On October 31st, we saw out Black History Month at another special Poetic Insight. Our theme for the night was Black-Ish, which led to a variety of beautiful, powerful and inspiring poetry delivered by young talent.
First we heard from Nyasha, who returned to the Poetic Insight stage after some time away and celebrated the beauty of natural hair, which I’m sure many females in the audience could relate to.
Poetic Insight regular, Authentic Alanie, shared a poem inspired by two of her favourite things, Autumn and Africa, which resulted in some gorgeous imagery. Mahmoud took to our stage for the first time, passionately expressing his African heritage and the life he’s living, and also inspired us with a poem he wrote just 15 minutes earlier.
Gus made us all think with a variety of poems, which got deep into the beauty of blackness, and Natalie graced our stage for the first time to remind us that it’s time to unite through a thoughtful spoken word piece.
Sid returned to perform a Poetic Insight favourite, ‘Prayer for the Oppressed’, reminding us of the importance to have consideration, respect and care for all. Aaron was also back after some time away, sharing a powerful spoken word piece about unhealthy information, while also letting us know that skin colours shouldn’t be divided.
The final performance of the night was from Annotate, who brought the house down with a spoken word piece about the divides and horror of humanity. It was fire.
However, what made the night even more special was a point of poignancy from Stephen, who urged us to reach out and speak to the teenagers around us in a bid to ease some of the tensions in society. He emphasised the point with a personal anecdote of his own, which moved all of us and caused us to think about what we could do to make a little difference in our community.
Moments like this are what Young People Insight is all about as we work towards being the change we want to see.
Poetic Insight returns on November 28th when the theme will be Relationships, which is open to interpretation – relationships aren’t always about romance after all. Save the date and if you’re a young poet or spoken word artist wanting to perform, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message to 07910092565.
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