Spoken Word Slam

Spoken Word Slam
Baker University Center’s Multicultural Performance Series
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 9 p.m.

The Front Room Campus Coffeehouse
Baker University Center
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free

The Spoken Word Slam will showcase different aspects of poetry with poets TRACI CURRIE, Omari Barksdale, and KALIMAH JOHNSON, along with DJ inCreDiBle (Corey Darnell).

‘Spoken Word Slam Poetry is a mix of reciting, singing and performing poetry with a lot of audience interaction,’ said Currie, an OU alumna. While she was a student, Currie regularly performed on campus for special events such as Precollege and Kwanzaa observations. ‘There is a community of people at OU who have directly contributed to me being a stronger poet. I am glad that I have this opportunity to give something back to them,’ she said. Each poet will perform separately in sets of 25 minutes. The DJ will be intermittent throughout the entire show. — OUtlook

DR. TRACIE E. CURRIE, an OU alumna and Hip Hop scholar, teaches in the University of Michigan-Flint communication department.

KALIMAH “LOCMAMA” JOHNSON holds a master’s degree in social work, and is a published performance poet. She is dedicated to nurturing pride in black people, and removing the myths and challenges related to hair locking. Her creative blend of poetry and performance is used to entertain, inform and celebrate the topic of natural black hair.

Omari “King Wise” Barksdale is a Detroit-based poet and founder of Uhuru Cipher Artists Management. King Wise is also the cofounder of a lecture group that is responsible for the activist series “Hip-Poe-Tics,” which focuses on influencing activism through Hip-Hop, Poetry and Politics in universities and communities around the nation.

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