WBEZ | Louder Than a Bomb http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Louder Than A Bomb 2014 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/cook-county-juvenile-temporary-detention-center-louder-bomb-2014-110189 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Photos By Bill Healy WBEZ - Cook County JTDC LTAB 2014 12.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Poetry is not something you might expect to find inside juvenile detention. But at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, more than 20 residents took the microphone and delivered intense and passionate spoken word performances.</p><p>The event is held in collaboration with Young Chicago Authors, Free Write Jail Arts and is supported by the Chicago Community Trust.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry festival, put on every year by YCA. Each year since 2005, WBEZ has invited competition finalists into our studios to record their work, which is presented&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ltab" target="_blank">here</a>, along with other full length recordings.</p><p>Founded in 2001, Louder Than a Bomb is an annual youth poetry slam which engages schools and community organizations from throughout the Chicago region.</p><p>Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral storytelling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149728026&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Recorded live May 8, 2014 at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.</p><p><strong>The students&rsquo; poems are at the following times in the audio: </strong></p><p>Rocks and Diamonds (0:14:00)</p><p>Why Me? (0:17:00)</p><p>I Love God (0:18:00)</p><p>A poem about the streets (0:19:00)</p><p>Without You (0:20:00)</p><p>Mistakes (0:21:25)</p><p>Unknown (0:22:30)</p><p>A story about my life (0:24:10)</p><p>Rest in Peace (0:25:50)</p><p>A Life Story (0:27:30)</p><p>Life Growing Up (0:29:20)</p><p>I&rsquo;m Tired (0:30:50)</p><p>Why? (0:32:20)</p><p>Daddy&rsquo;s Girl (0:33:40)</p><p>I&rsquo;m From (0:35:35)</p><p>Changed (0:36:45)</p><p>(no name) (0:38:40)</p><p>Angry Me (0:39:50)</p><p>Til Morning (0:41:20)</p><p>Here I Stand (0:43:05)</p><p>I Am, I Can, and I Will (0:46:20)</p><p>Truth (0:48:30)</p><p><strong>Bonus poems by adults: </strong></p><p>A Man&rsquo;s Cry (1:13:30)</p><p>Where I&rsquo;m From (1:06:00)</p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/cook-county-juvenile-temporary-detention-center-louder-bomb-2014-110189 Ray http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/ray-106003 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Natalie%20Richardson.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Poet Natalie Richardson of Oak Park and River Forest High School" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Natalie Richardson, 17, is a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the third time this year.</p><p>Her piece <em>Ray</em> is a poem in which she takes on the persona of Ray Charles.</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82419804&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/ray-106003 Letter to My Unborn Daughter http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/letter-my-unborn-daughter-106002 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nina%20Coomes.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Poet Nina Coomes of The University of Chicago" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Nina Coomes, 19, is a sophomore at The University of Chicago and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the fifth time this year.</p><p>Her piece <em>Letter to My Unborn Daughter</em> is addressed to her future daughter, touching on issues of the way she hopes that children are valued and respected by their parents. Also, someday she hopes that her children can hear this.</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82419170&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/letter-my-unborn-daughter-106002 The Blind Side (Live!) or When White Women Raise Black Men http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/blind-side-live-or-when-white-women-raise-black-men-106001 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Kush.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Poet Kush Thompson" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Kush Thompson, 18, participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the fourth time this year.</p><p>Her piece <em>The Blind Side (Live!) or When White Women Raise Black Men</em> is part parody, part tell-all.</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82418367&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/blind-side-live-or-when-white-women-raise-black-men-106001 Slavery ended 140 years ago... http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/slavery-ended-140-years-ago-106000 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Malcolm%20London.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Poet Malcolm London" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Malcolm London, 19, participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the third time this year.</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82417675&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/slavery-ended-140-years-ago-106000 Easter http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/easter-105999 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nora.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Poet Nora Engel-Hall University of Chicago Laboratory High School" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Nora Engel-Hall, 17, is a senior at University of Chicago Loboratory High School and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the second time this year.</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82416942&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/easter-105999 Adore Your Innocence - I don't know this but I live this. http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/adore-your-innocence-i-dont-know-i-live-105998 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Tanya%20Smith.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Kuumba Lynx's Tanya Smith" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Tanya Smith, 18, is a member of the Kuumba Lynx poetry team and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the fourth time this year.</p><p>Her piece <em>Adore Your Innocence - I don&#39;t know this but I live this -</em>is a piece about a black boys struggle.</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82415991&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/adore-your-innocence-i-dont-know-i-live-105998 Midnight Manifesto http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/midnight-manifesto-105997 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ana%20Marx.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Poet Ana Marx of Francis W. Parker School" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Ana Marx, 16, is a junior at Francis W. Parker School and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the second time this year.</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82414451&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/midnight-manifesto-105997 You Keep Going Back to Him http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/you-keep-going-back-him-105996 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Antwon%20Funches.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Poet Antwon Funches of Simeon's Writers Never Die" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Antwon Funches, 15, is a freshman at Simeon Career Academy and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the first time this year. His piece &quot;You Keep Going Back to Him&quot; has been called a favorite of the 2013 collection. Teenage love is such a complicated thing...</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82413742&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/you-keep-going-back-him-105996 Thick http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/thick-105995 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mia%20Gordon.jpg" title="(WBEZ/file) Lyrikally Xplicit's Mia Harris of Brooks College Prep" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Poet Mia Harris, 17, is a junior at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the second time this year.</p><p>She penned the piece <em>Thick</em> because she&#39;s &quot;tired of being insecure about being a bigger girl. We need a poem to be proud of. I&#39;m still beautiful. We are still beautiful.&quot;</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82412815&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-top: 0.6em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 1.4em; ">The largest of its kind in the world,&nbsp;<strong>Louder Than A Bomb</strong>&nbsp;(LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013,&nbsp;at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a>&nbsp;to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.</p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/louder-bomb/thick-105995