2000 Nuyorican National Slam Team


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bryonn bain

Bryonn Bain is Brooklyn's own spoken word champion and hip hop poet.  Interweaving social justice themes and spirituality with intricate wordplay and soaring stage presence, Bain was wrongfully imprisoned by the NYPD during his second year at Harvard law school.  Bryonn sued the City of New York, was interviewed by Mike Wallace on CBS' "60 Minutes," and wrote the... more››

thema bryant (Alternate)

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Duke University.  She completed her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical Center.  Dr. Bryant-Davis served for three years as an American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations.  She is the former Senior Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of the Princeton... more››

jamaal st. john

He has been imitated but will never be duplicated”.there is only one Jamaal St. John.

Jamaal’s illustrious poetic career started at the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe when he was 18 years old. His contemporaries were Jessica Care moore, Saul Williams, Louis Reyes Rivera, Tish Benson, Suheir Hammad just to name a few. Through many poetic slams, Jamaal paid his dues... more››

helena d. lewis

Award-winning playwright, actress, poet Helena D. Lewis is a passionate performer gifted with keen insight. A slam veteran, Ms. Lewis was a Nuyorican 2000 Grand Slam Finalist and member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2000 National Slam Team, which placed third at the National Poetry Slam in Providence, Rhode Island. Ms. Lewis is also a Soul Cafe 2000 finalist, Hottest Poets MTV Networks... more››


Tehut-Nine was born and raised on the Island of Jamaica. He has been writing and performing poetry for over 10 years. Besides being a member of the Nuyorican National Slam Team, he has been featured on MTV, CNN, ABC as well as Russell Simmons DefPoetryjam.com. He has shared the stage with venerated speakers and entertainers such as: Nas, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Rev. Al Sharpton, Busta Rhymes,... more››