“Nothing New” by Mikyle Robinson

To me this is nothing new

Another black man killed on the news

I try to stay positive but still sing the blues

How can I stay lifted when they keep tearing me down?

How can I let my voice be heard without making a sound?

I wonder if I’m next or if I’m just another number

Because I sit here thinking about all the black live lost this summer

I’m only seventeen just trying to survive

I want to be like my idols, you know the ones still alive

The ones who had wives, families, jobs, ambitions

Why do I feel like no one is listening?

I just want to live my life and have fun

And not think that every officer thinks I have a gun

But how can I be fed up and tired

When all the other kids want more to be desired

You know what I’ll be the change, the positive motion

And embrace my color, my hair, and cocoa butter lotion

Because for me it was when I was eleven

Still in middle school just tryna’ get even

Then I heard a name on the tv that night

Another boy, the same age as me, his name was Tamir Rice

I was confused at the time not really understanding, you see

That a kid could get shot who looked just like me

Don’t worry y’all, don’t sweat it, we’ll get there

Because we stand for equality it’s only fair

So, when you say that this poem is for us

The world needs more love, more acceptance, and more trust

Photo credit: RandyRooi@pixabay.com

A Good Man

by Samya Marbury

Demons run

when a good man go to war.

Night will fall and drown the sun

when a good man goes to war.

Friendship dies and true love lies

when a good man goes to war.

Night will fall and the dark will rise

when a good man goes to war.

Demons run, but count the cost,

the battle’s won, but the child is lost

“An Adventure Gone Wrong” by Lucas Anderson

Closer and Closer it came, it was getting bigger and bigger until it’s silhouette cast a large shadow over my trembling body. My mind plagued with terrible thoughts, ranging from; “I was right!” to “I’m going to die here.” A squeaky-sounding gasp emits from my throat as the sharp claws and large, bared and snarling canines came into view, in panicked response to the sound, my hands slammed over my mouth. My fate was waiting to crash down upon me…

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Maryland Voices A Creative Nonfiction Journal Call For Submissions Volume XI, May 2020

Maryland Voices, Maryland’s first creative nonfiction publication for high school students, is now accepting creative nonfiction works from Maryland students in grades 9-12. Selected stories will be published in Volume XI of Maryland Voices in May 2020.

Creative nonfiction is the telling of a true story in an entertaining and creative way. Stories must be under 3,000 words.

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The 2019–20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionary Kids Contest

The 2019–20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Visionary Kids Contest.
Art, Film, Essay/Poem, or Performance. Open to AACPS students grades 6-12
Deadline: December 18, 2019
This year’s theme:
The Time is Always Right
to do What’s Right:
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told a group of students,
“The time is always right to do what’s right.” Dr. King was
referencing the recent turmoil and violence in our country,
but through a vision and hope for peace. As the theme for the
2020 MLK, Jr. Memorial breakfast, we encourage you to reflect
upon what this statement means to you, as a future leader
and change agent for peace and equality for all.

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WHO’S CALLING? by Dillon Higgins Adapted from “Sorry, Right Number” by Stephen King

ACT I

FADE IN:

20 year old babysitter, DANI WILLIAMS, is sitting on the couch, eating popcorn, drinking Dr. Pepper, binge watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix.

She is so intensely staring into the screen, she doesn’t even realize her phone ringing right next to her. The boy she’s babysitting, 10 year old MARK HANNIGAN, walks into the room.

MARK

Hey, DANI, are you just gonna let that ring forever are you gonna answer it?

(MORE)

She doesn’t even acknowledge his existence.

MARK (cont’d)

HEY! DANI… Are you alive over there?

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WJZ 13 2019 Black History Oratory Competition

WJZ’s Annual Black History Oratory Competition begins on January 1, 2019 and is open to all Maryland high school students in grades 9-12.

Students select one of the designated motivational quotes by Ray Lewis, Romare Bearden or Michelle Obama, and write an original essay.

“Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you.”  Ray Lewis

“Art is the soul of a people.”  Romare Bearden

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”  Michelle Obama

Download the rules and application form and enter by January 31, 2019

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