Thank you so much to urbanwordnyc.org for giving us an opportunity to see their youth perform!
[This post was written by one of the youths who went on the excursion, Janessa]
I don’t get out too often, but when I was given the opportunity to go somewhere from IGNITE, I took it. Our day began meeting at the lovely Penn Station by the Kiosk in Newark NJ. We simply find our leaders and take the train to NYC. Most exciting part about these trips is getting off at subways in the middle of the sidewalks in NY!
We visited Manna’s Soul Food Restaurant in Harlem New York. Best food I’ve ever had, to say the least. Our leaders were also extremely cool and fun. We had extra time on our hands before it was time to see the Poetry Slam at the famous Apollo Theatre. We played our own version of the game “Telephone” using phrases and drawings.
The general atmosphere was so calming in Manna’s, but it was soon time for the show we had traveled long for. The Apollo Theatre is a famous and well-known theater in Harlem New York. It’s a music hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers such as Michael Jackson and Patti LaBelle.
The short walk we took from Manna’s to the Apollo sure opened our eyes to the beautiful essence of New York. The Apollo has its own form of a Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to performers who have made it big in the industry.
The show started at about 6:30 in the evening with co-hosts Sarah Kay and Paul Tran, both famous poets. The slam was full of empowering and inspiring poets from ages 13-18. We helped cheer some of our favorites on and watched the top 5 get congratulated for making it to the Grand Slam Finals.
Our day ended with a loud roar of people excited for the finalists. We hurried out the crowded doors of the Apollo and made our way back to the subway, on our journey home. We learned a bunch that day, and we learned about the different aspects of life such as ageism, socialism, and genderism. The inspiring poets made us all want to go home and enjoy our own personal slams and to hopefully have this wonderful experience at the Apollo Theatre once again.