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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...

"Responding to a world which no longer makes sense": An interview with playwright Aleshea Harris

Sylvia Sukop | Posted 06.20.2016 | Arts
Sylvia Sukop

A shocking act of racial violence brings Harold Pinter's "The Room" to an abrupt close.

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...

What I Learned From The Greatest: Personal Reflections On Muhammad Ali

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

It was the mid-1970s and Muhammad Ali was my new hero. To me, a grade-schooler, he was larger than life and yet so down-to-earth. My parents were in his inner circle, which gave me magical memories and personal insights on greatness.

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 ...

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

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.02.2016 | 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 ...

Colombian Poet Has The Perfect Clapback For People Who Say He Doesn't Look Latino

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 05.20.2016 | Latino Voices

Carlos Andrés Gómez has light-skin and green eyes. And yes, he is Latino. "After the show she asked me: 'Carlos Andrés Gómez is your stage name, r...

5 Latinx Poets Honor Their Mothers Through Spoken Word

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 05.06.2016 | Latino Voices

For many, finding the perfect words to describe just how awesome their mother is can be difficult. But these 5 Latinx poets prove it's not impossible....

National Poetry Month Gets Guerilla With ZFG's Andru Defeye

Johnny Taylor | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Johnny Taylor

Show up to a place unannounced with your friends and put on a show. It's a radical idea that has inspired many artists in the area and has gotten him and his crew in some hot water with "the establishment."

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...

Poet Breaks Down Why Brains And Beauty Are Not Mutually Exclusive

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 03.24.2016 | Latino Voices

One poet has perfectly summed up the struggle of being an intelligent woman in a sexist world. In a spoken word piece posted by All Def Poetry on Mar...

Stop Enabling "Generation Bro"

Outspeak | Posted 03.09.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Stepping into any gym is proof enough that we still live in a society that praises hyper-masculinity. Everyone has struggled with body image, and identity, but the struggle is magnified for members of the Transgender community.

The First Must-Listen EP of 2016

Nathan Gauer | Posted 03.09.2016 | Entertainment
Nathan Gauer

First of all, congratulations on the release of your self-titled debut EP. I've listened to it quite a few times now and it is definitely my favorite album of 2016 so far.

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....

WATCH:There's Specifically One Word This Man Just Can't Say

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.19.2016 | Weird News

This guy from Northern Ireland has a very specific problem when it comes to saying the word "specifically." He just can't master its specific pronunci...

This Is What It's Like To Be The Only Black Kid In Class

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices

Poet S.C. Says stood out among the white peers he grew up with. He admitted how much this bothered him in a spoken word piece he performed at the 2014...

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...

Black Words Matter More

Phil Fragasso | Posted 12.25.2015 | Media
Phil Fragasso

Black words are purposely chosen for maximum impact. They cut deep, linger in the air, and endure in one's consciousness.

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...

Poet Describes The Frightening 'Adrenaline Rush' That Comes With Being Black

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

"It must be nice to feel so safe you have to invent new ways to put yourself in danger," That's how Rudy Fransisco describes the frustration of being ...

"The Things That You Are": The Artists Speak

Kim Mecca | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Kim Mecca

It was a biting cold type of Montreal winter day. Voyce* had reached out to ask me to write something to intro his upcoming album. I say something because I had no idea what he had in mind.

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...

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

How This One Poet Is Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Tajci Cameron | Posted 09.22.2015 | 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...

Breaking the "N" Word, Magicians Topple Racism

Scott Alexander and Puck | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Scott Alexander and Puck

We remember watching the inauguration of Barack Obama thinking that sweeping waves of change were on the way. Now that the United States of America was finally seeing our first black president, the walls of racism and cultural divisiveness were, no doubt, going to come crumbling down.