Saturday, May 11th was the last opportunity for youth poets to become a part of the 2013 Hampton Roads Youth Poets Slam Team and qualify to represent all of Hampton Roads during Brave New Voices 2013! The Southside Qualifying Slam was hosted in collaboration Tidewater Community College, Roper Performing Arts Center on Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk. The event started with a special message from Al Roker, board of Director Member of Teens With a Purpose. The Southside Qualifying Slam took the audience on a lyrical journey with 15 young poets all fighting to get heard. The competition was fierce and a tough job for the judges. The event was hosted by local artist Seven Pierces and TWP member DaVine Chavez. The event was also recorded by Cox Communications. The Slam had three tough rounds with music by DJ Precise in between the bouts, as well as special performances by Caitlin Messer of the Governor’s School of the Arts, group poetry piece by the Teens With a Purpose and Testimony and Maria from SoulStice Reb’L.
Deirdre A. Love, Executive Director said “This was a taste of heaven….the most powerful slam since we started having these events four years ago.” Sylvantria “Boobie” Hawkins attended to scope out her competition and said “The Finals will be like Hunger Games.” Per Wikipedia, The Hunger Games is a 2008 science fiction novel by American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of a 16-year-old , who lives in the post-apocalyptic, where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol,a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12-18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death. Of course, Hawkins was not referring to a physical death but the poets will bring their best to the stage and give the audience everything they have as if their lives depended upon it!
Ladies and gentlemen, please meet our finalists:
Emily “Em” Allison, Chesapeake
Matthew St. Clair, Hampton
Ayanna Florence, Chesapeake
Raevaughn “Rae of Hope” Johnson, Norfolk
Emeka “S.O.U.L” Onyirimba, Norfolk
Khayla “Cuyjet” Walker, Virginia Beach
ShaJhea Wilson, Norfolk
Alternates/4th placers will battle to determine which of them will be competing for the Alternate spot on the 2013 HRYP Slam Team will determine who will compete at the Grand Slam Finals.
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Don’t miss the Grand Slam Finals on June 1st 5-7pm
Norfolk State University, 700 Parks Ave, Norfolk, VA
There will be a free college tour 4-5pm
Brave New Voices is presented by Youth Speaks and is the largest international Youth Poetry Festival in the world.
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