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]

“My Very Existence Is Defiance.” Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jadid’s Poem On Black Womanhood Is A Must-See [VIDEO]

Chills ran up my spine. Goosebumps formed on my arms. Minor tears in the back of my eyes wanted to come forward. My eyes fixated on the screen until the end. I felt all of this as I watched poets Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jihad perform their stirringly honest poem “To Be Black And Woman and Alive.” It was recently selected as a part of the 2015 College … Continue reading “My Very Existence Is Defiance.” Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jadid’s Poem On Black Womanhood Is A Must-See [VIDEO]