3rd Annual “Talented 10th Poetry Slam”

just a good evening family and friends
and welcome to the third annual freakin American Advisory Council Black History
Month event it’s so good to have y’all with us today we are excited about this
talented tenth spoken word edition of our Black History Month event we’re
excited to have all of you students here with us I thank you for joining us thank
you also to our artists who painted some beautiful pictures for us my name is
pastor David Rosa jr. I am the vice chairman of the african-american
Advisory Council I’m also the pastor of cruciform Church
the president of the realtalk mentoring program and a Florida Department of
Corrections chaplain at the South Florida reception center it is my great
joy and privilege to be here among such great people today and I got to tell you
I am just grateful to God that we get a day to celebrate Black History here in
our country I’m gonna tell you why you see these clothes that are pressed real
nice they they buy worn out by now but they pressed because there was a black
inventor who invented a great ironing board who who made it able for me to
iron my clothes without breaking my back on the bed
hey y’all y’all now with me y’all now with me y’all now with me I’m grateful
today because of the contribution of my black brothers and sisters who have made
life for us here in the States so much better
I’m grateful for the contributions of not only those who have gone before so
many years ago but I’m grateful for the contributions of so many who today
continue to create a better world the more Beloved Community for us all right
here and one of the great men who’s contributed to my life greatly and who
is also contributing to the city and to you all who I celebrate on Black History
Month is my good friend Tony Grisby Anthony Grisby won’t y’all give him a
hand applause he is our african-american
advisory council liaison with the city of Hollywood Florida and he has been
working his tail off to create educational experiences that empower and
benefit people of color all throughout our city so if you would won’t you give
him one more hand of applause as he gets ready to share with you good evening
good evening alright I just want to take a little bit of your time because I want
to make sure that we don’t miss thanking people sometimes we get in a hurry and
we get by that especially me I get busy here I want to thank our commissioners
that came out to visit us Commissioner Biederman the mission of Biederman who’s
typically with us every year and his wife Donna Biederman who helped us out
this year right Commissioner Blattner Commissioner Blattner who donated books
that we gave out on the 12th as other people that make this happen Henry
Graham all our events are done through a library economic and social development
inc and we do this in cooperation in collaboration with the Barry University
dr. Glenn Bowen is here representing Barry glue University he’s been with us
every year doing this without dr. Bowen this does not happen also this year we
had a art contest we had another contributor sweetie hearts through what
about about council members miss georgette lastly Wiggins she’s here with
us this evening who donated prizes to kids that I know I don’t know if any of
you saw the paintings downstairs on the first floor but they were very good and
of course our judges who you hear about lately later and one particular judge I
want to thank his Butterfly who’s stepping up for emcee for us there was a
confusion obviously I’m not Donovan Campbell so there’s been some changes
and butterfly stepped up to do that for us
I thank you very much and if I missed everybody AT&T Daphne Dilbert Oh we’ll
be presenting prizes later for our winners and let me see if I missed
anybody else if I did I apologize Oh our DJ yeah that was mine who stepped up
for us and I point out all these people because this is a collective effort it
is rock soup these people are not paid these are pro bono efforts and that’s
why the energy is always so great here and I enjoy it very much thank you let
me get the your host back it was President Gerald Ford in 1976 who
decided to expand the week in which we celebrate Black History Month to a four
to a four month and the reason he gave for it was he said that the country
needed to seize the opportunity to honor the two often neglected accomplished
accomplishments of black Americans in every endeavor throughout our history I
agree I gotta agree with him that that it is a grace that we don’t take just
one day to celebrate the accomplishments of our brothers and sisters of color but
that instead we take a whole month see it wouldn’t be do justice to just take
out one day we got to do it all month long and after that we got to do it
every single day because as we celebrate Black History and as we consider the
contributions of people of color what we do is we recognize and celebrate how God
has richly created and endowed us each no matter what our skin tone with great
intellectual cultural as well as spiritual capacities that come and
benefit everyone greatly I’m honored today to join you in this
time of celebration as we think thoroughly about black
migration how our african-american brothers and sisters and people from the
African Diaspora journey throughout the states and settled to create places of
and spheres of safety and influence for all of our families and ancestors who
have made it all the way to the White House in these last several years it is
a great history it’s a rich legacy and it’s an all transforming power that we
find in the black culture and community i as an afro Latino celebrate with you
all today as I consider myself not just a friend but one of a part of our great
African Diaspora if you would won’t you take just one moment with me now as we
