President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an evening of poetry, spoken word and music at the White House on Tuesday night. But if you didn’t get an invite to the event, it was streamed live on the White House website.
The show centered on the theme of using words and how dialogue is important to every individual.
James Earl Jones powerfully delivered a monologue from Othello, and we could tell that his booming voice filled the room.
There were short musical interludes played by Esperanza Spalding between some of the performance, which made for a nice segue.
The show continued with some incredible poets from HBO’s “Brave New Voices.” Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio did a piece on retaining a sense of one’s heritage, which was partially spoken in Polynesian.
After that, Joshua Bennett performed a poem about his sister, admitting that he was the only member of his family not to be fluent in sign language yet. “I’m sorry for my silence, but I will use these hands to speak volumes,” he said during the piece.
If you didn’t catch the live stream, (or if you did and you were having technical problems) then a video of the event should be available soon.
– Sonya Eskridge