Interview: Poet Jasmine Mans On Criticism, Culture and Control

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The general public knows poet Jasmine Mans from the viral hit poem “Nicki Minaj” — a poem Mans uploaded one day without anticipation of the world clicking play.  Not only did thousands of people click play after the piece went up, but they embedded it across multiple blog sites and tried to dissect it, analyze it, or blindly criticize it.  But to those who know the world of poetry and spoken word, you may know Jasmine as a stand out award winning poet from UrbanWordNYC, and featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices.  Her accomplishments stack quite high for a 20-year-old college sophomore, so after her performance at an Alpha event at DePauw University I sat down with her to get a bit more insight on her life and her work in her own words through candid conversation.  We chatted about how she started, how she’s dealing with the growing attention towards her and her work, and her plans for the future.

note: *Mans was 19 years old at the time of this interview and just turned 20 this week.
You can follow Jasmine on Twitter @KingJasmineMans

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    I had seen the Interview. This Interview is very good to read, and This Interview prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

    May 18, 2011
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    Criticism of drinking as informal social control. Marcuse did not directly criticize the culture industry. The perspective also receives criticism for slighting the influence of social life.

    May 20, 2011
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    Everybody doesn't need to rap about the streets or black culture. Jasmine Mans came with truth. The best criticism I have seen on Nicki is a spoken word poet.

    May 25, 2011
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    Jasmine Mans is becoming an undeniable artist. Jasmine Mans released a poet that garnered her the adoration. Poet Jasmine Mans really addresses the negative aspects.

    May 26, 2011

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