We Will Not be Erased: How Open Mics in Our Community Uplift Our Cultural History

Our second annual Open Mic was a prolific success, featuring 10 different poets, speakers and other members of the community who spoke in front of up to 25 guests throughout the evening. Our guest list was diverse, with attendants as young as 11 years old and as mature as 60. In my own experience, after […]

The Power of Poetry: Pictures from Our 2nd Annual Open Mic Night at Cahuenga Public Library in Los Angeles

We had a tremendous time at the 2nd Annual Open Mic Night at Cahuenga Public Library this past Thursday, April 25th, 2019, enjoying ourselves so much that we actually went over time. THIS is the power of poetry in our communities! Photo courtesy of JRG & JIMBO TIMES. J.T.

A 7th Grade Student’s Poem for Black Lives in Los Angeles

Black Potential by Te’Aunee Turner We are BLACK, We are BROWN and we are even more than what they make us seem. They make us seem weak, worthless, and they use us as scapegoats. But the fact is We are preachers, teachers, singers, fighters, and leaders. Don’t you try to put US down because they […]

Waiting Again, Los Angeles

We wait and we wait and we wait. Patiently. Lovingly. Anguished. We wait for our schools to be safe, For our streets to be cleaned, For our vecindades to have jobs, And for our families to walk through these spaces without being criminalized. We wait for our neighbors to stop leering at us, For their […]