During my undergrad years at Clark Atlanta University, we would have several local and national celebrities that would come through the campus and speak to us on a variety of topics. Atlanta’s rising spoken word artist, Georgia Me, was one of those individuals. When she came she recited some of her poetry and then she gave us some words of encouragement and from then on my love for spoken word deepened.
Now fast forward to 2016, nearly 7 to 8 years later, I get the opportunity to interview Georgia Me, so if course I accept. During the interview, which you will hear momentarily, the same energy and vibe that I witnessed years back was still there, except this time on a more personal and one-on-one level. This dynamic and wise woman is doing some phenomenal things in and beyond her community. Currently, the rising poet is touring with world renowned soul artist and Grammy Winning vocalist, Jill Scott. Georgia Me received the opportunity to tour with Scott after performing alongside a lineup that was hosted by Scott in May.
Those that may be a little unfamiliar with the poet should know that Georgia Me is known for her spoken word throughout the city of Atlanta. She began her career as a teenager when she was first introduced to the work of Nikki Giovanni when she was given a research project on the poet and activist.
“Nikki Giovanni was the one person I wanted to be like. Her poetry makes you think and I’ve always said that if I ever had the opportunity to impact crowds as she did, I’d also want my words and poetry to make others think.”
Georgia Me is also the creator and executive producer of the cultural celebration, “The Tamika Festival” which is a week long of events that takes place in the city of Atlanta to celebrate the culture and art of the spoken word genre. In addition, the city of Atlanta has given the spoken word artist an official day known as, “Tamika Day.” Some of Georgia Me’s credits also include an appearance and performance on former BET Networks show, ‘The Mo’Nique Show,’ the Broadway production of Def Poetry Jam and she even made her film debut in the number one box office hit, ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.’ Georgia Me will officially kick off the tour with Scott on July 27 in Houston, Texas.
With further due, check out the interview below, as well as upcoming tour dates with Jill Scott:
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