I just saw the best 30 minutes of television I have seen in years. A true 100% thumbs up. This show will open your eyes in so many ways to kids, poetry, literacy, multiculturalism, education and, dare I say it, hope for our future.
It’s HBO’s new season of Def Poetry Jam, the tv show by Russell Simmons. And this season, they are covering the work of youth poets. Specifically, they are are tracking the regional finals all across the country as a variety of teams make their claim to be the National Youth Poetry champs of Brave New Voices.
It’s off-the-charts in a way like you almost never, ever see on tee-vee. The first 5 minutes of the season begins with the New York team, a group of ferocious teenage poets who year in and year out bring heat like almost no other city in the nation. (I’ve been lucky enough to see them do their stuff in person a few times. The electricity is freakin’ crazy! If you are in New York, their outfit is run by one of the most cutting edge, sharpest poet/educators in the country right now, Micahel Cirelli, the executive director of Urban Word NYC. Look him up and bring this stuff to your kids — it’s unreal how many lives they are reaching right now under the radar. Well, not anymore.)
A sold out Aplollo theater in Harlem. A sold out San Francisco Opera House. A prime time show on HBO. For those of you who have lost faith in the next generation pull up a chair — these kids are doing stuff that’ll make your hair stand on edge.
I’ll say it again… YOU GOTTA WATCH THIS!!! When they said the revolution will not be televised, they had no idea that Russell Simmons was gonna catch glimpses of it and pipe it out for all of America to see on HBO.
Check it out! It’s available On Demand, it’ll be re-running all week and it’s also right here, right now, one click away.
Get comfy and be blown away.