Queen Sheba Discusses The Power of The Spoken Word
Spoken word poetry can be defined as method for self expression through performance. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Atlanta based spoken word artist Queen Sheba. I met her at a weekly writing class she hosts at Gallery 992 in historically Westend Atlanta. It was amazing to watch how she engages with the class with her positive energy and animated movements.
Queen Sheba is not a newcomer to the scene, this poetess is a seasoned vet. She has accumulated several awards and recognition for her skills. Sheba is the co-founder of Poetry vs. Hip-Hop the production and the organization, a Int’l 4 Countries Slam Champion, two time National Poetry Slam Champ, three time Regional Poetry Slam Champ and a WOWps Finalist. Sheba is also a featured performer on season two of Verses and Flow, brought to you by Lexus on TV One, and has been on Spoken, a featured poet on Lyric Café on BET, 106 & Park, the Apollo and the feature length film Spit.
When I sat down with her she is as real as it comes. There is no behind the scenes act; how she is on stage is how she is off. Sheba has no problem expressing herself. During the interview she was very insightful about what spoken word means to her.
Her spoken word draws from experiences of love, feminism, and women empowerment. We also talked about her future plans and legacy. Also she raved about the Westend of Atlanta neighborhood. For those who are not familiar with the city, the WestEnd is a historically black section of the city with diverse cultures.
Check out the interview above and to find out more info about Queen Sheba follow her on Instagram