Before I begin, I must share the first time I fell in love with spoken word.
"Ooo, is that a smile me put on your face child," Tate's character, Darius Lovehall, cooed over a sweet bass and saxophone accompaniment. "Wide as a field of jasmine and glover."
I hung on to Tate's every word and dreamed of being in an audience like that one day.
Now, as an adult, I get to do just that every Tuesday night at Respect the Mic, an open mic poetry, live music and art show at Café Annie's in downtown Orlando.
Shout out to former U.S. Army soldier, Leon Orange Jr., who started the show two years ago.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Guests can RSVP a table via respectthemic.com or pay $5 at the door before 9 p.m..
RaOndria Johnson, a local artist, opens the show with her sultry singing of R&B covers like Mint Condition's "Breaking My Heart" and Dru Hill's "In My Bed."
About 9:30 p.m., the show moves into the open mic segment through 12 a.m.