Wish I Had Said Something | Suli Breaks

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This poem literally makes the hairs on my arms stand up, it’s soo moving, it’s such a strong and emotional piece. I got to first hear it live earlier in the year at an event, and you could feel the crowd focusing on every word that was spoken, emphasising with the character, relating to the situation, causing tears to flow among the crowd. And now Suli Breaks has released it as his first official video for his new album.

Suli is well known for his views on education, and I love his pieces on that - but within this piece he digs deeper and confronts an area that is very personal and unlike his previous body of work. The mission of this poem is to end hate crime, using Islamphobia as an example to depict the level of hate that circles around this world. There are so many elements to this piece my heart gravitates to, its hard to pinpoint what part I love most; “Allah know’s she’s beautiful, even though the clothes she wears makes her look unusual”. What is usual in this world? Its wrong to persecute and people on what they believe and who they choose to be if it is not harming anyone, but the harsh reality is that people in this world do. Suli sheds light on this, in a beautiful and sensitive manner, directing people to rethink the way they view people who do not look like what they are a custom too.

Suli is one of my huge inspirations for soo many reasons, he pushed me to chase what I love even when I didn’t push myself. I’m excited to hear what is in store for his new album and the amazing journey he has ahead.

Mina West x

Gina Loring | Somewhere There Is A Poem

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Somewhere there is a poem? Somewhere there is a poem! So this piece means a lot to me, often people would ask me how did I get into spoken word poetry, and I would say “ I started listening to Def Jam Poetry” - well this is the first poem I ever heard on that channel that got me hooooooked! Gina Loring literally drew me in with her words, and her free spirited style. She mixes tone, language, song and all I wanted to do was sit there and listen to every word she spoke.

This poem opens up the mind on what poetry is about, with the title ‘Somewhere there is a poem’ it positions the audience in a place where they now have to go and explore. Spoken word and poetry is a format in which people release emotions, thoughts, stories, dreams, fears. Gina Loring uses her gift, and takes the audience on a journey on the different issues that different people face across the globe. Her words tapped into my spirit, and made me crave more to be in-tuned with the circumstances around me.

I remember the night I heard this poem so well, after I heard this I started to listening to other poems. That same night words came to my head, words that rhymed with “Beer”. That night I wrote ‘Daddy’s sip of Beer’, and I stayed up and cried … because I confronted something and finally felt free x

Mina West x

Rhema Arts UK - Launch Event

On 9th September, Rhema Arts UK held their first event which was the launch of something amazing. The show stayed true to its mission which was too move and ignite the audience to go out and use their talents to spread the gospel. The talent on the night was really inspiring, each bringing their own distinctive style in an entertaining format. If you didn’t get a chance to be at the show, you can still watch it at link below;

Starting with great host Kashif Jones and Izzie keeping the crowd excited for the show ahead.

The first act of the night was Sharlene Monique, using movement to express her love of the good news :)

Christine Joda was next on stage, using her voice - a beautiful God given instrument to capture the audience.

The Rhema poets (which I was really blessed to be part of :)) performed 3 separate pieces on the night. Sharing story on a journey to Christ, and the different battles we all as human's go through.

Ezra Collective, my personal favourite of the night. Suggest you go google them, and you will know why :)

The very talented and inspirational rapper Triple O also graced the stage.

Rich James Butt touched on the sensitive issue of mental depression, I feel he tackled it through his music in a very beautiful manner x

Artist Mary Osinibi also used her artistic talents on the night, and produced a spontaneous piece of art to capture the night.

Overall the night was a HUGE success, big congrats to the co-founders Ruth & Toyosi (TJ), and the Rhema team. Excited for their what they have in store for the future - for more information on Rhema check out http://www.rhemaarts.uk