Captive Audience

Steel doors clang and rattle out dueling D.C.go-go and Baltimore club beats as this juvenile correctional facility, poetically named Noyes, braces for another classroom shift. This Montgomery county institutions juxtaposition between two distinctly different yet devastated cities isn’t the only odd combination. The 15 year old girls with 6 year old eyes and 30 yearContinue reading “Captive Audience”

Historic MLK Day a huge success…

This year’s MLK day at the Washington National Cathedral was attended by over 2,500 people from around the country.  The excitement over the Inauguration the following day (and Time Magazine highlighting this event and your boy as the place and people to see) ballooned the normally large crowd.  We were all treated to performances byContinue reading “Historic MLK Day a huge success…”

Barack & Michelle, Please Send Sacha and Malia to DCPS

President Barack Obama The White House Dear Mr. President. First let me tell you how incredibly proud and inspired I am by your ascension to the Presidency. As the father of two African American boys with “funny foreign names”, your tenure is already a success in my eyes. When I tell Olu Femi & DelaContinue reading “Barack & Michelle, Please Send Sacha and Malia to DCPS”

Bomani on NPR’s “Tell Me More”

Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has re-ignited the debate on what’s best for the family: moms who stay at home, or moms who work? This week’s Mocha Moms Jolene Ivey, Asra Nomani and “Mommy Wars” author Leslie Morgan Steiner are joined by special guest Dad, Bomani Armah to discuss Palin and the public response toContinue reading “Bomani on NPR’s “Tell Me More””

Real Sex…for 10 Year Olds: Why Abstinence Only Doesn’t Work

Imagine for a second, a 50 year old adult with their eyes squinted shut, their pointer fingers jammed in their ears, and their whole upper body swiveling like a water sprinkler yelling “La La La La La!” at the top of their longs. That is the personification of the abstinence only program many socially consciousContinue reading “Real Sex…for 10 Year Olds: Why Abstinence Only Doesn’t Work”

Reflecting on Read a Book

The end of last summer I felt that I was in the midst of a perfect storm, that place where conscious/socially relevant art was clashing with commercial media and the on going battle that BET likes’ to call “Hip-Hop vs. America”. This storm is causing a shift in the movement to uplift blacks, and theContinue reading “Reflecting on Read a Book”

Bomani & “Read a Book” in the Washington Post

His Punch Line Smarts Hip-Hop Parodist Bomani Armah Juggles Sense of Humor and Identity By Kevin Merida Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, November 22, 2007; C01 Bomani Armah (“I’m not a rapper, I’m a poet with a hip-hop style”) hops into a bar chair at the ultracool Artmosphere Cafe in Mount Rainier. It is aContinue reading “Bomani & “Read a Book” in the Washington Post”

Bomani & Christylez in the Washington Post

Where Hope Meets Hip-Hop D.C. Artists Will Use Reality-Based Rhymes To Reinforce Martin Luther King Jr.’s Message By Darragh Johnson Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, January 15, 2007; B01 Chris Bacon is at a table in one of the few sit-down restaurants east of the Anacostia River, the Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, where he once workedContinue reading “Bomani & Christylez in the Washington Post”