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STLCC-Florissant Valley Celebrates National Poetry Month with Documentary Screening

April 26, 2016

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St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley is celebrating National Poetry Month by honoring not only poetry itself, but what poetry can do for the community.

“WWIII: Word Warriors Wake UP!,” a documentary film exporting social justice through poetry, will be shown at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Social Sciences building, Room 102.

The campus is located at 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson, Mo. The screening is free and open to the public.

“Word Warriors III” features powerful interviews and performances from Malcolm Jamal Warner, the late Amiri Baraka, Amina Baraka, Daniel Beaty, Pat’s Justice, Shirley Bradley LeFlore, Eugene Redmond, and Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets.

The film also includes a revealing roundtable with African-American men who share their personal journeys of falling prey to drugs, alcohol, violence and gangs. Yet, despite these negative influences, these men deliver a message of hope to their peers and to future generations, encouraging them to “break” the cycle and triumph over adversity and circumstance.

The documentary was written and produced by Takia “Tizzi” Green and Lyah Beth LeFlore, and directed by Green and Jamal Joseph.

"We wanted the title to reflect the urgent state of affairs and issues the young people, particularly our young men, in our cities and neighborhoods and schools are facing," LeFlore said. "Word Warriors are the poets and artists participating in this powerful documentary. Their words are the armor, shields and swords used in battle."

For more than 20 years, St. Louis native Lyah Beth LeFlore has worked in television, film, music and literature. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony, Jet, and Entertainment Weekly; also on CNN and BET. Her television credits include New York Undercover (FOX – Wolf Films/Universal), Midnight Mac starring Bernie Mac (HBO), and Grown Ups (UPN), starring Jaleel White.

For more information on this screening, contact Renee Thomas-Woods at 314-513-4465.