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In spoken word

No matter how ill the cadence, the word has to work the page with the same thunder as a blaring open mic. This is why Jessica Care Moore (pictured above), poet, activist and playwright, has established herself as a scriber of the black scream. Her first collection of poli-poetics, aptly titled The Words Don't Fit In My Mouth, rains down like a monsoon beating the shit out of your umbrella before settling like a subdued puddle on the page. Most often recognized for her record-breaking five-week run on Showtime at the Apollo's "Amateur Night," her blossoming into a mature artistic presence conjures images of Colored Girls sidestepping suicide like Shange, Sanchez and the many eldresses of spoken word and poetry with whom Jessica has already shared the stage. Jessica will be serving up excerpts from her latest one-woman project, Alpha Phobia, and her second collection of poetry, The Alphabet Verses the Ghetto, along with "Birth of a nASIAN" comedian Kate Rigg, as part of UNC's Women's Week Celebration Thursday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. For a rudimentary rundown of Rigg, check out her "cheap ass" Web site at --hattie adell

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