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Monday, November 8, 2010

Spoken Word and Comedy: The Best Medicine! Meet Poetri!


There aren’t many poets who can distinguish themselves as a “poet rock star.” But the one who does, stands firmly behind his beliefs and convictions, making him one of the most sought after talents in the business.

Whenever someone is looking for a poet, POETRI is the main one on the list.  He was one of the first poets to win a TONY AWARD with his own material on Broadway for Def Poetry Jam.  Just recently, POETRI was personally invited by President Obama to attend the first ever Spoken Word Event at the WHITE HOUSE.  When people think of poetry, they think of POETRI first. POETRI was the poetic voice for the popular KCAL Nine Lakers commercials and, in fact, has written and appeared in over 150 commercials for clients like Subway, Gatorade, Nike, NFL Films, BET and Arby’s. Let the record be known that regarding POETRI as just a poet would be underestimating his abilities.  POETRI has also been blazing the TV and movie screens with appearances in such popular movies as “BLADES OF GLORY” and “YES MAN”.  Some of his television appearances include “THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW”, TYLER PERRY’S “HOUSE OF PAYNE”,  “BONES”, “RAISING THE BAR”, “LINCOLN HEIGHTS”, as well as being a major thread to the storyline of the ground-breaking reality documentary “Black.White” with Ice Cube.  He also has conquered the Internet with the record breaking Snickers digi-sodes “INSTANT DEF” along with the Black Eyed Peas and won the grand prize of ten thousand dollars in the last online Spoken Word competition for FAMECAST.

But his work doesn’t stop there. POETRI is one of the founders of the largest weekly poetry venues in the nation, with an attendance of over 350 people every Tuesday. He has also made it acceptable and cool to combine a poet and a comedian at his Christian hotspot every Sunday night at Spoken Funk.  Poetri is on a mission and GOD won’t let him stop until he gets there. 

Poetri has worked with such legends as Curtis Mayfield, Bootsy Collins and Nona Hendrix, as well as some of today’s stars like Tyler Perry , LL Cool J,  Rosario Dawson, Jessie Dylan and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. POETRI is one of the first poets in this new generation to smash the theory that “poets don’t make any money”.

Spoken word is in full stride and Poetri is leading the way.  

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