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Black Lives, Tigers, and bears...oh my! | Pages Matam | TEDxFoggyBottom
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Added Jul 6, 2016
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Pages Matam takes the TEDxFoggyBottom stage with an electrifying slam poem about the importance of black lives. In his performance, he highlights key issues facing the black community today, and tells us all what we can do to help.

Pages Matam is a multidimensional national touring artist & educator from Cameroon, Central Africa but currently residing in Washington D.C. Metro area. He is the current Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets. A Callaloo Fellow, he is a Write Bloody author of The Heart of a Comet (2014), which won Best New Book 2014 from Beltway Poetry Quaterly, was a Teaching for Change bestseller, and received an honorable mention from the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival. A 2014 national poetry slam champion, he has passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, immigration reform and youth advocacy.

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