Spoken Word Category

Friday 31 October, 2014

How words can heal you: Alex Elle on writing and finding herself

For some, writing comes naturally. Not just any writing, good writing. The writing others read and are moved by. The writing that acts like a mirror for people’s complicated hearts, complicated lives, offering both solace and illumination. These craftsmen and women are always asked about the source of their genius: How did you get to […]

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Saturday 19 January, 2013

London Bridgez: Breaking Barriers | 30 Days Unchained : Day 10

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 10 – 1/19/13 | Inspiration: London Bridgez Part poet, part MC, part lyricist, London Bridgez makes art that crosses musical boundaries. Her live performances incorporate spoken word, literature, hip hop and live music. London explains: “In my art I attempt to bridge music and poetry. I believe that if you look at […]

Monday 09 August, 2010


There truly is liberation in honesty. Jill Scott was very open about her past sexual experiences in this 2008 piece from Def Poetry Jam. I think it shows the power of honesty–it led the way to her epiphany.

Monday 08 March, 2010

A Taste of Freedom, A Taste of Love–This poem is yours!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our potluck poem. We are so grateful and so full. Everyone’s words on freedom were inspiring and made us proud to be a part of Live Unchained. We are also happy that some of you were motivated to share more than the 1 to 2 lines we suggested. Unfortunately, […]

Thursday 10 December, 2009

She was Saartjie: Jessica Solomon Shares The Saartjie Project

Sara Baartman became popularly known as the “Hottentot Venus” throughout Europe in the 19th century. Many black women have been exposing her story, drawing connections between her experiences and their own, as well as identifying her by a different name–Saartjie. Jessica Solomon, along with other founding artists, formed The Saartjie Project, a Washington D.C. based performance collective […]