Poet & Songwriter

2:00pm – 2:20pm

„Question Everything“

A U.S. National Poetry Slam Champion and internationally renowned songwriter, IN-Q has performed for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and shared a stage with artists such as John Legend, Eminem, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. His groundbreaking performances include being the first poet to perform at Cirque Du Soleil, as well as appearing on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. As a songwriter his No. 1 hit single “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez went multiplatinum, winning him a BMI award. He is published by Rock Mafia and has written with renowned artists, including Miley Cyrus, Aloe Blacc, and Mike Posner. In 2014, he co-wrote the Official Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Anthem, “The World is Ours.” This forceful poet and visionary challenges his audiences to look deeper into the human experience and ask questions about themselves, their environment, and the world at large.

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The Spoken Word

I am a poet and a songwriter. I loved hip-hop as boy since it spoke to my own unresolved anger. Growing is about learning and unlearning everything you know. Gravity is not the only thing that holds us down. I failed geometry but I can put a circle in a square. I will not dim the shine. I cannot live your life but I can show you mine. I am excited for now, because now is all I see. I am excited for now. I hope you’re hearing me. Love—the only reason that we’re alive. You can’t see your own environment, because you’re in it. Be someone you’ve never been.

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