HERE’S TO THE RED, BLACK, & GREEN
HERE’S TO THE RED, BLACK, & GREEN: A Spoken Word Tribute
In conjunction with the exhibit Word, Shout, Song, this powerfully engaging evening gives tribute to the beauty and strength of the spoken word. Featuring Def Poetry Jam’s “Word Smiths,” Red Storm, Triple Blak, and M’Reld Green, this dynamic event also commemorates the birthday of the Honorable Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League (ACL).The UNIA flag boasts the colors RED (for the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and shed for liberation), BLACK (for the people), and GREEN (for the abundant natural wealth of Africa).
RED STORM – BIO
HBO Def Poet/Motivational Speaker/Author, Red Storm has been called “…to poetry what John the Baptist was to Jesus, a purifier.” He is a lyrical current that can electrify an audience of any magnitude. His street philosophy has the potential to redeem, recover and resurrect a movement. He is a social theorist skilled at delivering his experiences with passion and zeal. Red Storm has worked with many heavyweights including the incomparable Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Bruce George (Co-Founder Def Poetry JAM), Malik Yusef, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack , John Legend, Talib Kweli, Common, and many, many more.
TRIPLE BLAK – BIO
HBO Def Poet and Chicago native, Triple Blak, is recognized nationally as one of the most gifted and respected spoken word artists of our time. His talents have taken him all over the country and enabled him to share stages with artists such as: The Last Poets, Mos Def, Musiq Soul Child, Common, Kindred the Family Soul, Alicia Keys, and many others. Blak is also a gifted visual artist and writer, with a background in education and community organizing. His first book, “Grown Folks Conversations: A Poetic Collection of Recollections, Memories & Imaginations,” is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013.
M’RELD GREEN – BIO
This talented wordsmith is more than a poet. M’Reld serves as an advocate for change and an artist responsible for her generation. She speaks the naked truth as she performs her poetry, speaking on a range of topics, which include social injustice, HIV/AIDS epidemic and everyday life issues. M’Reld has been the opening act for a host of celebrated acts including The Last Poets, American Idol Winner Fantasia, MC Lyte, Trey Songs, Kindred the Family Soul, T.I., Chicago’s own Common, and many more. M’Reld is also the founder of Verbal Balance, an ensemble of talented artists, which includes poets, writers, emcees, and performers.
This program was generously supported by the Harper Court Arts Council.