take a moment of silence considering those who have gone before us honoring
their legacies and as I lift up a prayer to God our Creator God in heaven you are
the creator and sustainer of every one and all things in this world of chaos
and conflict we look to you for peace and serenity you are able to create
beauty out of imperfection you are able to create from a history of oppression
and burden and injustice a legacy of victory and of progression and of
excellence so we celebrate today.you for you and you alone have been the one
who’s kept us through it all thank you that you’ve created us with such
strength with such power and with such ability that we could journey throughout
these states and settle to create a better place here in these United States amen
out further ado I want to welcome to the platform today and Luis as she lifts up
the black national anthem lift every voice and sing won’t you well cover
would have round of applause maybe all please stand to our feet lift every voice and sing to life in
heaven ring ring with the harmonies of Liberty let our rejoicing rise high as
the listening skies let it resound loud as the rolling seas sing a song full of
the faith that the dark has has taught us sing a song full of the hope that the
present has brought us facing the Rising Sun let our new day
begun let us march on to victory swan Stoney the rose we trot bitter the
chastening rods felt on the day when hope unborn had
died yet with a steady beat come now my weary feet come to the place for which
our father side we have come over a way where our tears have been watered we
have come treading or path through the blood and the slaughter are from my gloomy past till now we
stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast god of our weary
years god of our silent tears now who has brought us thus far on the way
now who has by thy might led us into the light keep us forever in the path we
pray lest our feet stray from the places our God where we met the last our heart
drunk from the wine of the world we forget thee shadowed beneath thy hand
may we forever stand true to our God true to warning
native land and Lewis thank you so much well at this
time I have another great privilege and that privilege is of introducing you to
the city of Hollywood’s our first ever annual June 18th a founder she’s also
the she she’s also the owner of sweetie hearts cafe won’tcha
welcome to with us today the beautiful and outdone mrs. georgette thank you
beautiful welcome ok at this time I’m going to first I don’t know if any kids
are here are there any kids here that enter into the art contest
if you are please staying okay okay we had two different groups you could sit
down baby thank you we had two different groups that enter into the contest and
if you want to see the pictures they’re all over the first floor did you guys
see it it is awesome I was in tears when I saw those pictures I appreciate all
our babies that entered into this contest well the age group for these
babies are six to eight and ages nine to eleven very small children painted those
pictures and they I mean gorgeous gorgeous pictures well I’m here to
announce the winters of the art contest in age group six through eight Julianne
shook won first place and she’s I don’t know her he’s but I
know she’s between six and eight and what she will win is the fire tablet second place goes to Lincoln Marcel and
he will win a hundred and twenty one piece art set and third place is sanaya
do ba and that’s my grandbaby I didn’t even and you know what you guys
honestly I did not they did not allow me to choose so they did not know that was
my baby but she’s right there come up tonight mr. Grisby when you bring her
prize they would not let me vote I tried to all right that’s third prize for ages
six through eight now age group nine three eleven are mikela clerk ergo a via
badge are I’m sorry and Ella clergy Oh will win a samsung elight tablet AVL
Bashar will win the hundred and twenty one piece art set and Olivia Riviera came in third place
and she get the art set as well thank you guys thank you I appreciate you guys and this time we’re gonna introduce our
very special MC if you know anything about the poetry scene whether it’s on
the east coast or the west coast whether it’s downtown or Midtown you
should know the name butterfly she is a grammy-nominated spoken word watch on
earth yeah born and raised right here in the Miami area
a graduate of northwestern senior high she’s dedicated yeah yeah that’s right I
couldn’t give her some Momus she’s dedicated she’s a dedicated community
servant and this is the third time she will be judging or she was going to be
judging but she stepped up to the plate today on the last minute to join us as
today’s very special emcee so y’all give her an extra-special handle applause
butterfly all right y’all ready to rock and roll no seriously are y’all ready to
rock and roll cuz I am three is definitely a charm as
they say and it is an honor always an honor to be amongst the youth they keep
me motivated they keep me staying in love with leaking my pen onto paper with
or without lines they keep me figuring out ways to weave the 26 letters of the
alphabet so I’m gonna introduce you to our three judges that we have here and
then we’re gonna get into some poetry is that alright that’s alright
okay so your first judge here is a graduate of st. Thomas Aquinas high
school he is a decorated Miami hurricane and Miami Dolphin football player he
created the Russell life skills in reading foundation inc the russell life
skills in reading foundation foundations after-school program and it has
positively impacted the lives of over 20,000 low-income students from Broward
and miami-dade counties thereby exponentially improving students chances
