Tag: Spoken Word Poetry

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

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