Linda Davis, of team Kuumba Lynx, is coached by K.h. West and Soyini Strong. This poem is about a young Chicago girl's struggle with street life, using poetry to discuss her upbringing and the burdens of living in poverty.
Marvin Gutierez, of Team Native Lynx, is coached by Stacey Dugan. A Chicago teen speaks through poetry about his concept of patriotism and revolution as he gives us a glimpse of what America might look like if folks from south of the border were the ones in power.
Negwes White is coached by Stacey Dugan for Team Native Lynx. This poem is about a young Chicago poet speaks truth to what it is like to be a Native American teenager in urban America today – relating his struggle to find an identity to the struggles of his people.