voices to people of color for empowerment who find themselves searching for understanding around the multiplicity around black experiences. He recognizes the power of hip hop and how it facilitates cross-cultural connections between young listeners and develop community and camaraderie among fans.
Tro'juan does speaking engagements, college tours, and workshops (he will be facilitating one at Oxford University early 2016). To find out more information, contact him on his site.
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Check out the this amazing spoken word poem by London-based poet Shakii. It's the perfect brain-food postscript to UK Black History Month.
Here's a little background from the poet in his own words:
My name is Shakii. I'm a 22 year old writer from north London.
After spending the last 5 years of my life working in the finance and banking sector both in London and New York, I had an epiphany and completely fell out of love with the industry and its selfish, capitalist nature. I then made the brave decision of quitting my lucrative role in New York to come back to London and dedicate my life to using my writing to inspire my generation.
Upon abandoning my corporate identity, I did a lot of reading on Black history and was absolutely astonished at what I found. Firstly, I was shocked at the fact that at the age of 22, this was the very first time that I was learning about all these amazing things that Black people had achieved. And secondly, the more and more I read about past greats of my skin colour, the more empowered and confident I felt about myself.
Then it hit me: if me learning about my history can have such a profound effect on how I perceive myself, then what would it do for my younger siblings? How would it change how they look at themselves? And what type of positivity could it bring into their lives?
What also crossed my mind was: if teaching young Black people about their past and showing them images of great people that looked like them could help him them, then why isn't any of this history being taught? Why do we only learn about Black history in October? And when we do, why is is it that all we learn about is slavery and the civil rights movement when Black history goes back so much further than that?
From that questioning, the poem "Nothing" was born.
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Selina Nwulu is a woman of precise words and deep impact. For many years, she's written and performed poems that speak directly to social issues and modern life. She's described herself as "a writer, poet and researcher with a central focus on social and environmental justice, identity politics and equality," all identities and insights that come through strongly in her poetry. It's, therefore, no surprise that last week she was announced as the new Young Poet Laureate for London.
Young Poet Laureate for London is a position awarded annually to a London poet between the ages of 21—30 who demonstrates great talent and potential. A poet with bold work, who explores complicated subjects such as oil exploitation in the Niger Delta and Syrian Refugees in Europe, Selina is the third recipient of the award.
Rarely do we see political issues handled so beautifully. Selina is clearly well-aware of the power of poetry; in a recent article she wrote: "[w]ith poetry you can reimagine and challenge things in a way that sometimes you might not be able to in everyday conversation." Yet, as her poetry gains more attention, it's sure to start many conversations. Pieces such as "Home is a Hostile Lover" are both emotionally captivating and intellectually stimulating:
Selina has been active in the poetry world this year, running poetry workshops for organizations such as The Battersea Arts Centre and performing at events such as the Edinburgh Festival and Glastonbury. This year has also seen the publication of Selina’s first poetry collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, published last month by Burning Eye Books.
As part of her new role, Selina will be running workshops and attending events across London, both engaging creatively with her peers and inspiring the next generation of poets. I look forward to hearing more from her this year, and I'm sure we have a lot more in store from this talented and intelligent poet.
Follow Selina on Twitter: @selinanwulu
Did you watch Selina Mwulu's "Home is a Hostile Lover?" Describe your reaction in one word below. ...
NYC to LA
Aaron Samuels currently does product management at Telesign and is an award-winning poet, educator, and community organizer.
Aaron was raised in Providence, Rhode Island by a Jewish mother and a Black father, is a Cave Canem Fellow and a nationally acclaimed performer. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart, featured on TV One’s Verses & Flow, and has appeared in many journals including Tidal Basin Review and Muzzle Magazine. Totally considered an East coaster... Aaron shocked many of his closest friends when he made his move to LA. Watch the video to learn why and hear about his journey as a poet.
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