Read all about our special event with Take Action LA and The LA County Department of Mental Health at the William Morris Endeavor screening room in Beverly Hills, covered by Nerds of Color.
Attendees and participants from the Classic Slam and Get Lit community were invited to discuss their experiences with mental health through the lens of poetry. Attendees also had the chance to watch a special cut of the movie Our Words Collide, which highlighted the healing affect of poetry on mental health.
The event also included a panel discussion, moderated by acclaimed novelist Héctor Tobar, with Our Words Collide director Jordan Barrow, Our Words Collide subject and former Get Lit Player Amari Turner, and current Get Lit Player Sam Luo. Together, the group discussed their thoughts on the movie, Spoken Word, and how poetry can turn pain into power. After the panel, three Classic Slam participants (Lila Abercrombie, Jessica Thompson, and Ashley Tahay) performed their poems from the Classic Slam about mental health as a dazzling finale.