Saturday, April 9, 7pm
The third in a series of four events hosted by Spoken Word artist Melanie Lavender. Local poets are invited to participate in the Open Mic prior to the featured poet performance.
Our featured performers will be the members of Black on Black Rhyme Tampa Chapter. Founded in 1998, Black on Black Rhyme began in the living room of writer and poet, Keith Rodgers. Initially hosted at his apartment as an open poetry reading, or “cipher” called Poetic Drive Bys, Rodgers hosted weekly audiences giving voice to students, professionals and community members from all walks of life. Today, 15 years later, Black on Black Rhyme has emerged to become one of the country’s most highly respected poetry organizations and has become an acclaimed forum for innovative poetry, music, hip hop, video, visual arts and comedy. With venues in Florida, New York and Georgia, Black on Black Rhyme continues to reach a diverse audience of poetry and spoken word lovers. Black on Black Rhyme(BOBR) Tampa was founded by Walter “Wally B” Jennings , James “J-Bizzle” Hillsman, and L.I.F.E. This was created with the intention of extending the movement of culture, knowledge, and pride into the Tampa Bay area. The torch has now been passed to Phill Scott who has assembled some of the freshest and fiercest poets Tampa Bay has to offer.
Doors open at 7pm. Open Mic at 8pm. Featured performer at 9pm.
Food will available for purchase from 7-9pm by C&D’s Sandwich Shop!
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