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Fluent’s ‘A Man Can Change #10’

Fluent, 2012: “A Man Can Change” audience

Fluent, 2012: “A Man Can Change” audience

Poetry, music at the Charles H. Wright Museum, Feb. 22

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Joel Fluent Greene, poet, emcee, and mentor will host “A Man Can Change #10: A Family Affair,” Feb. 22 at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, starting promptly at 7 p.m.

“The past few shows have been filled to capacity and people are responding in such a positive manner,” Fluent told the Michigan Citizen. “I had to have a bigger venue and that is why I chose the Charles H. Wright Museum.”

Fluent says he wants to bring together as many people in poetry and music communities as possible for a celebration of Detroit-made art.

“The art we (Detroit) make is the best in the world — it’s so original and authentic,” Fluent says. Fluent has a poetry night every month at The Jazz Café, with a different topic every time. Fluent also hosted the legendary Café Mahogany poetry, spoken word and jazz events in the 1990s. Fluent has been a professional poet for 16 years. He has also devoted much of his time to helping young people find their voice.

“I try to relate to people by talking about real stuff,” he says. “I feel like if I am being honest, people will feel it.” Fluent mentors at Hamtramck High School every Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. teaching students poetry.

“I tell the students to be inspired by life. Sometimes I walk them around their neighborhood and tell them pay attention to your surroundings, it will make you a better poet,” Fluent told The Michigan Citizen.

Fluent says the past nine shows have been well received.

“I hear after every show that it is honest and it’s real. I’m relating to people and my poetry is a reflection of who I am. To move my show to the Charles H. Wright Museum was in demand,” says Fluent.

Six other poets will perform along with Fluent at the Feb. 22 event The artists include Khari Turner, Lashaun Phoenix Moore, Honeycomb, Chantay Legacy Leonard, M.L Liebler.

High school students will also offer a special tribute to Broadside Press and Café Mahogany. Broadside Press, founded by Dudley Randall, is a Detroit publishing institution. Broadside Press published Black poets Margaret Walker, Audre Lorde and Randall’s own work, to name only a few.

There will also be a performance by Cold Men Young. Tickets are $20.

For more information, contact Fluent at 313.455.7118 or joelgreene7@gmail.com

Contact Puakea Olaisha Anderson at puakeaa@yahoo.com

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