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“Reverse Opinions” a poem for “Rebel Yell”

It’s Tuesday so you know that means “Rebel” comes on BET tonight!  Enjoy the last poem I wrote for the “Rebel Yell” series on BET.com entitled, “Reverse Opinions”.  AND TUNE IN TONIGHT!

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“Scoreboard”, a poem by Nikki Skies for “Rebel Yell”on BET.com

Click to hear the new poem “Scoreboard” from Rebel Yell.  Listen as Rebel talks about her childhood and men wanting to settle ‘scores’ with her.

TUNE IN TO an all new “Rebel” Tuesday night at 10pm EST!

 

Full Circle, a full moon

While my first writing love is poetry, my first on stage love is the theatre.  My BA is in theatre from Grambling State University and I performed all through high school and college in various genres.  I ultimately moved to Los Angeles with the dual mission to become an actress and writer.  As I continued to write, I fell in love with the dance of words in poetry and began to perform as a performance poet.  The rest is history. I’m not sure if I chose poetry or if poetry chose me but we damn sure got married!

My full circle story… June of 2016 I received a call that an upcoming television show needed a writer of poetry for the series because the lead character parlayed as a poet in her downtime.  The show, “Rebel”, is backed by executive producer and oscar nominated/emmy award winning director, John Singleton.  Without hesitation, I accepted!  And a few weeks later, I was told that I was being written in as the lead actresses’ poetry rival.  Having not prayed on being an actress in years, they were being answered some 15 years later.  So off to Los Angeles I went…

2017-01-05_05.42.15.jpg  Two of my poems had already been accepted and taped for the series so I was showing up as not only an actor for an episode but a writer.  MIND BLOWING!!!  I was so nervous that my lines would not stick in my memory.  I was so nervous, I shut down and was totally shy and quiet on set.  But I was there and had to perform.

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