The big day is quickly approaching. 35 teens competed this season to represent Team Black at the 2013 Brave New Voices festival. We are down to the final 10. Six will go on to Chicago as members of the 2013 Philly Youth Poetry Team. 

Be part of a magical night hosted by PYPM’s own, Kai Davis & Jamarr Hall with PYPM’s DJ Reezy doing what he does best.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE by the Swarthmore College Poetry Team.

GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY! This event WILL sell out.

PYPM Finals - Hosted by Jamarr Hall & Kai Davis

Phila. Museum of Art (Van Pelt Auditorium) | May 4th | 5:30pm | $7 for Students - $15 for Adults | The top six poets will go on to represent Team Philly at the 2013 Brave New Voices Festival in Chicago | Hosted by Team Philly alums Jamarr Hall & Kai Davis |  Special performance by the 2013 Swarthmore College CUPSI team


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Dear Tumblr: Philly Youth Poetry Movement needs your help

(i try not to ever ask anything of folks because i’m so damn proud, but i’ll ask for anything for my PYPM kids… screw pride)

Please, take a minute today to vote for Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) for the DoGooder Awards. Help us win $250,000 in critical resources! Many people know PYPM provides FREE writing workshops, slams, open mics, & mentoring for Philly area youth. Many of you don’t realize we are an organization of volunteers doing what we do because it’s needed, and we love doing it. But love can only get us so far. What if we had funds? Can you imagine what we could do then? We need your help. You can help us by doing two things…

1) Follow the link and vote for us (you can vote daily — please do when you have time)

2) Sharing the link and asking YOUR network to vote for us.

Thank you. 


Everyday Should be Saturday

Today is a rainy Thursday. The rain has a way of making you reflect. Maybe because God is in the rain. Maybe because rebirth is in the rain. Either way I’ve been reflecting all morning…..  There is something organic about waking up on Saturdays and getting ready for PYPM workshop and/or slam. Something special about seeing someone’s growth not just artistically, but as a human being, from week to week. It’s amazing.

I love the teens of Philly Youth Poetry Movement. I’m proud to coach the BNV Philly Team (along with my bro Kavindu Ade).  Happy to work with such an amazing staff. Fortunate Greg had such amazing fore-sight. Every Saturday the best day of my life.

-ends sappy blog and readjusts my gangsta-