DIALECT USA, LLC recognizes and celebrates the importance of the spoken, the written and the rhythmic word no matter where it originates. We realize that even though the sound of our voices – the inflections & use of language – may change between age, race, gender and cultural lines, we know that when properly harnessed, the voice can become the most powerful tool known to humanity through shared experiences, affirmations of love, pleas for peace and declarations of being.
DIALECT OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD provides artists with the space for expression and the skills for growth as a practitioner of the stage arts. We understand that for many, a simple opportunity is the much needed bridge that can lead to success, and so we provide not only basic training in these areas, but we partner with additional County organizations in creating avenues & windows that will assist in cultivating full-fledged careers in the arts for both youth and for young adults.
Mitchellville Ambassador Imani Grace West was asked to perform for Black History Month at the gorgeous Marriott Wardman in celebration of the great poet Langston Hughes with some of the areas most stellar spoken word artists!
Watch the video below to see an early version of the Dialect Program in action - As Patrick Washington collaborated with the young artists of the DC Creative Writers Workshop at Hart Middle School.
DIALECT OF PRINCE GEORGE'S, along with Words Beats & Life, and DewMore Baltimore, all partnered with Urban Word NY to present the Commencement of the 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate, which was held at the Library of Congress on April 4th 2019 - A perfect way to kick off National Poetry Month!
2018 Bowie Teen Poet Ambassador & now U of MD Freshman Leilani Clindenen is still active with our program. On Feb 23rd, she teamed up with Assisting Hands & Jack & Jill, Inc to host & perform a Toddlers For Seniors Fashion Show at the Arbor Terrace Senior Center in Greenbelt.
ALSO THIS SUMMER, Dialect has partnered with our good friend Mr. Hiram Larew to launch a new initiative called YOUNG POETRY X HUNGER, using the power of spoken word to bring attention to hunger, food & nutrition issues both locally & worldwide.
YOUTH POET LAUREATE?
CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO OUR NEW YOUTH POET AMBASSADORS
ABENA ANN FORSON - New Carrolton
AMERICA PROCTOR - Laurel
IMANI GRACE WEST - Mitchellville
JAYLON HAGLER - Oxon Hill
KALIYAH GREENE - New Carrollton
NALA WASHINGTON - Temple Hills
NOAH HINNANT - Largo
ZAINAB AHMED - Bladensburg
KHALIL DORSEY - District Heights
NOW THE WORK BEGINS as our YPL & Ambassadors begin traveling the county sharing the stage with county officials at festivals, town hall meetings and other community events in need of a youth perspective. This is the first step to a professional career as a writer & public speaker - any organizations interested in booking any of our youth poets for any functions, please contact Patrick Washington at 301 237 6684 or Neville Adams at 240 426 2629
SUMMER IS SLAM SEASON! During this time, we put interested poets through 3 months of a fun (but intense) high-octane poetry boot camp. During this time there are slam competitions & there are eliminations. This is no reality show...but there is a LOT of reality going on - poets will leave their hearts on the stage. No one is EVER the same (writer or person) after experiencing this program! Ask us about how to find out if you're got what it takes to make the DMV SLAM TEAM!!
Known for his unique bold and chic style, Mi'Jan is widely known by his stage name Project MC. When he hits the stage, Project MC brings a new style of rap that is educational and inspirational. Being raised in church, Project MC's music will always stay true to his love for God. Project MC captivates his audience with his lyrical ability and introduces them to a brand new experience. He has been apart of 4 tours. Such include the Live Your Dreams Tour and the I Am Me School Tour, where he has traveled to different schools and community centers in DC, Virginia, Philadelphia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York and Atlanta. Project MC has performed at the Titan Arts Awards and been , held at the Howard Theatre, and was also a nominee in 2018 for Male Hip Hop Artist of The Year. His music has been apart of "Boss" and "Boss 2", a highly popular movie series in the DC area. Project MC has performed for the NAACP, with more than 2,500 in attendance at the Baltimore Convention Center. His first official album, Listeners Luxury, was produced by him and is now available on Itunes, Spotify and countless other music streaming sites. The talented and gifted Project MC has also performed at countless churches and community events, giving off nothing but great, positive vibes everywhere he goes with his energetic, artistic music.
WHO WILL BE THE NEXT
ON APRIL 9TH, DIALECT'S NEWEST POETIC STAR, 16 year old Laylah Jackson of Suitland, performed a poem written specifically to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The evening also included a 20-piece jazz band and recreations of classic tunes by Duke Ellington. This kid is going places!
Our 2018 & 2019 YPL's met with the County Executive's staff to discuss key issues affecting the youth here in Prince George's (and also spit a few fire poems all up in the office!). Great things are definitely in store!
Many Thanks to Angela Alsobrooks, David Smith, Diana Leon, Tangi Allen, Sonja Welbourne, Joy Russell & Mr. Elvis Dennah for recognizing the importance of youth voices in policy making.
KEEP AN EYE OUT for upcoming events at Bowie State University, as well as at area Farmers Markets. These young people are affecting change in their community & making us all consider what's happening around us. FOLLOW YPXH AT https://www.instagram.com/poetryxhunger._/
MI'JAN CREDLE - THE 2019 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY YOUTH POET LAUREATE
FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, poets from all over were invited to bring original poems about self-love & relationships for the "No Excuse for Dating Abuse" poetry show & teen summit which was held at Camelot in Upper Marlboro. Congratulations to Temple Hills Ambassador Nala Washington (below) who won the poetry slam & walked away with an apple ipad & other prizes!
One Youth Poet Laureate. Nine Ambassadors. Ten youth poets who are paving the way to the future.
Michaela Lacy (2018) Samantha Jackson (2017) and Dominique Holder (2016)
March saw the launch of Mi'jans Creators Culture Showcase in Capital Heights, Maryland, giving young people in Prince George's County a safe space for expression. Stay tuned for the next one!
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to join MI'JAN CREDLE of BOWIE, MD in the history books and to launch your career in creative writing, performance poetry & community activism! We are searching for youth leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement & promoting change through the arts. The winning poet & finalists will be announced at the Historic Newton White Mansion on Saturday December 21st @ 6pm. On that evening, 13 inspiring & talented young people will step up to deliver their best original works in hopes of becoming the #1 youth poet in Prince George's County.