WBEZ | louder than a bomb http://www.wbez.org/tags/louder-bomb Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cook County Juvenile Detention presents Louder Than A Bomb http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cook-county-juvenile-detention-presents-louder-bomb-106949 <p><p>The residents of Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center gave heartfelt spoken word performances talking about their hopes, dreams, fears, longings and aspirations. Residents stood and delivered poem after poem and round after round with passion and precision. The night was enhanced by the presence of several guest poets and teaching artists. In the words of Poetic Pisces, &quot;This Goes Out to all those who say they care about the FUTURE of Our Children&quot;.</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. 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><div id="PictoBrowser130502140937">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript">var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "500", "8", "#DDDDDD"); so.addParam("quality", "low"); so.addParam("scale", "noscale"); so.addParam("align", "mid"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157633403905846"); so.addVariable("names", "Cook County Juvenile Detention Center presents Louder Than A Bomb"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.write("PictoBrowser130502140937"); </script><div class="image-insert-image "><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/YCA-LOGO_NEW-Fall2012-webstory.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live May 1, 2013 at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.</p><p>Each year since 2005, WBEZ has invited competition Finalists into our studios to record their work, which is presented <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ltab" target="_blank">here</a>, along with other full length recordings produced as part of the 2013 Festival.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cook-county-juvenile-detention-presents-louder-bomb-106949 Louder Than a Bomb 2013 Indy Finals http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-indy-finals-106060 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/badge.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image ">The 2013 Individual Poet Finals, took place Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm at Chicago Cultural Center&#39;s Preston Bradley Hall.&nbsp; The top individual poets in the city worked to earn a spot on the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb All-Star Team.</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83013596&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Indy Finalists:</p><p><strong>Antoine Funches</strong>, Simeon Career Academy</p><p><strong>Gerardo Duran</strong>, Little Village North Lawndale High School</p><p><strong>Mariah Starks</strong>, Simeon Career Academy</p><p><strong>Emma Coleman</strong>, Northside College Preparatory High School</p><p><strong>Mia Harris</strong>, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy</p><p><strong>Jada-Amina Harvey</strong>, Kenwood Academy High School</p><p><strong>Camara Brown</strong>, Oak Park and River Forest High School</p><p><strong>Kyle Morshita</strong>, Maine West High School</p><p><strong>Joseph Faragio</strong>, Parker School</p><p><strong>Tanya Smith</strong>, Kuumba Lynx</p><p><strong>Sejahari Villegas</strong>, Kuumba Lynx</p><p><strong>Taylor Robinson</strong>, Phoenix Military Academy<br /><br />The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, which took place at various venues around Chicago beginning February 16 and continued through to the finals on March 9, 2013. 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> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-indy-finals-106060 Louder Than a Bomb 2013 Semi-Finals http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-semi-finals-106059 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/logo_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image ">The Louder Than a Bomb 2013 Semi-Final bouts featured the top 12 individuals vying for a spot in the Indy Finals and the top 16 teams competed for a slot at Team Finals.</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83009394&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Whitney Young High School, Little Village North Lawndale High School, Simeon Career Academy, Evanston Township High School</p><p>Individual Poets: Olivia Shine (Nicholas Senn High School), Dawn Smith (Bowen High School), Diana Sarfo (St. Ignatius College Prep), Amanda Villaronga (Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83010628&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Homewood Flossmoor High School, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Kenwood Academy High School, Noble Street Charter High School</p><p>Individual Poets: Nora Engel-Hall (InVerse), Kayla Polo (Mather High School), Emma Coleman (Northside College Prep High School), Christian Rivera (Roberto Clemente Community Academy)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83011579&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Oak Park and River Forest High School, New Trier High School, Jones College Prep, Maine West High School, Francis W. Parker School</p><p>Individual Poets: Doktor Germz, Nathalie Irmer, Jasmine Jones</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83012422&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Percy L. Julian High School, East Leyden High School, Phoenix Military Academy, Kuumba Lynx</p><p>Individual Poets: Jordan Hurst (Providence Saint Mel School), Michael Hargrove (Westinghouse College Prep), Charles Davis (Urban Prep-Bronzeville High School), Megan Vinson (Merrillville High School)<br /><br />The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, this year which took place at various venues around Chicago beginning February 16 through to the finals on March 9, 2013. 