Spoken word artist delivers powerful messages at Atwood

Kyla Lacey, spoken word artist, took the stage Wednesday night in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom to recite her poetry in spoken word format.

Before Lacey’s performance, Chelsea Vanloon, president of UPB, shared how their organization came across Lacey.

“UPB goes to this conference called NACA, the National Association for Campus Activities. Usually there are a lot of filler acts, but that’s where we found [Lacey],” Vanloon said.

“Spoken word is a niche, so it’s usually the same group of people coming out, so giving them a new perspective is what we were aiming for,” Vanloon said. “[Lacey] talked about things such as women’s issues and race and we thought that would fit SCSU.”

Lacey is from Orlando, Fla. and is an environmental enthusiast, an artist and animal lover, at one point telling audience members to add her on the popular photo sharing app Instagram if they had pet cats at home. She has won and been nominated for awards such as APCA’s Poet of the Year and Campus Activities Magazine’s Best Female Artist.

The artist recited a total of seven poems with topics spanning from relationships, friendships and breakups to broader issues such as domestic violence, women’s issues, artistic passions, and the LGBT movement.

Before the beginning of her fourth poem, Lacey made a point of making dialogue about domestic violence.

“One in four women will be victims of domestic violence,” Lacey said.

She also urged her audience to get help if they or someone they knew were in a situation that made them feel unsafe or afraid. Lacey’s poem consisted primarily of details of violent acts done to her in the past.

Lacey’s fifth poem, though not autobiographical, was an allegory about what women do to please men. She addressed sex, make up, and further body modifications and changes to one’s appearance and how detrimental those actions are to women’s issues in the grand scheme of things.

Introducing her sixth poem, Lacey asked if anyone could relate to being an artist with an abundance of passion. The poem she recited thereafter touched on personal notes and the differences between an artist and someone who may be more famous in terms of aspirations and level of passion.

“My love will never sell out stadiums, because it will never sell out.”

Lacey’s seventh and final poem of the night addressed an issue society and the government has been facing for many years now: the rights of LGBT individuals.

Identifying as an ally to the LGBT cause, Lacey made certain that this poem attacked and also dismissed the belief that one chooses to be homosexual or transgender with tactful use of metaphors and hypothetical situations that often occur to LGBT citizens.

“Sex is a choice, sexuality is not.”

Lacey closed her performance with a Q&A session where audience members could ask questions about her work and experience in the art of spoken word and poetry.

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