Roommates, this year’s Super Bowl was filled with tons of #BlackGirlMagic—and poet Amanda Gorman was front and center. After wowing the country with her poem during the presidential inauguration, Amanda Gorman just took her talents to the Super Bowl where she became the first poet to ever perform.
In her short, but extraordinary career, 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman has made history twice within the last month. She became the youngest poet in history to perform at a presidential inauguration—and she just added to that by becoming the first-ever poet to perform at the Super Bowl.
Before the big game, Gorman recited an original poem titled “Chorus of the Captains,” which she wrote to celebrate three people who were chosen as honorary captains to take part in the coin toss: Trimaine Davis, a Los Angeles teacher who helped his students get laptops for remote schooling; Suzie Dorner, a nurse in a Tampa who works with Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit, and James Martin, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Pittsburgh who has worked to support veterans, high school athletes and young people in his community.
Amanda Gorman’s star continues to rise, as her book publisher recently announced that it will print three million copies of her upcoming titles, which include her debut poetry collection and a picture book. Meanwhile, IMG Models signed Gorman and will represent her for fashion and beauty endorsements.
“We knew that in order to honor them properly — and all of those across the country that they represent — we needed the right words that would match the power of that moment, and there’s no one more perfectly suited to bring those words to the world than Amanda Gorman,” Matt Shapiro, the N.F.L.’s vice president of events strategy, said in a statement.
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