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Allstate, Florida A&M University, HBCU News, J. Ivy, Morehouse College, Poetry, Spelman College, Spoken Word, Tuskegee University -

Before the awards, accolades, television appearances and international recognition, J. Ivy sat in Chicago’s Rich Central High School oblivious to the places that the power of poetry, and a little belief in himself, would one day take him. Now, the Grammy Award-winning performance poet and author has teamed up with Allstate Insurance for the Pillars […]

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Basketball, Books, Kids, Kwame Alexander, Poetry -

“Dribble, fake, shoot, miss, dribble, fake, shoot, miss, dribble, fake, shoot, miss, dribble, fake, shoot, swish,” said Newbery Medal-winning author, speaker and educator Kwame Alexander. “Eventually, you’re gonna make it. You just gotta keep shooting.” It’s a metaphor he uses when he speaks to children, encouraging them to overcome their fears. “It’s … that fear […]

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Ava Duvernay, Poetry, Queen Sugar -

From its all-female roster of directors to its richly saturated cinematography to its truthful, raw dialogue that will have you grabbing Kleenex after Kleenex, Queen Sugar has been one of the most wholly original television shows on the air since its debut in 2016. So it makes perfect sense that embedded within all but one […]

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A Good Cry, Black lives matter, BLM, Books, Donald Trump, Grio Authors Circle, Living, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Poetry, Politics, Sexual Assault, Trump -

Poet Nikki Giovanni has been telling it like it is for over three decades.  The award-winning writer, activist and educator became famous during the Black Power and Black Arts movement, delivering poems with themes of unapologetic blackness and feminist thought, all while donning her signature afro. Now the 74-year-old revolutionary wordsmith is back with a […]

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Brave New Voices, Poetry -

It’s playoff season for young poets, with spots on some coveted slam teams up for grabs. The Undefeated follows two spoken-word artists before the Washington, D.C., Youth Slam Team Grand Slam Finals, where they find out whether they were chosen to represent the city at the national Brave New Voices competition.

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Ali Prose, Get Lifted, Muhammad Ali, Poetry -

Everyone knows there was more, much more, to the late, great boxing champion Muhammad Ali than his fiery moves inside the ring. His sharp tongue, rhyming words and singsong continue to move fans nearly 60 years after his first fight. Ali’s prose, a genre of its own, is so influential that Campaign for Black Male […]

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Black History Month, Poetry -

We celebrate black history to honor those who came before us, who laid the foundation for this house we call America, who struggled and excelled, who took a stand for what they believed in, and sometimes died doing so. We REMEMBER each tremendous journey, we RECOGNIZE the calamities, and we RAISE our voices in solidarity. […]

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Black Lives Matter, Books, Clint Smith, Poetry -

I can’t remember the last time I read something that staggered me in the way Clint Smith’s recent How To Make A Cardboard Box Disappear In 10 Steps did. The poem speaks to the despairing cycle of witnessing innocent black humans murdered and the relentless pursuit of honoring those lives, and demanding justice. 1) Find […]

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Activism, Author, Books, Clint Smith, Entertainment, GrioBookClub, Harvard, Inspiration, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Natasha Alford, Nikki Giovanni, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC, Poetry, Spoken Word, Ted, Video, Writing -

In a time of social unrest, the words of change-makers comfort and inspire us. Writer Clint Smith offers a heart-wrenching glimpse of our world — with all its beauty and brokenness — in his debut poetry collection, Counting Descent. He writes in the title poem of the book: My grand father is a quarter century older than his right […]

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