Our Youth Leadership Council's Why Be Heard? Book Release Party!

NEW YORK, N.Y. - On Wednesday, August 7th Urban Word NYC’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) released Why Be heard?, a carefully crafted anthology written and put together by the youth of New York City. Why be Heard? is a dynamic anthology that touches on the many voices and identities of New York City youth.

Our Youth Leadership Council celebrated the release of their anthology through a youth led and organized event at our office space. Hosted by two YLC members Shanai William and James Lherisson, the audience was able to learn a little more about the process it was to build an anthology that magnified the many identities that make up the youth of NYC. The hosts then left it to the poets themselves to perform some of the very poems they wrote for Why Be Heard? in order give the audience a preview of the heartfelt project. The book release was concluded by a brief open mic and well deserved dance party where our Youth Leadership Council plus friends where able to truly get free and celebrate their hard work.

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Sofia Snow
Urban Word NYC 2019 Slam Team Send-Off to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in Las Vegas!

BROOKLYN, N.Y.- On Monday, July 15th at TOMS Brooklyn, we sent off the Urban Word NYC 2019 Slam Team with much support and love as they head to Las Vegas for The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival. This year’s team have been preparing for the international festival since since winning their spots in the team at the 21st Annual NYC Youth Poetry Slam back in April. In only a few months, we have witness how these five young women have built a sisterhood unlike any other through the power of poetry and slam. Made up by Zubaida Bello, Minerva Macurralla, Aryanna Khan, Safiatu Diagana, and Aaliyah Daniels, this year’s team have prepared over 20 bodies of work to be performed at Brave New Voices and beyond. During this year’s Send-Off spectators as well as pedestrians casually walking past the outdoor event, were captivated by the powerful work that the slam team prepared.

We wish the best of luck to the Urban Word NYC 2019 Slam Team as they head to Las Vegas on July 17th and witness the talent of teens from all over the world as they speak their truth through slam poetry.

Sofia Snow