Empowering Through Poetry: Get To Know G.Yamazawa (@gyamazawa) !

Q. When did you start using poetry to express your­self?

I began writ­ing rhymes when I was 12 years old, so I would con­sider that the start.  As far as strictly spoken world, I began com­pet­ing at poetry slams when I was 17.

Q. How did hip hop influ­ence or help you write poetry?

Hip hop is everything.  I taught me to be myself, to be unapo­lo­get­ic, and to make sure I’m loud.

Q. What issues or top­ics do you touch on in your spoken word?

Mainly cul­tur­al iden­tity and fam­ily back­ground; my blood­line means a lot to me.

Q. You were expelled from school, how did you use the arts as a pos­it­ive out­let? Do you feel the school­ing sys­tem failed you?

The arts kept me alive because the com­munity kept me alive.  The com­munity believed in me, and a lot of times youth feel like the school sys­tem doesn’t believe in them.

Q. Tell us a bit about Sac­ri­fi­cial Poets? What is the aim of this pro­ject? 

Sac­ri­fi­cial Poets is designed to empower youth to share their stor­ies and to build a nur­tur­ing com­munity in North Car­o­lina.

Q. What oth­er pro­jects are you work­ing on?

Attempt­ing to fully learn Japan­ese and per­form in Japan for Janu­ary 2014.


For more inform­a­tion vis­it http://www.gyamazawa.com/ 


Rishma Dhaliwal

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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