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Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born American spoken-word artist, writer, and mental health advocate. She has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry five times and her poetry has opened shows for Grammy Award-winning artists. She's also the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Telling The Truth But I'm Lying.
- ....The talent is here. The opportunities aren't. And it is the opportunities that foster growth.
- Poetry has been an instrument of change and revolution since it existed. It is protest and defiance and celebration and a love anthem. It is how we communicate so of course it is also how we enact change.
- It is the poets who tell the stories in a rhythm that forces the masses and the aristocracy to listen.
- Poetry, and art in general, allows us to take what is around us and set it on fire. It is the tool we use to enact and document change.
- I don’t profess to be any one religion, I think all religions are flawed because people are flawed. But we have the potential and capacity to be bigger than our flaws.
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