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Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices (2009)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027PA09M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Coming together in a time of uncertainty and challenge, a new generation of American poets have something to say about their world. In 45 communities across the U.S., teenagers are competing for a spot on their regional poetry teams. This HBOr series follows 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. Brave New Voices is a 2-disc set with 240 minutes of content spread across 7 episodes plus the bonus feature- Rhyme and Reason: 10 exclusive complete performances from NY, Chicago, Philly, Hawaii, and Rochester teams.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE YOUTH THE MEDIA NEEDS TO WRITE ABOUT August 31, 2009
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kids Are Alright! October 23, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING July 10, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw the tv show October 10, 2009
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WAY IT IS August 26, 2009
Don't be put off by the language, study this and learn from the youth of this country. This is the way it is in the minds of the youth, probably brought on by us their perents. Hopefully these kids and others will remember their own youth to pass something better on to their own kids, like we didn't. Or does it just have to be this way with every generation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars emotional
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. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. cotton
2.0 out of 5 stars POETRY
I like the idea of youngsters expressing, emptying their mind but poetry is not what i'd call it. not recommended dvd unless you're really into ... "poetry"
Published 9 months ago by Reza Ganjavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series!!
This was a terrific find! I did not even know it was on HBO. I have been showing it to my teen writing program. They love it!
Published 19 months ago by K. April Holgate
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Excellent performances but unfortunately I didn't get the disks I wanted. I only received Episodes 1-4. Despite this I enjoyed what I saw immensely. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Nylus
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The items came in quickly with no problems. I have watched the video and I plan to have my English students watch them in class to get them introduced to the concept of spoken word... Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Kimberly R. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices
I bought this video to add an audio-visual component to my students' poetry unit. It did have some profanity, but not so much that they would feel uncomfortable nor anymore than... Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by Bittersweet Pooh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary
When I originally bought this I expected it to be straigiht poetry but it is more documentary type. It is a good DVD though
Published on August 2, 2010 by Victoria Harris
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