of graduating from high school attending college and achieving
meaningful employment give it up for the one and only Tuan Russell of course in
between we have the one and only Frankie red Russell goes by a poet dancer and
radio personality named red words and that’s words with a Z not an S gotta put
your own spin on it that’s the beauty of being a poet poetic license her passion
for poetry and spoken word have led her to many endeavors including hosting her
very own radio and television talk show red light TV live on a 101.1 FM serving
on local slam teams judging national poetry slams featuring at various venues
across the nation exclusive nightlife events as well as private parties and
special occasions currently read to hosts several events around the country
ranging from fashion shows to open mikes manages a lifestyle blog about her
travels and adventures and entertainment serves as the content content editor for
the Phoenix magazine hosting produces her Sunday radio show or red light TV
ohno 101.1 FM co-hosts the Phoenix our podcast on YouTube and teaches dance
classes for all ages and styles through her project a read dance at Muse Center
for the Arts and dancers elements studio in Fort Lauderdale area her mission to
merge the world of arts music fashion and entertainment give it up for Frankie
red Russel and of course continue with the three is a charm your final judge at
the end there he is currently the senior site director for breakthrough Miami an
eight year tuition free academic enrichment program that provides
motivated middle school students from underserved communities the tools needed
to achieve their most ambitious goals in life while employed as ransom Everglades
school he has concentrated his efforts on providing programming for underserved
communities by acting as Haiti in a faculty advisor Black Student
Association faculty sponsor the chess coach and scholastic chess program
facilitator give it up for the one and only Weber Jade Charles all right
tonight talented actually there’s 11 names on this list so that makes it even
more beautiful because 11 is actually my life path number so we have representing
paste Center for girls and we have representing for Hollywood Hills are you
all ready for some poetry is stretched out your minds ready to get some poetry
leaked into it your hearts open your souls ready here we go
coming up first to the microphone I want you to put your hands together for July
a bass representing pace Center for girls the great migration is where black
Africans migrated from one place to another because they went through many
hardships or felt like they had to move because they can’t provide for their
children it’s not right but it happened their letters there when we didn’t want
to leave our families behind but we felt like we had to do you know how that
feels do you really know what that feeling
feels like to tell your child you can’t give them what others have well you
can’t provide them with their needs or how you have this big hole inside your
chest series rolling down your face and you have your last gasp of air because
they can’t go to school or you don’t have enough money for food tears roll
down my face as I try for walk past a homeless person on the street I feel
that pain in their suffering because they can’t get a job because we don’t
get paid enough when we left our families behind so we
will get paid enough to provide for our children do you know how that feels no
you don’t because you have a well-paid job a safe place to lay your head at
night you have food on the table for you and your children you can provide your
for your child and last but not least you can for for your child to get an
education so now we have arrived so now we have arrived more than 6 million
African Americans migrated from the north to the south I mean from the south
to the north yes we want but where are jobs where would we live and where would
our kids go to school we were driven from our homes and fairly because of
under sector sector Factory economic opportunities and harsh segregationist
laws many blacks headed north where we took advantage of our industrial jobs
because we needed the money to provide food shelter clothes in
education for our children study shows that us African Americans began to build
new places for ourselves and the public life homes that we were supposed to be
able to afford with the jobs we were supposed to get pay from yes we won but
when are we going to wake up and realize the reality we live in and the world we
live in we need to help one another and if not for each other for our children
this is the great migration yes
keeping this show rolling I want you to put your hands together for Samuel Davis
representing Hollywood Hills you that’s what up quick uh how y’all doing fighting hatred killing and war
it takes all these horrible things to go down for the white man to come to my
town and say we need to help the working in factories at first I was a little
doubtful about it but it was more paying but in the back of my mind I wouldn’t
know a good brain but now I now I board a train leaving everything I know behind
hoping to go to a new place or to call home where I’m not confined the
sacrifices I had to make my sister mother and father gone and knowing if
not never knowing if I’ll see them again no phone calls or text messages meant
nothing to communicate to them with it’s been one month since I’ve been here and
from what I hear from my ears if is if we can’t make it if we can’t make them
leave we’ll have to disappear so some left and other storming in raids of
destruction taking some and killing others not thinking about sons mothers
and brothers praying for at the end putting my trust in God but it’s too
slow and I don’t know whether or not they that he exists anymore not because
