Talented 10th Poetry Slam

Poetry Slam Spoken Word Competition
In celebration of African American History Month during the month of February, the City of Hollywood African American Advisory Council, in coordination with Barry University Center for Community Service Initiatives and Liberia Economic and Social Development, Inc. will be hosting a two night event to include a panel discussion and presentation on “African Americans and the Vote” and the “4th Annual Talented 10th Poetry Slam” spoken word competition. 

The “African Americans and the Vote” Panel Discussion and Presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Room 219.

Panel Discussion and Presentation Event Details

Tuesday, February 11th
Hollywood City Hall
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
Commission Chamber, Room 219
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm  

Talented 10th Poetry Slam

High school students are invited to participate in the poetry/spoken word night at Hollywood City Hall on Tuesday, February, 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Students are encouraged to write their poems based on the topic "AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE VOTE." Students should be prepared to recite their poem during the event. First place winners will receive an "iPad Mini", the second place winner will receive a "Samsung Tablet", and the third place winner will receive a "Kindle Tablet" courtesy of the Liberia Economic and Social Development and AT&T Pioneers. Poems must be submitted prior to the event. For more information, please call City of Hollywood Community Development at 954.921.3271.

Poetry Slam Event Details

Tuesday, February 25th
Hollywood City Hall
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
Commission Chamber, Room 219
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm 


1st Place: Apple iPad Mini
2nd Place: Samsung Tablet
3rd Place: Kindle Tablet
Prizes courtesy of the Liberia Economic and Social Development and AT&T Pioneers.


2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The theme speaks to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. From the turn of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s African Americans, a great risk, made their voices heard as to the importance of the vote. Indeed the fight for African American voting rights continues in the courts today. The theme of the vote also includes the rise of African American elected and appointed officials as well as the role of African Americans in traditional and alternative political parties.

金龙国际国际 Slam Rules

The piece must be relative to African Americans and the Vote
No Expletives
Written versions of the presentation piece must be submitted by February 20, 2020 before 6:00 p.m.
Each presentation will be given no longer than 3 minutes
Participants must be a student of high school age (14-18 years old)

金龙国际国际 Slam Judging Criteria

The poem is well crafted and demonstrates effective use of poetic language, which may include figurative language and/or rich vocabulary.
The poem clearly conveys an idea and a point of view.
The poem captures and conveys human emotion and experience.
The poem effectively uses the rhythm and sound of language.

The poet’s body movement, facial expressions, and gestures are consistent with and enhance the ideas and mood of the poem.
The poet conveys energy and emotion that is consistent with and enhances the ideas and mood of the poem.

The poet speaks clearly.
The poet projects his/her voice.
The poet has memorized his/her poem.
The poet effectively performs to the audience.