You Heard The Word? and Straight Up Rappin'
Sunday, April 13
Central Library - Wheeler Auditorium
Have You Heard The Word? From alternative rock concerts to MTV
to clubs, coffee shops, even public parks and buses, performance
poetry or "spoken word" is back. This documentary, originally
produced for the Canadian television show "Imprint,"
and hosted by dub poet Clifton Joseph, examines the roots of this
phenomenon and demonstrates its rebirth. The film includes performances
and interviews with many of today's most popular spoken word artists,
as well as such legendary Beat Generation predecessors as Allen
Ginsberg. (1994, 57 minutes)
Straight Up Rappin' Anyone who believes that crime, poverty,
and drugs have killed political thought among the young people
of America's most disadvantaged neighborhoods need only see this
film to set the record straight. This is a documentary about rap
as it is practiced on the streets of New York - no music, just
words, a powerful street poetry of the nation's disenfranchised.
(1992, 28 minutes)
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-4484
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