We are talking to Rashad ThaPoet, an award-winning spoken word artist who is putting Nashville on the charts of hip-hop music. As an activist and truth teller Rashad inspires young people to find their voice, learn a tool of poetry to express it and build confidence that no matter what we have to say, each of us needs to be heard. Find out what was the turning point that inspired Rashad to build a purpose driven life with spoken word.

Rashad”thaPoet” Rayford is an activist, actor and an award winning Spoken Word Artist from Nashville, TN. He is a writer mentor at “Southern Word” a nonprofit that seeks to empower the community’s youth through the written and spoken word. Rashad’s work can be found at RashadThaPoet.com. The award winning music video for “Put Ya 2’s Up” is available on YouTube.

Season 2 – EP 28

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How this One Spoken Word Artist is Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

“Put your twos up, keep them in the sky,
that’s hand sign for peace, we all gotta try
make a better way ’cause just the other day
I found out Eric Garner man he passed away…”

I stand behind the cameras and watch as Rashad thaPoet performs his poem Put Ya 2s Up. He is deeply engaged, fully present and ‘plugged in’ to that undeniable life force that connects us all.

On Rashad’s web site he calls it “spitting the truth,” and I can see now what he means. It’s a non-apologetic, confident and yet deeply vulnerable way of saying, “Hear me out. I’ve got something to say.” Read more here…

Spoken Word artist Rashad thaPoet on WakingUpinAmerica show


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  • OMG! Rashad your miracle can doso much to help others! This is what the world needs now more than ever! A way to set those pent up feelings and get on with a healthy life! Your work can help so many who have no way to speak out! I see it as medicine for a better mental health attitude! Mental health is our country is so many times ignored! We know how dangerous it can be! Thanks for all you do to help others to heal and get on with a healthy life!!!!