Tagged poetry

Frederick Talks Floridian Hip Hop, Haitian Identity, and “The Calm” EP

Frederick is from a current era of Hip Hop that no longer places a cultural obligation to guard its region like a dog marks its territory. Aesthetic preferences has taken precedent over regional loyalty. But despite its experimental interplay with music production, lyrical style, and evolving subject matter, authenticity still remains a fundamental tenet in…

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Saul Williams, Still Fighting the Good Fight On New Album

If you’re not familiar with the spoken word poet/writer/rapper/singer/actor/activist Saul Williams, there are many years worth of homework for you to do in numerous art forms. From his legendary Def Poetry Jam readings, to his acting debut in the cult classic Slam, to his Broadway debut in 2014 as the lead role in the play Holler If…

An Immigrant Story Behind the Poetry with Tiffany Kang

[play podcast above] It was a few hours of mental and physical nourishment. We sat across the jogging path next to Lake Merritt, the historical tidal lagoon, a body of water which served as a metaphor for our physical, immigrant bodies. Tufted ducks wandered around the “Necklace of Lights” as we prepared for our conversation, sitting comfortably on an old park…

Dear Faith & Capitalism

[click video above] Revolving Doors, American roulette, who gets to decide if we live or die? What’s best for the useless guy on the side, of the pavement, begging you to free him? He’ll be at ease when he fulfills carpe diem: deferred dreams drowned him at the deep end, believe it’s greed how poverty…

Coffee & Conversation with Dwayne Morgan

It’s quite difficult to attach a single label to Dwayne Morgan. He’s a well-known Canadian poet and author who founded the Toronto International Poetry Slam, the “Up from the Roots” production company, and few other social entrepreneurial ventures. In our coffee & conversation, we explored Canada’s burgeoning spoken word scene, the unique Black-Canadian experience, Hip Hop pedagogy in rap beefs (Drake vs…

Sabrina Benaim Performs: Glass Girl

“Dear girl with body of glass synagogue; that boy wants to digest you into a junkyard of recycled glass bodies” As part of our TIFF coverage in Toronto, we caught up with Sabrina Benaim, as she navigates fear and vulnerability in a this remarkable poem, “Glass Girl.” Sabrina Benaim, part of the 2014 Toronto Poetry…

Dwayne Morgan Performs “We Are The Ones”

“To be a gift born in this world, male, packaged in black skin, is to be constantly reminded that your life is disposable.” Dwayne Morgan wears multiple hats. He’s the founder of Toronto International Poetry Slam, Canada’s largest international poetry slam competition; he’s also the owner of “Up From The Roots Entertainment,” a talent production…

For A Dark Skin Girl, A Poem by Jaylene Clark Owens

“But clearly you are not qualified to talk to me about any standards of beauty when you boldly place me into this substandard aesthetic category” -Jaylene Clark Owens You can’t discuss institutional racism without examining the effects of colorism. Dark skinned women, in particular, face a rough uphill battle against society’s skewed beauty standards. And…

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