This past week I had the chance to watch a team of sophomores from KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (the school I used to work at) perform at Louder than a Bomb, the annual youth poetry slam made famous by the movie of the same name.
I don’t even know what to say to capture how phenomenally impressive this event was. You guys, it was RIDICULOUS how powerful these kids were in their performances.
You will see what I mean in this video from the semifinals. The KIPP students received a standing ovation and scores of perfect 10’s across the boards (the only team to do so).
If this doesn’t leave you speechless, nothing will.
KIPP went on to finish 2nd in the Massachusetts State Finals, behind Codman Academy. Codman was stellar, but honestly there was not a single performance all night that didn’t leave me shaking my head in awe.
Throughout the competition this was the mantra:
“The point is not the points. The point is the poetry.”
While it was awesome to see the kids compete, the real win here was hearing what each and every one of these kids had to say about the world that they live in. What they had to say wasn’t pretty, or easy, but it was real.
Congratulations KIPPsters, and congratulations to all the youth whose words were LOUDER THAN A BOMB.