SC: Performers usually focus on social and political commentary but all too often the emphasis is on the speed, and emotionality of the delivery, over the depth of content. Not so for “The People’s Poet” Kirk Nugent, who in 1999 won the prestigious Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam competition. He has since made appearances on the NBC’s Black History Celebration, CBS’s 60 Minutes, and opened for The Queen Latifah Show. His focus has always been on inspiring his audience to rise to their innate greatness.
Today he sees himself as a catalyst of change and serves his audience by delivering a message of self-empowerment to student campuses and Fortune 500 companies across the U.S. SuperConsciousness recently spoke with Nugent about his motivation and vision for the future.
When speaking with college students, what’s your goal? What’s your desired result?
NUGENT: A turning point came in my life when my son was born because I began to understand what unconditional love is and was. Up to that point everyone in my life liked me or loved me because I was Kirk Nugent, and because of what I was accomplishing, but my son loved me in spite of my persona in the world. Once I realized the distinction, it changed something within me.
I believe that we were all born with greatness and that we are already perfect just the way we are. I want to inspire my audiences to love everything about themselves, and raise my audience to a place of unconditional love so that they see the world through loving eyes.
The intent is to express more love and to give an individual in the audience a moment to realize that there’s so much more to this life, but to do it in a subtle manner, not to preach, but to simply tell my story.
SC: How did your personal transformations influence your career?
NUGENT: My intent was always a prayer, “God, please help me to find the words to help others heal.” I want to write the words that help people feel good about themselves.” That became my mission, and I started seeing it manifest in my life. I began my Pursue Your Passion Tour and started telling people about how wonderful they are, how great they are.
The youth market is underserved spiritually. Hip Hop began with a very conscious message, but now it has become this very low vibration about idolizing materialism and all this nonsense that doesn’t serve anyone. I believe we are failing the young people and that we really need to focus on them because they’re the ones that are going to make the changes in the world.
My son is twenty-five. Their generation finds ways to just rebel because they want to be loved. We could change a lot of the violence going on right now if we changed the message that’s going into the minds and heads of the young people. That’s where we really need to focus.