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Rhyme Travel, a spoken word poetry documentary project by poet, teaching artist, Citizen Artist Fellow and creator of The American Audit and Blood on the Bluff, Donney Rose, seeks to explore the impact of 50 years of prolific and consequential rap lyrics that have spoken directly to the soul of Black America.
BLOOD ON THE BLUFF is a poetic and historical re-telling of the 1972 massacre of Southern University students, Denver Smith and Leonard Brown, by poet and advocate, Donney Rose. Using the persona of the Smith and Brown Memorial Union as the voice of the written text and shared accounts from historians, Southern University alumni, and activists for historical purposes, Blood on the Bluff seeks to explore themes of Civil Rights, student protests, and how an incident of state-sanctioned murder changed the course of a school’s history. Blood on the Bluff is an offshoot project of The American Audit, a multimedia series of spoken word and historical accounts uncovering the toll of Black American life.
The American Audit is a 2019-2020 multimedia spoken word poetry project by Baton Rouge poet, educator and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, Donney Rose. It chronicles 400 years of Black American life using the extended metaphor of America as a business audited by African Americans after centuries of marginalization.