Title: Death of a Black Boy
Author: Jaime Lewis
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July 18th, 2011 I attended a friend of mine whose name is Sean B, open Mic, Spoken Word Poetry Event titled "Word To Mother." Sean himself is an amazing poet of Urban Word NYC, an organization that's built on the belief that teenagers have a voice and "can and must speak for themselves." You probably seen him on television where he stared in the Urban Word Grand Slam 2011 Commercial (Watch HERE). There were many amazing poets and singers who went up to the mic that night. The poet that stood out to me the most to me was Jaime Lewis who also goes by "RipMC" or "Rip the Ruler." When Sean introduced him to the mic I didn't know who he was until he started speaking and telling the audience a bit about himself. Rip let the audience know about his recent book release titled "Death of a Black Boy" that's when I realized I follow his Tumblr themovementsmoving and I was suppose to attend his book release party which I unfortunately didn't. I was so amazed at how small the world is, but then he started to spit his poem entitled "Black Boys" and that's when I became even more amazed. After the event was over everyone started to socialize a little bit and I approach Rip on how I've been wanting to purchase his book and because of his poem he recited I wanted to buy it even more. We became friends on facebook and I let him know when I wanted to purchase the book. One thing about Rip I found so unique was he will personally drop the book off himself. You can purchase it online, but I felt it to be so much better and more intimate with the author of whose book you are about to read. I Finished the book which consist of Poems, Proses, Quotes & Short Essays in one day. Half of the book on my train ride to work and the other half on my train ride home. The book is honestly a work of art and I was so happy to be able to read it. It opened my eyes, more so my mind. Rip told me that it's a book that you will personally relate to or go through experiences in life which will remind you of the book. Somewhat like a reference and that's what it was exactly like for me. I finished the book last week and I'm still carrying it around with me on my train rides reading whatever page I open the book to. Its a must read. Especially if you love poetry.