Spoken Word Monday: “You Gone Get This Work” by Jasmine Mans [VIDEO]

“Don’t make it rain if you can’t make it grow.” On August 2, 2013, Jasmine Mans performed her spoken word poem “You Gone Get This Work” at Stage 48.  As a part of the “Anthology” show via The Strivers Row, Mans delivered a cutthroat take on the fall of formerly headstrong strong men who cater their lives to false machismo. And women who speak or exploit their … Continue reading Spoken Word Monday: “You Gone Get This Work” by Jasmine Mans [VIDEO]

How Ernestine Johnson Made Me Check Myself With Her Poem “The Average Black Girl”

Who exactly are we referring to when we say “the average Black girl”? A term so widely used and very manipulative. I have asked myself this question plenty of times before. But never before did I have to walk to the nearest mirror I could find and demand I evaluate where I stood on the matter after having watched Ernestine Johnson’s performed her shattering spoken word piece “The … Continue reading How Ernestine Johnson Made Me Check Myself With Her Poem “The Average Black Girl”