For The People's Mic's second live virtual event, I wanted to celebrate and highlight Black artists who have influenced me in their art & power. As a spoken word poet and hip hop artist, I am indebted to the work of African-Americans. As a non-black woman of color, I recognize how important it is to show love in times of both war and peace.
And it's very much the former. In this time of blaring truths on screens small and wide, where human rights abuses are shrugged off by half the national population as political events to be undermined, it's even more important to show the love.
If you were able to join us for the live open mic, thank you for tuning in & contributing to a space meant to share love for a people whose beauty, art, and resilience has powered so much of modern culture today. Black people have contributed so much to our political space, science, and academia as well, but my focus here is the art.
Here are several videos for you to explore some poets & artists I admire and who have empowered me to pursue & express my truth and essence.
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Join us for the next People's Mic on Wednesday, March 25th!