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Baba Bomani show with Arianna Ross

February 3, 2017


heck out this great interview with story seller and director of Story Tapestries Arianna Ross. For two decades Arianna has brought the art of story telling to children throughout the country, and has become even more influential in arts education through her wonderful organizations that employs several artist to bring their artforms into the classrooms. […]

Bomani launches MIXnMASTERradio

February 1, 2017


Mix N Master a platform to highlight independent music and the independent music contractor working throughout the African Diaspora. Mix N Master features music, interviews, information, artist exclusives and the ABCs of becoming an independent music professional.

Baba Bomani Show with Pat Cruz

January 26, 2017


Great interview with one of my favorite people Pat Cruz, the Innovation Director at Young Audiences of Maryland. If you have ever thought of turning your passion for the arts and for students into a career outside of the normal school system, this is the person you should meet and the interview you should listen […]

Baba Bomani Show sea 1 ep 7 with Mazi Mutafa

January 18, 2017


I apologize in advance for the poor sound quality. This was a great interview with Mazi, head of one of the foremost art and education non-profits in Washington D.C., Words Beats & Life. Listen as we discuss the genesis of his organization, and his educational experience as the “detention kid” in middle school, to his […]

Baba Bomani show episode 6 with Christylez Bacon

January 12, 2017


Check out this interview with Grammy Nominated artist and educator Christylez Bacon. We explore his growth as an artist coming from Southeast DC and graduating from Duke Ellington High school for the performing arts, his experience with the Crushed I.C.E. Teen Program, and we reminisce on our days teaching art integrated workshops with the National […]

Baba Bomani Show ep 5 sea 1 Interview with hip-hop educator Tim Jones

January 6, 2017


Had a wonderful time catching up to my old friend and colleague Tim Jones. Tim is the director of the teen program at Martha’s Table, one of DC’s most rekknowned non profit organizations and the place I began my career as a youth facilitator. Join us as we talk about how “urban-education” has evolved from […]

Beverly Hills Farms Elementary “Revolutionary War Rap”

December 23, 2016


I had a wonderful week working with the teachers and staff at Beverly Hills Farms Elementary.  Shout out to Mrs. Balzar, Mrs. Cashmere, Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Bardwell and the incredible 5th graders. This track was created as part of a week long residency through Young Audiences of Maryland sponsored by the Beverly Farms Elementary […]

Bomani discussing the state of education on Samori Swygerts Show

December 22, 2016


Baba Bomani Show ep 4 sea 1 “Interview with artist and educator Goldie Patrick”

December 22, 2016


Join me in this riveting interview with poet, playwright, performer and educator Goldie Patrick. We discuss a wide range of topics including challenging patriarchy and misogyny in hiphop, working with young women through writing and the job of an educator to make education fun and digestible. We take a in depth look she does with […]

Baba Bomani Show ep 3 sea 1 with Drew Anderson

December 21, 2016


Hip HopEducation Hearing the excitement in our voices as I edit this interview let’s me know that Drew Anderson and I are definitely on the right path. Listen as we discuss the life of being a young teacher and artist and how it has evolved into Drew’s “Crunk Academy”. A must listen for teachers going […]

Baba Bomani Show ep 2 sea 1 w Konshens theMC

December 16, 2016


Baba Bomani interviews artist and educator Konshens theMC about hip-hop in the classroom, the BARS curriculum and the H.E.L.P. literacy program, and strategies to increase engagement of students and parents at underserved schools. Learn more about Konshens and his work at

B.A.R.S. (Bomani Armah wRiting System)

September 16, 2016


Hello fellow educators!  For well over 15 years I have been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students. As you know, the art of MC’ing is reliant on the ability to rearrange complex ideas into concise rhymes. If they done correctly, MC’s […]


August 26, 2016


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 limits […]

The Watermelon Man Album

August 6, 2016


It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the Watermelon Man Album.  A collection of songs I about and for my people working hard to change the world around them.  The first track “Libation” is my new official theme song. “Energy does not die, it transforms” is a mantra that reminds me of how temporary our […]

Bambataa, KRS-ONE & the Hip-hop Creation Story

July 25, 2016


One of the greatest accomplishments in my life has been facilitating safe havens for young people by using the elements of hip-hop culture.  Hip-hop “culture” is not a complete culture by itself, it is an offshoot of black culture and includes expressions of art especially graffiti, breakdancing, dj’ing, mc’ing, beatboxing, fashion etc.  This force has […]

Watermelon Day, August 6th 2016

June 14, 2016


Watermelon day is a celebration of summer and summers favorite fruit. Established by the national watermelon association (NWA), it is now celebrated nationwide. In Washington DC Bomani Armah began celebrating watermelon day with festivals featuring music and art in Northwest DC starting in 2011. Today not only does watermelon day feature summer’s favorite fruit it […]

Bomani @ Culture Coffee 3/18/2016

March 10, 2016


Join Bomani Armah (aka the Watermelon Man) as he debut’s all new music that will appear on his forthcoming album “The Watermelon Man” at Kennedy St.’s latest gem called Culture Coffee.

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

January 4, 2016


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.

“SAY IT LOUD!” at Sankofa Video & Books Cafe

September 11, 2015


My favorite place is Sankofa Video and Books Café. We are having a special event on Friday October 2nd from 8pm to 11pm called “Say It Loud!”. Here’s what you do: Go buy the special 2 for $15 tickets at (special price until September 21st). Come early, check out the drinks and the food […]

Buycott “Prelude to Procrastination”

January 7, 2015


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 […]

Communicating through Hip Hop

December 18, 2014


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…

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 […]