life is living and living is green

“life is living and living is green”

Brave New Voices Cipher

Footage from a late night cipher at Brave New Voices 2009! Support these young poets.


“I think it’s time we reclaim these fault lines” — Lauren Whitehead

Our Bright and Burning Future

Last night marked the 13th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals at the beautiful San Francisco Opera House. For those of you who witnessed the power and bravery of each and every poet who touched stage, you understand that the next generation can undoubtedly speak for itself. As a poet mentor and member of the … Continue reading


LIFE is LIVING is a national campaign that uses a new form of green spoken story telling — one that represents the diverse and changing perspectives on what it means to be environmentally just. This campaign seeks to inspire people to take the value they see in their LIFE, and establish it powerfully as a … Continue reading

Brave New Voices

Be on the look out for HBO’s new special on Brave New Voices. Youth Speaks, stand up!

Holdin’ Up The Wall

Denizen Kane speaks for himself. No amount of pyrotechnics, smoke machines, or bling bling could compete with the force of his flow and power of his presence. To me, Denizen Kane represents hip hop stripped down to its essence without the aid of props or gimmicks. In the following video for his track “Holdin’ Up … Continue reading

Weekend Lookbook

The Living Word Festival. West Oakland. 10/18/2008. Let’s Get Free!

The Living Word Festival

It’s about to GO DOWN this weekend. Head’s up: I won’t be blogging much for the next several days as I’ll be running around in between San Francisco and Oakland helping out with the kick off events for the 7th annual Living Word Festival. Tomorrow we (Youth Speaks) will be facilitating workshops that explore our … Continue reading

Feeling Good, Feeling Great. How Are You?

“The search is what everyone would undertake if he were not stuck in the everydayness of his own life. To be aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair” — Walker Percy If only I had a shirt that said: I … Continue reading