Def Poetry Jam

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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, Rafael Casal, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild, and many more.

I love the television series because not only it's about poetry, there's legendary poets I can learn from. I need to learn who came before me, so I have a better feel of how I should present my craft to the world... I have a unique style of bringing my poems to life, but I wanna learn how to be a "Master Poet" even better, The Queen of Poetry! I want people to know that poetry is still in the performing world, even though it's being overshadowed by rap. I want to remind people why poetry is important! This is a must see!!!!

◄ Lay Me Down (In My Grave With Them)

Poetry Vs. Rap ►


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Paul Waring

Wed 1st Mar 2017 20:25

Thanks Ebonaya, for your lovely reply. I look forward to reading your future posts and your own poetry.

I agree with you about the key influence of poetry on rap and you are drawing our attention to an important fact.

You know, for many years, I've loved the street poetry of the likes of Jill Scott and Ursula Rucker. Maybe you can suggest others I might like?

Hope all is well in Harlem!


Ebonaya Smallwood

Wed 1st Mar 2017 14:24

Paul... That so sweet of you! I'm happy that I brought this to your attention, I just people to know that poetry is basically the creator of rap music. Is there a topic u feel like I should talk about? I support any topic you have in mind?

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Paul Waring

Tue 28th Feb 2017 22:11

Hi Ebonaya, I want to thank you deeply for bringing this to my attention. I have watched several of these shows tonight and they are brilliant. Great to see Mos Def so involved. And what a concept...I so enjoyed seeing 'lesser known' poets as well as some of my favourite musical artists like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Common, Floetry and Kanye doing performance poetry. I haven't found Musiq Soulchild yet, but hope to. I wonder if I might find Bilal or J. Dilla, too? But, I still can't get over seeing Erykah's performance...! I saw her live at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2002, she was, and is, a talent beyond compare.

Thank you and best wishes to you and to Luther, hope all is well,


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