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South African Slam Poet & ‘Vocal Revolutionary’ Lerato Mokobe: Youngest TED Fellow

SABELO MKHABELA | Okayafrica   in  · ·
February 9, 2015

19-year-old Cape Town slam poet Lerato Mokobe is one of 21 individuals from across the globe who make up the new class of Fellows for the forthcoming TED2015 to be held March 16-20 in Vancouver. Joined in the Fellowship by other “experts” in a range of fields, Lerato, currently based in New York City, uses her slam poetry as a means of exploring social justice and gender identity issues.What do you think?

For Lerato, being a TED Fellow means the opportunity “to speak to 2000-odd CEOs from big industries – from technology, entertainment and design,” she tells us. If they’re interested in her projects, she may even receive sponsorships. Lerato has already performed her poetry on stages in Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, with the likes of poet/rapper George Watsky, Chance The Rapper and legendary beatboxer Rahzel.

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