To All the Little Black Girls With Big Names

Really interesting piece of performance poetry by Sha’Condria Sibley. A very powerful response to the way some people respond to her ‘ghetto name’. She makes us question the way names can be used to stereotype, to judge and to shame.

“But, you see, a book can’t be judged by its cover nor its title, and the story beneath your name can’t be contained beneath the tide.”

Become a slam poet in five steps

So many of you are interested in giving slam poetry a go – so this video will give you some ideas. The lesson is from Gayle Danley and if you take her advice, add in enough passion and practice becoming a slam poet is within your reach. Explore a distant memory on paper, then read it out loud. Edit. Try reading it out loud again, and add your finishing touches. Danley offers five steps to being a slam poet – while being downright poetic in the process!

Azure Antoinette on Sending an Emoji Instead of Flowers for Mother’s Day

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Check out the video and read the poetry here.

Azure Antoinette, a spoken-word poet, sent a Mother’s Day text, and then didn’t hear from her mom for a week.

“‘A text and a flower-bouquet emoji?! I didn’t raise you this way,’” Antoinette recalled her mother finally saying. “And she didn’t. It made me realize, this mess is not getting better.”

At the Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Antoinette spoke today about how she missed the days when “a hashtag was just a pound sign” and about the way technology hollows our communication, issues she has been concerned about for years.

Algorithm by Azure Antoinette

“We’re a generation of idiots, smartphones and dumb people” Look up.

A fantastic piece of spoken word poetry on the perils of living online. According to poet Gary Turk, ‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

This is really worth a look.

Why I Hate School But Love Education||Spoken Word

This is the second Suli Breaks poem Sam sent me.

The poem discusses what is the value of mainstream schooling? Why is it that some of the most high profile and successful figures within the Western world openly admit to never having completed any form of higher learning?

In the poem Suli pays homage to Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus”, a piece that received 22 million views in the space of a week, and  addresses a number of these issues in his offering “Why I Hate School, but Love Education”.

With scores of school leavers wanting to further their education with no guarantee of their dream job at the end of it, Suli believes we should ask ourselves whether qualifications still hold the same value now as they did in previous years?

Does success in the school system correlate to success in life? Or is the school system simply geared towards fact retention and regurgitation?

What is true education?


I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate||Spoken Word

Sam sent me links to some spoken word poetry by Suli Breaks and they are really worth having a look at.

In the first poem, “I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate” Suli talks about how he feels we have been made to think about how education and getting university degrees can give us opportunities to have a better chance in making our dream careers a reality. It also touches on how as individuals we are judged and tested by how well we perform on exams, but not all people perform well in exams so why are they made out to feel like they’re dumb? The inconsistencies of the education system are really peeled open to reveal a deep problem that needs to be addressed and how society’s needs have changed to make this even more apparent.

Suli asks why are we misled into thinking that education is the only way forward for successful means in our work and career lives? He believes we need to open our minds and educate ourselves that exam results aren’t the barometer of success and that we can’t let them decide our fate. We are in charge of our own destinies!