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Last Poet Umar Bin Hassan Is Rappin' Again

Havelock Nelson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Havelock Nelson

New York City, which nurtured Bin Hassan for decades, and where he connected with intellectuals, musicians and others interested in art, radical politics and history, also nearly killed him.

You Can't Measure This

Michael Elliot | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

What matters is that the best teachers care. They inspire. They forge relationships that acknowledge that children are complex beings; they see and address students' needs and possibilities.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Derrick Adams Merges Radio And Art With A Focus On Community

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Before the Internet, there was the oral tradition of sharing knowledge, wisdom and history through the spoken word. It remains. Acclaimed visual artist Derrick Adams' new solo project THE HOLDOUT taps into that tradition.

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...

Spoken-Word Artist Captures Pain and Fear of Child Abuse

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

Taking a story someone has lived and translating it into a story you write -- as if you were them -- is not for the faint of heart, especially when that story is about child abuse, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

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.

If This Video Doesn't Convince You To Put Down Your Phone, Nothing Will

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology

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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.

Finding My Voice and Creating Poetry From Tragedy

Global Kids | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Before Global Kids, I had a fear about what would happen if I opened my mouth. Would I get myself in trouble? Would I get my family in trouble? Global Kids taught us that what we have to say is important and that it can contribute to the discussions at hand.

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.

Daily Meditation: Take A Chance On Love

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion

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

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

The Lyrics To Lil Wayne's 'P**** Monster,' Rearranged By Frequency (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts

Note: Quite obviously, this article contains explicit language that some readers may find objectionable. "I hope she make me eat my words / 'Cause ...

How Do You Find Joy After a Positive HIV Diagnosis? This Poet Has an Answer! (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What messages do we send people about being HIV-positive? One of my favorite poets, Timothy DuWhite, explores the concept of finding joy while dealing...

You Can Thank Susan B. Anthony For Your Fulfilling Sex Life

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women

In her spoken word poem "Suffragette 69" posted by Button Poetry and performed at Macalester College during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invita...

This Woman Could Completely Change How We Talk About Fat Bodies

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.03.2014 | Women

"I like a big girl in bed, baby. More room to paint on." When recent Lewis & Clark graduate Samantha Peterson was catcalled by a man, his limbs dan...

Here to Change the World: Emerging Artists Turn Downtown Dreams Real at University Settlement and The Door

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.30.2014 | New York
Jaime Lubin

The emerging artists from US and The Door have certainly made an indelible impression on how I think about the world -- here's hoping they continue to do so for a lifetime.

This Spoken Word Poem Exposes A Dark Truth About Body Image

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women

Even those of us that love -- or at least accept -- our bodies tend to wish we were a little skinnier or toned or smooth or flat. YouTube user Dodie ...

Teens Deliver A Powerful Message Chicago Needs To Hear Right Now

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices

Four teens' powerful performance from the Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) youth poetry slam semifinals in Chicago is attracting a lot of attention. A vid...

Maggie Estep Made Me Love Poetry

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Alexandra Rosas

Spoken word artist and novelist, Maggie Estep has died, and we won't see someone like her again. The performer passed away at 50 years old of a heart ...

The Power of Spoken Word Poetry

Dave Stieber | Posted 04.14.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

For the many of us fortunate enough to already know about Louder Than A Bomb or more commonly LTAB, we know that it is one of the best things that Chicago has going for it.

WATCH: In Less Than 5 Minutes, This Video Will Turn Even The Worst Day Around

Posted 01.24.2014 | Good News

"Check your blind spot. See that love is still there." When you're struggling to get through a difficult day, week or time in your life, remember t...

'Josephine': Reconciling My Queer Faith (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

2013-10-04-jmaseiiijosephinepull.pngA few years ago I was introduced to the concept of queer theology. I was inspired to share some of what I've learned from one of my favorite queer theologians, Peterson Toscano, in poem form.

WATCH: Spoken Word Poems That Will Make Kids Think

Posted 08.02.2013 | Parents

Many moms could relate to spoken word poet Hollie McNish's anthem for women who breastfeed in public -- a YouTube tour de force that went viral earlie...

How to Persuade Anyone: Four Timeless Strategies

Dan Roitman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Dan Roitman

Whether you're negotiating an acquisition, recruiting new talent, trying to ink an elusive client, or even just asking for a raise, you need to be well versed in the powers of persuasion.