Presentation Title

Hood Poetry: A Developing Narrative Among the Latinx Population of Los Angeles

Presenter Information

Bryant MartinezFollow

Faculty Mentor

Alicia Estrada

Start Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:45 AM

Location

Markstein 306

Session

oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

In the past decade a raw emotional style of poetry known as “Hood Poetry” has emerged as a subgenre of spoken word in Los Angeles’ working-class communities of color. Among the authors at the forefront of this subgenre are Mike Davis, a queer afro-indigenous organizer also known as Hood Profet, and Angela Aguirre, a Chicana-Italian public speaker also known as Millennial Mija. These poets have been crucial to the establishing of the subgenre as they employ local colloquialisms, heartfelt and emotional mannerisms, and composition to help reflect the various social, ethnic, and queer identities that co-exist in their communities. Among the concepts that these poets challenge in their works are ideas of gender, colonialization, and racism, through intimate poems and performances that are directly aimed at communities of color and are often shared through social media. The development of Hood Poetry is crucial to the reflection of these topics in communities of color, as these artists and their works question the dominant stereotypes about the Latinx community that circulate in mainstream media, and national discourses.

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Nov 23rd, 9:30 AM Nov 23rd, 9:45 AM

Hood Poetry: A Developing Narrative Among the Latinx Population of Los Angeles

Markstein 306

In the past decade a raw emotional style of poetry known as “Hood Poetry” has emerged as a subgenre of spoken word in Los Angeles’ working-class communities of color. Among the authors at the forefront of this subgenre are Mike Davis, a queer afro-indigenous organizer also known as Hood Profet, and Angela Aguirre, a Chicana-Italian public speaker also known as Millennial Mija. These poets have been crucial to the establishing of the subgenre as they employ local colloquialisms, heartfelt and emotional mannerisms, and composition to help reflect the various social, ethnic, and queer identities that co-exist in their communities. Among the concepts that these poets challenge in their works are ideas of gender, colonialization, and racism, through intimate poems and performances that are directly aimed at communities of color and are often shared through social media. The development of Hood Poetry is crucial to the reflection of these topics in communities of color, as these artists and their works question the dominant stereotypes about the Latinx community that circulate in mainstream media, and national discourses.