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Slam Poet Reminds Men That Women Have The Right To Take Up Space

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women

In a recent slam poem titled "The Girl Becomes Gasoline," Reagan Myers perfectly sums up the rage that women feel when our personal space is invaded. ...

Powerful Poem Shuts Down The Reporter Who Once Said 'Jesus Is White'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 04.27.2016 | Black Voices

"And the news reporter says: Jesus is white." Thus begins slam poet Crystal Valentine's piece where she recalls Fox News host Megyn Kelly's declaratio...

The Perfect Breakdown Of Why White Feminism Isn't Really Feminism

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 04.21.2016 | Women

"Intersectional feminism a.k.a. actual fucking feminism.” That's how poet and body-positive activist Rachel Wiley begins her slam poem "The Dozens....

This Poet Perfectly Captures The Problem With Appropriating Black Slang

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 04.04.2016 | Black Voices

A poet has perfectly captured why culturally appropriating black slang is the worst. At the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, New York...

This Poet Made A Police Brutality Mad Lib, And It's Devastating

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 03.23.2016 | Black Voices

In just two minutes, a slam poet has summed up the emotionally exhausting deja vu of police brutality, and she did it all through Mad Libs. Perform...

Allow This Poet To Brilliantly Explain Why Fetishizing Black Women Is Never O.K.

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices

Many black women can remember a time when they've been made to feel less like a human being and more like a sexual object, and a Minnesota-based slam ...

15 Witty Comebacks To Every Sleazy Pickup Line

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 03.02.2016 | Women

Poet Desireé Dallagiacomo has the perfect antidote to dreadful, groan-worthy pickup lines: the drop-off. Dallagiacomo performed her slam poem, "Wher...

Every Question This Poet's Received As A Midwife, Advocate And Woman

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.17.2016 | Women

One poet just asked many of the questions she's had to answer as a woman, a midwife and as an advocate of survivors of sexual assault and domestic vio...

The Perfect Response To Science’s Sexist Approach To Women’s Bodies

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women

"Hey Science! You invented the microwave 60 years ago so you could cook your hungry man steak dinners and you’re just now getting around to my body....

This Poet Breaks Down The Importance Of Missy Elliott's Hip-Hop Feminism

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 12.30.2015 | Women

One Chicago poet has given an amazing ode to Missy Elliott, hip-hop feminism, and the power of representation. At the 2015 Individual World Poetry Sl...

9 Powerful Warnings About Womanhood To Teenage Girls

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 12.29.2015 | Women

Melissa Newman-Evans has a few important things to tell young women everywhere. At the 2015 National Poetry Slam this past August, Newman-Evans perfo...

This Teen's Poem Highlights The Sad Reality Of Being A Black Boy

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices

"I cannot go to Starbucks without getting shady looks from baristas and customers who feel that I'm trying to act white by ordering a chai créme frap...

Poet Describes The Frightening 'Adrenaline Rush' That Comes With Being Black

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

"It must be nice to feel so safe you have to invent new ways to put yourself in danger," That's how Rudy Fransisco describes the frustration of being ...

Black Poet Explains Painful Reality Of Police Violence To His 4-Year-Old Nephew

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

"I'm not happy with the way we raise our black boys. Don't like the fact that he learned to hide from the cops before he knew how to read. Angrier tha...

What Happens When The 'Fat Girl' Develops An Eating Disorder

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women

The content of this article may be triggering to some readers. “We guzzled vitamin water and vodka." "Toasting to high school and survival, complime...

Poet Nails Why Offensive Halloween Costumes Are Never A Good Idea

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices

"Black face Trayvon Martin costume with George Zimmerman counterpart. Shame on us for expecting more." These are the opening lines from Raven McGill'...

This Poet Nails Why 'All Lives Matter' Will Always Be A Horrible Argument

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices

"Just because I own slaves doesn't mean I'm racist." This is the first line from Anthony McPherson's poem "All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition," which he ...

Poet Passionately Explains Why Ebonics Is The Backbone Of Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices

"Ebonics is the official language of the undefined black culture, the native tongue to the underrepresented black American." That is what Steven Wil...

This Poet Heartbreakingly Recalls The First Time She Hated A Cop

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.17.2015 | Black Voices

Poet Aja Monet recalls the first time she “hated a cop” in her poem “The First Time,” which she performed at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Sl...

A Powerful Response To People Who Say 'Men Can't Get Raped'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women

“In response to women who say men can’t write about rape.” “You are wrong.” That's how Akeemjamal Rollins begins his riveting slam poem "I...

Afro-Latino Man Proudly Claims His Black Heritage In This Incredible Spoken-Word Poem

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

The intersectionality between being black and Latino often goes overlooked. Poet Gabriel Ramirez acknowledged this when he recited his poem titled, "O...

The Ode To 'Thunderous' Thighs All Women Needs To Hear

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.11.2015 | Women

“My thighs say thunderous.” "My thighs say too fat for skinny jeans." "My thighs say cellulite." Desireé Dallagiacomo is here to tell you about h...

Poet Breaks Down Gentrification And Its Ripple Effect On Black Lives

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices

Rent hikes and overpriced coffee shops are synonymous with gentrification, but it's so much more than that. It's also about the burden many black peo...

The Slam Poem About Female Masturbation Men Need To Hear

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.02.2015 | Women

Anna Binkovitz wants the world to know that women do not need someone else in bed to have a good time. In her spoken word poem, "Masturbation," Binko...

One Woman's Reaction To Every 'White Man's Sentence'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women

“In case you haven’t realized, it’s somehow become necessary for old white men to tell me how to speak.” That's how Melissa Lozada-Oliva begin...