Tag Archives: Youth Speaks

Azariah Cole-Shephard

Azariah Cole-Shephard, 2016 Youth Poet Laureate, Captures the Spotlight

When 18-year-old Azariah Cole-Shephard speaks, people listen.   That’s because Oakland’s newly awarded 2016 Youth Poet Laureate doesn’t just have something to say – she has a captivating, educational and unapologetically bold way of telling [...]
Actor Delroy Lindo (left, with actor Danny Glover) hosted "The Benefit of Words," a fundraiser held on March 14, 2015 in Oakland to benefit Marcus Books. Photo: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

“The Benefit of Words” Supports Marcus Books

Last week, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland hosted “The Benefit of Words,” a performance event benefitting Marcus Books. The night was filled with music, poetry, and art to honor the oldest African American bookstore in [...]
Photos by Spencer Whitney. Graphics Design by Adam Turner.

Life is Living Festival at DeFremery Park

At least 2,000 people attended Youth Speaks’ 5th Annual Life is Living Festival hosted at DeFremery Park on Saturday, Oct. 12. With food vendors, local artist performances, a graffiti art exhibit, health screenings, face painting, [...]
2013 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Obasi Davis

Obasi Davis, 17, Wins Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate Competition

The Oakland Public Library has selected 17-year-old Obasi Davis as the new Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Oakland. Davis emerged as the best of eight talented finalists in a competition that began in [...]