In the quiet darkness,
Poetry is an integral part of the black experience. Every youngster in our community should know something about Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Niki Giovanni or Gil Scott Heron, just to name a few. These poets have chronicled the life and times of the black experience.
Coming out of the Midwest, we have promising poets like Common (from Chicago, shown above), Lyfe Jennings (Toledo) and Kanye (Chicago) who are telling our youth to keep ya head up, things are going to get better. And let's not forget about the neo-soul ladies who also have so much to say, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu or India.Arie.
The times we currently live in bears many fruit for street poets, hopefully they will find the inspiration and nourishment and share it positively.