This past Saturday at the Sweet Palette was the main event of the 2018 SERNC Poetry Festival, where Poetic Pathos Youth Slam competed against three of North Carolina’s best adult slam teams in a unique group slam competition. It was definitely a challenge for the team, as they were not just the only team representing Fayetteville, but the only team representing the youth of NC as they competed against Bull City Slam of Durham, Slam Charlotte, and Respect da Mic of Charlotte. Poetic Pathos Youth Slam chose Isa Meachum and Zuriel Fredd of our 2018 BNV team and LaShonda Sousa of our 2018 BNV entourage and first alternate to represent us in the group slam. They were captained by 2017 BNV team member and new Assistant Coach, Reagan Ford.
While the team ended up placing third, they certainly put up a fight and put the adults on notice. First place winners, Bull City Slam, scored an 89.1 after three rounds while Slam Charlotte placed second with an 89. Poetic Pathos showed that they could certainly keep up with an 88.6, only .4 points behind 2nd place and .5 points behind 1st. The shining moment of the night came during the last round after Bull City and Respect da Mic both scored a 30 and Slam Charlotte scored a 29.9. As the last team to go in the round, the poets definitely had a lot of pressure. Thankfully, the team performs well under pressure as they not only scored a 30 with their piece “Dear Woke White People,” they were the only team to score a “Dirty 30” when every judge gave them a 10 for the piece! Good job to these four poets for representing Poetic Pathos Youth Slam!
Check out our Official YouTube page for videos of their performance: Official Poetic Pathos YouTube Page