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Hip hop, slam poetry and improv performers highlight Writers in the Schools fundraiser

Hip hop, slam poetry and improv acts highlight WITS fundraiser

Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Rocko Stedy, Outspoken Bean, Shayla Hill
Rocko Stedy, from left, Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean and Shayla Hill. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Barry Mandel, Sara Speer Selber
Barry Mandel and Sara Speer Selber. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Abrea Shamsiddeen, Ryan Hunt
Abrea Shamsiddeen and Ryan Hunt. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Biz Vicious, Rocko Stedy
Biz Vicious, left, and Rocko Stedy. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Meta-Four
Meta-Four Houston Slam Poetry Team:  coach Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean, from left, Marcus Rodriguez, Carl Williams, Sarah Portugal, Rukmini Kalamangalam, Anaiis Simon and Lily Bowman.   Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Carliss Chatman, Kelley Devine
Carliss Chatman, left,  and Kelley Devine. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Detre Val and Dorin Taylor of Space Rhyme Continuum, and Bradley Basker
Detre Val, from left, and Dorin Taylor of Space Rhyme Continuum and Bradley Basker. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Lisa Helfman, JP Stevenson
Lisa Helfman and JP Stevenson. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Kristen Golden, Shannon Stoke
Kristen Golden, left, and Shannon Stoke. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Georgia Lister, Cynthia and David Portugal
Georgia Lister, left, with Cynthia and David Portugal. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Juni and Chanler Langham
Juni and Chanler Langham. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Stephanie Coleman, Kelley Devine
Stephanie Coleman, left, and Kelley Devine. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry April Joi, Shayla Hill
April Joi and Shayla Hill. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Tom McCasland, Heather Yanak Phelan, James Phelan
Tom McCasland, from left, Heather Yanak Phelan and James Phelan. Photo by Alyssa Stephens
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Rocko Stedy, Outspoken Bean, Shayla Hill
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Barry Mandel, Sara Speer Selber
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Abrea Shamsiddeen, Ryan Hunt
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Biz Vicious, Rocko Stedy
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Meta-Four
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Carliss Chatman, Kelley Devine
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Detre Val and Dorin Taylor of Space Rhyme Continuum, and Bradley Basker
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Lisa Helfman, JP Stevenson
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Kristen Golden, Shannon Stoke
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Georgia Lister, Cynthia and David Portugal
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Juni and Chanler Langham
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Stephanie Coleman, Kelley Devine
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry April Joi, Shayla Hill
Writers in the School Party 4 Poetry Tom McCasland, Heather Yanak Phelan, James Phelan

For the uninitiated, the Writers in the Schools fundraiser for the 2015 Meta-Four Houston slam poetry team was a learning experience in itself with performances by rapper Biz Vicious, improv comedy and freestyle hip hop group Space Rhyme Continuum, inspirational hip hop artist Rocko Stedy and hip hop artist JAYYSKYY.

The fundraiser began with a cocktail reception at Esperson Gallery where the party saluted birthday babies Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean, Meta-Four coach; Carliss Chatman, WITS board president; and Sara Speer Selber, WITS friend. 

After light bites and libations, the party continued in force in The Lawn at GreenStreet where the aforementioned talents performed. They were joined by evening's emcee JP Stevenson, Houston Rockets announcer, and by Bradley Basker and saxophonist Chris Mitchell

Funds raised will support the slam poetry team as it represents Houston at the Brave New Voices teen slam poetry competition in Atlanta in July. The team includes Marcus Rodriguez, Carl Williams, Sarah Portugal, Rukmini Kalamangalam, Anaiis Simon and Lily Bowman.

 Mixing it up were Barry Mandel, Lisa Helf, Ellen Jackson, Barby Weiner, Esther Perrine, Juni and Chanler Langham, Shannon Buggs, Tom McCasland, James and Heather Yanak Phelan and Deonne Cunningham.

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