4 Hip-Hop Resources 4 Your Kids

Whether KRS-1 was screaming “You Must Learn!”, Inspektah Deck admonishing us to “…speak the truth to the young black youth”, Slick Rick teaching lessons in “Hey Young World” or Nas encouraging the youth with “I Can”, hip-hop has always tried (to varying degrees of success) to incorporate the kids.  I get asked all the timeContinue reading “4 Hip-Hop Resources 4 Your Kids”

Bomani Visits 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades by Emily Hill

I had the pleasure of getting across the Bay bridge and working with students in Dorchester County this past Spring.  Ms. Emily Hill did me the honor of publishing a story about it in the local newsletter.  I can’t wait to go back next year! Dorchester County Public Schools Every Child A Success! Henry V.Continue reading “Bomani Visits 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades by Emily Hill”

Bomani on the Global African for The Real News Network

I had the extreme pleasure of appearing on the Global African with Bill Fletcher Jr.  Here is the video and the transcript of my interview.  Click the link here to find out more about The Global African and the Real News Network! BILL FLETCHER, HOST, THE GLOBAL AFRICAN: Today on The Global African, we’ll talkContinue reading “Bomani on the Global African for The Real News Network”

David Amongst Us (for Ruby Dee)

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 manContinue reading “David Amongst Us (for Ruby Dee)”

Buycott “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 everyContinue reading “Buycott “Prelude to Procrastination””

Communicating through Hip Hop

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…

This Light of Mine

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. Continue reading “This Light of Mine”

“Say It Loud” This Friday!

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 MetropolitanContinue reading ““Say It Loud” This Friday!”

Watermelon Day 2014 Was a Huge Success!

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, drinkContinue reading “Watermelon Day 2014 Was a Huge Success!”

New Single “My People!”

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 aContinue reading “New Single “My People!””

My Life is Like a Slice of Watermelon

“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 scientistsContinue reading “My Life is Like a Slice of Watermelon”

Forgive Them Father

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 FestivalContinue reading “Forgive Them Father”

How Columbus Helped Me Discover Home Schooling

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 forContinue reading “How Columbus Helped Me Discover Home Schooling”

Homeschooling Week 1 aka VEGAN WAFFLES!

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 waysContinue reading “Homeschooling Week 1 aka VEGAN WAFFLES!”

The Recovering Serial Monogamist

“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 sawContinue reading “The Recovering Serial Monogamist”

Agent Zimmerman and the American Matrix

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 weContinue reading “Agent Zimmerman and the American Matrix”