Tag Archives: Poetry

Joshua Bennett: “Ten Things I Want to Say to a Black Woman”

28 Aug

Joyous weekends to you all!

Ran across a video from a young man named Joshua Bennett. A recent graduate from UPenn (he accomplishments are astounding! Check out his graduation speech here).

Now I will speak to you, my audience, as a Black woman in her 20’s in 2010. More often that not, we get so caught up in our studies, blogging and beauty and forget what has shaped who we are. The words of those before Us educated the world about Our struggles (and in the midst of this Antoine Dodson foolywang, this is SO refreshing it’s not even funny).

Joshua Bennett manages to find the most pristine words to describe our encounters. From men on the street to music videos, this poem encapsulates how men used to feel about their women. Does this still hold true today?

Thank you, Josh, for this spoken word piece. We appreciate it.

You can find Josh on Twitter and Youtube. Check him out, he’s ridiculously good at what he does.

(Note: Though Joshua has dedicated his poem to Black Women, this is really applicable for ANY woman. We all go through similar things!)


The Nuyorican: An Oldie but Goodie

6 Mar

nuyorican-poets-cafe-mast-logoIf you like hip-hop, poetry and live music, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe may be your new favorite place.  There are a lot of talented individuals floating around New York City, and they are all jam packed in this little cafe in the most creative part of town aka the East Village.  This bomb spot is the longest running poetry showcase in the City, so there is much history rooted on that stage.    Of course I had heard of the Nuyorican, but never had to chance to visit.  Last night, I was invited to the open mic/ poetry jam which occurs the first Wednesday of every month.  The doors open at 9:30 with a 12 dollar cover.  The drinks were a decent price (just beer, soda or water), and the door man was selling some crack-like banana pudding, a definite must try!!! I got there a little after 10 pm and it was standing room only but to tell the truth I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I was too busy enjoying the vibes to worry about not sitting down.  I have to say, that I was blown away by the great atmosphere presented, the melodic grooves and the movers and shakers up on the stage.  There was a wide array of MC’s, dancers, singers, poets and just plain ol’ expressionists so everyone could relate.  I give the Nuyorican “two snaps” !

The Nuyorican has different showcases everyday and I invite all to visit the website and find upcoming events.