REVIEW: BRAVE NEW VOICES 2010
OVERVIEW: Brave New Voices 2010 is a celebration of free speech, artistic empowerment and youthful expression. It captures the excitement and vocal adrenaline of the spoken word cultural phenomenon showcased annually at the Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam Championships. The special, hosted by actress Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable) and Grammy®-winning rapper Common, follows four talented teams as they compete before a celebrity panel of judges during the 2010 Grand Slam Finals. Brave New Voices 2010 on DVD includes two bonus featurettes and streets July 19, 2011
Judges for the competition’s finale include poet Mayda Del Valle (Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry), TV host Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!), musician Talib Kweli (Eardrum), actress Sanaa Lathan (The Family That Preys) and poet Beau Sia (Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry).
Engaging, surprising and entertaining, Brave New Voices 2010 spotlights the exhilarating verbal adrenaline of the freewheeling Grand Slam Finals showdown between four teams – Denver, Albuquerque, the California Bay Area and New York City – all performing in front of a raucous audience at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Representing voices of 21st-century America in all its demographic diversity, the young artists put their best poetry forward as their work is critiqued on content, craft of writing, style, delivery and teamwork. The special also features the team coaches and many of the outspoken activists, educators, poets and emerging leaders who gathered for the annual event.
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