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Black Wars

(WBEZ/file) Savia Gordon of Brooks Prep's Lyrikally Xplicit

Poet Savia Gordon, 18, is a senior at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the fourth time this year.

Her piece Black Wars is about the ongoing battle between light and dark skinned African Americans that we tend to ignore.

The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago’s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013, 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.

Click here 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.

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