As he so aptly puts it, “I’m not a rapper, I’m a poet with a hip-hop style.” Bomani Armah is an artist, producer and “edutainer” most known for his internet smash hit “Read a Book,” the subject of a short animated film that debuted on BET in June 2007 to much critical acclaim and controversial backlash. His 2008 release, “Radio Friendly,” blends his fluid and funky production style with his insight-fully poetic yet accessible lyrics. As a editorial writer, he has been published in The Washington Post and TheRoot.com. As a veteran event host, Bomani was the organizer and chief host of Art Under the Stars at Sankofa Video books, and has been hosting at Busboys and Poets since it’s opening.
2Deep has certainly made a name for herself in the poetry community since 2006 by performing at Ottawa University (Canada), Cornell University, and opening for the late Gill Scott-Heron in 2009. She was a member of Busboys and Poets’ 2009 Slam Team, Word War II Champion, and served as the Busboys and Poets’ Slam Master. Currently, she’s selling her book, Spoken Heard, and stays busy with her blog, 2DeepUncensored. 2Deep welcomes the life lessons, as they make for beautiful and honest poetry.
Where Langston Hughes meets Mos Def, Komplex is a poet/writer, hip-hop artist, author, and actor. His accolades include consecutive season performances on BET Lyric Café, 2008 and 2009, works aired on VH1 Soul and MTVU as well as reviews in The Source magazine (May 2009, P. 88). He has also appeared in award winning short films, had major roles in web TV shows, feature-length films and theatrical productions. Kom has toured the U.S. extensively performing spoken word and is considered by fans and peers alike as one of the best at his craft.
This Louisiana native found her voice in her teenage years when journal writing evolved into poetry. Nothing about Rebecca Dupas‘ poetry speaks to her quiet, reserved nature. Perhaps, it is something about her passion, something about the stage, something about the microphone that illuminates her boldness, something that grabs your attention, something that moves you. In addition to being one of the hosts for Monday Night Open Mic Poetry at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, she hosts VERBATIMondays in Baltimore, Maryland. Rebecca has released three poetry albums including her most recent, “Therapy Sessions: A Year of Epiphanies” (2010), and is at work on her first poetry book, “Beauty for Ashes: The Exchange.”
Eric “E-Baby” Smith began writing and reciting poetry in July 2000 with 95.5 WPGC’s Thursday Night Love Talk & Poetry Café. Since then, he’s opened for R&B artists Musiq Soul Child, Me’shell N’degeOcello, and Heather Headley to name a few. He has featured his poetry, hosted poetry shows, and taught classes as a special guest instructor at over 200 colleges and universities across the US. E-Baby has competed in, and won, numerous poetry slams from Virginia to New York within his poetical career. In 2011, he was nominated for the Male Spokenword Performance Artist of the Year by The National Underground Spokenword Poetry Association (NUSPA) and has released two albums.