My vision is something I can show you better than I can tell you. It starts with the idea that “none of us is as smart as all of us”. An individual is only as important as the impact on other lives but first you must find your S.W.A.G. That acronym stands for Spoken Word Affecting Generations. A movement and organization I started on the campus of DePauw University. This organization was geared around developing your identity and your voice as an artist.
Our first priority is to change whats cool. Our alternative is Leadership is a lifestyle. S.W.A.G – Spoken word affecting generations seeks to create engaging curriculum’s that build the leaders of tomorrow. We do so by incorporating lessons on leadership, anti-bullying, public speaking, and spoken word poetry.
This picture below is of our weekly sessions at Beach Channel High school in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Police have a negative perception of men of color. Choosing at will to dehumanize us. Regardless of their negativity I refuse to let them define us. So I work 24 hr a day and 7 days a week to unite us. This is the work I do with the SWAG organization which I created.
Short documentary of the work I do in schools around the NYC
Beach Channel SWAG class 21st Century, Artist in Schools Hurricane Sandy relief fund from David Powers on Vimeo.
- Spoken word poet speaks out on bullying (southernmissmultimedia.wordpress.com)
- National Poetry Month: Host a Poetry Slam (bloomingedu.wordpress.com)