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Slam Poetry

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 07.01.2016 | 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 05.23.2016 | Latino Voices

April is National Poetry Month, and we're recognizing 10 Latino artists who boldly speak their truth through poetry and spoken word. Capturing the ex...

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...

Poet Shares The Struggles She Faced As A Latina On A College Campus

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 03.18.2016 | Latino Voices

"For the people on this campus who dismiss Latino narratives." This is how Janel Pineda began her powerful spoken word poem, "To Be a Latina Woman on ...

You've Just Been Slammed, Slam Poetry

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Comedy

Sure, you could mock poets the old-school way by wearing a French beret and snapping your fingers. But this guy recited vicious verse to take down sla...

The Lighthouse: An Interview with KiNG on Truth, Self Love, and Poetry

Alanah Joseph | Posted 03.01.2016 | Black Voices
Alanah Joseph

Standing completely in your truth is by the far the most difficult task. It requires an elevated level of both self-awareness and acceptance that is as noteworthy as a Nobel Prize.

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...

This Powerful Spoken Word Poem Celebrates Heritage And Self-Love

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 02.05.2016 | Latino Voices

“Afro-Latina, camina conmigo. Salsa swagger anywhere she go, como ‘la negra tiene tumbao! ¡Azucar!’ Dance to the rhythm. Beat the drums of my s...

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....

The Slam Poem All White Feminists Need To Hear

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 01.14.2016 | Women

Every year, phenomenally articulate lady poets congregate in an American city for the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS), a two-day slam poetry to...

Poet Nails What President Obama Means To Young Black Men

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.06.2016 | Black Voices

A slam poet has crystallized what makes President Obama so special to many African Americans. Actor and spoken-word artist Moises Morancy opens the p...