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Slam finals …and the winner is….

I tear myself apart with the regret of not uploading this earlier. Hopefully i am not too late, uploading my new video onto the internet weeks later. This video is of an open mic hosted by the Green Earth Poets Cafe.

Click here to watch –> Open Mic Slam Finals

There are so many people in the footage who are not given their credit. If u recognize anyone please leave a comment and how I can link them to their poems.

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Listen to the Children

Taken from Afropunk.com

Taken from Afropunk.com

There are many young people these days who want to make a name for themselves. One such little girl is 7 year old Natalie McGriff.

She has started a comic book entitled “The Adventures of Moxie Girl” in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. The comic is about a little girl, much like Natalie, who doesn’t like her kinky hair, until one day a magical shampoo gives her super powers. The lead character then uses her new found abilities to save her hometown Florida library from being eaten by monsters.

Natalie entered her first comic book into the One Spark contest and won over $16,000 from the fundraiser. I am so delighted to hear the little girl going places. And if you know any little children with big ideas, please forward me a link where I find out more about them. I would love to write an article about inspiring kids.

To learn about an Atlanta summit, scheduled in May, check out the BlackEnterprise as they reach out to Entrepreneurs looking for funding. I found this out on their site.

~Dredbeauty

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At a Book Festival??

Just recently read an article about a woman who showed resilience at her job after facing censorship. Jordan Alam is a New
York City based writer who worked with the Brooklyn Zine Festival that is coming up on April 25th and 26th. When Jordan proposed a Black Lives Matter panel to be present at the Festival they refused. They alluded to the topic of police brutality and oppression as being too political of a topic at such a fun-loving event.

It is no surprise to me that a group whose sole purpose is to give the people a voice would discriminate against the black race. I completely felt Jordan’s outrage over the situation. From her trying to explain how having this group at the panel will not promote apprehension, to her being chastised in work related emails, to her finally sending in her resignation. This woman is a true activist in my eyes, because she stood up and put her foot down. Sometimes you gotta get in these peoples’ faces!

I respect her decision to leave the job because if she stayed she might have been forced to further sugar coat her views and philosophies. Since Jordan’s resignation, the Zine Fest has decided to add the Black Lives Matter group to the panel. A representative will be answering questions about their prospects for the community and its relation to education.

Anyone who has the free time this Sat and Sun should definitely check out all the creative talent in Downtown Brooklyn at the Zine Fest. I leave you with that information and the link to  Jordan’s website so you can read her first hand experience of the face of Prejudice.

Jordan’s Story

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