CPS Students Shine in ‘Louder Than A Bomb’ Oratory Contest


Louder Than a BombCongratulations to CPS students Lacy Robinson III, from Aiken High School, Ke’Asia Love, from Walnut Hills High School, and Austin Larkin, from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, for their award-winning performances in Cincinnati's Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) spoken-word event.

Student teams from Walnut Hills and a joint team from SCPA and Hughes STEM High School also won recognition, with Walnut Hills taking second place and SCPA/Hughes earning third place.

Louder Than a Bomb is new to Cincinnati in 2014-15 — and the April 18 event held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, downtown, was the largest inaugural event in LTAB history. LTAB originated in Chicago in 2001 with four schools participating. In Cincinnati, a total of 16 schools competed, including nine Cincinnati Public Schools.

Lacy “Asylum” Robinson III won the top individual award, and Ke’Asia Love won the second place individual award.

Austin Larkin won the Buddy Gray Political Guerrilla Award for strongest political content, (The late Stanley "Buddy" Gray was an Over-the-Rhine political activist, social worker and advocate for the homeless.) and the Cincinnatus Award for the individual or team who most embodied a community spirit and de-emphasized the competitive aspects of LTAB. (Larkin performed his work for WlWT- Ch. 5.)

LTAB began in Chicago with four teams of students, expanding now to more than 120 Chicago schools. LTAB Tulsa and LTAB Boston programs also started with four teams and have doubled in size each of the past three years. There are now 25 teams in Tulsa — a number LTAB Cincinnati hopes to hit next school year.

Winners from LTABs around the country are offered a place in the Brave New Voices program, which is hosted around the country. As other cities develop spoken-word programs, there are plans to kick off intercity competition. 

Information about LTAB Cincinnati