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An Interview with an Impact: Spoken Word Artist Orville the Poet!!

Orville the Poet
Orville the Poet

Here at Li’el in a Staccato Beat Magazine we enjoy bringing to you the freshest artists of all kinds, and tonight we have the special pleasure of bringing to you the first interview of a spoken word artist!!!  This artist is a friend of mine and a force in the world of spoken word in the DC Metropolitan area!  He is going on tour, he hosts a few open mics in the DC Metropolitan area, and he is part of youth mentoring programs as well.  I am honored to bring to you an Impactful Interview with Spoken Word Artist, Orville the Poet!

Li’el: Tell me the story of how you got into writing poetry and then performing it?

Orville the Poet: I wrote poetry for a long time before I felt comfortable enough to share.  My little brother wrote, and it became a great outlet for me.  When my great-aunt retired my mom asked me if I wanted to write something for her party.  I ended up writing two pages in the car on the way there, and I shocked everyone.  Everyone was asking my mother did she write it for me, because they just assumed she did.  I started performing at church, then with my cousin Godson at open mics around U Street.  At my first one I got a standing ovation.

Li’el: How do you want your poetry to impact people?

Orville: Oftentimes people don’t remember what you say, but they remember how you made them feel.  I want my poetry to make people inspired and informed.

Li’el: What does your poetry, both writing and performing, do for you?

Orville: You know that feeling when you go up for the last shot in basketball, or throw the last pass to win the game – that is the feeling I get when I write or perform.  It is my outlet.

Li’el: How do you balance everything you do?

Orville: Everything is woven together – Once you find your purpose, you find your passion, and vice versa.  Everything is connected.

Li’el: How would you like to leave your imprint on history?

Orville: I don’t worry too much about history as much as right now, so many kids don’t know their history because today is a struggle.

Li’el: What advice would you give someone trying to enter into the arena of spoken word performance?

Orville: Be comfortable with yourself.  You shouldn’t come for approval or applause.  Do not compromise.  Find your voice and stick with it.  So many rappers start out one way and then find themselves writing what sells just to make money.  Then they end up making music that they don’t even believe in.  If you write what sells, you’ll start believing it.

Li’el: What is the best piece of life experience advice you have been given?

Orville: Why not go out on a limb, that’s where are the fruit are!

Li’el: If you could leave your audience with one word, phrase, or saying, and they not walk away with anything else, what would it be?

Orville:

Words are like bullets

And our mouths are  the guns

And you can kill someone With five shots or a strategically placed one.

We are a lot more powerful than we think.  What you put out there will come back to you.

I am so grateful to be able to sit down with Orville the Poet and to share his nuggets of wisdom with you all!  Every interview I do is inspiring, and this one no less so.  Check out Orville the Poet at the open mic he hosts at 1326 U St in DC, or Pure Lounge!  Be inspired, and be blessed!

Li’el

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The Extraordinary Abdual Bell Returns to Guest-Write!!

The Phenomenal Abdual Bell!!
The Phenomenal Abdual Bell!!

Today at Li’el in a Staccato Beat we welcome the phenomenal Abdual Bell back to guest write an article for the magazine!!  Here is the awesome article, written personally by his hand, entitled, Love over Matter!

Love Over Matter

By Abdual Bell

Sometimes I wish I was dead. I’ll be okay, I guess, ’cause I’m lookin’ up. Lookin’ for something to fall, a desk, a couch, tv… my mom, maybe. –Precious

Allow me to introduce you to a sixteen-year-old “Beacon light of Hope” named Precious. Precious is an illiterate teen that has endured unthinkable hardship. Raped by her very own father, she gave birth to two children and an unpromising future. Having failed in her local school, Precious was sent to an alternative learning facility. Not only did she learn to read but also to live on her own. Falling victim to such oppositions as bullying and abuse, who knew that Precious would one day take her life back.

Although Precious is a fictional movie character many youth, African-Americans in particular, endure similar hardships. Unfortunately, some don’t see the “bright tunnel at the end of the road”; hence they surrender themselves to harsh statistics.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime and African-American women are the fastest growing incarcerated population. Shocking right?  Well I have a solution.  Don’t worry this solution won’t raise your taxes or even require all of your time, but it will save a misguided life. The solution is simply YOU. If we as a people learn to lend a hand to our fellow peers, without judgment or hesitation, I am totally convinced that our crime statistics will cease. I’m not asking you to lend food, money, or even your life but just pure unadulterated love!

On a more personal level, in August 2012 I experienced how uncaring our people can be. It was a sunny mid-afternoon in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, applying for food stamps I sat in a small waiting room, anticipating my interview. Suddenly, a heavy-set black woman entered into the room and shouted “Abdual Bell!”   “Yes ma’am” I responded anxiously.  She then threw her head towards the door as if she were saying “come with me”, so I followed her. Now in her office she expressed the fact that I didn’t qualify for food stamps, being that I was a college student with no job. Eager to go home and get rest I noticed that I didn’t have two dollars and fifty cents to catch the train. Subsequently, I asked the older black woman nicely for the fare, before the question was even finished she interrupted me saying “No I don’t, go out there and pan handle”. My heart was broken. Being that she was an older black woman I expected her to have feelings for a young black man trying to make it, but she didn’t.  I’m not saying that it was her obligation, but she could have at least expressed some concern. The woman just sent me away and asked me to beg for money. Later during that day I went to the train station and panhandled, it was the worst feeling ever, people walked pass me treating me like a drug addict and worst. Eventually I began to cry, only hoping someone would help. Finally a young woman, also African-American, gave me money to get home; she even gave me a hug.

In conclusion, if that woman did not help me, who knows what would have happened?  To be honest I felt hopeless and nothing less than doubtful that night. But because of that one rescue,those same feelings were thrown away and exchanged for hope and prosperity.  My questions to you are “Whose mind have you changed?”, “Who are you lending your love to?”, and lastly “Are you making a difference in the life of our youth?”…Think about it.

Can we thank Abdual for this wonderful reminder?  If you were inspired by his words, please let him know by commenting on this article!

Li’el