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Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices

4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices (DVD)

Coming together in a time of uncertainty and challenge, a new generation of American poets have something to say about their world. In 44 communities across the U.S., teenagers are competing for a spot on their regional poetry teams. This series will follow the stories of six of these teams as they select their poets to compete in Washington, DC at the National Slam Poetry championship called Brave New Voices.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027PA09M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I watched all 7 episodes and even ordered HBO on Demand just to hear these young people from all across the country spit about the various topics affecting their lives. This was an awesome series and I hope that all the youths who missed the series are able to get the DVD set. So often we see the youth of America portrayed negatively. These young poets are definitely role models for other kids. A must see for all, not just youths.
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This DVD is an outstanding example of what reality T.V. could and should be. The series follows several poetry slam competition teams on their way to the Washington D.C. finals. Russell Simmons has presented a great cross section of the talented young people involved. Their coaching sessions and competitve performances will serve as inspiration to youth and adults alike. At times extremely moving; it is always thought provoking. The set includes extra complete performances of edited recitations. I have recommended this to teachers in my area and they are as excited about it as I am! I'd recommend this to their students too! Be aware that there is language and imagery that some may take exception to. I thought it was thrilling!
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Our student creative writing / spoken word club has really taken inspiration from the heartfelt stories and performances featured. There is some graphic language, but it is appropriate for high school/older teens.
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I liked it, but I think its more appropriate for teens, as the artist are teens themselves and often display emotions in a heightened manner. It could be an venue for your teen to discover what is a conflict as well as a need for them. Its can allow your teen to see what is important to other teens and how it affects them. Just be prepared to walk them through their emotions, as its so fickle, and they might not realize that! Also, be warned it is a competition but it fits right into society's "everyones a winner" idealogy!
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I LOVE SPOKEN WORD! This was wonderful being that it was a video of our youth reading and writing mindblowing poetry. I loved it! The only problem I had was that this should have been a three disk set instead of two. Reason being is that one of the disk should have been the commentary disk where they could explain all that they had to explain and to detail the lives of the youth and what motivated them to write such poems, and the two other disk should have shown more of them reciting the poems that they were performing. The way it was done, was commentary throughout the whole movie. It was very annoying to try and concentrate on the poetry they were perfoming then being cut short to listen to the commentary.
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I have to say that this DVD moved me. The young people on the movie are powerful poets who speak their truths through the art form of slam poetry. I am going to tell you this film will change your life. The teens ages 15-19 talk about issues that most of us adults are to afriad to speak on. Their passoinate delivers will have you on the edge of your seat. I dont want to spoil any of the movie but their is one poem that touched me the most and that is "Cruches". all I have to say is wow. I want you to get this film ASAP! This one is a life changer! Trust me you will want more after it is finished.
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Received DVD in an ample amount of time but was disappointed when I received the 2nd of a 2 disc set. Per the product description I was suppose to get a 7 part HBO series, instead I got 5-7 parts...no 1-6 parts at all. Again, I was disappointed because I did not see the Youth Speak group from my immediate area perform. They would have been in the 1-6 episodes. Guess I can't complain too much considering how much I paid for the DVD...I just will not use this business in the future because I was given misleading information.
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I saw this on HBO and I got a few of the extras off itunes. This was a great show. glad to see the youth so passionate about something and their issues. I remember when I was in high school writing I had no idea a brave new voices existed i don;t even think anyone in my school did either. This set of shows were just awesome and to see these kids in my own city bringing it makes me proud. I wish we saw more inspirational other than just what the news shows.
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