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GETTING THE GURLZ W/ SOFIA FEY & KHALISA RAE: AIREA D. MATTHEWS

GETTING THE GURLZ W/ SOFIA FEY & KHALISA RAE: AIREA D. MATTHEWS

“…in America, the plight of black womxn is fraught with neglect and abuse, where some who behold both our intellect and beauty can’t seem to assert us as either”.

REPLAYS: PEACHES – JUSTIN BIEBER

REPLAYS: PEACHES – JUSTIN BIEBER

We’ll be the one Justin sang about 
saying love was until the end of time.

REPLAYS: HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY – GIVEON

REPLAYS: HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY – GIVEON

I love the emotion as his baritone voice accentuates the rawness and sincerity in its lyrics. The relatability of the song draws people in and you cannot help but sing along.

HUSTLE & BUSINESS OF POETRY – KHALISA RAE AND SOFIA FEY

HUSTLE & BUSINESS OF POETRY – KHALISA RAE AND SOFIA FEY

Ranging from tips & tricks, to gripes, to gratitude, we have a lot to say! Welcome to the Hustle & Business of Poetry.

REPLAYS: BEAUTIFUL MISTAKES – MAROON 5 & MEGAN THEE STALLION

REPLAYS: BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE – MAROON 5 & MEGAN THEE STALLION

Beautiful Mistakes has just thrown its hat in the ring for Song of the Summer. As the weather warms up, I can bet we will hear this song blast all over the airwaves soon.

“LETTING THE POEMS SAY MORE THAN I WAS AWARE THEY WANTED TO SAY” – TALK TO ME: KATE FOX

“LETTING THE POEMS SAY MORE THAN I WAS AWARE THEY WANTED TO SAY” – TALK TO ME: KATE FOX

I think the rewards of communicating through neurodivergence are not using up energy on masking and hiding. Plus then embodying the fact that humans think/feel/experience the world differently. 

REPLAYS: BRYSON TILLER – LIKE CLOCKWORK

REPLAYS: BRYSON TILLER – LIKE CLOCKWORK

In an industry where the price of fame can change a person for better or worse, Bryson Tiller has remained himself through it all.

BROWN STUDY: “I Don’t Care if Mary Jane Gets Saved or Not” – TAYLOR BYAS

white people, do not recognize the need for succor in Black women, as early as ZERO years old. Their screams (voiced concerns or cries for help) appear no more urgent or fearsome than the twinkling of Christmas lights

“IT’S RIGHT UNDER OUR FEET THE WHOLE TIME” – TALK TO ME: JENI DE LA O

“IT’S RIGHT UNDER OUR FEET THE WHOLE TIME” – TALK TO ME: JENI DE LA O

there are thousands of Amanda Gormans submitting poems right now, being read and rejected right now, by readers and editors who simply haven’t the refined palate to discern a truffle from button mushroom. 

REPLAYS: RUSS – MISUNDERSTOOD

REPLAYS: Russ – Misunderstood

I admire his appreciation for the craft. His consistency and his ability to have people relate to him through his songs is why his fanbase goes hard for the rapper.

POETRY IN CINEMA: POETIC JUSTICE

POETRY IN CINEMA: POETIC JUSTICE

It is Angelou’s poetry we hear in Justice’s voice, how she is trying to make good choices in a world where bad choices are sometimes the only choice.  – Jessica Mookherjee

“MUCH OF POP CULTURE STEMS FROM MY CULTURE” – TALK TO ME: CHRIS L. BUTLER

“MUCH OF POP CULTURE STEMS FROM MY CULTURE” – TALK TO ME: CHRIS L. BUTLER

I think you have to be a bit selfish if you’re going to employ this style as a writer. When I say selfish I don’t mean greedy, but rather authentic.

REPLAYS – What It Feels Like by Nipsey Hussle & Jay Z

REPLAYS – What It Feels Like by Nipsey Hussle & Jay Z

In times where open dialogue surrounding different political issues have come to the forefront, the fact the discussion is happening is evident we are witnessing our own revolution in this lifetime.

POETRY IN CINEMA: YOU DESERVE MUCH BETTER IN YOUR LIFE

POETRY IN CINEMA: YOU DESERVE MUCH BETTER IN YOUR LIFE

Animal ‘imprinting’ is hard wired, mechanical almost, just like Lorenz’s ducks, humans attach to anything in that critical period of childhood– whatever its shortcomings. 

“AN EXERCISE IN LEARNING TO SURRENDER.” TALK TO ME: JONATHAN KOVEN

“AN EXERCISE IN LEARNING TO SURRENDER.” TALK TO ME: JONATHAN KOVEN

I think there’s a level of trusting that people will empathize with my story, and if not my story, then the music of my words.