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> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-semi-finals-106059 Louder Than a Bomb: Brown Girl Grows Up Black http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/louder-bomb-brown-girl-grows-black-99898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr-image_starbooze_Brown Girl Grows up Black.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet Asha Ransby-Sporn was a 17-year-old senior at University of Chicago Laboratory High School when she competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2012, representing her high school.<br /><br /><em>Brown Girl Grows Up Black</em> poetically recants Asha&#39;s ancestry given her mother&#39;s adoption as a child, which presents another take on racial identity.</p><p><br /><br /><em>only upon entering adulthood<br />is mother told that for a moment<br />she was known as baby X<br />and refused to hear the word orphan<br />because by the time she could know any better<br />she was not one<br /><br />and they told her<br />don&#39;t ever let anyone tell you<br />you&#39;re pretty<br />because you&#39;re light-skinned<br />and she tells me there is no such thing<br />as good hair<br />we are the family in mother-daughter things</em><br /><br />***<br /><br />Each week, WBEZ features a poem from the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Louder Than a Bomb</a> collection that explores the issue of race. We offer the poems as part of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/raceoutloud"><em>Race: Out Loud</em></a>, a collaborative production of WBEZ and vocalo, which aims to get us&nbsp; talking to each other about race. Louder Than A Bomb is Chicago&rsquo;s teen poetry festival. It brings teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines in a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling and hip-hop spoken word.&nbsp; Each year, Chicago Public Media invites festival finalists to record their work.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Click here</a> to hear nearly 200 Louder Than a Bomb finalist pieces recorded over the past eight years.</p></p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/louder-bomb-brown-girl-grows-black-99898 Louder Than a Bomb: 51 Stars http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/louder-bomb-51-stars-99757 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr-image_TheeErin-51 Stars.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet Ashley Gonzalez was an 18-year-old senior at Northside College Prep High School when she competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2008, representing her high school.<br /><br /><em>51 Stars</em> is an intense look at collonialism in Puerto Rico, calling out the United States for the way the island, its people and land have been treated.</p><p><br /><br /><br /><em>One nation<br />that commits these actions<br />all under God<br /><br />but I don&#39;t think that was<br />Jesus Christ<br />directing your footsteps<br />in the sugar cane&nbsp;fields of<br />Puerto Rico<br /><br />You call us a commenwealth<br />but that&#39;s annoymous for colony<br />because 51 stars<br />just wouldn&#39;t fit</em><br /><br />***<br /><br />Each week, WBEZ features a poem from the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Louder Than a Bomb<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span></a>collection that explores the issue of race. We offer the poems as part of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/raceoutloud"><em>Race: Out Loud</em></a>, a collaborative production of WBEZ and vocalo, which aims to get us&nbsp; talking to each other about race. Louder Than A Bomb is Chicago&rsquo;s teen poetry festival. It brings teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines in a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling and hip-hop spoken word.&nbsp; Each year, Chicago Public Media invites festival finalists to record their work.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/series/race-out-loud/ltab">Click here</a> to hear nearly 200 Louder Than a Bomb finalist pieces recorded over the past eight years.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/louder-bomb-51-stars-99757 ‘Louder Than a Bomb’ returns, bringing teens’ feelings in poetic form http://www.wbez.org/story/%E2%80%98louder-bomb%E2%80%99-returns-bringing-teens%E2%80%99-feelings-poetic-form-96485 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-16/Louder Than a bomb_Flickr_Rich Cahan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-16/Louder Than a bomb_Flickr_Rich Cahan.