I was mesmerized as always, listening to Jill Scott. She was invited to perform at the White House poetry night, where she recited a few untitled pieces addressing HIV, as well as Womanifesto, which was reminiscent of an earlier, harsher Ursula Rucker poem.

Watch the videos after the jump:

Watch Jill Scott perform at the White House

President Obama came under heat for inviting another one of my favorite artists, Common, to the event.
Common’s performance

Those who would doubt the lyrics of Common and write them of as violent and reckless should understand when he rhymes:
I write for beacons of light/ for those of us in dark alleys.