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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 cr&...

Video Reading Series Thanksgiving Edition: Five Emerging Houston Poets You Should Know About

Anis Shivani | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Anis Shivani

In the time that I have lived here, since the late 1990s, Houston has become quite the poetry town. There is so much poetry of so much diversity from so many different kinds of poets coming out pretty much every day that one can hardly keep up.

Powerful Video Reveals What No One Tells You About Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.16.2015 | Women

When it comes to surviving sexual assault, there's power in refusing to be silent.  A new video from Buzzfeed Yellow beautifully bri...

What Mothers Shouldn’t Have To Warn Their Daughters About Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.13.2015 | Women

“Things I wish my mother taught me.”  "I wish my mother taught me in this society as a woman, the first thing that you’...

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...

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 Mc...

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," whic...

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 Steve...

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 ...

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 Dallagiacom...

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, "...

Hilarious Black Dude Answers White People's Most Burning Questions

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

"Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask the one black friend that you know, but refrained because you didn't want to run the risk of...

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&...

Interview With the Founder, South Asian Performing Arts Festival NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

Arpita works with a passion that comes from deep within herself, based on her own experiences and the experiences of her fellow performing artists, which have included large doses of rejection. She has lived to defy stereotypes, and New York City is benefiting from her efforts.

What This 'Black Boyfriend' Wants White Fathers To Know

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.05.2015 | Black Voices

"I always see it. That surprised face. That face that says, 'Oh shit! My daughter did not bring home a black guy."  This is ...

Poet Shira Erlichman Beautifully Destigmatizes Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.20.2015 | Arts

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Latina Poet Has A Powerful Answer To 'Are You Fluent In Spanish?'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.22.2015 | Latino Voices

  “If you ask me if I am fluent in Spanish, I will tell you that my Spanish is an itchy phantom limb; it is reaching for words an...

When My Rapist Appeared Under Facebook's 'People You May Know' Tab

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women

"When my rapist showed up under the 'people you may know' tab on Facebook, it felt like the closest to a crime scene I've ever been." That's how Ke...

14 Slam Poems That Pack A Serious Feminist Punch

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.05.2015 | Women

These slam poets are spittin' some fierce feminism. Fighting the good feminist fight can become frustrating. Sometimes we need a pick-me-up to fig...

This Powerful Slam Poem Will Turn You Into A 'Yes' Person

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.26.2015 | Teen

"How many times have you told yourself 'no'?" That's the first of many questions posed in "Untapped," a motivating, emotionally-charged poem writte...

Incredible Teen Poets Sum Up Everything Wrong With America

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.14.2015 | Teen

"There are things missing from our history books." Indeed, American textbooks have plenty of blind spots, but Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin a...

Poet Calls For All Men To #BeThatGuy And Help Stop Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women

All men should #BeThatGuy when it comes to preventing violence against women. In his poem "When," actor and poet Carlos Andrés Gómez spells out ...

How to Get Your News From Poems

Josh Stearns | Posted 12.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems," wrote American poet William Carlos Williams, "yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there." And yet, we are seeing more and more efforts to combine poetry and reporting.

This Is 'Just Another Rape Poem,' But Here's Why It's Important

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.23.2014 | Women

“To the guy in the back of the room complaining about listening to another rape poem.” So begins Brenna Twohy's riveting "Another Rape Poem" wh...

I Contain Multitudes: Maia Mayor

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

I remember the day she brought it into the room. We were sitting in a circle, and Maia was seated to my right. We started at my left, which means she went last.