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Speak Freedoms

July 15, 2009

APIA Summit

In completely non-game related news, the 5th APIA Spoken Word Summit is coming up in 2 weeks.

I attended the first one in Seattle in 2001 which was a life changing event for me. It wasn’t just folks working through the struggles of pulling out the internalized ‘ism’s that hit us along the way, it was also seeing folks like me, at my age, from around the country finding their voices- a sense of not being alone in it.

While it’s true that this culture loves to feed alienation, it’s a very different story between the usual adolescent alienation vs. actually being othered to the point of being assumed to being alien (The perpetual foreigner). It’s a major reason I expect more from mass media- perpetuating hate for profit is only a different kind of crack being slung.

Spoken word, like hiphop, like writing, like roleplaying, is about finding and creating your own stories, and finding your own voice.

And for some of us, that’s the only way we’ll hear any voices like our own.

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