Poetry Groove

Save the Date: Pumps, Pearls, & Politics 2015, 07/25/2015

The Conversation Continues…Is There Still Hope for #OneAmerica?



Save the Date as Miami's most influential and civic-minded women (and men) will gather again to network, talk politics and address other domestic and international issues at Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2015. The event will begin at Noon at The Rusty Pelican Restaurant on beautiful Key Biscayne. With many local and national incidents regarding racism; access to healthcare; education and immigration, the conversation is sure to be lively.

The distinguished panel is in formation and includes: Keynote speaker Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson; Adora Obi Nweze, President-Florida State Conference of the NAACP and President - Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP; Annette Taddeo, Past Vice Chair - Florida Democratic Party & Past Chair, Miami-Dade Democratic Party; and Attorney Patricia St. Vil-Joseph, alsoFirst Lady of the City of North Miami. Entertainment will again include Pumps, Pearls & Politics Poet Laureate and Grammy-nominated Spoken Word Artist Rebecca  “Butterfly” Vaughns. Women's organizations will also be recognized for their social service and civic accomplishments.



SATURDAY - 07/25/2015



3201 Rickenbacker Causeway

Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Admission: $35 [Seating is Limited.]


To pay by mail: Make check or money order payable to and mail to Gamma Zeta Omega, PO Box 530711, Miami Shores, FL 33153. (Payments must be received by 07.11.2015.) Online payment instructions are forthcoming.

For more information or to RSVP, call or text Vanessa Byers at 305.323.7614 or email pumpspearlspolitics@gmail.com.


Presented by The Connection Committee of Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.


Poetry Groove: Jigaboo [VIDEO]

Jackie Hill Perry. Follow her on Twitter @JackieHillPerry.

Here’s the poem, Jigaboo, performed by spoken word artist Jackie Hill Perry at Rhetoric 2012, an annual Christian poetry slam in Los Angeles. The young lady hits traditional religion as many of us know it, rather hard but before you prejudge, listen. Based on the reaction of the audience, many other young people feel the same.

Hmmm…Christian poetry slam…that would be nice for the Miami area also. 



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Happy Resurrection Day!

African Jesus Resurrection
The Price Was Paid
by Robert Blankenship
As you go forth into life today
Do not forget what God has done
He sent the lamb a sacrifice
His only begotten Son

To die upon the cross
His blood spilled for you and me
That we from Satan's hold
Might with faith be made free

Jesus is the risen lamb
To the earth He will return
To recieve all who love Him
To claim them as His own


Miami-Dade Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with contest for teens


April is National Poetry Month. Young adults, ages 12-19 years-old, are invited to enter the Miami-Dade Public Library’s fourth annual Poetry Contest to celebrate this special art of communication.

The contest runs from April 1-30, and the theme is Technology. Poems may reflect how teens use technology, the way it’s affected their lives or its impact on society. Poems should be 20 lines or less and will be judged on originality, artistic quality, and emotional impact. Submissions must be the writer's own work and should not have been previously published.

First, second and third place winners will receive Best Buy gift certificates valued at $100, $50 and $25.The top three poems will also be entered in a national contest held by Voice of Youth Advocates. 

Contest entry forms are available at any branch or online at www.mdpls.org. Poems may also be submitted, on the Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/miamidadepubliclibrary. Prizes were made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Parents, encourage your children to enter this contest as it is an excellent opportunity not just for your child to win a prize but also to express themselves creatively.



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Poetry Groove: when will it stop by terry fernando newton


when will it stop

Another drive by shooting another youth that will not to live a life
that is so full dreams-another mother in tears a community living in
fears--another drive by shooting another young life taken--when will
it stop when will the blood of the youth be planted into hope and a
better life--school is cool pick up a book and uplift your mind you
dont have to die by a nine another drive by shooting another mother in
tears a community living in fears when will it stop someone tell them
they can live a life of dreams they can fly high in the sky like
winston scott of cocount grove he even walk in space and played his
trumpet in the spaceship to show pick up a book make school cool
uplift your mind drop the nine--pictures of youth on tee shrits that
have had their life taken by another drive by shooting when will it


...poet terry fernando newton





MIAMI, FL—The Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. kicks off its second season of “Expressions” on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery, 249 NW 9th Street in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood.

Hosted by international poet and spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, “Expressions” includes featured sets from local spoken word artists Rachel “Flow Diva” Finley, Kimani Trapp and Poet Tampa. The evening consists of open mic (poets must pre-register) and live music by Ed the World Famous and Jody Hill and the Deep Fried Funk Band. Local food vendor, Keith the Conch Man will also be there with fresh, delicious conch salad for purchase.

