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UW First Draft FEAT. Jadon
June 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: This week’s #UWFirstDraft is being hosted in collaboration with the 34th St. Partnership and will take place in Herald Square (34th St. & Avenue of the Americas).
#UWFirstDraft is a free, non-censored, open mic & weekly reading series sponsored by Urban Word NYC. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, Urban Word alumni, and mentors. We seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. First Draft is not a workshop nor a staged show. It’s the stepping stone in-between. It is open to artists of all mediums seeking to share their creative energy and unique perspective. All generations of the Urban Word community, past, present and future, are invited to share their voices, ideas and wisdom.
About Our Feature:
People saying you’re nice doesn’t mean much. Most people don’t know what nice has traditionally meant, what nice means now, and what nice will mean next week. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Soundcloud, Datpiff and World Star do not a rapper make. You’re going to have to research. You’re going to have to network. You’re going to need the services of professionals to help you package and promote your music. You’re going to need capital for a publicist, to mix and master your album, to shoot you and your the music video you’ll need. There are a lot of rappers out there hungrier than you. Are you sure you want to do this? Are you sure you can do this? Jadon Woodard is.
He realizes Eminem’s first album flopped and nobody wanted to sign Jay-Z. He realizes that rapping is about counting music which will help you sound good no matter what compound rhymes, metaphors or wordplay you’re coming with. He knows it’s all subjective, and as a seasoned battler, embraces and even learns from his haters. This makes him a master of many styles.
As a critically acclaimed actor, Jadon Woodard is ready for mass appeal, marketing strategies, playing with controversy, alternative sources of income that encompass the rap game today. Jadon’s unique selling point is that he’s the hardest working rapper in the game. He’s making movies, he’s rapping on the train, he’s selling cds, he’s promoting Jack’N for Beats, he’s performing with groups as a solo artist, and he has no signs of stopping any time soon.
About our curators:
Jon Sands, a curator at large, is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films, is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and a facilitator with the Dialogue Arts Project. http://jonsands.com/
Soré Agbaje is a 20 year old Nigerian- American, Brooklyn College student. There she majors in Political Science with a minor in Journalism and is the Treasurer and member of the Brooklyn College Slam team. Sore is a 2015 Cambridge Writer’s Fellowship recipient, a Scholastic Silver Key Art and Writing recipient, and the 2014-2015 NYC Poet Ambassador. She is a member of the United Nation’s NGO and artist initiative, “I Sell The Shadow”. She has been blessed to perform in spaces such as the United Nations, Columbia University, NYU, Lincoln Center, the Queens Museum, Apollo Theatre, New York Live Arts and more.
Makayla Posley is a poet and journalist based in the tri-state area. She was a member of Urban Word NYC’s 2015 slam team for Brave New Voices and is co-facilitator of Urban Word’s writing workshop BreakBeat Reporting. She has performed/been featured at venues such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Apollo Theatre, New York Live Arts, Monmouth Arts Festival, New York University, The Waiting Room, and more. You can also find Makayla’s articles published in places like ForHarriet, Blavity, and Above Average Hip-Hop, where she is a contributor.
José Olivarez, a curator at large, is the son of Mexican immigrants. Originally from Calumet City, IL, he lives in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Poet-Linc Manager for Lincoln Center Education. His work has also been featured on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie basketball blog, Chicago Public Radio, and on Mass Poetry’s PoeTry on the T program. His first book, Home Court, is available at http://homecourtpoems.tumblr.com/purchase
Sofía Snow is an artist, educator, and community organizer who has the ability to see where there is lacking, and to create. In 2006, Sofía was titled the Spoken Word Artist of the Year by the Massachusetts Industry Committee Hip Hop Awards. Sofia began teaching writing workshops to her peers at just 16 years old. Sofía has taken her passions (youth work, arts, and social justice) across the US, UK and Caribbean. In 2013, the City of Boston officially resolved February 28th as Sofía Snow Day; Snow was acknowledged as Cosmopolitan Magazine‘s Fun Fearless Female for April 2013. She is currently the Associate Program Director of Urban Word NYC.