I don’t believe but how could he just leave so many bodies on the floor and
not help out my brothers and sisters getting hung up and seeing this go on
hurts worse than five sets of push-ups but as I push up I see the KKK in
disguise I begin to sympathize for the people
getting brutally beat by men that are supposed to protect us but the see all
of a sudden I see myself at their feet with my blood on the street when all I
was trying to walk home but I got lost in Wonderland like Alice I was just
trying to watch how messed up they treat us now I’m getting tossed around like
salad but all I did was watch not trying to get caught up and I’m in this
situation getting beat up after the incident I haven’t been looking at how
they treat us because I know firsthand years have gone by and I haven’t made
one white friend it’s alright though I have a job working in factories
constantly working like an unlimited supply batteries but the war is done now
and I don’t understand how the soldiers can return and say they want their jobs
back therefore everything to say was how could people ever think of letting them
work in factories because they’re black black people belong in the south they
should be they should be slaves or beaten up hung up in graves now I have
to go back to the self now I have to go back to the home of the cottonmouth and
all because the white man said so when it was the white man that evening my
help in the first place hmm now that I think about it anything
goes but it’s always in the fight it’s always in the favor of the white race
thank you and he ended that live with the white race towards that I find to be
kind of icky sticky because I fall within the midst of the middle line
because unfortunately I can’t relate to that see I never knew grandma
but grandma was a white bohemian disowned by her family when she married
my father who was blacker than the ace of spades when they finally migrated cuz
this theme is migration to Miami they endured many of pressures knowing in my
own history because you should know your own history as much as you know other
people’s history every time I Drive down Biscayne Boulevard I smile because my
grandfather was one of the first four men to lay down Biscayne Boulevard when
it was just rocks and water see he ended his line saying white race but again I
can’t relate to that because it’s a icky-sticky for me because I’m a part of
both races and then you don’t really know your history until
you research your history and really learn your history see we as
african-americans colored folks black folks in on occasion depending on whose
face you come up against in any given day they may call you the n-word still
when you know your history you’ll know that the white race was also very much
defensive towards our race I don’t know if you know that Fannie Lou Hamer she
she was protected and saved by the man whose home she cleaned and took care of
see his his wife painted a picture for him to let him know that his actions
were not beautiful were not pretty so again he ended his poem saying the white
race but for me that’s just two words that I hear but I can’t relate to
because I’m a part of both the white race and the black race I fused the two
together because at the end of the day I’m hoping and praying that just black
and white are only colors of clothes and shoes and homes and cars as opposed to
us making everything about race all right judges you ready for your
third poet okay we gonna bring up to the microphone
Hanna Garin she’s representing pace school for girls the Great Migration a
nation that didn’t let blacks or whites to hang out with each other or any other
race either to play board games african-americans were not being
recognized for their hard work the great migration were
african-americans struggling to make sure their family staying alive getting
through this darkness fighting for freedom keeping this teamwork pushing
our loved ones towards safety so they won’t be lynched the great migration
where we still fighting for rights like Isabel workers and said our past
generation went through hell and back for us today that makes us who we are
we’re our warriors victorious we’re not followers we’re leaders the great
migration changes us to racism and judging a book by it’s cover I want to
share with you amazing warriors Michelle Obama Rosa Parks Martin Luther King jr.
etc you see the great migration in the past there were slaves that had to give
up their offspring because slave owners couldn’t let slaves be happy as family
together the great migration we have all suffered
through it but we will continue being hungry for our rights also our destiny
to freedom so as the judges tally up their scores
I’m an acronym junkie I really am and so I’ve given the acronym towards
the word freedom something for you to see the word in a different light faithfully resilient encouraging
effective divinely ordered and manifested that’s who you are as
individuals young men young women little boys little girls that’s how I want you
to start seeing the word freedom each and every day that you live and know
that yes you are born for purpose you’re here on a mission
catch-22 the first four letters of the word mission spells miss so don’t miss
your opportunity to leave your mark here on the world’s wold like tattoos on
bodies alright you’re ready for the next poet put your hands together for Jakari
gonzalez representing Hollywood whores how y’all doing y’all don’t know
everybody can hear me pretty good everybody good all right Thank You DJ I
like the intro so I recently found out what some people are so free to African
Americans and this has nothing to do with the stereotype that all of us can
fight but it has to do with our ability to ground with determination and
devotion using this amazing tool called the mind see this very tool has been
