New Video! (Monster)

Hi there!

I’m really excited to share my official video of the poem “Monster”! I shot this video to accompany my debut poetry album, In the making, which was released May 1st. I hope you guys enjoy the poem!

A lot of people have said that they can relate to the content of this piece. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic. How does this piece make you feel? Have you ever experienced something similar or witnessed the aftermath of someone else’s experience? What do you think we can do to lessen the frequency of this situation? Can we even dream of lessening the frequency of this situation? Tell me what you think.

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Poem(s) of the week! Maze & Swan

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What’s that you say? Oh, yeah I know I didn’t post a p.o.w. last week but I promise this week’s selection will more than make up for it. This week I came across a video that pleased me beyond words, it was of the powerful words of CP Maze and his beautiful wife Blk Swan. If you guys have enjoyed my poetry, spoken word videos and recordings then you have to thank these two because they were the first of my lovely poetry family in Charlotte, NC  that took me under their wings in 2009 when I initially began going to open mic nights. Over time they both became huge supporters, motivators and pushers for my growth as a writer and performer. So when I happened upon this performance of the two I was beyond ecstatic to share it with you guys. You guys are getting not one but TWO awesome pieces from them in this video. The first is a poem that I have heard about one hundred times but never grow tired of it (however, I can’t remember the title…oops) and after that they actually freestyle a whole piece (which is phenomenal). So I hope you guys enjoy!

By the way, the two recently welcomed two adorable baby boys into their family!

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Poetry in motion

It’s been a while since I’ve done this but one of my favorite art forms is dance, I love love love love love watching amazing dancers do their thing. So today we are taking a break from written and spoken poetry to take a gander at poetry in motion (I know that was totally lame right? eh who cares this is my blog and I’ll be lame if I want too). Below you will find videos of my absolute favorite dancers or choreographers, I hope you enjoy and fall in love with them just as I have 🙂

First, Les Twins…I could qualify as being borderline obsessed with these two. They move so differently and yet each of them blows my mind EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I can never watch any of their videos just once, I have to watch once to see both, then another time to watch just Laurent and then again to watch Larry and then again to watch them both. And then just for the heck of it, I hit replay an obscene amount of times. Anyway, enjoy their latest performance at Hip Hop International!

Next up we have the wonderful, talented, amazing Keone and Mari! This couple have been a favorite of mine for a long time now. I am seeing them get the recognition they deserve with awesome opportunities and it makes me feel like a proud mama! This video was great to me, the opening part with the two of them was brilliant. Mari’s solo, although not my favorite of her work, was touching and beautiful to watch. Keone’s solo…ugh I have no words for that awesomness. And then the end bit with the two of them just gave me life. Anyway I hope you guys enjoy this!

Keeping with the flow of amazing talent we have the awe inducing Phillip Chbeeb. I originally came across Phillip when he was on So you think you can dance and have followed along with his journey to becoming a well respected and brilliant dancer. The concept of the video you are about to watch is simple and yet his movements make it so complex. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do each time I watch it 🙂

That’s it for now, I hope you guys enjoyed these videos. Make sure you subscribe to their channels and keep up with their work. Each of these artists are destined for greater things. Until next time, have a great one 🙂

Awesome dance piece by JaJa and Phillip

Hey guys! So today I wanted to share a video with you guys that I absolutely adore. It’s choreography by Phillip Chbeeb and JaJa Vankova whom just manage to blow my mind every time I see them dance. JaJa was mentioned earlier on my blog in THIS POST and has easily become one of my favorite female dancers ever. Hope you guys enjoy! Oh and really take the time to look at the intricacies of their movements and how fluid they are. It’s amazing…I  don’t even know how many times I’ve watched this video just to see something that I missed before!

I’m addicted, but to rehab I say no, no, no.

So I wanted to take a moment to share something with you guys other than poetry today. Gasp! I know! Its been a while since I’ve done anything other than poetry here that it feels weird, but I’ll get over it 🙂 Today what I want to share with you all is my latest obsession/addiction, a dance duo named the Les Twins. Now before all my poetry readers get all restless and decide to move on to the next blog hear me out. Dance, in my opinion is definitely a form of poetry. Many choreographers actually put thought and emotions into their movements to tell us a story and to expel whatever it is they are feeling, which is exactly what we do with words. These guys, Larry and Laurent (or Lau for short) are really talented dancers who quite honestly blow my mind every time I watch their videos (which is often). Anyway, no more talking for me, time for you to watch a few of the reasons why I have a whole YouTube playlist dedicated to these fellas! Oh and did I mention they were french? Uh yeah, super cute accents, Enjoy!

This video is from World of Dance (WOD) 2010. It is one of my absolute favorites because not only is the dancing amazing but their animation and personalities are just so big and creative. It always makes me laugh, smile, stare in complete amazement every time I see it!


This video is from WOD 2012! The way they move is incredible, I just don’t get it. This is another one of my faves to watch because you can really see each of their dance styles clearly (or maybe I’ve just watched so many of their videos that its obvious to me now haha).

I want to put the whole dang playlist up here but then you guys would never get anything done with your day 🙂 Plus it would take up too much space on my blog haha. But if you want to see more of the amazing Les Twins you can watch my Les Twins Playlist on YouTube!

Here’s a few of my fave moments from that last video 🙂

   

Do you guys have a favorite dancer or performance that I should check out? If so leave me a link or name in the comments! Thanks!

Sweet Moves

Last year I got into a lot of new things via YouTube. One of the things I fell in love with was watching dancers…choreographers more specifically. I’ve always wanted to dance but I just lack the basics like rhythm and grace… So to come across videos of people not only dancing great but also creating the movements just makes me so happy. I am always amazed when I step outside my little poetry and music bubble and view other forms of art.

I wanted to share with you guys a few of my favorite choreographers. There are more that are awesome that I hope to share with you as well in the future but for now here’s just a few, enjoy!

This is my favorite choreographer dancing to one of my favorite songs off the new Drake album!


If you want to see more of Kyle’s work visit http://www.youtube.com/user/kylehanagami?feature=watch

This is a piece by Feng from Quest Crew that I absolutely love! It’s the perfect combination of the right song for the right dancer


To see more of Feng’s work visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/QUESTxFENG?feature=watch

Nick DeMoura took a simple concept and made a great video out of it, one of my favorites!!!


Watch more Nick here: http://www.youtube.com/user/demoura?feature=watch

This is JaJa from I.aM.mE. crew, I love love love her dancing she is such a strong dancer and she has a cool accent lol.


If you want to see more of JaJa click—-> http://www.youtube.com/user/JAJAvankova/videos

So that was just a few of my favorite dancers, I had so many more videos I wanted to post but I will save them for another time. Make sure you subscribe to their channels if you like their work. It’s always good to appreciate art forms other than your own sometimes, it can even lead to inspiration in your own field.

Do you know any dancer’s whose videos I should check out? Let me know in the comments section!

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Video of the week: 6

Video of the week

This weeks video is one of my own, I actually FINALLY sat down and recorded a poem for you guys. I hope you enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/womaninthemaking