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TEDxTampaBay Pedro Jarquin Hip Hop Poet May 20, 2011

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Originally from Nicaragua, Pedro was born with poetry and rhyme laced into his bloodstream. After a harrowing journey to the US to escape civil war when he was seven, Pedro grew up in the Washington D.C. area and spent most of his life on stage. Learning English by listening to Rap and Hip Hop artists, like Bone Thugs N Harmony, set the foundation for his seemingly effortless rhythmical freestyle future.

Pedro's emotional onstage performance humanizes important issues through hip hop rhythms.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTampaBay, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxTampaBay event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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