Monthly Archives: February 2014



noun: poetry; plural noun: poetries

1.    Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.

From the dark mind of Edgar Allan Poe, to the hopeless romantic heart of William Shakespeare, to even the revolutionizing words of Tupac Shakur, poetry has helped express the voices of many generations.


Listening and reading poetry is a way for individuals to really stand outside of themselves and their lives and see it being lived through the perspective of others.  Sometimes we forget that there are over 7 billion people breathing on this planet, and with that, there are over 7 billion thoughts racing in each and every one of them.  Poetry is just one of the prime ways that we can really take a glimpse into each other’s personal lives through words that speak in a way that not just stimulates us intellectually, but emotionally as well.

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” -T.S. Eliot

In all of us there are great poets.  Our voices are the most powerful parts of us.  They are meant to be used and they are meant to be heard.  The greatest poets ever discovered changed the lives of many and became leaders in the world of poetry.  You too can change lives and you too can become leaders in poetry.  All you have to do is use your words and use your voice.


This Friday, February 21, 2014, Salem State is giving you the opportunity to use your voice and listen to the voices of others.  Join us for our Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  There will be performances by The Lizard Lounge Slam Team and UAT Members.  And if you’re interested in performing, feel free to contact Roatha Kong in the Campus Center Rm 218 or email her at

You’re the leader of your voice. Use it proudly.

Photo Credit: // Photographer: Alex Indigo


Evolution of the Hip Hop Revolution

There has always been a controversial argument on the effects of hip-hop music and its impact within a community.  Does it fuel violence? Or has it become a way for an individual to put that violence into art form for others around them to understand.  From rappers such as Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., there are meanings to be pointed out in the message of a rap song.  No, not all hip-hop is all about fast cars, money, and living the high life with as many women as possible.  There’s a side to hip-hop that many people seem to look passed.

That message is honesty. That message is truth.

That message is a story.

Despite the blame placed on the rap world that it does nothing but stir up violence in a society and exploit women and money, it’s crucial for we as the audience to be open to the other side of hip-hop: the one that tells a story of political and economic oppression.  And the one that tells the story of the individual that’s holding the microphone.


Professor Griff is an American rapper, spoken word artist, and a public speaker.  He’s known for being one of the members of the hip-hop group, Public Enemy and the author of the popular music business guide, “Musick Bizness R.I.P.”  Since parting with Public Enemy, Professor Griff continues being an avid lecturer.  Many have found that his lectures have brought the chance to change the lives of those who listen, bringing them spiritual and personal growth.  Professor Griff shows the world that hip-hop is not just about living large, but living with open ears, open eyes, and an open mind.


On February 10, join Salem State for our 7th Annual Hip Hop Summit at 6pm at Vet’s Hall on the Ellison Campus Center.  Join us as we listen to the Evolution of the Hip Hop Revolution with our guest speaker, Professor Griff.

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