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Everybody in the Crowd, POETRY OUT LOUD!

Actress Kerry Washington at the 2011 POL Finals. Image by James Kegley.

For the past six years, the POL finals has become one of my most favorite nights in DC. Hands down. These students demonstrate such grace, aplomb, and incredible talent. It's a humbling spectacle to behold. Since the 2012 footage is so fresh, I decided to play a clip from the end of last year's surprising finale. Here's the host, actress Kerry Washington, introducing progressive hip-hop artist, Christylez Bacon, who improvises a rap (and plays the spoons!) along with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.




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