In partnership with KPCC, The Project presents Up-Rooted Youth Poetry Slam & Showcase on Friday, September 17, 2010. The evening will begin with an open poetry slam comprised of eight young poets competing for a $100 prize donated by Nappy Nation. Each poet will have the opportunity to present one poem that best represents their cultural background. A special guest panel of judges will score each participant to determine who will take home the title of the 2010 Up-Rooted Grand Slam Champion.
Following the poetry slam, the showcase will feature award-winning original poetry performed by the two time regional champions Inland Empire Youth Team. The evening will conclude with a Q&A and audience dialogue aimed at discussing the values of constructive self expression as a way to bridge the gap between educator, parent, and community while shaping the new poetic voices of tomorrow.
Simply Kat, an acclaimed nationally renowned poet who has gained numerous titles in the poetry world and is currently ranked 15th amongst the best poets internationally
Special Guest Judges:
Jimetta Rose, Co-founder of Nappy Nation, a singer/ song writer that has recently blown the lid off of the music industry opening for such acts as Eryka Badu and Jon B
Legacy, Co-founder of Nappy Nation, hip hop pioneer
Musical Sounds of Hip Hop and Soul Provided By:
JB, DJ of "A Mic in Dim Lights", the 2nd longest running poetry venue in Los Angeles County based in Pomona, CA
The Project is a non profit organization focused on youth development that uses spoken word and poetry as a vehicle to bettering literacy within at-risk youth.
Nappy Nation is an organization focused on civil activism through the performing arts. For more information visit http://www.iamnappy.com
6:30pm – Doors Open/Open Youth Poetry Slam Sign-Up*
7:00pm – Open Youth Poetry Slam
7:45pm – Poetry Showcase by members of the two time regional champion "IE Youth Team"
8:00pm – Q&A and Audience Dialogue
*(The eight open slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis)
Admission is FREE, but please RSVP.