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Up-Rooted Youth Poetry Slam & Showcase

Friday, September 17, 2010, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions

In partnership with KPCC, The Project presented Up-Rooted Youth Poetry Slam & Showcase on Friday, September 17, 2010. The evening began with an open poetry slam comprised of eight young poets competing for a $100 prize donated by Nappy Nation. Each poet had the opportunity to present one poem that best represents their cultural background. A special guest panel of judges scored each participant to determine who took home the title of the 2010 Up-Rooted Grand Slam Champion. Following the poetry slam, the showcase featured award-winning original poetry performed by the two time regional champions Inland Empire Youth Team. The evening concluded with a Q&A and audience dialogue aimed at discussing the values of constructive self expression as a way to bridge the gap between educator, parent, and community while shaping the new poetic voices of tomorrow. Hosted By: Simply Kat, an acclaimed nationally renowned poet who has gained numerous titles in the poetry world and is currently ranked 15th amongst the best poets internationally Special Guest Judges: Jimetta Rose, Co-founder of Nappy Nation, a singer/ song writer that has recently blown the lid off of the music industry opening for such acts as Eryka Badu and Jon B Legacy, Co-founder of Nappy Nation, hip hop pioneer Musical Sounds of Hip Hop and Soul Provided By: JB, DJ of "A Mic in Dim Lights", the 2nd longest running poetry venue in Los Angeles County based in Pomona, CA The Project is a non profit organization focused on youth development that uses spoken word and poetry as a vehicle to bettering literacy within at-risk youth. Nappy Nation is an organization focused on civil activism through the performing arts. For more information visit