REPLAYS: Streets by Doja Cat

REPLAYS: Streets by Doja Cat

Whether it’s released during an album’s rollout, planned or unplanned, music listeners ultimately choose the success as we see in Doja Cat’s single, ‘Streets’.

POETRY IN CINEMA: WE DON’T TRUST THE NATURE INSIDE US

POETRY IN CINEMA: WE DON’T TRUST THE NATURE INSIDE US

Spoken over the shots of a child spilling milk and a mother in tears, the poem reminds that we are made by moments that can not be undone. 

“I DON’T KNOW IF MY DREAMS SAY ANYTHING TO ME AT ALL” – TALK TO ME: RACHEL CROSBIE

“I DON’T KNOW IF MY DREAMS SAY ANYTHING TO ME AT ALL” – TALK TO ME: RACHEL CROSBIE

When I was younger, I felt more comfortable writing in different character voices. I don’t think I had enough emotional maturity to tap into something completely personal

REPLAYS: ESCOBAR – Xponentbeatz featuring Kriiispy & Halfofyou

REPLAYS: ESCOBAR – Xponentbeatz featuring Kriiispy & Halfofyou

This column will take a look at songs from week of which I can’t get enough, and deep dive into my own thoughts in regards to them.

POETRY IN CINEMA: YOU WERE LOST AND GONE FOREVER, OH MY DARLING

POETRY IN CINEMA: YOU WERE LOST AND GONE FOREVER, OH MY DARLING

Their flaws are immediate; “I’m a vindictive little bitch truth be told” she tells him. While he ruminates that he falls in love with anyone who gives him attention. – Jessica Mookherjee

“WHICH REQUIRES ME TO BEND LANGUAGE TO MY WILL” – TALK TO ME: TAYLOR BYAS

“WHICH REQUIRES ME TO BEND LANGUAGE TO MY WILL” – TALK TO ME: TAYLOR BYAS

I absolutely code switch because there isn’t an aspect of my life that doesn’t request that sort of labor from me. It’s built into my life, and therefore it manifests in my poetry. – Taylor Byas

REPLAYS: VIBEZ – ZAYN

REPLAYS: VIBEZ – ZAYN

This column will take a look at songs from week to week that I can’t get enough of and deep dive into my own thoughts in regards to them. The first track comes from Zayn, best known for being in the pop group, One Direction,

“I CAN’T TALK ABOUT HERITAGE WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT RHYTHM” – TALK TO ME: JASON B. CRAWFORD

“I CAN’T TALK ABOUT HERITAGE WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT RHYTHM” – TALK TO ME: JASON B. CRAWFORD

That’s just it, dance is part of the language. Trying to figure out how to express me loving my friends sometime is about twerking with them. Sometimes it’s just watching them do it

POETRY IN CINEMA: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

POETRY IN CINEMA: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

The long drawn out arguments over life and death, over decisions of who to love – are almost meaningless in the ‘heat of the moment’ and when faced with imminent destruction.

POETRY IN CINEMA: THESE HUMANS ARE EXTRAS, EXTRA HUMANS

POETRY IN CINEMA: THESE HUMANS ARE EXTRAS, EXTRA HUMANS

However, there may well be a responsibility in the storyteller to carry the world’s stories. As Wings of Desire shows who bares witness makes all the difference to the end of the story. – Jessica Mookherjee

POETRY IN CINEMA: IT’S NOT AN EASY THING TO MEET YOUR MAKER

POETRY IN CINEMA: IT’S NOT AN EASY THING TO MEET YOUR MAKER – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

This week I tackle the poetry in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and specifically the use of William Blake’s poem, America: A Prophecy.

POETRY IN CINEMA: IT DOESN’T REALLY RHYME THOUGH

POETRY IN CINEMA: IT DOESN’T REALLY RHYME THOUGH

Maybe because Paterson stands for more then the poet, he stands for the poetry of a place, the breath, a name, a location inspiring the life that poetry can give a person’s mind. – Jessica Mookherjee

POETRY & CINEMA: MISTAH KURTZ – HE DEAD – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

POETRY & CINEMA: MISTAH KURTZ – HE DEAD – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

Elliot and Coppola, both modernist poets, do the age old job of the poet, to tell tales of war and the heroes of war. They do it, like Kurtz, with awareness of poetry, with images of beauty.

POETRY & CINEMA #2: ANYWAY… TEENAGE STUFF FOREVER – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

POETRY & CINEMA #2: ANYWAY… TEENAGE STUFF FOREVER – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

This week it’s Charlie Kaufman’s (writer of Being John Malkovitch) difficult, angsty, psychological horror film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and a cool, young, and defiant Canadian poet, Eva HD’s poem “Bonedog”. 

POETRY IN CINEMA: INTERSTELLAR AND DYLAN THOMAS – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

POETRY IN CINEMA – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

How does Poetry fit into the world of Cinema? Each week, Jessica Mookherjee will dive into a new poem and movie to let us know.