February 22, 2015


couple blanket

SNOW DAY (POEM) (original appearing as part of the play “ST 1.O” produced by New Galaxy Productions)   We hibernate Nestle nuzzle cuddle snuggle Today a storm has once again saved the day I spend that grace with a fresh angelic face   In a cozy den tucked away stocked cabinets turn to picnic baskets: […]

Posted in: love, poetry

David Amongst Us (for Ruby Dee)

February 13, 2015



I had the distinct honor of reading this commissioned piece for the DC Commission of the Arts screening of “Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee”.  I hope you are inspired by it: Before King David wore his crown before he ever used a slingshot to knock Goliath down the reason King Saul kept this young man […]

Buycott “Prelude to Procrastination”

January 7, 2015


prelude to procrastination

Black Root is the proto-typical local artist.  Some would take that as a diss, as a statement on Black Roots commercial and artistic ceiling.  As a “local” artist my self, I can tell you that it can be the highest compliment.  He has rooted himself deeply into the inner fabric of a community.  His every […]

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Communicating through Hip Hop

December 18, 2014


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Originally posted on Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Blog:
By Bomani, Young Audiences teaching artist and Hip Hop poet Before my recent residency with fourth-graders at Scholars K-8 in Baltimore County began, the teachers I worked with–Mrs. Brumbalow, Ms. Barnes, and Ms. Hicks–had prepared the students for my arrival. When I walked through the door on…

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What are we Marching For?

December 14, 2014



What are we marching for? When I ask this question I am not being satirical. I’m not being an asshole trying to demean the efforts of thousands walking down the street with a backhanded question. I really want to know. I have the utmost respect for people who put their time, energy and body on […]

Posted in: Black Culture, Politics

This Light of Mine

October 2, 2014



So, yesterday I had the cutest kindergarten girl at an assembly in a private school ask me during the Q&A portion “Did you grow up poor?” and I had a 7th grader at a suburban public school tell me she thought Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.” video was intimidating because the “gang of people” in the streets.  […]

Pull Up Your Pants

September 25, 2014



First of all, my brother my young brother pull your pants up. i want to make this clear. no, I’m not your father, your pastor, probably not your teacher no, I am not Don Lemon. I am your brother forget slacking in ’92 we were mack daddying and daddy mackin’ with all our clothes ass […]

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“Say It Loud” This Friday!

September 15, 2014



We are a week away from my interactive performance and songwriting session called “Say It Loud” at Bloombars and I am excited about all the great art we will make as a community!  For those of you 1819 L Street NW with me, my name is Bomani Armah and I am an artist and edu-tainer based in the DC Metropolitan […]

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Daddy, What’s Weed?

September 1, 2014


kids movie smoking

“Hey Daddy”, my 8 year old asked from the back seat, “what’s weed?”  I don’t know when I expected to have this conversation.  Being realistic with myself I knew that I knew more, and had more curiosity about things in the adult world, than grown ups ever gave me credit for. This question from Olu […]

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Action Steps

August 21, 2014



Social media has been great for the black community in the last couple of years.  People are under the false impression that the killings of unarmed black men has been on the rise but, if you check the statistics, it has happened consistently throughout our history.  What has changed is that now social media means […]

Posted in: Black Culture, Politics

Watermelon Day 2014 Was a Huge Success!

August 20, 2014



Sankofa Video and Books Cafe entrance looks like an island oasis. Trees and grass cascade from the front door down a series of short steps and an expansive patio, with stone walk ways meandering through the grass and bright umbrellas shielding its patrons at tables that invite you to come take a load off, drink […]

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New Single “My People!”

August 15, 2014


click the photo to listen and purchase the song!

Thank you guys for always supporting the music that supports you!  This is my new single, I’d love to shoot a video for it before the end of this year.  This features Charles Stewart on drums, David White on bass, Mark D. Hatcher on Guitar, and yours truly on keys and percussion.  Please take a […]

Posted in: Black Culture, Music, poetry

My Life is Like a Slice of Watermelon

July 9, 2014



“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction.  It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.  Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do.  Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists […]

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Forgive Them Father

November 8, 2013


Slam Theatre 2.0 The Miseducation

I’ve been dealing a lot with misogyny this week.  Something I want to write more about because of how heavily it weakens the men and children who are surrounded by it.  I thought I’d start with posting this poem I wrote for SLAM THEATRE 2.0: The Miseducation, a play that ran for the Intersections Festival […]

Letter to the Front Line

October 24, 2013



I read this tonight, flaws and all, at the Fighting Cancer with Poetry Event.  I was gonna lie, but i just wrote this today.  this topic deserved a poem, and this event was the impetus for it.  thanks for reading.   This is a letter to the front line. A telegram to the trenches in […]

How Columbus Helped Me Discover Home Schooling

October 14, 2013



In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue. It’s amazing the things people discover by accident.  Discovering that my sons where learning the poem that began with those lines was the end of my children’s public education.  You see, I don’t pay attention to Columbus Day.  Other than wishing there was a hell for […]

Homeschooling Week 1 aka VEGAN WAFFLES!

August 26, 2013



The first thing I was told I need to do to start homeschooling is to “unschool”.  To get out of the idea that lessons and learning have to be in a sterile environment with rote memorization of facts.  This seems to be the most fun thing about homeschooling so far, and it’s interesting finding ways […]

The Recovering Serial Monogamist

August 5, 2013



“What are you doing Bomani? I’m a groupie!” She was West African chocolate. She was raw and un-cut. Sweet as watermelon with sugar on top, but would bite you back when you tasted her.  It’s why I fell in love with her.  I fell way too far, too quickly in love with her.  She saw […]

Posted in: sex and marriage

Agent Zimmerman and the American Matrix

July 15, 2013



I’ve spent my adult life working with young black men, from all economic and social backgrounds, arming them with the rules I have learned to navigate the bi-polar United States that we live in.  This world is a complicated matrix of social constructs and unjust laws, a matrix my peers and our elders thought we […]

Navon Smith on The Indie

June 24, 2013



scroll down to see music videos and live performances from navon smith.  listen and read along! Bomani Armah: How’s everybody doing? This is Bomani Armah, broadcasting live from the Even Place. Today we are doing The Indie, my show dedicated to independent art, independent business, independent thought. So, it was only a matter of […]

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Join My Campaign to Ban the “N-Word”

June 21, 2013



I wrote this in 2008 on an old blog, and just wanted it here so I could continue my campaign to ban the asinine “n-word”.  Shout out to my favorite current comedian Louis CK.  He has a bit on the same subject.  I wrote mine first though. This is your official invitation to join my […]

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The Indie Show with Omekongo Dibinga

June 10, 2013


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(scroll down to see a performance and music video from Omekongo) Introduction: Welcome to the even place. My name is Bomani Armah. We are taping my show today called ‘The Indie’. We’re talking about independent thought, independent business, independent art—got one of my favorite independent people sitting here next to me, Mr. Omekongo Dibinga. Say […]


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