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Event: Tell Your Truth Presents Poetic Sessions - Sounds of the Culture

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024

Time: Doors Open at 8 PM, Show Starts at 9 PM, Ends at 12 AM

Location: Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island, 393 Broad St, Providence, RI 02907, USA

Admission: Free, 18+ Event

Partnership: Culture Fest


Event Description:


Join us for a night of powerful spoken word and vibrant performances at the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island. Tell Your Truth, in proud partnership with Culture Fest, presents "Poetic Sessions - Sounds of the Culture." This event celebrates the diverse voices and stories within our community, bringing together poets and performers from across the region.


Featured Performers:


New York Poets:


Sabreen Sudan-Jolley: An Educator, Poet, and Author, Sabreen travels the world to spread the beauty of art, spoken word, and visualization. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, her work has been showcased in various publications, and she has graced stages like the Apollo Theatre and Dis’ Poem Festival. Currently, she is developing her next major manuscript as a residential artist in France, with aspirations to become a bestselling children’s book author, novelist, and renowned poet.


Emilio The Poet: Hailing from the Bronx, New York City, Emilio is a dynamic Spoken Word Artist, author, MC, and actor. He is a 2x Poetry Slam Champion, most recently winning at BRIC, the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. Emilio has performed at numerous prestigious venues, including St. John’s University, the Nassau Coliseum, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Ballroom, and the Apollo Theater.


Connecticut Poets:


Sharmont "Influence" Little: The 2024 New Haven Poet Laureate, Sharmont is a passionate poet, actor, and activist who uses spoken word to amplify messages of justice. As an educator and advocate, he uplifts inner-city youth and has performed at top institutions nationwide. He is the founder of Influence A Life LLC, fostering coping and social skills with the mantra, "Influence a life every day; it’s just a way of living."


Baub Bidon: A Haitian/African American poet, actor, writer, and playwright, Baub seamlessly blends Hip Hop, jazz, and blues into his performance poems and stories. He is the founder of Free 2 Spit in New Haven, CT, an open mic venue since 2004, and has been affiliated with the Blackout Arts Collective and the Connecticut Slam Team. Baub's dynamic presence extends to music videos, films, plays, and roles with Incarn Live Virtual Theatre.


Massachusetts Poets:


Michael Warrior Bonds: An award-winning spoken word artist, poet, educator, motivational speaker, and elder statesman in Roxbury, Boston, Michael is known for his passionate performances that connect deeply with audiences. He is the founder of POEMSBoston and the author of two poetry books. Michael has facilitated workshops nationally and internationally, earning recognition for his contributions to the arts and community.


Lyrical Faith: A Black American Educator, Activist, and Spoken Word Poet from The Bronx, NY, Lyrical Faith has been featured at colleges, universities, and venues worldwide. She is the 3rd ranked Woman Poet in the World as of the 2022 Women of the World Poetry Slam, a two-time Bronx Poet Laureate finalist, and a multi-time award recipient of citywide and statewide arts agencies.


Rhode Island Poets:


Simply Sara: An African/Cape Verdean/African American consultant and Providence native, Simply Sara blends her artistic talents to serve under-represented communities. As a business owner, artist, and mother, she creates programs for inner-city youth, merging education with community organization. She is an alum of URI with a background in African American Studies & Human Development and serves as Co-Chair of URI’s Alumni of Color Network. Sara produces storytelling art reflecting her rich Cape Verdean heritage and teaches social-emotional learning through poetry.


Rudy Rudacious: An Actor, Poet, and Storyteller from Providence, RI, Rudy began his acting career at 17 and has performed in a range of stage productions. His poetry has taken him to national stages, representing the Lizard Lounge team and reaching the top 8 in the country in 2013. Rudy is passionate about using language to entertain and create emotional connections with his audience.


Don't miss this evening of cultural celebration and artistic expression. For more details, visit

Past Events


Get ready to light up the night in a celebration of poetry, self-expression, and unforgettable moments at "Tell Your Truth" on April 28, 2024, at 7:30 PM. 🌟 This isn't just an event; it's a vibrant gathering where words dance, emotions play, and the essence of art comes alive, featuring the sensational Theresa Tha Songbird as our star performer. Reserve your space at and ensure you're part of a spectacle that promises to linger in your heart and memories. 🎤✨

Exciting news for all attendees: We're capturing the magic of the night in professional video! This is your chance to shine both on and off stage, so dress to impress and let your style speak as loudly as your words. Whether you're gracing the open mic or cheering from the audience, come adorned in your finest, ready for the spotlight. 🎥🌹

Our open mic segment offers a platform for the courageous and creative souls eager to share their truth. Spots are up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring your best verses and a circle of friends to enjoy the show with. With tantalizing food and drinks for purchase, your evening is set to be a feast for all senses. 🍽️🥂

A round of applause for our generous sponsors, R.I.S.C.A, C.i.C, and the RI Foundation, whose support makes this event possible. 🙏

Spotlight on Theresa tha SONGBIRD:
A muse of music, poetry, and performance, Theresa tha SONGBIRD transforms stages into realms of wonder. From Chicago to Atlanta, her voice has traveled the world, leaving awe in its wake. Known for her viral hit "You So Black" and her magnetic presence on stages from the Trumpet Awards to New York Fashion Week, Theresa's talents are boundless. Her works, including the acclaimed "MASS MATTER MAGIC" and the beloved children's book "YOU SO BLACK," are treasures of modern literature and art.

Prepare for an evening where elegance meets artistry, and where every moment is a masterpiece waiting to be captured. #TellYourTruthRI is not just an event; it's a movement, a celebration, and now, a stunning visual experience. Don't miss out on the chance to be part of history, to dress up, stand out, and let your voice be heard in the most beautiful of ways. See you there, in your best attire, ready for a night that will be remembered and cherished. 🎩💃

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My name is Niah Rivera, I am a Junior in Liberty and I want to invite you guys to support my LTI project!


I intern at Tell Your Truth, a non-profit that works hard to create free open mics for the state of RI. I did some research and found out there was no free open mic dedicated to the youth of RI.


 So that when I started my junior year LTI project, to create this amazing event! So, on April 26th from 3:15-6:00 pm, we will have our first monthly free youth open mic at Founders Hall on the Public Street Campus. 


What is an Open Mic?

It’s an event where anyone is allowed to tell jokes, perform poetry, sing, dance, present pitches, & much more!


What is poetry?

Poetry is a form of writing that  uses different techniques to artistically convey a story. It can have any theme and technique! 


Typically at open mins it’s usually centered around something your passionate about in a freestyle or free verse type!


Please sign up with the link or QR code below so we can keep our events free and contact me if you have any questions 



Niah Rivera


Click here to sign up:

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