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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  1. […] Hawai’i wins Brave New Voices 2008 July 28, 2008 Posted by drethepoet in News, Poetry. Tags: Brave New Voices, Poetry, poetry slam, spoken word trackback Okay so maybe this is old news for some of you, but its worth giving props to the aloha team for scooping up the championship victory at this year’s Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. If you want a recap of the July 19 finals, check out the (no longer)live-blog by Will at Cloudy Day Art. Hawaii Wins Brave New Voices 2008 Grand Slam Final! […]

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