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Spoken Word Poetry

More Than 5 Million People Have Watched This Mom's Powerful Spoken-Word Poem

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.07.2017 | Parents

A spoken-word poem has gone viral for its refreshing look at how difficult it is for many moms to be seen as more than mothers. In a video of her spok...

Sirocco (Poetry & Politics)

Jonathan Handel | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

Music/FX credits: piano Amir Mofrat; flute Jensmuse; wind Mark DiAngelo. Click here if the player above is not visible. An ill wind blows Strai...

Why This Poet Is Tired Of Trying To Prove He's Both Mexican And American

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.23.2016 | Latino Voices

In the 1997 film “Selena,” actor Edward James Olmos recited a monologue that resonated with many bicultural Latinos living in the United States. A...

Latina Redefines What It Means To Be Undocumented In Powerful Video

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 08.09.2016 | Latino Voices

Brenzy Solorzano is here to redefine what it means to be undocumented. In fact, in a video posted on Monday by mitú, the Los Angeles-based Latina mak...

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...

Poet Captures The Heart-Wrenching Fear Of Losing A Loved One To Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 07.12.2016 | Latino Voices

“On this night, lover, as we say a silent grace over plain white rice, I wonder if you, like me, pray for an unborn child we’ve already imagined b...

Poets Break Down Why They Won't Let You Mispronounce Their Names

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 06.27.2016 | Latino Voices

If you can't pronounce Yesika Salgado and Aman Batra's names correctly, don't bother saying their names at all. In a powerful spoken word performanc...

You Need To Hear This Harvard Grad's Speech About Overcoming Adversity

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.10.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


The Anthropology of Empowerment

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Diane Luby Lane

The Anthropology of Empowerment: How Blogging Led to a Book Deal with Simon & Schuster Diane Luby Lane "What they call you is one thing. What you ...

Daily Meditation: Questioning Progress

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

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....

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 ...

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...

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....

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 Spoken Word Poem Is The Ultimate Love Letter To Selfies

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women

"If you think it's cool or edgy to hate selfies, it's not cool, it just means you're uneasy about the fact that girls believe they are beautiful." Thi...

Woman Gives Emotional New Meaning To Using 'Protection'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women

"I thought I knew everything there was to know about having safe sex. Always carry a condom and never ever get pregnant." That's how writer and direct...

How This One Poet Is Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Tajci Cameron | Posted 09.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

"Put your twos up, keep them in the sky, that's hand sign for peace, we all gotta try make a better way 'cause just the other day I found out Eric Gar...

Eat Me: Spoken Word Video

Bo Kitty | Posted 08.27.2015 | Taste
Bo Kitty

I would rather have an amazing meal over mediocre sex, who's with me? EAT ME Sumptuous, spicy wanderings through hills and alleys, Cooking up a...

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...

To All The Women 'Who Don't Give A F**k'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.03.2015 | Women

Janne Robinson is here to honor the women who simply don't give a f**k. The poet and writer is empowering women to take back their narratives in her ...

Incredible Poet Proves Just How Influential Teen Girls Can Be

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.17.2015 | Teen

“You are the first drop of rain in a hurricane.” That’s what being a teenage girl means to Clementine von Radics. The 23-year-old travelin...

It Took Her A Long Time To Realize She Didn't Have To Change To Be Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 10.02.2014 | Women

In the summer of 2006, Micaela Blei resolved to "make herself beautiful." After a period of trial and error, she finally figured out how. Watch her st...

Rapper Tells Us 'Why I Think This World Should End,' And It's Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.29.2014 | Good News

Despite the recent deluge of tragic news in places ranging from Gaza to Ferguson, this man's powerful message will remind you that there is hope. I...

Preparing Our Seeds for a New Year

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

This week we will enter the Hebrew month of Ellul, a time traditionally dedicated to preparation for the re-birthing that waits us in one month - Rosh Hashana, the New Year.