21 Questions with Quianna Canada:
Daniel Nwosu Jr. — A Poetic Game Changer
Daniel Nwosu Jr. — A Poetic Game Changer will amaze you. From The One Word You Should Never Use to Kid Explain How to be Happy in 60 Seconds, we get the sense that we just might have a trifecta on our hands and in our thoughts. Spoken-word can be #thoughtprovoking, and Daniel Nwosu’s best work has left others including myself feeling inspired—feeling “This could change my life.”
Quianna Canada: How old are you?
Quianna Canada: When was your first spoken-word poem and were you nervous when you spoke it?
@iamdanielnwosu: First spoken word poem was April 2016. I was nervous for sure but I believe being nervous is a good thing because it means you care. So I embrace it.
iamdanielwosu on Provoking Thought
Quianna Canada: You do more than spoken-word, you also rap. Is there anything else you do?
@iamdanielnwosu: I like to just consider myself an artist. I also like talking to groups of people. One might call it motivational speaking. I like to call provoking thought.
iamdanielnwosu Talks Creating
Quianna Canada: In your video, Timing of Legends, you speak about society dictating the actions of others. Who do think created racism and why do you think in 2016, society has continued in that direction?
@iamdanielnwosu: I think the want of power created racism.
Quianna Canada: In your video, We Studied Everything But Ourselves, you ended with a powerful message,”If being you doesn’t bring you fame, don’t worry. There is no rule that says because you didn’t start, you can’t come off the bench and change the game.” This is very powerful. I see you are changing the game with your videos. Are there any other ways you are, “changing the game,” that other people don’t know about?
@iamdanielnwosu: Yes, I would say there are other ways people don’t know about yet. I got a lot going on with school and basketball, so everyone will find out once I graduate and when I have more time to focus on my craft.
Quianna Canada: I feel inspired when I watch your videos. They are very motivating I must say. Is this the feeling you want to invoke in people, for them to feel inspired? How do you want people to feel after they have watched your videos?
@iamdanielnwosu: I would definitely say that being inspired is one of the feelings that I want to invoke. I would say my overall goal is just to provoke thought in general. Hopefully, they act on that thought in a positive way.
Quianna Canada: When did you start chasing your dream?
@iamdanielnwosu: I started chasing my dream when I was in seventh grade and at that time, it was basketball. Now that my basketball career is coming to a close and I have found something else that I love by accident—I’ve transitioned seamlessly over to it.
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Quianna Canada: Why is it important to follow your dreams?
@iamdanielnwosu: It is important to follow your dreams because you can fail at something that is not your dream as well. So you might as well fail at Something you love.
iamdanielnwosu Talks on the Killing of a Black Teen
Quianna Canada: In your NCAA Basketball Player Protest Against Police Shooting video, you said if your not shooting the ball or shooting them all…do you feel that America—as it relates to the black population, doesn’t recognize talent outside of basketball? What talent do you feel is under-represented here in the U.S.?
@iamdanielnwosu: When I said that I just meant sports in general. I wouldn’t say doesn’t recognize, I would just say other professions aren’t deemed as popular so some kids think if they don’t take that avenue that their worthless.
Quianna Canada: In your video, We’re all Hypocrites…and it’s ok, you talk about those who stay silent. Was there a timely big issue that arose when you could have addressed your concerns by speaking up; howsoever, missed out on and chose not to speak? If so, what was it?
@iamdanielnwosu: In my life, there were many big issues that I have passed up talking about. This is what inspired the video. One situation had to do with when I was at the University of Montana and I felt that I was not being treated with respect.
Quianna Canada: Why is it important to speak out? How does speaking out help us?
@iamdanielnwosu: Speaking out just gives you a peace of mind and gives you the best chance at avoiding regret which is what I think is one of the worst feelings in the world.
Quianna Canada: Describe the message that you put out into the Universe?
@iamdanielnwosu: I feel there are many messages I put into the world, but if I had to pick one I would say it is to be yourself, unapologetically.
Quianna Canada: I want to talk about racism in America. In your opinion, why do you feel, white America has turned a blind eye to racism?
@iamdanielnwosu: I think they have turned a blind eye to it because it is something that is embedded subconsciously. It’s gone on for so long that I don’t even think most people consciously know they do it anymore. It’s just habit.
iamdanielnwosu on Racial Profiling
Quianna Canada: Do you feel American police target African-American men? If so, why?
@iamdanielnwosu: I think they profile them more heavily than they do other races due to stereotypes.
Quianna Canada: If you a private meeting with President Barack Obama, and had the chance to tell him something, and I mean anything, what would you tell him?
@iamdanielnwosu: I would tell him that his story and life has inspired millions.
Quianna Canada: In what way have you taken a stand against police brutality?
@iamdanielnwosu: I’ve taken a stand by speaking out.
Quianna Canada: Focus created a video called, Unequal: Racism in American Prisons, where blacks make up a disproportionate amount of the population. Would you be able to name five (5) things you want to see America change about the prison population?
@iamdanielnwosu: I don’t have 5 things because I am not very educated on the prison system but I will say that I would like to see less incarceration time for prisoners with minor drug offenses.
Quianna Canada: In, This Video Will Change Your Perception Of Love! , a flashcard video you made, your call to action was turning love into a verb. In what ways have you—yourself, turned love into a verb? Today I will take a photo of myself and use the hashtag, #repyourlove (click here to see my photo)!
@iamdanielnwosu: I have tried to turn love into a verb by acting first and speaking second to reassure my actions. I also try to think carefully about what I say and make sure I can back it up.
@iamdanielnwosu: I feel it is important because words can only take you so far. In terms of celebrities, I would love to see some of my favorite artists like Jay-Z, Kanye and Drake do it. I would also love actors like Denzel Washington and athletes like Dwayne Wade (to #repyourlove).
Quianna Canada: In, This Video Will Change Your Perception Of Love! you held up a flashcard about superpowers. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
@iamdanielnwosu: If I could have one superpower it would be to be able to read minds.
Quianna Canada: If you had the opportunity to do a video with someone that is not a celebrity—someone you feel has a powerful message, who would it be?
Quianna Canada: Please follow Daniel Nwosu Jr. on snapchat @danielnwosu. Daniel, leave us with your favorite sentence from one of your spoken-word poems.
@iamdanielnwosu: “Just because you didn’t start, doesn’t mean you can’t come off the bench and change the game.”