Day 5 of #30for30BNV!
Inspired by the Life is Living festival. Check out footage from last year’s festival in West Oakland, Calif.
Thank you to everyone who has joined our #30for30bnv campaign so far! Here are the prompts for Days 1-4.
Today’s prompt - “My city is _____ but not ______” - is inspired by our documentary, “Broken City Poets,” analyzing the impact of economic downfall on the life and times of young writers from Stockton, Calif. Watch the trailer below:
Day 3 of our 30/30 poetry campaign!
Today’s prompt: How are/aren’t you a product of your environment?
Upload your response as a photo, video, or text using the hashtag#30for30BNV!
This is inspired by Joshua Merchant’s amazing poem/film “Product of His Environment” written and produced for The Bigger Picture campaign.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Off/Page Project is curating a 30/30 poetry campaign through social and digital media! Throughout April, we’ll be providing writing prompts supported by sourced reports and articles to highlight several of the Brave New Voices network’s national initiatives.
These prompts are to help YOU share your words and story in your own words.
Here’s some ways you can join the conversation using the hashtag #30for30BNV:
Upload a VIDEO of you and/or your friends reading your poem to Instagram or Facebook
Upload a PHOTO of your poem - or even just one line - to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook
We’ll be highlighting responses throughout the month of April on our Tumblr and website - stay tuned!
Join Off/Page’s #30for30BNV campaign!
Inspired by an investigation by Amy Julia Harris for The Center for Investigative Reporting.
Directed by Jamie DeWolf
Produced by Jamie DeWolf and José Vadi
Additional Filming by Chris Brainerd
Edited by Kevin Holmes
For Martin Luther King Day, the Off Page Project is analyzing a different kind of violence: What hurts you or your community more than fists?
Whether it’s economic violence, bullying, access to healthy food, voting rights or something else, we want to know what kind of “violence” is affecting your community. To participate, take a photo of your response and tag it with the hashtag #MLKSPOKES.
Join the Off/Page Project's Instagram campaign beginning Monday, January 20th!
A big thank you to SPOKES for powering this campaign in person at the 17th annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. going down at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.
When the Typhoon left the East side of my country with nothing, I was in a conference of Filipino Americans in the middle of Illinois. In the Midwest, a lot of Fil-Am or Asian American folks in general, build Asian American student organizations in college, in order to see faces that look…
Explores the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist.
“It is, alas, the truth that to be an American writer today means mounting an unending attack on all that Americans believe themselves to hold sacred. It means fighting an astute and agile guerrilla warfare with that American complacency which so inadequately masks the American panic.”
In this remarkable episode of American Masters, we take a deep look into the life and work of James Baldwin. Let this serve as a powerful reminder of the responsibility that rests upon us as poets and writers. It is indeed our task to tell the truth when no one else is — to blast our light through the unending darkness. We have witnessed our art and resistance be co-opted and commodified. We must fight the temptation to turn our poetry into mere entertainment. We must remember the tradition from which our work emerges. Let us learn from our dear friend, James Baldwin, about how to shake up the world with our voice. There is work to be done and poems to be left in the wreckage for the next generation of lonely artists searching for a sign amidst the ash.
"Creative storytelling - whether it’s spoken word, music, or even your crazy little blog - is so powerful because it flips that paradigm. By telling your own personal truth, you’re able to to break out of the boxes and stereotypes and show us, ‘Hey, this is who I really am. Take a good, hard look.’”
The Off/Page Project has a great interview with the one and only Josh Healey. Addressing everything from storytelling, comedy, and activism to censorship and jump shot skills, read the full interview on the Off/Page blog here.
What’s it like being a young person living in one of the largest American cities to declare bankruptcy? Watch the new trailer from our upcoming documentary from the Off/Page Project, our new collaboration with Youth Speaks, to discover what happens when teens from Stockton, California, examine their lives through an artistic and journalistic lens for the first time.
The Off/Page Project - our new collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting - has a short documentary coming out: “Good Kid, Broken City.” Check out the trailer above and make sure to follow their Tumblr too!