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The Radical Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, the First Black Author to Win a Pulitzer Prize

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Her poetry portrayed African American life in a complex and vulnerable way.





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"Art's job is to question the status quo, not to ever accept it" - Spoken word and social change

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)




ART CAN OCCUPY a space in society where it reaches out and engages people, inspiring those on the fringes to raise their voices for social justice and to become involved with prominent issues in the world around them.


That’s what the organisers of the Lingo spoken word festival believe, and they&...

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The growing popularity of performance poetry is a boost for mental wellbeing

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Spoken word is expressive and free, enabling performers to speak openly and honestly about issues in a controlled and safe environment



Lucy English

Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30 BST https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2016/jun/02/performance-poetry-boost-for-mental-wellbeing?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Pay with a poem: cafes around the world to exchange coffee for poetry

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

To mark World Poetry Day, more than a thousand coffee establishments around the world will use poetry as their currency this Saturday.


Marta Bausells

Friday 20 March 2015 12.46 GMT-  http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/mar/20/poetry-coffee-pay-with-a-poem-cafes-world-poetry-day


 

What is a poem worth? As authors around the world despair of making a living, a company based i...

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Why Creatives Don't Succeed In Traditional, 9-To-5 Work Environments

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)







Full-time jobs are not for everybody. Sure, to most of the workforce, they’re seen as amazing opportunities to take care of expenses and responsibilities and prepare for the future (c...

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Jeremy Paxman: poets must start engaging with ordinary people

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Jeremy Paxman, the broadcaster and journalist, said poetry had 'rather connived at its own irrelevance'



Poetry must “raise its game”, Jeremy Paxman has said, as he urged poets to start engaging with ordinary people rather...

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Malcolm X's grandson has died outside U.S. - family friend

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)



MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The grandson of murdered civil rights leader Malcolm X, Malcolm Shabazz, who was convicted as a child of manslaughter and arson in the death of his grandmother, has died outside the United States, family friend Terrie Williams said.


"I'm confir...

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Community spirit reignited at north London event

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Different generations brought together through performing art at function.

19/04/2013~ http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/community-spirit-reignited-north-london-event

 

OVER 350 people were in attendance at an event that aimed to bridge the gap between the older and younger generation whilst reigniting the community spirit in north London on April 13.

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Chinua Achebe: Nigerian Author Dies Aged 82

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Chinua Achebe, who was best known for his novel Things Fall Apart, which depicts the collision between British rule and traditional Igbo culture in his native Nigeria, has died aged 82.


 

According to local reports Mr Achebe died in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he ha...

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The Teachings of Marcus Garvey Now Mandatory in Jamaican Schools

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Struggling with a chronically stagnant economy and one of the highest crime rates in the world, Jamaica is turning for help to a Black nationalist leader who died more than 70 years ago.

 

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Birmingham A-Level Star Says Riots Inspired Him To Study Law

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Poppy Brady

16/08/2012~ http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/birmingham-level-star-says-riots-inspired-him-study-law

 


THE SMILE says it all. A-level student Ezekiel Braithwaite has won his place to study law at university and pursue his dream of becoming a politician.

 

The 18-year-old,...

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The True Meaning Of The Number 13

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)



It is known to many persons who are not students of the occult that the Tarot is a method of divination by means of 78 symbolic picture cards, to which great antiquity and high importanc...

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