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Harlem Overheard (HO) Unit/Magazine Review

Harlem Overheard is a student run literary magazine dedicated to the development and expression of student voices on the topics that matter to them. Students write, design, release, and distribute the magazine yearly. A man Shawn Dove started Harlem Overheard in 1997 (20 years ago) because he wanted kids to use their voices so they can be heard. He made the first HO magazine on the same ye...

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The breakfast Club Review

The Breakfast Club is about five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently, when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same. The character I personally love is the main character: rebel John (Judd Nelson). Judd Nelson (November 28, 1959) is an scree...

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ABC Poem About Ebonaya

Ambitious chick from Harlem.

Badass at what she does best.

Clingy to her craft.

Don’t judge her until you get to know her first.

Eager to find out more about life.

Fighting for her name to be out there in the poetry world.

Geared up to make everyone remember her name.

Humble to have her day 1 people by her side.

Impatient to see a show, she wanna be apart of that show.


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The election of 2016

The killer shark trying to take over the ocean floor...
Don’t we feel like we’re being ripped apart

like animals in a slaughter house?
Everyone hates us now!
People are asking Canada, Europe, South America,

Africa, and Asia to take them in.
Now everyone thinks we’re a disgrace because

the killer shark took over the ocean floor.
He also wants to make us white,

so only white peo...

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Groundhog Day: Movie Review

Groundhog Day is about a weatherman named Phil who's out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn't predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.

Bill Murray did a phenomenal job playing Phil Connors becuase he really showed how unpredicteable he can...

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ABC Poem About Love By: Ebonaya Smallwood

Attracted to someone I barely know.

Butterflies in my stomach when I see him.

Caring for a stranger who has similar interests.

Dedicated to devote my upcoming future with this man.

Excited about the fact that someone has a crush on me.

Feisty is my middle name.

Gentle to the touch when he hugs me.

He’s my puddin cause he’s insane.

I’m his Harley Quinn because I’m just as in...

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ABC Poem About Depression By: Ebonaya Smallwood

Anxiety clouds my judgement on how I live life.

Bad thoughts come inside my head whenever I’m happy.

Crying at the fact that my grandparents left me when I needed them most.

Desperate enough to find answers on how I should live life.

Emotions running wild, I don’t know how I should feel right now.

Feeling fragile, I don’t wanna break like a glass window.

Grieving feels like not ...

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Verses And Flow (Poetry Show)

Verses and Flow" features spoken-word and musical performances from poets and R&B singers that are anchored in contemporary cultural, political and social topics. It evokes a unique experience deeply rooted to the soul. Each episode features accomplished, thought-provoking poets and amazing live R&B musical performances. 

I watch this show because not only I can learn how to make my poems m...

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Top 10 Poets

10: William Shakespeare 

William Shakesphere was an amazing book writer, but to me... His poems was kinda hard to understand because his poems was written in Elizbethan English. I still admire his work (Love the book: Romeo and Juliet, "MUST-READ"!!!!)

9: Muhammad Ali

(I'm surprised that Muhammad Ali was a poet!) I knew Ali as "The Greatest Champ Of All Time", but I never knew he ...

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Poetry Vs. Rap

Poetry: describing an object, describing the world, environment, mood, and feelings. Poetry can be viewed in first person and third person, unlike raps it is mainly on first person. For example, if a poet decides to write about trees that would be third person. Poetry creates a calm and peaceful environment around us today. 

Rap: talks about drugs, girls, life, clubbing, killing, or dissing...

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Def Poetry Jam

This television series is about spoken word poetry. The series features performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets. Performances also include special appearances by well-known actors and musicians. The series included historical legendary poets such as: Jamie Foxx, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Daniel Beaty, Jill Scott, Common, Kayne West, Tracy Morgan, Doug E. Fresh, Floetry, Raf...

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Lay Me Down (In My Grave With Them)


I love this song because Sam Smith can turn his stories into music that’s relatable. I relate to this song because when my grandparents passed away, I wanted to kill myself because I didn’t want to be away form them. I know this song is about love, so I love my grandparents so badly that I had a demon inside of me that wanted me to kill myself, but I ...

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True Love

love is: an intense feeling of deep affection, a person or thing that one loves, feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone). Love also means anyone loving anyone (doesn’t matter what religion, sexuality they are).

My relationship with my boyfriend, Luther, is the most unique, unstable relationship anyone can ask for. We met in a program in Harlem Children Zone (HCZ), even though we ...

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best poem ever Harlem: By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore— And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Hughes wrote "Harlem" in 1951, and it addresses one of his most common themes - the limitations of the American Dream for African A...

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The best song I ever heard

James Bay - Let It Go

“Let It Go” is about young love that ultimately went wrong. After the couple’s tentatively cute time together, their relationship became forced and Bay ultimately suggests a breakup.

I love this song because it’s so mellow, smooth, enchanting… Every time I listen to that song, I zone out into a “music trace” that understands me. It may sound crazy, but I love going into...

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R. City - Locked Away (Lyric Video) ft. Adam Levine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v98cFsRXi8I... The song peers into the anxieties and insecurities in many relationships—can love survive the most devastating circumstances? I honestly love this song with all my heart because it connects the listener(s) with their real life problems. Im gonna be honest real quick- I feel jealous when my boyfriend Luther talks to girls, even tough those girls are hi...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7XZFwIx0Uw... “Luv” is about not being afraid to fall deeply in love. Produced by Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco, the track samples the dancehall track “Everyone Falls In Love” by Tanto Metro and Devonte. I honestly love this because I love to dance to this song. I may not be from the islands, but I know how to dance like one. This song makes me bring out my "sexy s...

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‘Sing’ falls a little flat

My review is about the movie: Sing, Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singi...

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Hip Hop Evolution

In the summer of 2015, Swedish music streaming service Spotify created a live musical map of the world that analyzed listening trends for over 1000 different cities around the globe, yet, whether you're focused on figuring out which rising young rapper is next to blow or pining for the golden age of beats and rhymes, the story of how hip-hop evolved from soundtracking New York block parties to bec...

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Are Brandy and Monica Feuding (Like It's 1998)? A History of Their Drama

Are Brandy and Monica feuding like it's 1998 all over again? Well, their fans certainly are. The two are known for their Grammy-winning duet "This Boy Is Mine," which was released that year when they were teenagers and sparked rumors of a real-life feud. Brandy and Monica sparked more rumors of renewed bad blood between them and their fans have gotten all fired up about it. The two later teamed up...

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Kayne West- Heartless

The lyrics to Heartless by Kanye West narrate the bitter ending of a relationship. She made mistakes, and so did he. They agreed to let things be, but somehow still end up on the phone in the middle of the night arguing. He wants to be able to end their relationship on a good note, but she is being so "heartless" that he is losing the desire to fix things because she kept turning to her friends be...

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