Poetry Night Headliner: G. Yamazawa

Keilah Whitaker, Staff Writer

Spoken word artist G. Yamazawa headlined the recent poetry night sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

George Yamazawa (G. Yamazawa), born in North Carolina and raised by Japanese immigrants, is considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. At 24 years old, “G” is the youngest poet to become a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and has toured more than 40 American cites.

An advocate for youth empowerment, “G” also has taught artist facilitating writing/performance workshops for inner city youth in the Washington, DC public school system through Split This Rock, a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a focus in political poetry.

CAB president Albeni Alston said A&M-Commerce’s campus activities board decided to have him perform for students because, “We found him at the National Association for Campus Activities or NACA conference, and he was so energetic and alive that we knew we had to get him to come here.

“He is also very relatable, soulful and interactive with the audience,” Alston said. “He’s really cool and urban and I think this group of college students will like him a lot.”