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Romeo is Bleeding

A documentary film by Jason Zeldes – DC Premiere

Thursday, November 12th 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW,
Washington, DC 20009

Admission is $10
or FREE with registration for the Teach-In

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences.

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Finals for Inaugural DC Youth Poet Laureate

Saturday, November 7 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Finals Admission:
$5 for Youth
$10 for Adults

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The Rubble Kings

A Film by Shan Nicholson – DC Premiere

Wednesday November 11th 9pm-11pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW,
Washington, DC 20009

Admission is $10
or FREE with registration for the Teach-In

Rubble Kings chronicles life during an era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.

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Enrollment Open

Have you enrolled yourself or your child/grandchild in the WBL academy yet?
Fall application closes on Friday October 30th.

The Words Beats & Life Academy is a pre-vocational after-school Hip-Hop program for youth ages 13-23 in Washington, DC. We engage students interested in hip-hop culture by cultivating an excitement for learning in a non-traditional learning community. We providing instruction in the five core elements of hip-hop: DJing/Beat Production, Emceeing, B-boying, Graffiti, and Knowledge of Self.

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Teach-In

A Hip-Hop Approach Teach-In is designed to outline the tools and resources necessary to develop curriculum, programs, and work (artistic and scholarly) based on hip-hop culture.

On-line registration open until November 6th

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Poet Laureate

CALLING ALL POETS, SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS, EMCEES, AND WRITERS
The Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity and education across Washington DC metro area.

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Be the FIRST Washington D.C. Youth Poet Laureate!

Lead history as a young writer committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity and education across Washington DC metro area. The Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of Urban Word NYC and Words Beats & Life (WBL) with support from Busboys and Poets, The DC Public Libraries, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a rapper, singer or poet. Anyone can be a leader. We’re accepting submissions from youth ages 14-19 from the DC Metro area to represent DC as the inaugural Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate.
12 Finalists will be chosen by a group of esteemed judges and be given the distinction of Washington DC Youth Poet Ambassador.
One teen will be honored with the title of Washington, a book publishing deal, and book tour. Click here to find out how!

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Support the Divine 9 Giving Challenge

In celebration of the centennial year of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the fraternity of our founding Executive Director, Words Beats & Life has officially kicked off our 4th Divine 9 Giving Challenge.  Our goal is two fold, to promote scholarship and to raise scholarship funds.  This campaign will last 28 days, for the duration of February.
We wanted to create a competition that encourages friendly competition among Sorority and Fraternity members of the Divine 9 around philanthropy.  This campaign is not being done in collaboration with the national organizations or any individual chapter.  It is instead being promoted in partnership with members of the organizations.  We invited people who have had an impact in the work of WBL to create scholarships in their names to put a face to the more than 100 years of service performed by all these organizations.
We have set a goal to raise $10,000 in scholarship funds. The first $500 of each scholarship will be used to create book scholarships for current and past students of the Words Beats & Life Academy.  All additional money will be directed by the families of folk who had scholarships named after them, or the people themselves in some cases.  We do expect to be able to offer scholarships nationally and internationally based on the priorities established by the scholarship committee.
We are also asking local undergraduate chapters to also consider pledging service hours to Words Beats & Life. These chapters would become  our “Sponsored Volunteer Organization” at the many events Words Beats & Life holds in the Washington D.C community.
All that being said, let the philanthropy begin and may the most generous organization win.  The organization that wins will be honored in March at our annual Breakfast of Champions, happening at Busboys and Poets on March 5th.

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Fine Lines Apprentice Call

Is there an visual artist in your life between the ages of 14 and 23? Tell them about our informational. Questions in advance? Call 202-667-1192 and ask for Mazi.
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CONTACT: Mazi Mutafa, mazi@wblinc.org (subject “Bum Rush”) or
call (202) 667-1192
WHAT:
8th Annual Bum Rush the Boards Hip-Hop Chess Tournament
Registration $10 per player (applies to individual and team registration)
WHERE:
Columbia Heights Recreation Center
WHEN:
Saturday, November 2nd 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm
Online registration ends November 1st at 12pm
No Onsite Registration
 
The annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament, consists of 3 rounds of team-based tournament play for youth, ages 5-23, as well as an individual’s tournament. Between rounds players participate in hip-hop workshops lead by Teachers and Volunteers from Words Beats & Life.
Lunch along with an event t-shirt is provided with registration. For more information on player ranking and registration for Bum Rush the Boards, go to http://wblinc.org/bumrush/event-registration/ or call 202-667-1192 and ask for Mr. Mazi Mutafa or e-mail him at mazi@wblinc.org with the subject “Bum Rush”.
WHY:
Words Beats & Life is proud to host the worlds first hip-hop chess tournament, Bum Rush the Boards. The tournament was created by Mr. Mazi Mutafa and Mr. Kymone Freeman as a strategy to address race/class based exclusion within the chess community, and to connect theories of education to practices that excite youth about learning. Bum Rush is a tournament promoting a common ground for chess, hip-hop culture, and S.T.E.M.A. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the Arts).
There is an often-unseen connection between chess, hip-hop, and academics. Each require levels of critical thinking, strategy and an end game. Whether it is hip-hop’s social critique, chess’s reliance on forethought, or academia’s need for analysis. All three help reinforce a culture of making connections, building skills, and planning for the future.
By bringing these together we have created a hip-hop tournament that acts as a bridge by exposing youth to a culture (hip-hop), a set of strategies (chess), and a foundational knowledge (S.T.E.M.A.) that requires them to use judgment and foresight. It celebrates this connection and these skills via art and expression. These proficiencies are valuable in business and life.

 
 

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How to Rank a Player
Beginning – Players who can:

Demonstrate how to set up a chessboard.
Demonstrate how the pieces move and capture.
Explain checkmate and stalemate.
Demonstrates how to castle both sides.
Demonstrate the ability to play a game of chess to completion.

 
Intermediate – Players who can:

Explain the relative value of the pieces and how that can be used to evaluate an exchange.
Explain the touch move rule.
Demonstrate the proper way to play with a clock.
Demonstrate how to capture en passant.
Demonstrate mate with a King & Queen vs. King, King & 2 Rooks vs. King, and King & Rook vs. King.

 
Advanced – Players who can:
 

Explain the general principles of the opening.
Demonstrate how to read and record a chess game.
Understand the importance of, and apply, an appropriate thought process.
Understand the importance of, and apply, good time management.
Demonstrate basic tactics: fork, pin, back-rank mate, discovered attack.
Record their moves using algebraic notation.

 
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