free shaped time and time again times and defend I thi NK it’s time that we
win watch these excuses down the sink that all of us will sink like the
Titanic in our own Arctic Ocean of our minds science I kind of wrote it kind of these doubts that make us miss easy
opportunities like what if I mess up or what if I can but while you’re thinking
all it is there are people dying by the hands that are supposed to be protecting
us and because we’re not in their unit the police can sit outside to say
whatever happens happens and get away with it but a black man like me walks
past the police and just says a simple hand they get scared and that makes me
think why our protectors so afraid of us well there must be the system right or
is it the small group of people who do stupid stuff to make them all think that
we’re all alike is these little similarities that are so familiar like
the one that they tell us not to do as in don’t get scared and don’t think
before don’t get scared and think before you act but for what I just said you see how
easy it is to spread negativity in a forest full of positivity and it still
overpowers every little thought that you have once his army is big enough anyone
who says otherwise is a major liar that fuels my fire along with desire to
be better than the mines before me the mines that were more worried about a job
than education and trying to marry just to get some it’s no longer on my to-do
list on my hand me down refrigerator door with an alphabet Manning so putting
each side apart into a standoff one side is pulling towards isolation I said
Jason the desperation that could leave one self constantly but now I want the
audience to close their eyes to think about the word alone now imagine the
images that were shown and just think what if what if someone came along and
showed you that love can be shown by one gesture and watch the image change
migrating into this mindset is the hard part of life when you’re trying to put
yourself in someone else’s shoes but it’s even harder when stereotypes are
the only clues as to who’s right in life there are always more than one side to a
story we’re all shot sides are told then the story can have glory but my question
is for everybody in here what story will you tell and will they remember you
thank you so how y’all living y’all – y’all living
y’all – to the fullest or is it gonna be a live little bit of empty spaces and
blotchy blocks between when you got here and when you’re going back to the other
side well the world know that you were here or are you just existing cuz age
ain’t nothing but a number is real 100 you can have someone been here only
seven eight years and meet with demise and the church is full no seats and you
can have someone been here 80 years got ten years past the promise and there’s
empty seats in the church so what kind of impact are you leaving behind every
time you encounter someone for 10 to 15 minutes of conversation no one should
ever walk away from you empty ever judges you ready for the next person a
nyla grant representing pace Center for girls sorry this is my first time done this so slavery we made it the simple water we
made it the Reconstruction era we made it the Jim Crow South era one of the
toughest trials we had endured still made it the treacherous journey from the
south all the way to the north we made it
and all the pain we have suffered we made it but how did we make it through
the blood the sweat the heartbreak the tears we stuck together near and far we
told each other do not worry I’m here with you we will
make it through this I promise and we did just take a look around you look at
what we made yes we made that the Harlem Renaissance
we made that activists aren’t artists journalists musicians doctors surgeons
lawyers governors teachers leaders investors even actors we made them who
they are if we did not take the risk if we did not make it we would never know
Diana Ross Louis Armstrong John Coltrane and many others but we did make it so
the next time you wake up for school but just for what just think for a second
hey we made it this one I’ll be glad I’m not a judge
can I get a cup oh yeah we made it we made it
I say we made it we made weight in the Warner’s we made it deep in the darkness
Sun at night with Harriet Tubman we made it through all the lynches we made it
through all of Bernie’s we made it through all the water hose and dolls we
made it oh yes oh my gosh so we gonna stay with this crew over here at Pace
Center for girls and I’d like to bring up miss Ibarra dear Aunt Sally its Nana I’m here
finally I’m here it’s beautiful freedom the north everything is
beautiful how did I not know watching the little kids pass by me little girls
are wearing bows smelling fresh air it reminds me of when we were daydreaming
together everything is different the way the people walk down the street as if
they’re lost reminds me of Big Brother Jonah there
are playgrounds bird chirping and even sharona remember old neighbor I see her
every day on the street still walking with her sassy feet how are you how is
mother is she still sick and she’s still
cooking our Sunday beef stew I miss you guys
it is lonely over here in the noise there’s nobody to talk to besides papa
and he rarely talks he just plays his saxophone
I’m basically alone anyways there’s much more to tell
I’m keeping it short goodbye and so later well I know one thing I haven’t had
these doing a long time and I used to make a big pot of beef stew too I used
to put carrots and potatoes and I loved the saxophone
especially somebody who know how to make you talk who can wake up Grover
Washington Jr oh yes you ready for the next poet judges all right coming up to
the microphone please let me know I’m not sure if there’s an ink ran out so
