Hawaii Wins Brave New Voices 2008 Grand Slam Final!

Team Hawaii wins the 11th Annual International Youth Poetry Slam – Brave New Voices 2008 Grand Poetry Slam!

Wow, that was a lot of words, and there were some amazing words spoken at tonight’s Grand Slam Finals. The final teams were Hawaii, Rochester, NY, New York City, Chicago, and last year’s returning champs, Philadelphia.

There were so many poetry fans packed into the Lincoln Theatre here in Washington, DC that they had to turn folks away at the door. I barely made it inside and was let in after they made room for just a few more after about 100 people walked away from the door. The venue holds about 450 people.

This event was one of the most amazing poetry events I’ve ever been to. Scratch that…it was the most amazing poetry event I’ve ever been to. HBO has been documenting the teams up to tonight’s event, so stay tuned because in a few months time you’ll be able to see tonight’s event and a behind-the-scenes look into what these kids did tonight.

So, congrats again to Hawaii!

I live-blogged the event, so you can read the play-by-play below:

Brave New Voices 2008 – International Youth Poetry Slam Finals! (07/19/2008) 
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7:11
Ok, folks. thanks for joining me. Still in line outside of theater.
7:17
Ok, chaos at the theatre. Folks, like me, with reservations being turned away.
7:20
There is hope. Line slowly moving.
7:29
I’m in!
7:30
Rochester NY on stage.
7:35
Scores:
7:35
9.1, 9.1, 9.5, 10
7:36
Chicago on.
7:40
9.2, 9.5, 10, 10
7:41
NYC up w/ group piece
7:45
Amazing !
7:46
9.7, 9.9, 9.9, 10, 10
7:46
Philly 2007 champs on stage.
7:47
6 on stage
7:48
Talking about how they haven’t been a team. Disqualifying themselves.
7:50
Performing “Free”
7:53
Standing O from crowd
7:54
9.8, the rest all 10s
7:55
Hawaii up at mic
7:56
2 person piece
8:00
9.6 10 10 10 10
8:05
The theatre is at capacity. 450 attending
8:06
Round 2 begins now
8:07
Chicago on again. 2 poets this time.
8:10
Poem of tragic childhood. We’re all silent
8:10
9.7, 9.8, 9.9
8:11
NYC up w/ one poet
8:15
9.9, rest all 10s
8:16
Philly back up. FYI HBO is filming this for a documentary on Brave New Voices.
8:17
Poem: we are a vessel
8:22
Nice piece on growing up transgende
red. 10, 10, 10, 10
8:23
Team Hawaii – two poet piece.
8:25
Piece on the 7 deadly sins. Parts getting laughs.
8:27
The talent at this show amazing! 9.9, 10, 10, 10, 10
8:28
Rochester on w/ a solitary poet.
8:32
Speaking on the tragedies of hip-hop.. The death of hip-hop
8:33
9.5, 9.9, 9.5, 10
8:34
All poets are between 13 and 19
8:35
Team Austin on stage to share a piece between rounds
8:36
Speaking for the late Shannon Leigh
8:41
Shannon Leigh passed away a few weeks back.
8:41
Round 3 begins w/ NYC.
8:46
“Braething polluted air is better than not breathing at all” 9.8, 9.9, 10, 10
8:47
Team Philly up. 4 female poets. “we are doing this for our mothers”
8:51
An ordinary day in the life os a desparate house wife. 9.7, 9.8, 10, 10
8:52
Hawaii up at mic with 1 poet.
8:53
Story of cousin lost to war.
8:57
Judges : 9.8, 9.9, 10, 10 for Hawaii
9:04
Photo from line getting in to theter earlier: http://brightkite.com/00Zkg
9:05
Back from dance break intermission. rochester coming up
9:06
Single poet. Poem about finding herself.
9:10
Everyone was glued to her words. She was in tears. 9.8, 9.8, 10, 10
9:11
ChiTown to the stage. 2 poets speaking.
9:12
One poet reciting names of kids killed in school violence as the two speak
9:15
Standing O from the crowd. “When will they call this a genocide”. All 10s!
9:18
Philly team is up with 3 poets for the final round
9:24
“We dance to keep our feet on the floor” in ref to lynchings. All 10s from the judges. Deserved.
9:24
Team Hawaii bringing three this round.
9:29
Nice piece on the environment and oil greed. Nice change of pace. 9.5, 9.9, 10, 10
9:31
Rochester, NY going with 1 poet this round. Thanks all poets for the love this week.
9:32
Funny piece on lost love.
9:35
Brilliant. Crowd chanting: “Poet
ry…Poetry…” 9.8, rest 10s.
9:36
Chicago bringing one poet. Crowd showing her much love.
9:37
“Ode to a female MC”
9:41
Yeah…she tore it up. :-) All 10s!!!
9:42
Last team of the night: NYC
9:43
One poet on crutches. Her team mates gathered behind her, arms raised.
9:44
Poem about struggles of disability.
9:45
Crowd starting to raise arms in support around the building.
9:47
“I don’t need to fall to break”
9:48
Another standing O from all of us
9:49
This was a beautiful night of potery. So much love in here.
9:49
We all know what the scores will be.
9:50
Hesitation. Thanking judges.
9:51
Judge spokesman tearing up as reminiscing about the week.
9:52
All 10s as expected.
9:53
Host: This can’t end. Crowd: Let’s go to the White House!
9:54
Mark Barmuti (sp?) about to share a poem. Is this the Barak poem?
9:59
“Here we are the artistic frontline of those left behind”
10:00
Poetry chants one again fill the room.
10:01
All the teams taking the stage.
10:03
They’re still tabulating the score.
10:04
All the poets are singing “This Little Light of Mine” crowd clapping and singing along.
10:05
Now it’s a big dance party as the poets hug and congratulate each other.
10:06
Poets are thanking the judges.
10:08
Poet Sonya Sanchez among the judges. She is speaking now.
10:11
“Sometimes we have to step away to have another day”
10:11
Here we go:
10:12
5th place: Philly
10:13
Roch 4th, Chi 3rd
10:13
NYC 2nd
10:13
Hawaii 2008 champs!!!!
10:21
All poets on stage chanting “BNV ain’t nothin’ to fu** with” Photo http://brightkite.com/00Zkg
10:23
That’ll do it. Thanks for reading. Be sure to subscribe for future updates. Enter your email in the enews box on the front page. Goodnight!!!
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Video – Team Santa Fe – Brave New Voices 2008

