If you did not partake in the Kane Smego workshop and the Technimetric S.T.E.M. Poetry Slam that happened on January 17th, 2017, then you missed out on a real treat. The slam took place in Talley Ballroom at 6pm. A collaborative effort between STEMedia Incorporated and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at North Carolina State University, these events were organized to bring together Technical Intelligence and Creative Genius, the mantra of STEMedia Incorporated.
The talent displayed at the 2017 Technimetric S.T.E.M. Poetry Slam was astounding, just as it was in previous years. The word-play was creative and insightful. The energy was electrifying! And the snaps, smiles and claps were in abundance. Every performer brought something unique to the table. Some poems were hilarious. Other poems were more serious and full of deep meanings. One poet, who turned out to be our winner, began “spitting verses” near the end of the performance and had staggering sound effects. No matter who was presenting, everyone “dropped” some real knowledge on the crowd and everyone brought an excitement and a passion for what they were doing, to the stage.
Participating poets included Taha Arif, Ryan Carr, Tremaine Cunningham, Charleston High, Aaron Holmes, Kayla Mumford, Morgan Sanchez, Camerian Williams and Bryan Wilson. Guest poets included NSBE president, Kovi Felton, NC State aluma and STEMedia team member, Cynthia Sharpe, president of STEMedia Incorporated, Nehemiah Mabry, and renown poet, Kane Smego. Smego, who also taught a spoken word workshop earlier in the day, is an international touring spoken word poet, hip-hop artist and educator. He helped draw the night to a close with his performance. Everything he discussed in the workshop, memorization, cadence, body language and intonation, all fit together beautifully in every piece he shared with the crowd.
The event offered door prizes for audience members as well as grand prizes for the winners of the slam including a Samsung Smart TV, wireless headphones, and a restaurant gift card. Congratulations to our winners Tremaine Cunningham- Crowd Favorite, Ryan Carr- Runner-Up, and Taha Arif- Grand Prize Winner. We expect next year will bring more participants, more stories, and more improved talents. Thanks to the support of the university’s students, faculty, alumni, sponsors and friends, the workshop and slam event were a success.
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Cynthia M. Sharpe, is a May 2015 graduate of NC State University. Cynthia graduated with a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and currently aspires to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. “As I let my own light shine, I unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” -Cynthia M. Sharpe, inspired by Marianne Williamson