“..Palms are sweaty
Knees weak
Arms are heavy…”

Eminem
“Lose Yourself” lyrics run through your mind
It’s time, it’s time, it’s time
To put your skills to the test
And grip the mic, rip the mic
The stage is yours
The pressure, oh, the pressure, tenfold
Woe is me, I am undone
I’m finished before I’ve even begun….

Wait.
Stop.

The pen is mightier than the sword
For it has the power to start and end wars
When you step on stage and take the mic
It becomes a resonant pen.

Your words take flight
In a way that you’ve never envisioned
The weight of your diction, your words
Your flow
It all comes down to this.

Do not be afraid, hear me, my brethren
By brethren I mean all colors, genders and creeds
For everyone is equal in the land of the free
Grace the stage, take the stage
Don’t let them see you sweat
This is your moment
When the haters can see you at your best

You are stronger than you know
Become the Nile, and with powerful flow
Use this moment to continue to grow
And like Common we’ll continue to “Go”

Welcome to the Show.

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