Adults called to ac­count

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work needed to be done.

Damani Re’s City Lights and Be­low Zero, both spo­ken word pieces, surely pricked the col­lec­tive con­science of the au­di­ences.

The first looked at how a “poor black boy” left these sunny shores for a life in the cold climes of the United States in search of a bet­ter life, but dis­cov­ered that no­body cared about him and his strug­gles.

The sec­ond de­liv­ered a mes­sage of en­cour­age­ment and hope. In much the same vein as Cyndi Mar­shall’s To Those Who Com­plain About Brain Drain, it called adults to ex­am­ine how they treated the youth and mil­len­ni­als, how they re­acted and re­sponded to their dreams and nul­li­fied their am­bi­tion. They left them cold and then won­dered why.

Mar­shall’s spo­ken word piece was de­liv­ered bet­ter at the fi­nals than the semis. She seemed more con­fi­dent in her abil­ity and mes­sage.

This was also ev­i­dent with Iri­jah Alkins, who de­liv­ered in The Cul­prit and The Out­landish Mind. Stir­ring feel­ings of black con­scious­ness, she raised some per­ti­nent ques­tions about self­ac­cep­tance in both pieces.

Akeem Chan­dlerPrescod’s Di­ary Of My Life fo­cused on the dif­fer­ent stages of his life – first in pen­cil be­cause he was cau­tious, and later in pen af­ter he got very in­volved.

It could be clas­si­fied as an ac­cu­rate de­pic­tion of the chang­ing scenes of life.

This could also be said for Alis­ter Alexan­der’s Six Sixes, the trib­ute to Na­tional Hero Sir Garfield Sobers.

It not only con­tained his­toric ac­counts of crick­et­ing ex­ploits, but the per­former jux­ta­posed them with the re­al­i­ties of life and en­cour­aged hope and stead­fast­ness.

Anna Lisa Thomas’ Mi Shoulda Lef Di Phone gave a glimpse into how peo­ple read­ily ac­cepted to be drug mules “for quick money”, while the Phoenix Per­form­ers’ Ba­jan ver­sion of the clas­sic fairy tale Cin­derella taught women that they should not rely on a man with money to help them through life. ( GBM)

RE­FLECT­ING on her predica­ment from a jail cell, a drug mule tells the story of her life in Anna Lisa Thomas’ piece. PEO­PLE WHO COM­PLAIN about brain drain should lis­ten to Cyndi Mar­shall, here per­form­ing her spo­ken word en­try.

IRI­JAH ALKINS was like thun­der in The Out­landish Mind.

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