Detroit's iconic Motown Museum is getting ready to host its sixth annual Motown Mic competition series beginning Friday, March 8. The event is designed to pay homage to Motown Records' Black Forum Label-a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the '70s as a venue for black expression and education.
It provides local poets and songwriters to perform original pieces every Friday evening in March at the Motown Museum for the chance to advance to the grand finale on April 12 at the Garden Theater. The Spoken Word Artist of the Year will also win a $1,500 cash prize and have their work published on a literary broadside.
Raina Baker, program manager of the Motown Museum, and Mic Phelps, the local poet named Spoken Word Artist of the Year for 2018, stopped by the Fox2 News studios Sunday morning to preview the competition.
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