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The third annual Motown Mic: The Spoken Word competition series is back starting April 8, 2016 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Motown Museum.  The series is open to the public and invites poets to perform original pieces that are clean and free of profanity. Every competition Friday during the month of April, two winners will be chosen by a panel of judges to advance to the Grand Finale in June at the Garden Theatre where they will perform Motown-inspired pieces and compete for the opportunity to be named the 2016 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year, win a $1,000 cash prize and have their work published on a literary broadside. General admission tickets are $10 ($5 for performers and $5 for members) and can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to Motown Records’ Black Forum Label—a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s as a venue for Black expression and education. The label served to capture the voices of African American poets and orators such as Langston Hughes, Stokely Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Ossie Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose moving and inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was recorded by the label. As Motown revolutionized the music industry, its Black Forum Label documented the social consciousness of a generation—Motown Mic: The Spoken Word is a continuation of that rich legacy.

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