18-year-old poet Unique Hughley of Kansas City, Missouri, wrote the above poem in response to what he witnessed at a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri.
Now, it’s your turn. The Off/Page Project, our collaboration with Youth Speaks, is soliciting youth poetry in response to events in Ferguson. How do they compare to what you experience in your own community?
Learn more and send us your poem here.
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Off/Page Project, check out director José Vadi in conversation with Julia B. Chan from The Center for Investigative Reporting about the project’s successes this past year, including a 30-minute original documentary, 20 town halls at the Brave New Voices poetry festival (the global youth poetry event and competition produced annually by Youth Speaks), five online videos, three short films and a one-act play.
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Congratulations to the Off/Page Project and their one-year anniversary!
Check out footage from their Town Halls powered by Future Corps from #BNV14 below:
Congrats to the Off/Page Project! One-year strong and counting.
"I ended up getting an A- in the class, and I freaked out. It’s very painful for me to have an A- in a class I worked so hard at. I needed a 92.5, I was at a 91.6, and I imploded on myself. In the first month of summer I didn’t want to talk to anyone after I got my grades. My mother did not speak to me for three weeks. It was very painful.”
Hear amazing testimonies from young people across the world in this video documenting the Breaking the Cycle on the High School Dropout Crisis Town Hall on the high school dropout crisis from #BNV14 in Philadelphia.
These Town Halls were powered by the amazing young folks of Future Corps and curated by the Off/Page Project, make sure to follow them on Tumblr here.
Go behind the scenes of “This is Home” the play - a theatrical collaboration with Tides Theatre's #Storyworks project with The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) - in this new five-minute video shot by Jamie DeWolf!
Stay tuned for the online release of the full one-act play soon!
The latest from the Off/Page Project! Stay tuned for the full-length version of their play, “This is Home.”
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.
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.
Young poets at Brave New Voices give real talk on economic inequalities of gentrification and education in their communities:"So basically they’re saying, alright, so you got to go to school, right? You got to make money somehow. And the only way to make money in this economy is to get a college degree, right, ‘cause that’s what we’re taught. So we’re raised up until senior year…and we realize that yo, you’re going to be more in debt from your college loans than from house loans and credit card loans combined…for the rest of your career, basically.So then they say, alright, alright, you got that. So here are your two options: You can go to college, be in debt. Or, you might as well go to the military. You’re already in the streets. You’re already fighting. You’re already playing Call of Duty. This is your option, right here.So that’s what I think the violence stems from: that the only way to live is to be violent. The only way to survive in this economy for poor folk is to be gritty…to be dirty to steal whatever you need to steal. And that’s the problem.”Follow them on Tumblr: Off/Page Project