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NEXT: The Salon

The Salon is a celebration of rising, Atlanta-based talents in the visual, literary, spoken word and musical arts – those on the cusp of stardom. It features four genre-blending performances: visual/performing artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou; jazz and soul vocalist Brenda Nicole Moorer; playwright and community agitator Michael Molina and Emmy-nominated spoken word artist Jon Goode. This interactive event encourages collaboration [...]


Wisdom of the Cypher by
Toni Blackman with D.R.E.S.
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Wisdom of the Cypher, a world premiere by hip-hop impresario Toni Blackman, is a high-energy montage of lyrical verses and spoken word that opens upon multiple pathways and possibilities for the form of hip-hop and its community. Wisdom of the Cypher travels along the path that not only defines the essence, but clarifies its soul purpose for existence. Joined [...]


Brave New Voices Institute Poetry Slam

In partnership with San Francisco’s Youth Speaks, and Atlanta Word Works, NBAF 
provides Atlanta-based teens with a two-week training
 intensive in creative writing and
spoken word. Led by teaching 
artist Chinaka Hodge, Youth Speaks 
founder James Kass and poetry slam champion Danez Smith, the Institute starts with a two-day program for teachers and culminates in the live poetry slam. Brave New Voices Institute [...]


First Glance Teen Arts Competition 2014 Accepting Submissions

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) First Glance Teen Arts Competition is accepting submissions for entry. NBAF invites young artists, ages 13-18, to submit original work in the categories of Visual Arts, Film/Animation, Music Composition, and Monologues/Spoken Word. Winners are eligible for cash prizes, non-cash prizes, master classes with professional artists, access to professional mentoring [...]


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