TWP gave the Norfolk community a sweet surprise this year at the annual Fuse Fest 15. Poets and youth edutainers and from all areas of the East Coast performed various acts and poetry recitals that evoked emotion, and painted pictures with explosive words that made you think and see the realities of youth challenges. The sister cities, Baltimore Maryland BYCPT Baltimore City Youth Poets, Philadelphia PA, The Philly Youth Movement, Washington DC, DC Youth Poets Slam Team PYPM, and Norfolk’s own, Hampton Roads Youth Poets HYRP.
Before the amazing talents of the youth poets, young people were introduced to informative health information on HIV and Aids. Workshops were prepared so that youth of today know the facts, and how to govern their lives.
Representatives from Tidewater Community College, TCC were available to assist students in the next step after High School. Career Assessments were available for youth soon to be entering the next phase, college or some type of post high school training. Youth in attendance, were given gifts like ink pens, fans, and other trinkets to insure future students remember the information.
The very small participants, the little kids were not left out.There was a kids corner where they could do art, play games and just have fun. The theme of FUSE Fest focusing on peace, unity, spirit, and edutainment, gave all participants a place to belong if only for a few hours. No group was left out with nothing to do. The community was well engaged at Fuse Fest 15.
As the evening progressed, the main event featuring the talents of the East Coast Poetry Slam participants got underway. Each group had a coach, that mentors the youth poets. Kenneth Morrison the Baltimore coach lead the audience with questions that made you think deeply. Each coach was well versed with words of exciting poetry. There was a message in every verse recited.
As the night grew late, sounds of music came in several forms. Music Made Simple could be seen in various forms, playing the guitar, with songs, poetry recited in unison with a loud and soft voice and sounds from the banging DJ.
Fuse Fest 15 delivered a bundle this year with the talents of East Coast Youth Poets.Moma Dee, Diedra Love the founder of TWP continues to lead by example, allowing youth freedom to show their talents, as the youth enter young adulthood. Through TWP, teens have a voice to be positive role models for themselves, and for the generations behind them. For more information contact www.twpthemovement.org or 757 747-2679. Stay Tuned!