Brave New Voices


If people have been wondering what the youth has to say about issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and inequality they have finally spoken and are now being heard. Russell Simmons presents a series on HBO called Brave New Voices, it follows teams across the United States hoping to make it to the annual national slam poetry competition. Slam poetry differs from regular spoken word; it is used in gauging a judges score of a performance and produce a winner.

The Twin Cities is also thriving in spoken word, I got to attend the first Urban Griots Award Show this past April and I was opened up to a new world right here in our great city. Minnesota’s youth slam team, Quest for the Voice is also on their way to Brave New Voices in Chicago, IL next month.

Check out one of my favorite performances from BNV 2008:

“Ugly Sunset” by Mike Gerbino

Written by Rachel Summers


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