Tag: Poetry

Poetic Tesstimonies: “Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out” by Brandy Norwood

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019) Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out by Brandy Norwood is a ballad that allows the listener to vibe to a heartbreak song. The lyrics are simple and powerful, with quotables like ” I guess it wasn’t true, when you said ‘I love you’” and “It used to be that … Read More Poetic Tesstimonies: “Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out” by Brandy Norwood

Poetic Tesstimonies: “Amethyst Rock” by Saul Williams

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019) Amethyst Rock by Saul Williams reminds listeners of self-worth, provides history into black culture, and brings attention to racial inequalities in America. Almost twenty years after it’s original release by American Records in 2001, Williams’ words still reflect the Black-American experience and perspective of today. He acknowledges the … Read More Poetic Tesstimonies: “Amethyst Rock” by Saul Williams

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2020 UrbArts MLK Day Celebration & Verbquake Youth Slam

On January 20, 2020 the Urban Artist Alliance (UrbArts) hosted their 2020 MLK Day Celebration including the Verbquake Youth Poetry Slam. The event was hosted by M.K. Stallings, with DJ Black Spade (all the way from New York) on the turntables, and V. Lang capturing photos. Three youth teams participated in the competition; Beauty N the Beats, Central Flow, and Savage Stanzas. The event … Read More 2020 UrbArts MLK Day Celebration & Verbquake Youth Slam

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Epilepsy Changed My Plans

America celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on this Monday, January 20, 2020 over a 5-day weekend (for most). I was unable to celebrate the holiday the way I planned, and felt physically and mentally terrible about it. This weekend I missed several events; my friend’s and my niece’s birthdays, and the Aaliyah: One in A Million Art Show by Kris Blackmon. I … Read More Epilepsy Changed My Plans

Poetic Tesstimonies: “Listen” by Jay Luvve

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019) Listen calls attention to the growth and humbling that is needed to spark a revolution for change in black America. Jay Luvve keeps the crowd’s attention with his uneven cadence, strong pauses, and intelligent progressive writing style. He reminds us of our worth and that we need to … Read More Poetic Tesstimonies: “Listen” by Jay Luvve

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WordUp! Open Mic’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

WordUp! Open Mic celebrated it’s 5th year supporting the creative arts in Saint Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! The celebration was also the first WordUp! open mic of the year, setting the tone for the fifty-one weeks to come. This open mic was an inclusive and safe space for the TWENTY-SEVEN performers to bare all and share their messages on stage. Dacia … Read More WordUp! Open Mic’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

Sir Ervin’s Surprise Open Mic

On Friday, January 3rd, 2020, Sir Ervin James Williams III woke up Saint Louis, Missouri offering his “Surprise Open Mic”. The night was jammed packed with awesome vibes and beautiful, powerful people. Sir Ervin Williams hosted the show, with DJ Prospect, photography by The Saint Louis American, and Benjamin on the drums. Timeless Flavors chef’s, Derrick & John, provided delectable hispanic nacho and taco … Read More Sir Ervin’s Surprise Open Mic