#lookingboychallenge

#lookingboychallenge #endrapeculture floss looking boy, boss looking boy, at the bar showing off looking boy that’s just a decoy for the pills you deployed took her home and enjoyed rick ross lookin boy ioeno why you free looking boy rob women of their bodies looking boy then treat her like a toy, are you tryingContinue reading “#lookingboychallenge”

#shookoneschallenge

I’mma properly record these soon, but If i don’t just spit them out I’ll sit on them forever… #shookoneschallenge the war on drugs ain’t just reagan and nixon the blood in my eye causes rose colored vision so i approach the game like george jackson in san quentin remind myself that patience has it’s limitsContinue reading “#shookoneschallenge”

4 Ways I Stay Sane as the State Executes My People in the Street

My job, at this point, is to maintain my sanity in a country that I pay my taxes to, and pledge allegiance to, even though it still does not see me as human. Somehow, I have remained eternally optimistic about my life, my future, and the future of our children in this country, despite seeing it snuffed out on video at the whim of an emotionally unstable employee of the state. How have I done this? Is it naiveté? Is it faith? Is it insanity? Maybe it is a combination of the three. I’ve only recently tried to figure out what it is that keeps me going mentally and emotionally. Here is a short list of the few things I know comforts me in this situation.

Chi-raq is 2015’s “Doing Too Much” not its “Do the Right Thing”.

Seven years ago around this time, we had just elected a black president. I remember the buzz in the air that lasted long after election night. Everyone was trying to figure out the new world we were in, and just happy to have lived to see it.  That year I ended up over my bestContinue reading “Chi-raq is 2015’s “Doing Too Much” not its “Do the Right Thing”.”

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”

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”

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”

The Indie Show with Omekongo Dibinga

(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. SayContinue reading “The Indie Show with Omekongo Dibinga”

5 WAYS YOU CAN HELP!

So, I’m here with my family and co-conspirators putting together this years Malcolm X Birthday Celebration, and we realized why this is such an important event for us.  There should be more opportunities in our community to reflect on our shared legacy of struggle against oppression, celebrate our abilities and potential as a people, andContinue reading “5 WAYS YOU CAN HELP!”

Why “Colored Folk” Should Care About Palestine

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war…” – Emperor Haile Selassie This past Friday I had a great time raising money for medical relief in Gaza following the latest bombardment of the Palestinians there by the U.S. backed Israeli military.  ThereContinue reading “Why “Colored Folk” Should Care About Palestine”

You Have Until Friday to Finish Talking About Petreaus’ Affair

“…See I don’t want him, if he ain’t made no arrangement with you/ I hope you would’ve done the same thing for me too” – Erykah Badu from “Booty” Can we stop lying to ourselves for a moment?  Can we stop pretending like it’s some historical anomaly for the most power military general on theContinue reading “You Have Until Friday to Finish Talking About Petreaus’ Affair”

Question 6 & Compromising the Bible

“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord! Please don’t let me be misunderstood” – Please Don’t let me be Misunderstood                                                  Written by B. Benjamin, G. Caldwell and S. Marcus Consider what it would be like, if your religion taught that you were cursed at birth? To know that what you are atContinue reading “Question 6 & Compromising the Bible”

Okay Barack: Show’em Your Black Side

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” – Mike Tyson Last spring my twin sons were learning how to identify coins in their kindergarten class.  I was excited to help them, so I pulled out a bunch of change from my pocket and started explaining who all the Presidents were onContinue reading “Okay Barack: Show’em Your Black Side”

It’s a Party, But Not a Game: Why I’m not voting for Obama

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~ Mark Twain When it’s all said and done, I’ll blame my Presidential vote on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa being such a horrible party host.  When I tuned into the DNC’s big convention party, I was rudelyContinue reading “It’s a Party, But Not a Game: Why I’m not voting for Obama”

The Angle Episode #3 (E. Ethelbert Miller)

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the formerContinue reading “The Angle Episode #3 (E. Ethelbert Miller)”

Election 2012, Jesus v Darwin

Let’s get ready to rumble!  In this corner we have the “Grand Ol’ Party”, the people who brought you Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.  The party responsible for preserving the Union and shifting all the money and power to the top of it.  Representing them is the richest man to ever run for president andContinue reading “Election 2012, Jesus v Darwin”

The Angle Episode #2 (Christylez Bacon)

Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a GRAMMY Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics. With a mission towards culturalContinue reading “The Angle Episode #2 (Christylez Bacon)”

The Angle Episode #1 (Busboys & Poets)

Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005 Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas “Andy” Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening, the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW (Washington DC), the neighboring residents and the progressive community, embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to theContinue reading “The Angle Episode #1 (Busboys & Poets)”

Global African Diaspora Summit

I had a great time last night at performing with my good friends Sahel, Christylez Bacon and Evelyn Kingada-Njuko at Busboys & Poets for the Global African Diaspora Summit.  This event, sponsored by the South African Embassy, was a great fusion of artistic expression from throughout the diaspora and inspirational words from the ambassador ofContinue reading “Global African Diaspora Summit”

We Don’t Need Another Hero

I’ve been screaming “We don’t need another hero!” for the last few weeks. Just because Al Sharpton and Cornel West had an argument on live television does not mean that there is a crisis in black leadership, or that we as a country even need to pay attention. First of all, there is no black leader. Secondly no one is looking for one. This debate, dispute, (whatever word fits it best) is ran by the media, who have for the last several decades elected black leadership for us. Cornel West’s role in criticizing the Black President is justified and patriotic, but his racial analysis, personal hurt feelings and confusing a Black President with a “Black Liberator” has blurred any real points has tried to make.
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