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="'Louder Than a Bomb' 2011 (Flickr/Richard Cahan)"></p><p>Chicago can proudly boast its reputation as the city that made poetry cool for teenagers -- slam poetry, at least. Competitive, raw, and onstage, it’s a medium that has helped thousands of teenagers channel their budding identities, intense personal feelings and emerging political world views in recited verse.</p><p>The medium’s best local champion continues to be <em>Louder Than a Bomb</em>, the annual teen poetry slam that draws hundreds of competitors from around the city every year. Participants like to de-emphasize the competitive aspect of their practice with this mantra: “The point is not the points—the point is the poetry.” And that’s true. But the competition can be a joyful nail-biter, as fresh voices pop up and more experienced poets hone their craft, and every round brings poets that seem to spit rhymes faster than the last.</p><p>This year’s festival kicks off Saturday with a launch event for participants, followed by the first preliminary rounds of the competition, which are open to the public and begin Thursday, Feb. 23 at Columbia College Chicago.</p><p>As a kind of warm-up, we have an excerpt above from an August 2011 LTAB performance by Orr Academy senior Keisha “Kush” Thompson, who was selected as an individual finalist in last year’s competition. Her poem, “An Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,” details her struggles with food and body image.</p><p>That performance also featured some of the series’ recent stars, including <a href="../../story/education/louder-bomb-high-school-training-ground-85241">Malcolm X. London</a> and <a href="../../story/louder-bomb-we-step-85820">Lamar Jorden</a>, who WBEZ videotaped live on location last year, and Steinmetz High School team “Tha Steinmanautz,” who stole the show in <a href="http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/">an award-winning feature-length film about the competition</a> with their moving group performance. You can hear all the performances <a href="../../story/english-class-heretics-louder-bomb-concert-96203">here</a>.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range </a><em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from </em>Chicago Amplified’s <em>vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Kush Thompson performed at a </em>Louder Than a Bomb <em>event presented by </em><a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/"><em>Young Chicago Authors </em></a><em>in August 2011. Click </em><a href="../../story/english-class-heretics-louder-bomb-concert-96203"><em>here </em></a><em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/%E2%80%98louder-bomb%E2%80%99-returns-bringing-teens%E2%80%99-feelings-poetic-form-96485 Louder than a Bomb, Chicago's youth poetry slam, takes an overseas tour http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/louder-bomb-chicagos-youth-poetry-slam-takes-overseas-tour-95313 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-05/Louder-Than-A-Bomb-Nova-Venerable.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The new documentary <em><a href="http://louderthanabombfilm.com" target="_blank">Louder than a Bomb</a></em> depicts the world’s largest youth poetry slam, which takes place here in Chicago. Every year, students from local high schools gather to tell their stories in the form of highly emotional, expressive spoken word poetry. And every year, the crowd goes wild.</p><p>But what happens when you try to share this quintessentially Chicago story with audiences abroad? Co-director Jon Siskel recently found out when the U.S. State Department chose <em>Louder than a Bomb</em> for an initiatve called the <a href="http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/american-film-program/docshowcase.html" target="_blank">American Documentary Showcase</a>.</p><p>Jon traveled to the Netherlands and Angola to screen the film and soon he'll head to Burma. His collaborators took it to Malawi, Zambia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. He talks to <em>Worldview</em> about how this story, one that's rooted in Chicago's urban youth culture, translates abroad.</p><p><em>To listen to Louder than a Bomb finalists from the past six year recite their poetry, click <a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab" target="_blank">here</a>. To hear full-length recordings of LTAB events, click <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/young-chicago-authors" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Watch the trailer for <em>Louder than a Bomb</em>:</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/81hXGdFF6TQ" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>In this extra from the film, Nova Venerable reads her poem "Apartment on Austin":</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FZMpePbF454" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Nate Marshall reads his poem "Super Tuesday":</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rtakd3i_n44" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/louder-bomb-chicagos-youth-poetry-slam-takes-overseas-tour-95313 Worldview 1.5.