Today’s piece comes from Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought, the lead MC for the hip-hop/soul band The Roots. His words about his upbringing in South Philadelphia made me reflect on my own childhood back in Youngstown. AdvertisementsRead more "“Untitled” by Black Thought"
I like this piece from English poet Suli Breaks. The flow doesn’t hit me in the ear like regular spoken word, but the message still has an impact.Read more "“Friends” by Suli Breaks"
Funny, entertaining, and informative, this piece from the Philadelphia-based duo Yellow Rage reminded me not to judge, not to assume, and most importantly… not to stick my nose into the conversations of others, regardless of what language they’re speaking in.Read more "“Listen Asshole” by Yellow Rage"
Today’s spoken word performance comes from a truly one-of-a-kind spirit. Most may know Lauryn Hill as an acclaimed singer-songwriter, but the way she uses her wisdom to educate and inform through words is beyond beautiful to me, especially in a powerful piece like this one.Read more "“Motives and Thoughts” by Lauryn Hill"
I found out about Seth Walker through a fraternity brother of mine (his name is Seth Walker as well) while I was attending college . This just might be my favorite piece of his, even though it comes off as a pessimistic version of “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.Read more "“Tree Story” by Seth Walker"
To celebrate National Poetry Month 2016, I’ll post a video of a spoken word performance each day. Today, I had to start things off with this piece from Ernestine Johnson. I still remember the chills I felt the first time I watched this performance on The Arsenio Hall Show, chills that I still get.Read more "“The Average Black Girl” by Ernestine Johnson"