Don’t Be Nice

Don’t Be Nice Release Date: September 20, 2019

The big screen documentary Don’t Be Nice chronicles the upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets in their 20s, preparing for the national championships. Coach Lauren Whitehead pushes them past personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place with the credo “Don’t Be Nice.” She explains that to “be nice” is to stay on the surface of things, is to perpetuate the status quo, and is, for black people, to be what White culture demands. Her team of poets breaks down, breaks through, and ultimately writes their masterpiece—a celebration of black joy.

Dont Be Nice

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Directed By: Max Powers
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Juno Films
MPAA Rating Unrated