Spoken word artists will compete in a poetry slam tonight at Night Life Comedy Club and Lounge at 5504 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard for a $100 prize.

What’s interesting about this event is the topic, the 2010 Census. The census has been controversial this year for several reasons, including doubts about its accuracy, efforts to reach undercounted groups and notably, the inclusion of “Negro” as a race category.

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The even begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $1. The slam is sponsored by Best Kept Spoken, a project of Black Poetry Theatre, and the prize money was donated by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.