Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The spirit of the old beatnik coffee house was alive and well in this weekly, half-hour offering from Black Entertainment Television, which debuted May 2, 2003. Professionals and amateurs of all races and creeds were invited to recite their poetry in an open-mike format before a small but appreciative audience. The series was hosted by actor Gary Dourdan, best known for his work on the CBS cop drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The best moments of Lyric Café were regularly assembled as one-hour specials on BET's sister digital-cable channel, BET Jazz.
poetry, reading [recitation], spoken-word