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MTV Suspect’s iO Tillett Wright Answers One Question about ‘Darling Days’

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The crap we go through while establishing our identity (shakes head back and forth). We often face ridicule for being different or criticized for being too much like Joe Shmoe walking down Park Avenue. You can’t win. Oftentimes people assimilate to the status quo or to what society labels as “normal.” Yeah, these people might lead fulfilling lives but do they change the trajectory of history? No, because never has an average person with average ideas and average goals ever changed the world. Nonconformists move society forward, or at least lead it down a different path. Activist, actor, writer, poet and MTV host iO Tillett Wright is one of those nonconformists. Wright’s debut memoir, Darling Days (Ecco Press, September 27, 2016) chronicles his…

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Celebrating William Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary with His Sassiest One-Liners

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William Shakespeare is known for many things: his beautiful language, his iambic pentameter, his poetry about people he definitely wasn’t married to, but one thing people have only recently begun to celebrate about him is his straight-up feistiness. While some of his contemporaries were secret spies, erotica pioneers and jealous haters, Shakespeare is the most widely recognizable writer on the planet arguably for his sly language and wit. Shakespeare could write some pretty sick burns when he wanted to, and was at least 8,000 times sassier than pretty much everyone else in the entire world. If he were alive today, he’d probably be really good at impromptu rap battles, in addition to being perplexed by emojis and female actors. April 23, 2016…

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TED Talks: Harry Baker’s Love Poetry for Lonely Prime Numbers

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Words become fluid, flying objects when a spoken-word artist gets a hold of them. Internationally popular slam poet Harry Baker’s playful use of surprising metaphors create whimsical images that inspire and provoke thought. This week’s featured TED video is a talk from Baker, an award winning spoken-word poet and 2012 World Slam Champion. In this video he performs three poems for the TEDxExeter 2014 audience and discusses slam poetry and how he accidentally discovered it. His wonderful pun-laden poetry is perfect for a little Tuesday inspiration. Recommended Reading The Sunshine Kid, Harry Baker (Burning Eye Books, 2014) Harry’s first collection of poetry features some of the poems read on stage at TEDxExeter. It’s an honest, cheeky, and fun collection of…

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