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'5' Royales into rock hall
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CLEVELAND ? HBO will broadcast the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 30.
The "5" Royales band, from Winston-Salem, N.C.,
was inducted posthumously as family members witnessed
The band's mix of gospel and blues would produce
seven top 10 R&B hits in the 1950s and become a tremen
dous influence on other artists. They were inducted into
the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and have
a local street, 5 Royales Drive, named after them.
Ringo Starr, widely known as the drummer for The
Beatles, was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
as a solo artist on Saturday night, April 18, during a cer
emony jammed with scintillating performances and touch
Along with The "5" Royales and Starr, soul singer
songwriter Bill Withers was inducted.
Withers was inexplicably left off the hall's ballot for
years, perhaps an unfortunate oversight. But the 76-year
old, who walked away from the music industry in the
1980s, is now part of musical royalty with a catalog of
timeless songs like "Lean On Me." And "Just The Two Of
Us." During his induction speech, Stevie Wonder said he
would often hear Withers' music and say, "I wish I could
have written that song."
Wonder performed "Ain't No Sunshine" with Withers
sitting next to him on stage enjoying every second.
Withers, who has rarely performed in public over the past
three decades, then helped sing the "Lean On Me" chorus
with John Legend.
Other inductees were Green Day, underground-icon
Lou Reed, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, guitarist Stevie
Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and The Paul
Butterfield Blues Band.
The "5" Royales
Antoinette Weaver, it,
wins the first-ever Twin
City Poetry Slam on
Wednesday, April IS,
2015, at Forsyth Middle
College, located on the
campus of Forsyth
College, in Winston
Students take time to give some rhyme
First Twin City Poetry Slam held
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
At the first Twin City Poetry Slam, stu
dents became poets.
Students from high schools in Forsyth
County participated in the Poetry Slam, a
competition in which students "present
original works of poetry in a somewhat
freestyle manner," said Willette Nash, the
instructional specialist for multicultural
education for Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County Schools. She said WS/FCS high
schools, Main Street Academy and Forsyth
Middle College, and Carter G. Woodson, a
charter school, are the non-traditional
schools that led the project.
Forsyth Middle College and The
Poetry Project sponsored the slam in part
nership with Trader Joe's, which provided
William Wynn, principal of Forsyth
Middle College, said the slam was a way
students could "express themselves in
another format." *
Students who competed had three orig
inal poems. Trophies for first, second and
third place were awarded. Nash said that
organizers hope that it becomes an annual
The slam was held in Oak Grove
Auditorium on the main carnpus of
Forsyth Technical Community College on
Wednesday, April 15.
For more information about the poetry
slam, call Forsyth Middle College at 336
7437 or 336-7445. For more information
visit, www. poetry project.com
Josephus Thompson, III (MCIHost)director of the Poetry Project, Antoinette
Weaver, 17 (Senior?1st Place)Tiana Patterson-Pollard, 17 (Junior?2nd Place)
Tony Guzman, 16 (Sophomore?3rd Place) William Wynn, Principal at Forsyth
for The Chronicle
Tony Guzman, 16, deliv
ers his performance in
the final round of com
petition at the first-ever
Twin City Poetry Slam
on Wednesday, April 15,
2015, at Forsyth Middle
College. Guzman would
go on to secure his place
in the final three con
testants, taking home the
third place trophy. Photo
Dr. Gwen Johnson-Green, director of the Office of
Alternative Education with Winston-Salem Forsyth
County Schools (judge) delivers a score of a perfect
10 following one of the afternoon's best performanc
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