From the rough streets of South Central to performing with renowned musicians and comedians is the dream for most aspiring entertainers growing up in the Los Angeles area.
Corey Page’s dream wasn’t much different, but his drive was. He obtained a theatre degree from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA and wanted to pursue acting. But he soon had a child on the way and he put his career on hold.
Five years ago, he attended a spoken word event at the Air Lounge in Downtown Oakland, and it reignited his passion for the stage …but through the medium of Spoken Word.
He utilizes a performance style of poetry that uses other art mediums such as theatre, music, and dance to enhance the artists’ performance. This style since has become Page’s way of life, using his love for the stage and mixing it with his life experiences to tell is story, defining who he is for himself.
Now, Khoree the Poet, who considers what he does to be “Spoken Entertainment,” focuses on social justice love or erotic poetry. He takes the audience on a ride to experience the things he is discussing.
“When delivering my pieces, I want the audience to feel like we’re having a conversation, like I’m delivering straight to them,” said Page.
And he has been successful. He has shared the stage with phenomenal artists including Kelly Price, Lenny Williams, Marsha Ambrosia, Chico DeBarge, Vivian Green, Latoya London and comedians John Witherspoon and Nephew Tommy.
He says he’s found his niche – his main goal is to entertain. He wants to continue to find ways to take his message beyond the confines of coffee shops, cafes, and open-mic venues.
“When rap came out, they said it couldn’t last, and there’s nothing you can do with it, it’s crap. But look at it now,” Page said. “I see spoken word as that [because] it can be infused with anything.”
It is this diversity that makes spoken word a tool for youth of color growing up in inner city communities, a medium that can be used more aggressively to help deter youth from the streets.
“Giving up is the easiest thing to do,” Page said. “Don’t let your environment and peer pressure determine your future when you know who you want to be.”
Page hosts his open-mic event “Lyrical Laundry” every Monday at Imagine Affairs in downtown Oakland, 408 14th St. at 8 p.m. For more information or to book Khoree the Poet, call (925) 565-0853 or email [email protected]