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Issa PoeticVibe going through D.C.

Washington, D.C.- Poetic Vibes Dc brought the “Lyrics” out of the underground D.C. If you haven’t heard yet Poetic Vibes is an up and coming artistic environment for creatives from the DMV. This summer they brought out the voice of the collective poets, singers, and spoken word artists. These artists came to give life its almost obvious to say everyone from the audience left feeling uplifted.

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If you’re at least halfway woke then you’re aware of  how much words matter. Words have the power to love, heal, uplift, and give sensuality. This Urban Girl had a chance to talk with spoken word poet @Gradalove after the event. I got the inside scoop on how she musters up the courage to pour her heart out for everyone to hear. GradaLove affirms, “The message that I hope people receive from my poetry and even from my YouTube channel is to keep showing up for yourself and that you are enough- no, you are poppin! I also want people, especially women, to feel empowered to speak up and stand up for themselves. You may not have been able to articulate your pain before, but poetry (or any form of art) can be a tool to free yourself if you let it. You never know who else is experiencing the same thing or something similar and just needed a push in the right direction!”

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The poetess revealed, “When I’m on stage, I feel free in a way I never gave myself permission to be before. I feel like I am a vessel being used to tell a message someone may need to hear. I also feel like I am healing myself piece by piece and stitching up pieces that were once broken and falling apart.”

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When Gradalove speaks, the audience goes through a healing process along with her. “In the process of writing, I go through various emotions depending on my mood when I write the piece. During my first feature, I performed Purest Form, which is a poem about my parent’s divorce and the effects it had on my relationship with my father. Writing that piece came with a lot tears, emotional isolation and anger. By the time I finished, I felt like I could officially say I was over the pain. It put me in a place to be genuinely healed from something I let hinder me and my dad’s relationship. Now we are better than ever and I love his wife.”

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Grada who has been performing around the DMV since February of this year told us her craft has grown since then. “I always think I’m being super vulnerable but it goes deeper. During the past two months or so, I’ve started writing and performing poems about being a woman and sexuality. I allowed myself to remind the world that sexy doesn’t have a certain look, sexiness is granted to those who know they are! I always say, you’re not sexy until you know it.”

 

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Keep an eye out for @Gradalove around the DMV area and nationally. She says told us her “plan is to continue performing around the DMV and travel to other open mics across the country to share my poetry. I’m always interested in the poetry culture of other areas. I would eventually like to create the opportunity for young people to express themselves. One of my goals has always been to somehow blend poetry into my day job.”

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Looking forward to other Poetic Vibes events in the future. Check their Instagram @Poeticvibesdc for future events.

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