“The start of this second season is very important as we approach the opening of the historic Lyric Theater,” said Timothy A. Barber, Executive Director at The Black Archives. “We are developing our ‘Expressions’ spoken word and live music showcase to be a nationally-recognized event, which will soon be hosted in the completed theater. As we move the programming to the theater, we are honoring our future by honoring our past.”

Until the upcoming official opening of the newly remodeled historic Lyric Theater, “Expressions” is being presented at the neighboring Historic Ward Cultural Tourist Gallery.  “The Ward” undergoes a complete transformation from historic rooming house to a chic poetry lounge under-the-stars, styled by local event production company, The Design Group, Miami.  Sound and lighting by Drummerboy Sound provide the performers with arena-quality audiovisual support.

“What The Black Archives is doing, through Expressions and our future programming at the historic Lyric Theater, is providing Miami residents a place to come and enjoy arts and culture in an area of town that has a historical reputation of being the main hub for black culture in its heyday,” said Kamila Pritchett, Development Coordinator at The Black Archives. “The Black Archives is set to bring that atmosphere back to Overtown.”

Admission for “Expressions” is $10. Tickets can be purchased online via Paypal at www.theblackarchives.org. For more information call 305-636-2390.

Notice: In search of information on poet Alpheus Butler, Jr.

Historian Canter Brown, Jr., is researching the life and work of Florida poet James Alpheus Butler, Jr.  Associated with the Harlem Renaissance, Alpheus Butler was born in Miami during 1905 and died at Tampa in 1977.  He published several books of fine poetry and was acknowledged in numerous anthologies for his creative expression.  If you have any information related to Alpheus Butler, please contact Dr. Brown c/o Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030.  Dr. Brown’s email address is brownc@fvsu.edu.

Celebrating the Resurrection

Christ's empty tomb

Easter Joy

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to live,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.

Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself;
He made us clean and new.

He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love.

Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our hearts with joy.

Now we know our earthly death,
Like His, is just a rest.
We'll be forever with Him
In heaven, where life is best.

So we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior; Thank you Lord.
Help us love like you!

By Joanna Fuchs

From Dream to Reality

A Poem for President Barack H. Obama II

Numbers like words are extremely powerful.
Twenty-three months ago, you stepped out
on faith.
A man on a mission with a serious purpose.
That of imagination being unlimited and truly
Today, January 20, 2009, marks the beginning
of the rest of our lives.
At 12:04 p.m., you spoke those 35 words of
In 20 minutes, you did what you do very well ~
speak inspiration, hope, and great determination.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was deep in your vocal
Mahatma Gandhi surfaced through your features
and spoken direction for the country.
He was the "Father of the Nation" and regarded
as a "Great Soul."
You are a "Leader of Change."
Like Pablo Picasso, passion exuded in every word
of your speech while cool and reserved blended in
with the breeze in the air about you.
Back to imagining as "we the people" will forever
wonder the thoughts you were thinking as you
walked through the doors built by the hands of slaves.
And the words within scrabble are befitting because
all is clear now as you brace this time in history that
is real.
There's a new kind of peace in view as people exercise
acts of change everywhere for the betterment of the
world in which we reside.
Like John Coltrane reshaped modern jazz and influenced
generations of great musicians.
You're reshaping the world bringing people of all races
and culture together.
You're the new sound of music on blast.
A picture perfect moment where freedom will ring loud as it
possibly can, the dream is living, and your journey begins.
Behind your walk will be God, the ancestors, your parents
and grandparents, family, the love of your life Michelle,
your daughters Malia and Sasha, and "We The People"
who Believe In YOU!
01/20/09 ~ Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughns ~ Int'l Spoken Word Artist/Author
Miami, FL  

Poetry Moment: What a Woman!

A heart of immeasurable aptitude still able to give when there is nothing left

Always considering the needs of others, before she does for herself

Daily prayer for her family, her friends, and her enemies as well

Willing to give it another try even after she has failed

Crying out to the Father on those nights she feels broken, battered, and abused

Asking God to lead her down the right path, where she needs to be used

A broken heart, a shattered dream, but still she manages to strive

The scars of her wounds are clearly visible, impossible for her to hide

Yet she's fearless, clearly a woman of faith, because God is ordering her steps

For she knows that being a woman of God she is surely kept

She will never surrender to the hands of the enemy, she will never give in to smite

For she is familiar with the miracles of God, many are performed in her life

Through wind, rain, trials and tribulations she will never fret

For she knows that "God" is not through with her yet

© 2008 Writings by Avis P. Raines