Artistic Collaborations

I AM

The following poem is the brainchild of activist and author Jen Marlowe and prison activist and author Kenneth Foster Jr. . First connecting through Marlowe’s “I AM TROY DAVIS” bookclub, Kenneth and Jen became good friends over the years. In support of the Davis family, Kenneth began sending artwork to Jen to be auctioned off and the proceeds to be split with the Davis family. Knowing the Davis plight firsthand Kenneth was inspired to write poetry about Troy’s fight. The poems touched Jen so much that she decided to turn the literary pieces into soundtracks. So, Jen reached into her archives of fabulous poets and asked them to perform the pieces. Kenneth knowing quite a few of his own spoken word artists asked if they could unite on the tracks. The following is what took place.This is a testament that not only do such cases inspire the world, but that people on the outside can reach to the inside and make some powerful things happen. Kenneth has done so much with his life and Jen has given him a platform to keep that life thriving. Please enjoy the following poem.

DEAR MARTINA

06/16/2017

The following poem is the brainchild of activist and author Jen Marlowe and prison activist and author Kenneth Foster Jr. . First connecting through Marlowe’s “I AM TROY DAVIS” bookclub, Kenneth and Jen became good friends over the years. In support of the Davis family, Kenneth began sending artwork to Jen to be auctioned off and the proceeds to be split with the Davis family. Knowing the Davis plight firsthand Kenneth was inspired to write poetry about Troy’s fight. The poems touched Jen so much that she decided to turn the literary pieces into soundtracks. So, Jen reached into her archives of fabulous poets and asked them to perform the pieces. Kenneth knowing quite a few of his own spoken word artists asked if they could unite on the tracks. The following is what took place.This is a testament that not only do such cases inspire the world, but that people on the outside can reach to the inside and make some powerful things happen. Kenneth has done so much with his life and Jen has given him a platform to keep that life thriving. Please enjoy the following poem.

14 May 2017

Martina Davis-Correia’s birthday was yesterday and today, Mother’s Day is a fitting day to honor this Mother, this Sister, this Warrior. The video-poem below was written by my friend Kenneth Foster Jr, who is currently serving a life sentence in TX and was formerly on TX’s death row. Deep gratitude to the poets who so beautifully read Kenneth’s words: Samantha Thornhill, Remi Kanazi Aja Monet Bacquie, Jessica Moore, and RodStarz from Rebel Diaz. Powerful words, powerful voices…and a powerful woman who inspired them.

LONE STAR STATEMENT

Lone Star Statement, A documentary short by Scott Calonico about the night before Kenneth Foster’s slated execution will be shown at the International Film Festival this month in Italy. Watch and share the video and please show some love to Scott on his Facebook page for creating this documentary.

Scott – https://www.facebook.com/scott.calonico?fref=ts

Film Festival Info: http://www.sedicicorto.it/…/175-Festival/638-Selection_2015/

RESPECT MY PAIN – BING

The following is an amazing colaboration that took place between Kenneth and another inmate at the Stiles Unit. Always standing on his gift as a spoken word artist Kenneth often indulges in Ciphers with others who have similar love for spoken word or Hip-Hop. Cipher (s) — a cirlce– is when fellow wordsmith gather around and fire off about different subjects and topics. Some months after one of these ciphers Kenneth was approached by a former artist from Houston, Tx (the Hip-Hop Capitol of Texas). The artist’s name was Bing and was an established underground artist in Houston before he too found himself incarcerated. Having been through some injustices Bing found his voice in the struggle and always liked what Kenneth had to offer in the Ciphers. Bing invited Kenneth to drop a verse on a mixtape that he was organizing in Houston. Though it was only for 20 seconds Kenneth seized the opportunity. Sadly, sometimes it takes pain and adversities to bring together great minds.The efforts act as a sign that these men have not given up on life nor making life better. “RESPECT MY PAIN” is an effort at saying- “I made a mistake, but I’m not a mistake and in the face of my errors I still seek to learn and be heard.” Hear these young men speak from their heart and share it with someone.

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