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”

Navon Smith on The Indie

scroll down to see music videos and live performances from navon smith.  listen and read along! https://notarapper.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/bomani-indie-navon-smith.mp3 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 ofContinue reading “Navon Smith on The Indie”

Join My Campaign to Ban the “N-Word”

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 myContinue reading “Join My Campaign to Ban the “N-Word””

Freedom of Speech @ Busboys & Poets Hyattsville

Join Bomani Armah with Mr. KeepOnMoving, Two Deep, E Baby and Rebecca Dupas for a special concert of the best in spoken word poetry. Tickets are only $10. Bomani Armah 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”Continue reading “Freedom of Speech @ Busboys & Poets Hyattsville”

Jared Ball discussing his book “A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X”

Thankyou for your patience as we work out the kinks with “The Indie: Independent Art, Independent Business, Independent Thought”, my new radio show airing on the Paradise  Radio Network, CBS Radio and http://www.alvinjones.com and notarapper.icom.  This interview is just in time to lead into the celebration of Malcolm X’s Birthday!  Feel free to read aContinue reading “Jared Ball discussing his book “A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X””

Malcolm X Birthday Celebration May 19, 2013

[Description] Join us for this Birthday Party with live music and food at the historic Sankofa Video and Books Cafe on Georgia Avenue. Celebrate the birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz aka Malcolm X. There will be a free event outdoors (Arts Under the Stars, and Crescent Moon Nights style) featuring performances and presentations from BomaniContinue reading “Malcolm X Birthday Celebration May 19, 2013”

Fill in the Blank God (a poem)

I serve a fill in the blank god better yet, that god serves me an atheist? I use my scientific mind Breaking down physical phenomenon into binary numbers mathematically navigating the imaginary space between us but I am hard headed and a poet I know a spirit when I hear one delivering specifically vague messagesContinue reading “Fill in the Blank God (a poem)”

Drug War 101: 5 Things You Should Watch or Read

“Coz the war on drugs, is just a war on us And the wrong time to see it is when you in them cuffs” – Stic.man of Dead Prez I have no reason to think that my voice will be any louder or more clear than countless others trying to bring attention to the horribleContinue reading “Drug War 101: 5 Things You Should Watch or Read”

Single Parenting: Raising Sons with my Ex

“It didn’t work out with me an your mom But yo push come to shove You were conceived in love” –   Will Smith (Just the Two of Us) If you had told me my night would go like this, being out bowled by not one, but two six year olds, I would have never believedContinue reading “Single Parenting: Raising Sons with my Ex”

Time to be Independent

“Until the lions can tell their stories, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.” – African Proverb Tune in next Monday at 10pm on PBS to watch the documentary “Soul Food Junkies” by noted filmmaker Byron Hurt.  This isn’t the entire point of this blog post, but I realized after writing half of thisContinue reading “Time to be Independent”

Open Letter to Michael Vick from a Washington Football Team Fan

Hello Michael Vick, My name is Bomani Armah and I am life long die-hard Washington football fan.  I am writing this letter to ask you to sign with my favorite team for the next four to six years and here is why.  You, no doubt, are worried about whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles willContinue reading “Open Letter to Michael Vick from a Washington Football Team Fan”

When to Take Away the Guns: How Guns and Mental Health Have Affected Me

My family knows about guns.  I am a man of African descent, who lives in North America and speaks English.  That is only possible because of one tool.  The Gun.  The gun didn’t force my ancestors into the hull of a ship on the coast of West Africa. The gun didn’t push my native ancestorsContinue reading “When to Take Away the Guns: How Guns and Mental Health Have Affected Me”

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”

“More than the Mic” with Rae Shine

Thanks again for reading my blog.  If you don’t already know, I’m one of several skilled engineers who work out of Urban-Intalek Studios in Washington D.C..  I’m passionate about helping people find and express their voice artistically, and working at Washington D.C.’s premiere boutique studio is a great way to do it!  I’ll be postingContinue reading ““More than the Mic” with Rae Shine”

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”

#Buycott Substantial’s “Home is Where the Art is”

It was after sunset, so the breeze bit a little harder, and the jacket I wore was a little thin.  I’m usually in a better mood while waiting for my mobile reading room and writing desk (aka the 70 bus) but I had just finished a week of running ragged by oversleeping and missing myContinue reading “#Buycott Substantial’s “Home is Where the Art is””

4 Things about the RNC Convention

I had fun watching the RNC Convention.  It was a welcome distraction from the late nights of work I had, and was as disturbing, jingoistic, xenophobic and factually incorrect as I suspected. Their most popular positive talking points were, “God is real”, “hard work pays off”, and “love your family”.  Three things no one inContinue reading “4 Things about the RNC Convention”