Team Santa Fe, New Mexico. The only all Native American team at the Brave New Voices 2008 International Youth Poetry Slam gives their introduction. The crowd loves it!



Brave New Voices 2008 – Team Santa Fe from Will Brown on Vimeo.


Here’s a great article in the NY Times about the team and their mission:
Young American Indians Find Their Voice In Poetry

The crowd was really supportive of the team and they deserved it. They gave one of the tightest performances of the afternoon as opposed to some teams who seemed to be holding back their best for the competition.

The HBO crew seemed to be giving this team a lot of attention, so you’ll be sure to see more of them in the documentary HBO is making on Brave New Voices 2008.

Video – Brave New Voices 2008 – "Unofficial Proclamation"

Brave New Voices 2008 is off to a great start. I captured some great pieces today. More to follow, but for now enjoy this highly motivating piece “Unofficial Proclamation”:



Brave New Voices 2008 – International Youth Poetry Slam from Will Brown on Vimeo.


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Cloudy Day Art Podcast #85 – Poetry for the Young Generation

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This show is in honor of the festival that is taking place this week in Washington, DC. If you are in the area, I would love to meet up with you this week, so please drop me a line at my !  You can find out more information about the event at the Youth Speaks website. I blogged about the event as well.  (EDIT – This was a great event!)

bravenewvoices

This weeks poetry podcast features the poetry of:

– “For Little Boys Who Sometimes Fall Through the Cracks ”

– “Joys of Youth” (courtesy )

Outro song:

: “Young Folks”

Let me know your thoughts on these poems and if you have any ideas for upcoming shows.  All input is greatly appreciated!

*UPDATE* I’ve started to add some video here.

Listen here or download:

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Thanks for listening!

Will

See you at the International Youth Poetry Slam 2008 – Brave New Voices

*UPDATE* I’ve added some video here.

I’ll be attending next week’s ““, the 11th Annual International Poetry Slam Festival, here in Washington, DC July 15-19th 2008. Over 450 poets from around the country and world will be converging on the nation’s capital to compete.

Brave New Voices 2008

The festivities will include workshops, discussions on the environment,  the competitions throughout the week, and the Grand Slam at the Kennedy Center Lincoln Theater on Saturday night. The Grand Slam will be taped to be later featured on HBO’s documentary on Brave New Voices!

This is a great event for the participating youth.  I hope to get the opportunity to talk to and interview some of these students.

Let me know if you’re coming. I would love to meet up with you at one of the events. You can find more information, including the , at the .