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-05/defense2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce $450 billion in cuts from the defense budget over the next ten years. <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/experts/KorbLawrence.html" target="_blank">Lawrence Korb</a>, senior fellow at the <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/" target="_blank">Center for American Progress</a>, explains the implications for foreign policy. Also, the new documentary <a href="http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/" target="_blank"><em>Louder Than a Bomb</em></a> depicts the world’s largest youth poetry slam, which happens every year in Chicago. But what happens when you try to share this quintessentially Chicago story with kids in other countries? Co-director Jon Siskel tells <em>Worldview</em> about his global experiences screening the film as part of a U.S. State Department <a href="http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/american-film-program/docshowcase.html" target="_blank">initiative</a>. And on <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em>,&nbsp;Aliya de Grazia tells us about some of the big changes taking place in Mulot, Kenya, now that the village has clean water.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1512 Youth poetry is 'Louder Than a Bomb' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/youth-poetry-louder-bomb-89753 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/LTAB.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every year, the <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/press/11th-annual-louder-bomb-ltab-chicago-youth-poetry-festival" target="_blank">Louder Than a Bomb</a> poetry competition gathers some of the best young poets from around the city.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> heard Melana Bass' entry from the 2011 competition.</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/youth-poetry-louder-bomb-89753 Louder Than a Bomb: We Step http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-we-step <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-28/thumbnail 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="451" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23044974?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>At the Taste Entertainment Center on Chicago’s South Side, rows of flashing lights wink on the dance floor and a cluster of shimmering disco balls twinkle above the heads of club-goers. The venue hosts a variety of events - its original name was Taste Disco - but on Friday nights the Taste is the place for steppin’ in Chicago.<br><br>Not to be confused with the rhythmic, percussive style popular with African American fraternities and sororities, Chicago Style Steppin’ is a smooth, down-tempo ballroom dancing style that came to prominence in the 1970s and retains its popularity here, but also in cities with large black populations like Detroit, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.<br><br>WBEZ’s Richard Steele has hosted a weekly stepper’s set at the Taste every Friday night for the last 15 years. People love steppin’ because “you get a chance to style and profile,” Steel says. Meaning, it’s a chance to get dressed up and show off your footwork. The men wear silk ties and three piece suits, the women wear tops that sparkle and gold lamé heels. “Nobody steps in flats,” Steele says.<br><br>Steppin’ also offers the chance to groove to classic tracks with a romantic streak, like Al Green’s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVzYxqG9N1c">Let’s Stay Together</a> or R. Kelly’s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj71KbE6ekg">Step in the Name of Love</a>, songs that eschew the vulgarity of some contemporary hits. “That’s why we call it the after work set for grown folks,” Steel explains.<br><br>Although steppin’ today has a toehold mostly among baby boomers, some younger enthusiasts have gladly taken the torch. Take for example poet Lamar Jordan, 22, who grew up in the hip-hop generation but has old school steppers for parents. &nbsp;For him, the dance culture is synonymous with a kind of Chicago pride that becomes the point of entry for his poem <em>We Step</em>:<br><br><em>This ain't the typical hoe-down<br>you're accustomed to in your town,<br>this is Chi-Town.<br><br>The greatest city in the nation.<br>And steppin' is its physical representation.</em><br><br>Jordan is a former member of the Steimenauts, the award-winning spoken word team from Steinmetz High School whose intense, gut-wrenching final performance steals the show in the Louder Than a Bomb <a href="http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/">documentary film</a>. To round out our video series celebrating National Poetry month, we asked Jordan to perform We Step at the Taste. And he did, amidst a crowd of regulars cheering him on. You can watch Jordan’s performance, and see his dance moves, in the video above.<br><br>WBEZ is a presenting partner of Young Chicago Authors' Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition and Festival. Click <a href="about:blank">here</a>&nbsp;for more information. Special thanks to Taste Entertainment Center and Richard Steele. &nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-we-step