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Saul Williams

Born in Newburgh, New York, 1972, "Saul Stacey Williams" has been considered a powerful voice of the hip hop generation as a poet, preacher, actor, rapper, singer and musician. He is most known for his blend of spoken word poetry and hip-hop and for his leading role in the independent film ''Slam''.

Williams was born in Newburgh, N.Y. in 1972 to a preacher father and school-teacher mother. ''"My mother was rushed from a James Brown concert in order to give birth to me ... At that concert, he sang 'Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud,' and that shit came out in my bloodstream. I was born with that in me."'' As a child he learned to love the spoken and written word.

After graduating from Morehouse College with a B.A. in philosophy, Williams moved to New York City to take a Master's Degree at New York University in acting. Here he found himself at the center of the New York cafe poetry scene. By 1995 he had become a talented open mic poet and in 1996 he won the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion.

Fame on the spoken-word circuit led him to the lead role in the 1998 feature fil...

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