when I say it you’ll let me know if I’m right or wrong alley on Jackson it’s
alley and you know what they say that I’m gonna let you know right now go with
your first thought because I said to myself I say I’ll bet it’s a Leo and
that’s just the ink ain’t come out on on the copy because it’s in the shape of an
N well coming up to the microphone her name is two people I love the first name
is alia and that last name is Jackson representing hot areas stay strong be
happy you can get what you’re going through just got that text as a reminder
so I’m right over my yard I will tell you how I feel but you wouldn’t
understand as they took me from my home and
stripped me from my land I had a set dream but not it’s all in the past so
got that ringing in my ears from the bullets piercing Hough pass some of us
fell running and crying can you imagine how I felt watching my family dying
nothing to do I can only look forward running from freedom they simply ignored
us please thundergun madness to stop
hearing the guns go off i buy these hunting punish you on the ropes to come
off all I see is white taking my people of color government overthrown just make
my future look duller I will tell you how I feel but you want to understand
belong is burning fire long flesh and desire whitson chance called the rise in
the world to inspire this blood leaking now either way they call me a liar but
would you really trust the Lions to take care of y’all little crier I see your
aching one and dying would be better can’t express how I feel to a literate
to write a letter I I can’t express how I feel to a literate to write a letter I would tell you how I feel but you
wouldn’t understand finally getting the chance to be a free man running so fast
trying to find a foreign land the only music to inspire is the banking
on these cans don’t want to be included in the to 2 million Diane costs the
raids involved in the slave trade all these people are really trying to strip
myself I dignity is working my people I complain nonetheless I will tell you how
I feel but you would understand wasted conversations in your wheels I
can talk for days about past years but you wouldn’t understand you wouldn’t
understand I can waste my breath for 20 minutes
talking about my past but you weren’t understand you won’t understand kind of
makes me think of Nina Simone and her song don’t let me be misunderstood
considering we are a race that have been misunderstood from the brother walking
down the street minding his own business and those car doors get locked real
quick that purse get clinched real tight and this brother they have no idea he’s
just trying to fight for his life just to make it to the next day getting 10 to
24 hours from the last 24 hours is his biggest challenge he stuck you in your
car or your person was in it he’s just trying to get on his way hoping that
somewhere along the way before days out his breakthrough will come through for
him considering he’s been going through we just been must understood for saw too
long and it’s starting to sound like a sad sad song better yet is just like
James Ingram said how do you keep the music playing when the beats fade out
and the lyrics continue to be sad because we’re tired of being
misunderstood all right judges y’all ready so your
next poet coming up is Lorie Lauriston representing a Hollywood Hills that she
said the remaining poet sirs from Hollywood Hills they just go ride y’all
out and show y’all what they got hi shrouded and avoid darker than our skin
enslaved by the man who stops at nothing to win he first controlled our bodies
with his whip then he quickly took over our minds with the white man’s sin lazy
impertinent incompetent the reputation was set no stop and their bodies were
free but brains captivated stuck in the belief that the darker your skin the
less your worth is you’re worthless Malcolm told us is not enough to know
your rights my children you also have to fight and we fought for what was ours by
the voice of Rosa MLK what we couldn’t fight was the psychological damage that
stayed conditioned into light is Right dark skin ate the mood like women being
disgraced dismissed by the road dudes dark times had come the Negro hated
himself more than the white man ever show True Blood and crypt dividers of a
nation shooting each other cuz we couldn’t bear to watch a brother thrive
master came back to remind us we needed him to survive but this time he a have a
whip now he carries a badge baton to host the clip but we started to see a
change five years ago in July Trayvon sparked a movement that made the entire
community angry black lives matter scream the strength of a society from
three-fifths of a person to five it’s a whole creating black empires to call
one’s own calling the justice system Mountain it’s slavery shedding a light
that’s never been shown American Girl dolls to African Girl dolls grown woman
realizing that if black men refused to love them they learn to do it themselves
psychological warfare to defeat the stereotypes pre-set ladies and gentlemen
presenting the black mindset seven is my number seven is God’s number
in it’s seven years there Trayvon Martin was taken away from us and I’m still
trying to figure out seven years later how when you were told not to get out of
the car you still did he should still be here 24 was a beautiful year for me age
wise so I imagine on any given day what Trayvon Martin would be doing at 24
years of age unfortunately he’s looking down from heaven continuing to be the
covering over his father and his mother and his brothers as well as the others
who loved him me I will continue to do this poetry and keep it tight because
that’s our connection I happened to be participating in a Black History Month
program at Carroll City Senior High one year and he was one of the students in
