Meet Bomani

Hi, I’m Bomani Darel Armah and I’m “notarapper, but a poet with a hip-hop style”.

This is my personal blog. I write about “impolite conversations” (sex, drugs, social issues, politics and religion), as well as my favorite independent artists, tools and tricks of the trade for independent artists, my favorite live performers and venues, and  the world of teaching artists.  My goal is to promote, create and empower great independent and socially relevant art.  I typically write something original for this blog 2 or 3 times a month, as well as repost blogs from of my favorite sites.

My Top Post

If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my popular posts.  Here are my top three in each category


Hair Peace #3

Hair Peace #16

Hair Peace #18


#Buycott Substantial “Home is Where the Art Is”

Don’t boycott Chris Brown, BUYcott Black Culture

Moment of Silence featuring Lady Pcoq

Peek-a-Boo World Premiere

Teaching Artist

Teachable Moment: Penn State & Sandusky

MLK Day Video Project

Impolite Conversation (social issues, politics, sex, religion)

Teachable Moment: What to tell my kids about Trayvon Martin

It’s a Party Not a Game: Why I’m Not Voting for Obama

Okay Barack: Show’em Your Black Side

You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written.

My Biography

Since we’ve established a little bit of what I’m not, let me tell you who I am.  I am the an audio engineer at Urban-Intalek Studios, Washington DC’s premiere boutique recording studio.  I am the Director of Poetry Events (D.o.P.E.) for Busboys and Poets (4 soon to be 7 restaurant/bookstore/performance spaces in the DC metropolitan area).  I am an arts integration specialist working with schools throughout the state of Maryland with Young Audiences of Maryland  I am part video producer and editor, a musician and music producer, and online marketing consulting, a swirling range of skills that I have boiled down to my new title “Creative Concierge”.  I conduct seminars and facilitate workshops for grade school and college organizations focusing on creativity and media literacy.  I am a seeded watermelon and natural hair enthusiast.  I am a home schooling advocate and a staunch opponent of drug prohibition.

I have released numerous singles and a full length album, “Radio Friendly”, as well as chap book, “Circumlocution Vol II”.  I’m most known for my 2007 viral video hit “Read a Book”.  I’ve written for the Washington post and

You’ll catch me reading a book on the bus or the train, typing furiously while inhaling  coffee in the cafe’s window seat, at the microphone searching for adjectives to describe the next open mic performer, with teenagers comparing Lil Wayne to Langston Hughes, behind the boards mixing music or scoring films, barefoot while sweating words into the microphone from behind the drums with the 6 plus members of Immaletchufinish, or (most fun of all) playing “3 headed tickle monster” with thing 1 and thing 2.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on Twitter or Facebook


This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of Urban-Intalek Studios, The Even Place, or Chill Out DC. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

23 Responses “Meet Bomani” →
  1. hello sir! Mollie Coleman of RAW artists recommended I check out ya work and I must say I am impressed. I admire your work, style, and creativity. I actually seen you peform before I even realized you were the artists she was talking about. You were amazing at the Emergence Arts and your poem about GOD’s diary was dope!!! Im an inspiring poet myself, so I definitely appreciate great art from other people.


    • notarapper

      February 11, 2012

      Thanks for the compliment! I’m humbled! Yeah, that night at Spit Dat was incredible, I’m glad you were there to feel that great energy. Make sure to check out my music by clicking the links on the right side. Hope to see you at another show soon!

  2. Hey, Peace & GOD’s speed to you my brotha Bomani!

    You was madd nice on the stage Thurs @ the RnB Love Jonz! I really enjoyed your words.

    I would like to invite you to perform at a show that I’m having:

    “Love For The Art Of Words”
    Undaground Poetry Show
    March 23rd, 2012
    Deja Vu Book Lounge
    112 East 116th Street
    New York, NY 10029
    $10 Door Admission
    Dress: Trendy/Fashionable
    Email to RSVP

    I’m looking for a few entertainers to perform in the middle of the show. And since you have a Poetry/Hip Hop flava…you’re a perfect match! It would be nice to get your participation.

    Email me back @ if interested.

    Johnny aka jDuZiT


    • notarapper

      February 25, 2012

      Thanks for writing, and for inviting me to your show. I already have a commitment with the South African
      Embassy in DC that night, but please keep me in the loop. I’d love to come by to NY!

  3. Ok, no problem man. Well the best of luck on ur next show and every one after that! I’ll get back to you for sure when I have another show.

    Stay Creative,


  4. What’s good Bomani,

    For some reason your email bounced my message back. But here’s my show and contact info as you requested. Could you please share my info about the show with your peoples?

    Appreciate it!

    “Love For The Art Of Words”
    Undaground Poetry Show
    March 23rd, 2012
    Deja Vu Book Lounge
    112 East 116th Street
    New York, NY 10029
    $10 Door Admission
    Dress: Trendy/Fashionable

    Come Out And Support My ART In “POETIC WORD” Format!!!

    Email to RSVP

    I’ll be in touch when I have another show so hopefully I can include you.

    Have a nice weekend!

    *Johnny Reliford
    aka jDuZiT
    *Meta4rikal Mindz*
    *main: 646.820.0221*
    *office: 347.875.7174*
    *Meta4rikal Mindz, Inc. *
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    • notarapper

      February 26, 2012

      not sure why that email wouldn’t work. try bomaniarmah (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. i really liked how you made that song a while ago. That really made me think of things.

  6. I liked the video you made a while ago. It really made me think of things.

  7. i really like the video you made a while ago. it really made me think of things.

  8. No, NYC. I was goin to invite u to my “Tha UndaGround Hip Hop Series” show. I might be in DC sometime later at the end of the year though.


  9. Rodolfo Costa

    January 6, 2014

    Cheers from Brasil!

    Keep on the good work man!!!


  10. I just learned who you are in this evening’s open mic at Busboys Shirlington and am so happy I came! Thanks for sharing some great pieces with us.


  11. Jessica Showers

    January 16, 2015

    I think I would really enjoy having a conversation with you. I do not get out much so most of my friends are online. I am still learning about you but I think we have many of the same mindsets. Send me a message if you feel like a good conversation sometime.

  12. What do you think about the recent events taking place here in the united states. Do you think we as a race should continue to try and change the way we are treated as a whole? Is it to late? Should we just try to save ourselves as individuals?

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