July 24th, 2008
03:55 PM ET

Poet Jon Goode: A man of his word

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET

We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.


Black in America's spoken word poet, Jon Goode, tells it like it is. Watch Jon Goode perform live
Dana Rosenblatt
CNN Reporter

It's one of the monthly gatherings at Urban Grind coffee house that has lured talent as spoken word emerges from the underground.

Artists such as Tommy Bottoms, Goldie, Chas, Nukola, and TheresaThaSongbird take turns at the microphone testing their poetic skills. These new bohemians of varying talent coin rhymes about subjects ranging from AIDS and prostitution, to high gas prices and the pangs of unrequited love.

But it was the MC who got the most props that night...


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  1. Closed Eye Visual

    I think it is a tad ironic that a show which is meant to show the stereotyping and racial disparities towards blacks features a black stereotype to promote the show! A rhythmic "soul brotha" whose earthly lyrics help us to connect and shine the light upon the oppression of the black man (hey now, that sounded kinda soulful too, gimme a check!). I guess the criterea for what gets you a grammy nomination is subject to affirmative action as well because this guy is mediocre at best.

    July 24, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  2. Hannah Storm

    Thanks for posting the clip of Jon Goode doing his thing so well. I really enjoyed him through out the special last night and can not wait what he has in store for part 2.

    July 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Jon Goode is an awesome lyricist! I wondered who he was last night as I watched the special. Thanks for telling and showing us about him. No wonder he is a Emmy nominee...he is great!


    July 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm |