What We Do
FORUM: the Open Mic
1st Saturday of the Month
5:00pm - 7:00pm
656 Marshall Ave/Memphis TN
Perspectives In Life
Bring Your Story to the Classroom!
Perspectives in Life is a mentor program that allows college students and young professionals to network with at-risk teens to discuss the various obstacles and opportunities that positioned them toward success.
Elijah A.Gann and C.J.Evans began Perspectives In Life at Melrose High School during the 2005-06 school year. It was inspired by WEB DuBois' philosophy of the "Talented Tenth." We have to be apart of the solution instead of complaining about the problem. This program’s main goal is to bring college students and young professionals into the schools to encourage African American and/or “at-risk” teens to create goals for their future. During the 2005-06 school year, we had about 25 speakers visit the classroom. We had speakers from a variety of backgrounds and professions. At the end of the program, approximately 20 black male students decided to attend college or pursue higher education as a result of the program. In addition to the classroom speakers, we took a scheduled a field trip to the University of Memphis campus where we arranged for them to meet the African American Deans and Professors and engaged them in a panel discussion about the transition to college.
Since its inception, some of the PIL speakers have been, but not limited to:
- Kerstan L. Washington, Electrical Engineer for Boeing Corp. (Philadelphia,PA.)
- Arthur Becton, Lead Supervisor: McKesson Pharmacuticals in Houston, TX,
- African American Pharm. D. studentsfrom UT Memphis Pharmacy program
- Justin T. Morris, Physical Therapist: Dynamix Physical Therapy & Fitness & JustInvision Photography, Owner & Photographer
- Wendy Laybourn,Wendy Eats! Food blog & Exec. Asst. for CGIEntertainment http://www.wendyeats.com
- Corliss Givens and Carlos Payne, CGI Entertainment; managers of the Silver Spoon and Level II night clubs.
- Elijah A. Gann, Educator & Real Estate Entrepreneur
- E.M.O.C. (Educated Men of Color) from the University of Memphis
- LaQuisha Light, former Asst. D.A. Davidson County
- Earle Fisher, Professor of Religious Studies: Lemoyne-Owen & Pastor & Pastor, Abyssinnia Baptist Churchhttp://www.TheHouseMemphis.org
- Andrew Bailey,FedEx Marketing Advisor Specialist
- Natasha Malone, Office Manager: Quality Therapy Services
- Ramon T. Jones (or RHeToric, the poet), Spoken Word Artist, Educator;www.rhetoricjones.com
- Jasira Montsho, International Paper: Application Developer Specialist
- Candice Ivory, Musician/ Recording Artist/ Events Specialist/ Educator; www.CandiceIvory.com
- Shana Bibbs, Poet/Writer; http://www.shanajay.com
- Tim Dotson(or T-Remedi), Entrepreneur/ Spoken Word Artist/ Writer; www.innercitysouth.com
Click on Link Below for the Fall 2010 & Spring 2011 Schedule of PIL Speakers:
Wanna Get Involved?
If you are interested in being a PIL speaker or Spoken Word Mentor please submit your resume with a short Bio to [email protected].
Please enter “PIL” or "Mentor" in the Subject
The Lyricists' Lounge
Teen Spoken Word & Open Mic
Time: 2:15- 3:30p
Location: WE BRING IT TO YOUR VENUE OR SCHOOL
Donations & School Supplies ACCEPTED
The Lyricist Lounge consists of a 60 minute workshop and 30 minute poetry reading for teens to express themselves through the spoken word.
Need Community Service Hours??
If you are a college student or a young business professional who would like to volunteer their time, services or money to the HUB Lounge, please contact C.J. Evans at [email protected].
LiveSeed Youth Poets Rehearsal
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
Open Rehearsals give poets, emcees, lyricists, spoken word artists, yo, any performers who spit original lyrics the opportunity to be critiqued by other artists, writers, poets, etc. Open Rehearsals also give artists the chance to test new material on audiences, as well as, improve their performance skills. Poets are involved in Experiential learning activities.