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. 

What happens when journalists and poets work with each other to address the issues critical to today’s youth? That’s what the Off/Page Project, our new collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting, aims to discover. 

Lead by Youth Speaks alumni José Vadi, the Off/Page combines the analytical lens of CIR with the groundbreaking storytelling of Youth Speaks, the Off/Page Project lives at the intersection of youth voice and civic engagement and provides a multimedia platform for young people with the Brave New Voices network to investigate the issues & stories that would otherwise be silenced.

The Off/Page Project launches this August at BNV in Chicago. Keep updated on the project’s launch by following the Off/Page on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out the Off/Page’s feature article in Poynter here

Save the date for this year’s Bay Area MC Olympics Finals going down July 17th at The New Parish from 7-9PM

Register now at www.youthspeaks.org to become the next MC Olympics champion! Winner receives: Rock the Bells tickets, perform at Life Is Living, open for Cassie Veggies at New Parish on July 30th! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to test your skills and claim your title!

A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
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A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
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A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
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A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
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A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
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A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…

Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 

A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy. 
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A look inside the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals held at the newly renovated Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. Thank you to every poet who left their heart on stage — we are still learning from your story and inspired by your raw truth(s). Be sure to check out the full album on our Youth Speaks Facebook page to see complete coverage from this powerful evening of storytelling! You can also listen to the poems on our YouTube page. All photography courtesy of Ashleigh Reddy