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"A Day of Spoken Word" showcases skills

Stamford, CT | Added on February 28, 2011 At 01:16 PM

It was a coming together of two generations in UCONN - Stamford's Gen Re Auditorium, where Fairfield County Youthful Expressions held "A Day of Spoken Word." Presented by BlackCT, the event was an open invitation for kids ages 5 to 19 to perform spoken word pieces, sing, or dance (though most of the participants were high school-aged). As it turned out, the youthful expressions started long before any teens took the stage in the form of a dialogue between young audience members and panelists including Tyrone "Terrible T" Dunmore, Fernandez "Colie" Menendez, Al Thomas and David Wooley on the origins and current state of hip hop music.


"I'm warning the elders, stop turning a deaf ear to this music," said Terrible T in response to one teen's impassioned defense of contemporary hip hop artists like Lil Wayne. 


"At least you'll be able to decipher the code, know what's going on. We've lost communication with our youth, we've got to get our youth back. There is no old school, new school. There's just the true school. Hip hop, regardless of what way you like it, is here to stay."


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