Aja La'Starr Owens: Poetry + Politics + Becoming an Author + Mental Health + LGBTQI
The Poet & The People
by Gregory Maurice
1M ago
Poet, Author and former Councilwoman Aja La’Starr Owens sits down with Gregory Maurice for a conversation that spans across what struggles she had to face while running to be the City of Jennings Councilwoman and her efforts to bring change by having conversations first with Saint Louis County Police Dept and the residents. Aja shared a story of how she was influenced by her aunt to start writing books and doing poetry at a young age. Performing poetry and becoming the poetry facilitator of Poetry For Personal Power, it led her to place her voice on community change to become an councilwoman f ..read more
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Olajuwon Trials Davis: Music + Community Activism + Being A Political Prisoner
The Poet & The People
by Gregory Maurice
3M ago
Activist, musician, actor and political prisoner Olajuwon Trials Davis sits down with Gregory Maurice for an exclusive conversation that spans from his mother introducing him to music and his father teaching him how to make his first song using his whole birth name, which he has 7. Olajuwon shared a story of how at 5 years old he saw a movie on MLK that changed his life that made him want to share his art and acting with a political voice. The conversation touched on multiple points of his artist career from college sparking his interest with his political mind set to reparations for Black Sai ..read more
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Mk Stallings: 50 years of Hip-hop + STL Poetry Community + Regional Arts Commission
The Poet & The People
by Gregory Maurice
3M ago
Cultivator, sociologist and long time mentor and friend Mk Stallings, sits down with Gregory Maurice for a conversation that spans from Hiphop to having 3 growing children. Mk shared a story of the time he made an album with his older brother after participating in Christian hip-hop for a while. The conversation leads to history on Legacy’s Books and Cafe that lead to growth in the poetry community to reestablishing The Saint Louis Poetry Slam and further  talked about his work with art and culture nonprofit. Credit: Article Played By Chad Davis https://www.stlpr.org/arts/2023-09-08/musi ..read more
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