It's all about slammin' it 808 style,
Slam poetry has takin' off here in Hawai'i, and it is to no surprise that a bunch of talented peopz have taken on this message delivering genre to the next level. Youth Speaks Hawai'i was created in 2005 to give youth in the 808 a venue to write and deliver poetry. In fact, in 2008 and 2009 Youth Speaks Hawai'i took the grand champion title at Brave New Voices' national competition and was featured as an HBO series, produced by Russell Simmons...unreal. And when you think of Slam poetry, Jamaica Osorio comes to mind, a former Youth Speaks Hawai'i title holding team member who was invited to speak at the White House for President Obama. She dunked it with perfection.
Slam poetry competitions are held monthly here in the 808 on every first Thursday of the month. Both youth and adults alike are on the same competitive playing field for a chance to compete in the national finals. The youth version competition invites Slam teams from across the 808 with the chance to compete for national finals.
The vid below was produced by Makaha Studios, and delivers a power punch by Hawai'i's talent, check it out...