the audience and at the end he came up and he acts could he have a hug I’m glad
I gave him that hug and then he went on to tell me that I was tight with this
poetry stuff in to keep it up so I’m hoping I’m making you proud it’s seven
years later and I’m still doing this poetry stuff I guess I keep it right and
tight because my daddy always told me never pat your own back let the people
do that because they can toot your horn a little bit louder than you can and
that is true me I don’t do this for bragging rights I actually love what I
do I was born for this I am new to this and true to this each and every time I
step to a microphone because it’s gonna always be my first time that’s just how
much I’m in love with this so again seven is God’s number seven is my number
but it’s also seven years since a beautiful spirit soul was snatched from
us by someone who thought he was in authority but unfortunately he wasn’t we
will never really honestly know the truth because one is still alive to tell
his portion and the other one is gone away we’ll never know if there was a
state of distortion I love names that challenged me but i’ma
see if I got this right representing Hollywood Hills Ifeanyi you
are dia they find you you aria all right I was born of the hand performing a fist
strength was the first to cover me even before I could feel the weight of the
world I knew how to fight even before I could be lifted into my mother’s hands I
was despised because of my skin and my gap-toothed grin but I never took on a
for my self-loathing instead I realized that melanin clothed me and I wasn’t
about to strip because some didn’t like what I wore the truth is though the
insult struck a chord and the bitter melody bloomed within me on her before
so I wrote out this tune I took the fist I was born with and wrapped it around a
pen at the time though I could not turn my shame into sentences
my emotions cannot agree with subject-verb agreement so I broke my
thoughts up into fragments nonsensical truths spit on a page but pushed away
like my pride I was ashamed of it although I could not literally translate
the black head inside I continued to fight it like even today when I had the
call to pledge I remember backs beating head bleeding body hanging
arms dangling early eulogies systematic foolery and instead of standing I
listened to the fury rising in my chest and I raised the fist I was born with
not explaining why either because the ignorant like to do this thing where
they covered their eyes within the nations flag and component they don’t
see the problem they said that mass black incarceration
isn’t me that police brutality isn’t me that those black bodies aren’t me so why
should I be concerned the repetition of this question caused me to write again
and eventually I learned to personify my passions illiterate my anger make
metaphors out of my idea ideas and there’s writing terms of performance
I no longer hide the words that people need to hear right here I spit truth
hoping every is it was in here that I bottled up my
black hate and exchanged it for the fist I was born with and I raised it proudly
by my side so pump we fist in the air and we went
back you full of like you just don’t care I got power you got power
we got power cuts together we’re stronger so don’t talking about all
right we just have two more poets to go they will be representing from Hollywood
Hills give it up so far for the poets that
you’ve heard look there we’ve 26 letters of the alphabet and the
microphones through into your ears your heart your soul in your mind
after our last poet we’re going to turn it over to the deejay the judges are
gonna recess so that we can tally and come back with the winners and we also
have a young lady that’s going to be dancing representing pace Center for
girls and there’s gonna be some portraits taped up alongside here behind
me because it’s a part of her dance presentation so are we ready for Khalil
Wallace yeah how’re you guys doing tonight all
right we were first their tools trying to make us equal by putting our kids in
their schools but nothing changed we were treated the same anything went
wrong were the first to blame they pretended we didn’t exist enter a
building they’d show us the exit wanted our help because of a Ward had to pack
our stuff and travel far on our way with tools a hand given in the north we
battle with the Ku Klux Klan but let’s call it folks things started to look
bright took the white man’s place without a fight it was different in the
north a little easier when they got back it was like a meteor they destroyed our
plans yelling at us to get off their land but it was the white man that asked
us to come here I don’t care whose land it is I’m telling you this isn’t fair no
matter where we go it’s still the same we’re just Negroes in the white man’s
game they want to see me running hard they do anything to stop a black man’s
pride they want me to commit suicide because all they could see is their side
I can see the divider it’s always about what the white man wants black people
getting a hit on their backside this segregation has been going on worldwide
it’s up to the black people to push segregation aside thank you for your
time fellas yeah oh I don’t know my choppa this is that
Jam I don’t know watch over that’s my favorite part of the song I think they
had fun in the studio and it was recording this I’m serious
I can I can just imagine ah that’s what we be doing playing nothing so this last
poet has two beautiful names that I love that represent music so a first name is
Natalie for Natalie Cole rest in peace and our last name is Wilson for Nancy
Wilson rest in peace representing Hollywood Hills closing out our third
annual talented tenth Poetry Slam presented by Hollywood city of Hollywood
