Slam Poet Takes an Emotional Stand for #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName

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Black children and violence: A tragically common combination. 

It's also the subject of Temitope Sholola's poem "Black bird," which artfully weaves together pain and love. She was recorded at the Massachusetts finals of "Louder Than A Bomb" on May 23. And her message deserves to be internalized by all:

She starts by lovingly describing her baby sister.

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And then shifts her tone, pivoting to stories of young black victims of police violence.

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Sholola then returns to her baby sister, expressing deep fear for her growing up in the shadow of police brutality and devaluation of black life.

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Sholola's references to the value of black life and her repetition of the names of victims of police violence seem to be nods to both the #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName movements.

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Experience the whole performance here:

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