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Three Ain't A Crowd #8: Lady Unchained - Poetry, Prisons & Racism

Updated: Jan 9, 2021

by Wanda Canton

A photograph of PAV4N, a rapper formerly of the group Foreign Beggars.

In this episode of Three Ain't A Crowd, Wanda talks to performance poet and advocate for 'life after prison,' Brenda Birungi AKA Lady Unchained.

They discuss the power of poetry, the traumatic repercussions of the criminal justice system and why this cannot be separated from issues of racism.

Three Ain't a Crowd seeks to explore the intersections between the arts, mental health and social change. With a different guest each week, the aim is to create an informal, diverse and accessible platform which does not shy away from difficult subjects including knife violence, the criminal justice system, mental health, bereavement, trauma and racism. These social issues are considered through the lens of fashion, film poetry, drag, hip-hop amongst others. 


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Wanda Canton is the host of Three Ain't A Crowd. She is an artist, facilitator, and researcher whose work focuses how rap and spoken word can enhance mental health and facilitate social change. You can find out more at her website or on her Instagram


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