Ensley poet recognized by Starbucks


IT’S TIME FOR SOME GOOD NEWS. TODAY’S STORY COMES TO US FROM VIEWER, MONIQUE JONES. SHE TOLD US ABOUT AN ENSLEY NATIVE WHO IS GRABBING THE ATTENTION OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN THE WORLD- STARBUCKS. CBS 42 NEWS REPORTER HILLARY SIMON TALKED WITH BRIAN HAWKINS, WHO IS ALSO KNOWN AS “VOICE PORTER.” SHE DISCOVERED WHAT GRABBED THE COFFEE COMPANY’S ATTENTION. GOOD MORNING, CONAN AND ALISSA. BRIAN ‘VOICE PORTER’ HAWKINS LIKES TO WRITE AND PENNED A POEM. IT’S CALLED TRAVELER. HE WAS AT AN AREA STARBUCKS A FEW WEEKS AGO WHEN AN EMPLOYEE TOOK INTEREST. THEY STARTED TALKING. NOW, VOICE PARKER IS TAKING HIS POETRY TO A WHOLE NEW AUDIENCE. BRIAN ‘VOICE PORTER’ HAWKINS IS CONSTANTLY WRITING POETRY. FOR A MAN OF MANY WORDS& THERE WAS ONE MOMENT THAT LEFT HIM SPEECHLESS. I think the foreshadowing was bigger and heavier than I realized. BRIAN HAS BEEN CRAFTING AND SHARING HIS POETRY FOR OVER TWO DECADES. HE WAS SITTING AT THE COMMUNITY STARBUCKS IN FIVE POINTS WEST…WHEN A STORYTELLER FROM THE CORPORATION STARTED TALKING TO HIM. THEN BRIAN STARTED RECITING HIS POEM. “if you could own the stars, what would you do with them? Would you super impose them in the background and make each one a single note in its symphonic cord of sound?….. BRIAN SAYS TRAVELER IS ABOUT REACHING FOR YOUR DREAMS AND CHALLENING YOURSELF TO ASK–HOW FAR WILL YOU GO? STARBUCKS, FASTER THAN A DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO, PUT IT INTO IT’S SERIES CALLED ‘TO BE HUMAN’ AND FLEW HIM TO CHICAGO TO SPEAK AT THE STARBUCKS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE LAST WEEKEND. HE CALLS IT..ONE OF HIS BIGGEST MOMENTS&AND HOPES IT LEFT THEM THINKING. its about asking the questions to yourself, will I do this? Can I do this? Do I want to do this? HE TELLS ME THAT HIS PASSION FOR WEAVING TOGETHER WORDS ARE DRAWN FROM HIS NEIGHBORHOOD- ENSLEY. “you grow up in a space and see people not doing great or may not be &may think of them having a criminal mind set and then you go out in the world and see people are poverished, struggling and doing whatever they can to stay alive. It changes your perspective on what’s happening at home” HE HOPES PEOPLE WHO HEAR ‘TRAVLER” REALIZE EVERYONE IS LINKED-AND WE NEED EACH OTHER TO SURVIVE. “I think this is a lesson our community can learn from. Everyone needs to have more empathy. Empathy is the key to changing the world.” *I have him page turning and writin* What would you do If I gave you the stars? Would you take them? You only have seconds to decide. THIS LOCAL STARBUCKS MAY HAVE LAUNCHED HIS LITERARY “STAR”… BRIAN TOLD ME THIS WAS*ONE OF HIS BIGGEST MOMENTS…BUT THE ONE THAT TAKES THE LEAD IS THE MOMENT HE SHARES HIS POETRY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BECAUSE HE SAYS THERE’S NOTHING LIKE SURPRISING PEOPLE WHO ALREADY KNOW YOU. (REACTION TO THE PKG) YOU CAN PLAY A ROLE IN OUR GOOD NEWS SERIES OF REPORTS. IF YOU KNOW ABOUT SOMETHING HAPPENING IN YOUR COMMUNITY OR A PERSON WHO IS DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE, SEND US AN EMAIL TO GOOD-NEWS-AT- CBS-42-DOT-COM OR MESSAGE US ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES. YOUR TIME NOW IS…

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