Browsing All Posts filed under »Youth Development«

Debut of “The Baba Bomani Show” podcast

December 13, 2016


W’zup Family! Take a listen to my latest project, “The Baba Bomani Show” podcast!  This podcast is dedicated to everything education and youth development.  Featuring interviews, discussions and tips on art integration, STEM and STEAM, experiential learning, education policy, educational music and much more!  This show is for parents, teachers and everyone else interested in […]

Growing Up Green: Hip-Hop Poetry and Composting

August 2, 2016


repost from Young Audiences of Maryland Teaching Our Youngest Learners Environmental Citizenship Through the Arts Part 2: Local Ecosystems This Spring, Young Audiences wrapped up the initial phase of its pilot programming for Prince George’s County Public School District’s new arts integration initiative, Growing Up Green. We introduced the program in an earlier blog post, […]

Bomani Talking Fatherhood and Homeschooling on Views and Vibes

August 19, 2015


Whenever Tariq Omarii calls, I’m there.  Thanks again brother, for inviting me to talk about fatherhood and homeschooling on Views and Vibes.  To be clear (I realize I might give a different impression on social media) I am not a “single father”.  Olu & Dela’s mom is just as invested and active even though the […]

4 Hip-Hop Resources 4 Your Kids

August 10, 2015


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 time […]

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

July 20, 2015


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. […]

This Light of Mine

October 2, 2014


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.  […]

How Columbus Helped Me Discover Home Schooling

October 14, 2013


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 for […]

Homeschooling Week 1 aka VEGAN WAFFLES!

August 26, 2013


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 ways […]

Agent Zimmerman and the American Matrix

July 15, 2013


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 we […]

The Indie Show with Omekongo Dibinga

June 10, 2013


(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. Say […]

I Love the Train

June 10, 2013


I love the metro train. The train loves me back.  Worn out carpets with chewing gum polka dots.   The Saturday morning train ride is the best.  It’s nice and quiet; mostly tourists getting a jump on the National Mall, or the poor guy who can’t believe his manager scheduled him on the weekend.  They are […]

Science Experiment

February 25, 2013


Before there was this thing called Google (and yes, for those 25 and younger there was a pre-Google world), the 10 year old me use to spend hours leafing through encyclopedias.  There would be one word or concept I’d hear about on the news or see referenced in a movie or book, and I’d go […]

Single Parenting: Raising Sons with my Ex

January 14, 2013


“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 believed […]

The Angle Episode #6 (Art Enables)

August 1, 2012


From the first time the Director for The Angle was introduced to Art Enables in 2009, he has been an advocate for this dynamic organization. When the idea that The Angle would have episodes, featuring Art Enables was early on the list to capture. Park Triangle featured the organization a few years back for The […]

I’m Not a Rapper, I’m a TEACHER with a Hip-Hop Style

July 10, 2012


Have you ever walked into a room full of 20 suburban white kids from a church youth group and said “Hey, let’s write a hip-hop song!”?  No?  You don’t know what you’re missing.  For the past year I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with organizations in a new 2 hour song writing workshop I’ve […]

Reading, Rhyming, and Rhythm with Dr. Seuss

June 30, 2012


I had a wonderful time doing my “Reading, Rhyming & Rhythm” workshop with the 4-6 year old students at the Capital Hill Day School Yoga Camp.  That’s right, yoga for the little ones.  I didn’t think that was possible at first, considering how much radioactive energy emanates from a 5 year old.  But the truth […]

Teachable Moment: What to tell my kids about Trayvon Martin

March 20, 2012


“Mommy, I’m not black. I’m white like Maya”, is what my  5 year old son said standing at the base of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument.  His mother had just given him the cliff notes explanation of the civil rights movement.  “Why is that?” his mom asked.  “Because if they are going to beat […]

Bomani on “Views & Vibes”

March 20, 2012


Tariiq Omari Walton invited me to be a guest on his CTV talk show Views & Vibes a few weeks ago as they discussed the importance of arts education in the current educational environment that is constantly devaluing and de-funding arts.  Other guests panelists, Ms. Patricia Cruze (the Education Director for Young Audiences), and Ms. […]

Karega Bailey is “SolSpoken”

March 8, 2012


Come out this Friday to see me perform Everlasting Life Restaraunt and Lounge to check out the passionate lyrics of poet and educator Karega Bailey!  Here’s a preview of this brother’s great work, his latest video “Roses”!

Don’t boycott Chris Brown, #BUYCOTT Black Culture

February 24, 2012


As an educator, artist and father, I am glad to see so many responsible adults express genuine concern about the reunion of Chris Brown and Rihanna (even if only artistically) and the affect it is going to have on young people’s perception of a healthy relationship.  That said, I’m personally disappointed at how many people […]


January 2, 2012


[bandcamp track=3615065328 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti] The simplest statement, spoken from the heart, is more profound than scripture I fixed a four year olds favorite toy With little more then the flick of a button He looked me in my eyes And smiled like he was opening a birthday present postmarked from heaven saying "wow daddy, u r superman batman!".

“Peek-a-Boo” Video Shoot

April 29, 2009


Here are some quick behind the scene shots of the “Peek-A-Boo” video shoot from 2 weeks ago. We are scheduled to debut the video at the Genius for Men Conference in Greenbelt MD on May 9th. Special thanks to Dia, Hamilton, Janks, Tatiana, Barbara and Lee for all the technical help, and to the Reeves […]