Community Healing Network (CHN) is pleased to announce its 2019 “Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth” Spoken Word Contest.  

Spoken word entries must support CHN’s thematic focus of healing from, and ending, the pain and trauma caused by the centuries-old lie of White superiority and Black inferiority, increasing Black self-love,  emotional emancipation and freedom from the lie, and Black flourishing. Our hashtags are: #DefyTheLie, #EmbaceTheTruth, and #FlourishingWhileBlack.

For inspiration and guidance, please review the information below, visit CHN’s website at, take a look at the Appeal to Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora, and A.D. Carson’s spoken word on the Defy the Lie Pledge page of the website, and read the Pledge and our blog posts on the subject of “emotional reparations.”

The most powerful weapon formed against us as people of African ancestry was the lie of White superiority and Black inferiority. Four hundred years to the day after the forced arrival of “20 odd Africans” in the colony of Virginia, an event that would lead to the widespread trafficking of African human beings in the United States, CHN in collaboration with the Association of Black Psychologists, will convene the 2019 Valuing Black Lives Global Emotional Emancipation Summit on August 20, and on the 21st and 22nd.

We are bringing together Black people from across the African Diaspora to draw the line between a past shaped by the lie of Black inferiority and a future defined by the truth of Black humanity.

We are looking for spoken word entries that help CHN:

  • put the issue of emotional emancipation –freedom from the lie—at the top of the global African agenda; and
  • make 2019 the year in which we, people of African ancestry, declare our freedom from the lie so that we can walk into the year 2020 with a more perfect vision of ourselves—a vision focused on the truth of our humanity.

Context Rules and Information

  • All contestants must be 18–30 years old at the time of submission.
  • No immediate family members of the Board or officers or consultants of CHN are allowed to enter the contest.  
  • One First Place Winner will receive: $500.00
  • The Second Place Winner will receive: $250.00 
  • The Third Place Winner will receive: $100.00 
How to Enter
  • All entries must be submitted online to this email address: with “2019 Spoken Word Contest” in the subject line.
  • In the body of the email, include your first and last names, DOB, mailing address, phone number, and email address.  
  • All entries must be in a WAV file or a link to video.
  • All entries must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published.
  • All entries must be submitted via email by, August 19, 2019 by midnight EST.
  • Entries must not exceed 5-minutes.  
  • Community Healing Network will judge all entries and its decision will be final.
  • Winners will be notified via email by August 1, 2019.  
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