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The second annual Chicago Poetry Block Party proves that poetry belongs to everyone


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On Saturday, July 29, Crescendo Literary presented the second annual Chicago Poetry Block Party at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Founded by prolific Chicago-based poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, Crescendo is an arts and educational organization devoted to the principle that artists enrich their communities and vice versa—and the block party doubles as an incubator for writers who want to combine their creative work with community organizing.

Ewing, who’s also an essayist, visual artist, and postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, says the point of the block party was to take poetry out of the ivory tower and increase its accessibility.

“Poetry is not a luxury,” she says, quoting Audre Lorde. “To me that means that poetry is something human beings have been doing forever and ever. It’s a chance for self-expression that belongs to all people, no matter where you come from or who you are.”

Intrepid filmmaker Morgan Elise Johnson captured the block party’s all-inclusive guiding principle in action.

Article Appeared @https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2017/08/01/the-second-annual-chicago-poetry-block-party-proves-that-poetry-belongs-to-everyone

Donald Trump to Mexico: ‘Stop saying you won’t fund wall’

Leaked transcripts have been released of two heated conversations with world leaders days after Mr Trump took office in January.

By Wil Longbottom

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TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump put pressure on President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop publicly saying that Mexico would not pay for his infamous border wall between the two countries, according to reports. Continue reading

Vin Diesel is Bringing Back Miami Vice


Actor Vin Diesel has revealed that he will team up with NBC to reboot the popular 1980’s TV show Miami Vice. The partnership will involved Diesel’s One Race company, NBC and Producer Chris Morgan. “I have dreamt about expanding the One Race brand into television,” Vin Diesel about the partnership. No details have been given about the production or cast. To read more about this story click here.