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Chicago Beat Oral Histories

Intro by Breanna Bonslater During the first segment of Chicago Beat, we focused on telling our oral history through verse and prose. By reflecting on our own lives and telling our own stories through a verse medium, the teens were able to learn what it means to tell a story. This project was only a…
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Pmoney’s Playlist

By Payton Gray J.I (Prince of New York), “Quiet Storm (Freestyle)” Quiet storm is a tribute to Prince of New York’s cousin that passed away when he was really young. He mentions, “The first time I met my cousin he was in a casket I was kinda young at that time I ain’t understand what…
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The Lesson 7/26/2017

Welcome to The Lesson. Every Wednesday we will be sharing a writing prompt to help you write. If you choose to write, please tag us on social media: @youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram. Today’s writing prompt is pulled from The 92Y’s A New Colossus series. #ANewColossus Read: The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus…
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Sema’J’s Playlist

By Sema’J Fisher My selection of songs was PnB Rock’s Goin Thru The Motions (GTTM) EP. This project is mostly about relationships and their ups and downs. Each song is individualistic: One song may be talking about how he’s going to let everything fall apart, while the other is about how much he is going…
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Elena’s Playlist

By Elena Wilson Often, we overlook the meaning of a song while listening to the catchy beat. But when we look deeper into the emotions and meaning behind a song, it makes the music that much more enjoyable. Three different songs from three different genres. What they have in common: The entertaining stories, melodies, and…
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Nani’s Playlist

By Nylijah Barnes  With the same Top 10 songs playing over the radio, listeners are starving for new music, or at least wanting to hear some of their favorite songs make it to the station. Soundcloud has recently become a source for people to get their fix when it comes to new music or lesser…
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The Top Five Featuring E’mon Lauren

Welcome to the Top Five. It’s Monday and that means it’s back to business.  If you’re looking for inspiration, we got you covered. Every Monday, we invite some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find new music, poems, and more.   Today, we have E’mon Lauren sharing…
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The Plug: July 21st, 2017

Hello YCA Fam, Welcome to The Plug, our weekly blog about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some are from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore different…
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The Lesson 7/19/2017

Today is Wednesday, July 19th, and we have a brand new writing prompt for you. Every Wednesday we will be sharing a writing prompt to help you write. If you choose to write, please tag us on social media: @youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram.    Today’s writing prompt will help you build strong…
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The Top Five Featuring Kush Thompson

Welcome to the Top Five. We know it’s Monday and you may be looking for inspiration, and we are here to help! Every Monday, we will be inviting some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find some new music, poems, and more. Today, we have Kush Thompson…
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