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Beautiful Release, a song by Jorges Mendez

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Beautiful Release, a song by Jorges Mendez

I’m happy to share the work of Virginia Beach poet and spoken word artist, Jorge Mendez. Despite his currently crushing schedule, Jorge, who truly deserves the title of Hardest Working Poet in Hampton Roads, managed to answer my tenacious requests and submitted a song which he currently performs as a spoken word poem.

Jorge is the type of poet who holds communities of writers together by welcoming all, actively living the life of a working poet, and by coordinating events and performances on a regular basis over a long period of time with seemingly indefatigable positive energy.

Please read, listen, comment and share. Your participation is appreciated.
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Ironic.

I had a super-whammadine case of insomnia during most of the week of my Virtual Dream Residency.

No sleep = no dreams. No dreams = unease. Not my favorite flavor of being.

My consolation has come from writing more often than in recent weeks, and in communicating and working with the poets, writers, and artists whose dream-related work I’ve been able to share here.

Today’s featured piece is a positively addictive song about insomnia, titled “Beautiful Release”, by Virginia Beach poet and spoken word artist Jorge Mendez.

Currently Jorge does a spoken word poem version of “Beautiful Release” in performance; he kindly agreed to share the song with us. The link below will download the song.

About the Poet:  Jorge Mendez is also host of “Monday Night Open Mics at The Venue”, which he has helmed for the last three years of the nine year old open mic, and Events Director for The Venue on 35th in Norfolk, VA. Jorge started writing poetry as a child, later putting the skill he gained as a page writer into Hip-Hop format releasing three independent albums. He has since graduated to Spoken Word and has been performing his poetry for 4 years. His next project is a book of his works titled “Keys & Crowbars”.

You can experience more from Jorge at his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA3Z-ItOMj-kFubYymiFCbg

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Alyesha Wise: Dreaming Life, Living Her Dream

 

Alyesha Wise

Alyesha Wise: Dreaming Life, Living Her Dream

“I had a dream last night that the government started questioning the income of independent artists & requiring a license for us to do what we do.

I woke up from that dream knowing that such a thing could happen in real life (Don’t doubt these fools these days). And that my inner God will always be my “license.”

And, of this world, I will always be unafraid.”

–Alyesha Wise

When I asked Alyesha Wise if I could have some of her work to share here during my Dream Residency for Ione’s Annual Dream Festival, she sent me a selection that included her TEDxPasadenaWomen talk and a Button Poetry spoken word performance.

At first I didn’t see that what she sent me :fit” into the theme of dreams/dreaming, but I kept listening. Soon the hazy clouds of unknowing parted; I saw that all she had sent me had to do with dreams, were indeed the stuff of dreams brought into reality.

Alyesha Wise, poet, writer, spoken word artist, is the living embodiment of the dreams she had as a young girl, a young Black girl who dreamed of being a writer. Listen to her TEDx talk and you will hear her speak of the little girl who dreamed of a women who was all about creating poems, and never taking any shit. A woman whose words created her world.

Hear her poem “To This Black Woman Body, Part I”, and you will learn how a skinny Black girl, who once doubted her right to claim womanliness, who once feared the repercussions that came running after a girl “walking like a woman”, who then came to create and live the dream of a Black woman loving and accepting herself, including her particular Black woman’s body as it is, as she lives in it.

I see the acts of imagining, creating, and inhabiting a reality you and others did not at first see as some of the most rewarding, important, and radical acts of dreaming. Dreaming into your life, living into your dreams.

I invite you to listen, learn, savor and share the words of Alyesha Wise’s dreams.

Alyesha Wise is a published Poet, Teaching Artist and TEDx Speaker who launched her artistic career in Philadelphia, Pa.  Currently residing in Los Angeles, Alyesha was the 2014 DPL Grand Slam Champion and a member of the 2014 and 2015 DPL Slam Teams. She is also a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, a 2-time Philadelphia Grand Slam Champion and Assistant-coach of the Get Lit Youth Slam Team in L.A., who placed 3rd in the world in 2014.

Some of her additional highlights include, but aren’t limited to, a 2012 interview with American Film Director, Ron Howard – An artist feature in the Google Interstellar Project, specifically a “Time Capsule” documentary presented by Google Play and Christopher Nolan, in conjunction with the hit movie, Interstellar – and being told by co-founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, “In All, You Are Awesome.”

More info about Ms. Wise can be found at: http://www.MsWiseDecision.com

TEDX Talk: Raising Her By Raising Myself

Button Poetry: Alyesha Wise – “To This Black Woman Body, Part I

 

~Maura Alia Badji