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The gymnasium was filled with dozens of children who were excited to be in the presence of professional basketball player Omari Spellman. Smiles covered their faces as the students played games with the 21-year-old power forward inside Gresham Park Recreation Center. Spellman, an Atlanta Hawks rookie, hosted a poetry workshop for 60 middle and high school students…

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Dr. Maya Angelou was a renowned poet, author and teacher who touched the hearts of her fans with her words. She is best known for her catalog of autobiographical memoirs that painted an authentic picture of life. A pragmatic leader of her people, she was the second poet in history to read a poem at…

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Toiné is an artist who understands the power of the word and speaks deliberately to help affect change. Her style has been compared to the likes of Jay-Z and Common. We spoke to her recently to gain some insight into her music and the way she expresses herself. Talk about who you are as an…

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J. Ivy’s poetry has allowed him to travel the world. He has worked with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and Steve Harvey. His words allow him to to touch the world and provide inspiration and healing. We spoke with Ivy about what he does and why it resonates. Tell everyone who you are…

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The best time of day is when the clock strikes 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. You run out of your employers’ office so fast, just to hit up a happy hour and go home to pregame for the weekend festivities. Now, happy hours and weekend entertainment are a nice finale after a grueling work week,…

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Reduction of anger is a key aspect to surviving attacks of insecurity, jealousy and mayhem. There are individual ideas that are suppressed like jealousy and anger and there are keys to being able to remove this from the African American community. Flowers possess the ability to transform what is sparse and provide identity to an environment.…

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  Chicago’s hot spot The Velvet Lounge recently played host to an album release party and performance by popular poet Young Flame in celebration of her latest project, Love States. Hosted by actor and musician Mel-Rob, the night featured a well-received mix of live music and spoken word before Young Flame’s grand entrance to the packed house.…

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I In part three of rolling out‘s discussion with Chicago hip-hop pioneer and teaching poet Geoffrey “Dr. Groove” Watts, he discusses how the women he encountered on the train helped to professionalize his approach to his ministry. He talks about how Black Pullman Porters used to provide information to other Black people in need of…

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(Photo Credit: stacypatrice.com) Since 1992, discopoet Khari B. has been feeding his audiences his brand of “verbal soul food.” Whether socially arousing or enticingly erotic, Khari’s explosive energy nourishes the ears, minds and souls of all while keeping them wanting more. He’s been personally recognized for his talents by the late great Gwendolyn Brooks and performed…

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