1. Ode to a Teen Idol Poetry Contest — Is there a rock god or some other star you idolize? Studio 360 wants your poem about the star who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now.
Your submission could get read on the air! Get details here and/or read current submissions, like this one by JMD from Philadelphia:

Diamond Dave
The broken ankle on the backOf the album coverAn epic leapAn epic fallA vaudeville clownish professional wrestlerDropping hints as subtle as aGlass of milk spilled on the floorBut oh the grinBut oh the sinIt may not be good, but goddamnIt’s right
Tell me to Jump, Diamond DaveAnd I won’t ask how high
I’ll just do it.May as well.

    Ode to a Teen Idol Poetry Contest — Is there a rock god or some other star you idolize? Studio 360 wants your poem about the star who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now.

    Your submission could get read on the air! Get details here and/or read current submissions, like this one by JMD from Philadelphia:

    Diamond Dave

    The broken ankle on the back
    Of the album cover
    An epic leap
    An epic fall
    A vaudeville clownish professional wrestler
    Dropping hints as subtle as a
    Glass of milk spilled on the floor
    But oh the grin
    But oh the sin
    It may not be good, but goddamn
    It’s right

    Tell me to Jump, Diamond Dave
    And I won’t ask how high

    I’ll just do it.
    May as well.

  2. Today is the 110th birthday of Harlem Renaissance author and social activist Langston Hughes.
Tonight, WQXR in New York will air “I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes,” which tells the story of Hughes’ life in music, including the dramatic tale of his collaboration with William Grant Still:

For 15 years, against the backdrop of pre-Civil Rights racism, the two fought to see their opera become a reality. Their historic success came in 1949, when ‘Troubled Island’ – which told the story of Haitian revolution leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines– was staged by the New York City Opera, becoming the first opera by African Americans to ever be staged by a major company.
The documentary will include recordings of select pieces of Hughes’ musical works, some of which were never performed again in their entirety after their original production. It will also feature archival interview tape of William Grant Still discussing ‘Troubled Island.’

    Today is the 110th birthday of Harlem Renaissance author and social activist Langston Hughes.

    Tonight, WQXR in New York will air “I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes,” which tells the story of Hughes’ life in music, including the dramatic tale of his collaboration with William Grant Still:

    For 15 years, against the backdrop of pre-Civil Rights racism, the two fought to see their opera become a reality. Their historic success came in 1949, when ‘Troubled Island’which told the story of Haitian revolution leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines– was staged by the New York City Opera, becoming the first opera by African Americans to ever be staged by a major company.

    The documentary will include recordings of select pieces of Hughes’ musical works, some of which were never performed again in their entirety after their original production. It will also feature archival interview tape of William Grant Still discussing ‘Troubled Island.’

  3. Poetry bombing!

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