The final four top-scoring high school teams compete for one last time to take home the city championship. A night featuring musical and guest performances, notary guest judges, and the most talented youth poets in the city. Which collective of young writers will take the title of LTABC 2018 Champions back to their community?
Featuring: Javon Johnson
Merging race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism, and rhyme schemes, Javon Johnson is a renowned and highly awarded slam and spoken word poet. Javon is a three-time national poetry slam champion (2003, 2004, 2017), and in 2005 he placed 3rd, making him one of a handful of poets to make finals three years in a row. After a brief hiatus, he returned to slam, placing 5th in 2011, 4th in 2012, 2nd in 2013, and 7th in the Individual World Poetry Slam championship in 2015. Javon appeared on HBO’sDef Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, TVOnes Verses & Flow, The Steve Harvey Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, and co-wrote a documentary titled Crossover, which aired on Showtime, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. One-fifth of the powerhouse collective, Fiveology, Javon is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post and an internationally touring poet. The Los Angeles Times said, “From subject matter, to wordplay to delivery, he is working it out! It’s hard not to have good times while watching him have a good time on stage.” Having earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies. He is the author of Killing Poetry: Blackness and Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities (Rutgers University Press, 2017), and a co-editor of the forthcoming Towards the End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape (Northwestern University Press, 2018).
ABOUT LTABC 2018:
For the last five years, young people in and around LTABC have used the tools of Spoken Word, Hip Hop poetry, and Personal Narrative to transverse the city in new ways, collectively, we have worked to bring communities together, opposing the line and those who wish to keep us apart. We are each others sanctuary. Here is a space for ALL STORIES and ALL PEOPLES, we are borderless, we are each other’s Nations, welcome to HYP and Louder Than A Bomb Canada.
This year our theme for LTABC is DO THE WRITE THING. The seminal Spike Lee film Do the right thing discusses issues of racism, inequality, gentrification, and community dynamics in challenging and important ways. We hope that LTABC and HYP can be a space for young people to explore these issues and more importantly through compelling writing and performances. We believe that creating platforms for Art and Conversations is key to navigating a changing world with a sense of empathy and justice.
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