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Posted on 04/20/2012

Jason Taylor and Actor Omari Hardwick to Host Youth Spoken Word Poetry Showcase


Football hero Jason Taylor and actor Omari Hardwick will host a spoken word poetry showcase featuring middle school and high school aged youth who actively participate in Taylor's after-school literacy program, the Jason Taylor Reading Room. The night will also showcase a live painting performance by renowned South Florida abstract artist, LEBO, as well as music provided by Michael "DJ 1Tre" Marino, son of Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino.


An accomplished poet, Omari Hardwick, partnered with Taylor to develop The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Corner, a comprehensive, after-school spoken word poetry program available free to the kids attending the Jason Taylor Reading Room in Miramar.  The program is highlighted by virtual lessons from Omari Hardwick and allows students to utilize critical literacy skills as a vehicle for self-expression, both written and through performance. The program also features a dynamic curriculum created and taught by Blu Bailey, founder and director of Spoken Word Press, an organization dedicated to reaching youth across boundaries of age, race, class, genders and cultures through poetry.  Bailey will also be on hand at The Improv presenting the students and performing some of her own original pieces. 


Hardwick is star of such films such as For Colored Girls, I Will Follow, The A-Team and Next Day Air as well as the TNT series Dark Blue.


The event is free to the public, however, seating is limited. The Improv will donate a portion of the proceeds from all food and beverage sales that evening to the Jason Taylor Foundation.


WHEN:             Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.


WHERE:           The Improv Comedy Club in Seminole Paradise

                       Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

WHO:               Presented by Jason Taylor and Omari Hardwick in conjunction with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and The Improv.