BOLD Creative Solutions, LLC had the grand opportunity to work with OFP Productions (Dayton, OH) as the community collaborator for Last Poet Standing IV - Cincinnati Edition which took place on August 25, 2017 at Aronoff Center for the Arts. This event was supported by Cincinnati Arts Association, Signature Educational Solutions, University of Dayton, IACT, Oregon Printing, Delish Café, and Tripple Croxx Entertainment.
“LAST POET STANDING IV is a universal platform that bridges all ages and communities,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “It opens the door for everyone to come together and share the same space. It takes a lot of heart to be a part of this. Past years’ competitions have been amazing and even featured high school students from Wordplay Cincy and Stivers School for the Arts [Dayton, OH]. The production serves as an homage to the spoken word genre and will be a night of exciting, fast-paced, engaging, and spontaneous fun.”
Poets from Cincinnati OH, Chicago IL, Toledo OH, Columbus OH, Dayton OH, Charlotte NC, Cleveland OH, Atlanta GA and Harlem NY. Last Poet Standing IV winner, Re@l Talk (pictured below) won the grand prize of $1000.
Last Poet Standing IV Winner
Re@l Talk (Chicago, IL.)
The Last Poet Standing IV runner up, Ephraim Nehemiah (pictured left, below) won a featured performance at "The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show" 2018 season, produced by OFP Productions at The Loft Theater in Dayton, OH.
Last Poet Standing Runner Up
Ephraim Nehemiah (Cleveland, OH)
Host for the evening, Just Greg Corbin (pictured below, right) nationally-renowned Philadelphia ‘Brave New Voices’ coach opened the competition and "warmed up the mic" by performing an original, thought provoking poem. With wit and professionalism, Just Greg kept the night flowing and the crowd engaged.
Host, Just Greg Corbin
Cincinnati-based on air radio personality, DJ Vader Mixx (pictued below), held down the sound for the evening and kept us all flowing. DJ Vader Mixx has been recognized as “Best DJ/Radio Personality” by Best of Black Cincinnati. You can hear him spinning your Old School favorites on Cincinnati’s 100.3, or on his podcast, WTFU Radio.
(photo credit: VIP Photography)
DJ Vader Mixx
Featured entertainer, actor, drummer, dancer, teacher Afro-beat singer, songwriter, producer, band leader and composer, Baoku Moses electrified the audience with his creative use of percussion composed of strains of American jazz.
Cincinnati Visual Artist Ryan Nichole's (pictured below, right) original art work was displayed both on stage and in the lobby during the event.
Visual Artist, Ryan Nichole Leary
“LAST POET STANDING IV is a great opportunity for the community to support urban creative arts,” Leone said. “It is a wonderful theatrical option for those who love the arts and want to experience all the genres within
spoken word and poetry.”
Thank you to our friends, family, sponsors, supporters and the community at larger for your tremendous support of this community event.
photo credit: VIP Photography