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Slam Poetry

Public School Curriculum Encourages Teen Poets To 'Get Lit'

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts

Criticisms of the Common Core curriculum have mostly centered on its staunch adherence to keeping things new, fresh and relevant. English classrooms a...

This Is The Price Of Your Woman Card

The Huffington Post | Felicia Kelley | Posted 09.23.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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The Game Of Life Is Unfair From The Start

The Huffington Post | Felicia Kelley | Posted 09.23.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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The Bold Poetry Curriculum Changing LA’s Youth Literacy Problem

The Huffington Post | Felicia Kelley | Posted 09.16.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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The Powerful Reason This Woman Forgave Her Sexual Abuser

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.15.2016 | Women

“I forgive you because I have to.” That’s how Rachel Lacey begins her powerful poem “I Forgive You” [that was recently uploaded to the YouTu...

If You Don't Get The Problem With Cultural Appropriation, Listen To This

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.23.2016 | Black Voices

If you want the definitive word on the appropriation of black culture, look no further than this clip of slam poets Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jiha...

For All The Women Who Have Been Told They Need To Gain Weight

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 08.18.2016 | Women

Poet Tammaka Staley has a brilliant response to the hate that thin women ― and particularly thin black women ― face so regularly in her slam poem ...

One Poet’s Truthful Reminder That Body Acceptance Isn’t Always Easy

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women

Being a woman is hard. Being a fat woman in an image-obsessed, body-shaming culture can be even harder. In her stunning poem, “On the Good Days,”...

Muslim Teenagers Use Slam Poetry To Educate Others About Their Faith

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion

“September 11, 2001, wake up America the enemy is here.” This is how a group of four Muslim American teenagers, who hope to change the culture of ...

Every Time You Say "All Lives Matter" You Are Being an Accidental Racist

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

You can totally stop being an ignorant racist right now. This instant. You don't even have to lift a finger. All you have to do is learn. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it is never a bad thing to learn.

A Poem For Anyone Who Thinks Makeup Can't Be Empowering

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women

“This is the poem for every poem that uses cliche word play and metaphors to conceal a disgust for makeup under the mask of empowerment.” That’s...

Two Poets Issue Powerful Reminder That Women Have A Right To Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women

In a stunning new All Def Poetry performance, two women break down society's misogynist double standards when it comes to women's sexuality. Performe...

Mexican-American Slam Poet Schools Donald Trump On U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.22.2016 | Latino Voices

Donald Trump may want to bust open a U.S. history book because he's about to get schooled. Chicana slam poet Mercedez Holtry gave the GOP presidentia...

Curiosity Conversations: A Chat with Harry Baker, The Sunshine Kid

Erin Smith | Posted 06.21.2016 | Impact
Erin Smith

Harry Baker is a world champion slam poet, author and TED speaker, with a knack for occasional rap battles. This combination results in a light distin...

Poem Exposes The Gut-Wrenching Anonymity Of Child Brides

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women

“I met her on her wedding day, walked up to her and smiled. Back home no one ever talks to the bride. So I thought I’d try something new, thinking...

This Poem Annihilates Anyone Who Says 'Pretty For A Dark Skin Girl'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 09.12.2016 | Black Voices

Most dark-skinned black women can remember at least one instance in their life when they've been made to feel or were just outright told that they're ...

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. ...

Spoken Word Poets Recite Unlikely Tribute To Badass Abuelitas

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 04.27.2016 | Latino Voices

Rick Grimes has nothing on Latina grandmothers. Take it from from spoken word poets Jonathan Mendoza and Melissa Lozada-Oliva, whose piece "Zombie-Des...

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....

For every Chicano, Pachuco, Norteño, Sureño, Crip, and Blood, Greaser, and Cholo

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 04.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

"When Mexico sends its people... They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime... They're rapists" This quote is just one of many that, republican p...

One Poet's Ode To Her Resting Bitch Face

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 04.07.2016 | Women

If you're a woman who doesn't smile for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, then you've likely been accused of having a resting bitch face. Poet Olivi...

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...

10 Spoken Word Poets Who Speak To Diverse Latino Experiences

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 10.06.2016 | Latino Voices

Capturing the experiences of Latinos across the U.S. and world cannot be easily accomplished through one perspective. We need diverse voices to articu...

This Poet Perfectly Debunks The 'Real Woman' Trope

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 03.21.2016 | Women

"Real women cook, real women clean, real women raise children, real women really want children. Real women wear makeup but real women also... don't we...