Teen Takes Poetry Crown With 'Ode to Black Women'

Eighteen-year-old Amanda Fernandez won this year's National Poetry Out Loud competition, plus a college scholarship, with a knock-your-socks-off recital of "Ma Rainey" by Sterling A. Brown. Amanda Fernandez: The first time I read "Ma Rainey," I just couldn't help but to think of my grandmother. And to me it was an ode to black women, to black culture. I just kept thinking of, like, black music and art and literature. Just a whole floodgate just opened when I read that. Fernandez reading from...Full Story
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