that is in the African American History Program give it up for the one and only
Natalie Wilson it’s like you put a shield of my eyes or
special glasses that make me see myself as less of you that makes you that makes
me see myself that makes me see you as superior or give you a certain power
over me cm2 desires you gave me is that look
into a broken mirror but doing my ear feeling and the missing pieces telling
me my skin looks like this because I was doing the work you were too lazy to
yourself your words tie me down in the bed of your lies with you standing over
me blinded me in my own insecurities telling our boys our girls are too dark
for them and they should worship yours instead you had our minds back then
delivered to you in a sweet little box with a bow on top but through time my
mind started to migrate back to our heads we started to learn eyes we
started to love ourselves with flaws and without taking off the glasses you force
on our faces the migration of our minds threatens you Baxter no corner makes you
feel as small as we did but we’re not circling you we learned that just wiping
off your lies off our skin shows that you were no longer in control the
calmness of my voice shows that you no longer bother me that you no longer
bother me this makes you want to act out like a kid throwing a tantrum breaking
his toys Boykin and pushing our buttons trying to
get us to react but this doesn’t bother us it just furthers our make it just
furthers our migration of our minds back to when we were kings and queens you no
longer have control over us and don’t you forget that exactly give it up for
those representing Hollywood Hills and those representing pace Centre for girls so now the hard part comes and that’s
tallying up to see who our winners are for this evening although they’re all
winners because at the end of the day it is not easy to get up here but they did
they spoke we heard we felt we enjoyed we’re grateful and so at this time the
judges are going to recess you all can recess as well the DJ is going to spend
some music and we’re going to get ready for our dancer to dance for us her name
is Ania Hearn actually she did amazing and awesome and
you can tell she knows how to even mentally multitask because she made sure
that she didn’t get caught on this little gadget here in the ground during
her performance so she is definitely a profession now and can perform in the
midst of any situation in scenario where technicalities may be a part of the
picture so give it up one more time for zendaya Ern’s representing pace center
for girls of course at this time I’d like to sing a thank-you shout out to
the beautiful Patricia Williams in the back who tallied up the scores that’s
not an easy task and at this time it is my honor privilege and pleasure to
introduce to you the one who is a part of a company that represents sponsoring
the beautiful gifts that our three Prize winners will receive tonight at the
third annual talented tenth Poetry Slam so at this time I like to bring to the
microphone the one and only Daphne dill rid of the AT&T pioneers keep this sweet and simple but all of
you did a good job when Anthony asked me years ago for help
with this event I was super excited so every year we sponsor the gifts last
year was tablets this year you’re getting smartwatches so third place gets
a Motorola SmartWatch second place is gonna get a Samsung Smart Watch and
first place it’s gonna get an Apple Smart Watch
congratulations third place is I’m gonna mess her name up I you said it earlier
and I’m still gonna mess it up sorry it’s fine yeah all right great job
second place is an eyelid Ram wot’s Apple all right number one
Lori Laura don’t leave students I need a group
picture that’s why you sign the media release form and if you make the paper
I’ll send it to your leaders baby Hannah you got stood up you know
brought up Buddha baby but she made a hit when she wrote this on she she could
be the next female Liddy Williams cuz Lenny Williams been riding out on cuz I
love you for 46 years he ain’t made a hit song after that so Miss LM a might
be the new lynnie Williams it just ride out and boot up for the next 46 years
well all good things must come to an end nothing lasts forever at least in
certain situations but you do have what you call memories so definitely
hopefully tonight will be unforgettable to you and something you will cherish
for the rest of your life especially the poets that participated and you know the
winners all of your winners and of course it’s beautiful that you got
smartwatches and it’s called a SmartWatch because you are smart don’t
let anybody tell you different make sure that you always watch for wanting to be
better and greater at what you do time is a beautiful thing but if you
spell time backward it spells the word omit so make sure that you omit
negativity out of your life make sure that you omit procrastination out of
your life and most of all make sure that you omit excuses out of your life your
environment is only where you have come from it does not make you you were born
to be great embrace that acknowledge that walking your purpose dancing your
purpose most of all singing your purpose leave your mark until next time
I’ve been your MC the one and only Rebecca butterfly pause I’m going to
turn it over to give you closing remarks and sing you home to your next
destination the one and only Anthony Grisby did we hit jackpot with butterfly
did we hit jackpot with butterfly just off the cuff thank you very much we hit
it at the park with javis body now DJ thank you very much and again it wasn’t
it wonderful event I always loved the energy in this room we think we ought to
do this again next year I think so too this truth is tree bears
fruit thank you good night

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