I don’t feel safe. I haven’t felt safe in a very long time. I am tired of fighting the same […]
Dwayne B! The Crochet KingpinDwayne Lawson-Brown aka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a homegrown DC native poet, activist, break-dancer, and fashion designer. Dwayne has been known to write a pretty good haiku in his day which led his receiving the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). His work to increase HIV awareness through spoken-word garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, The Discovery Channel, and The Washington Post. Ultimately Dwayne's goal is to force audiences to feel. He tends to meet goals. When not documenting his life through poetic meter, Dwayne can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.
Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award – Welcome to Aids Memorial
If you have heard me do a poetry set in recent months, you have heard me mention a good friend of mine who transitioned last year, Mary Bowman.
Mary was someone you loved without knowing her directly. The good things you look for in someone - honesty, vulnerability, the ability to connect with anyone - all from an incredibly caring and charismatic person. It was a gift to know Mary. From her artistry to her activism, I only knew truth from Mary.
Now Mary is the magic around us. She fought hard for the rights of many living with HIV (including herself) and shared with the world the hardest parts of living. Often it wasn't the meds, but people and their attitudes around HIV that made life tough. Mary tirelessly fought stigma, every day, just to live her life.
I am happy to see the Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award be created. A fitting way to honor Mary's marriage of arts and activism - by celebrating and financially supporting another artist whose work inspired and helps fight the stigma people are facing daily.
If you are 27 or younger and interested in applying - follow the link below:
On Life and Simplicity
Written Via Prompts from attendees of “The Weary Blues” at Busboys and Poets 14th and V. 2/26/2020 A simple […]
Strathmore – Manual Cinema Preshow Event: We Are Each Other’s Harvest
Windows Series Preshow EventWe Are Each Other’s Harvest: A Gathering of Poets 6:30–7:30pm in Music Center Education Room 402 Join us […]
An article on Spit Dat went live over the weekend…
Happy New Year! I know its been six days (and even longer since I’ve posted) but I’ve been a bit […]
Affirmation For Us
Dear Us Head stay up Even when bowed Heart stay strong Even when hurt and Overworked We are. There is […]
Between The Stitches – Where Faith Finds Me
It’s a Friday night and buffalo wings are in front of me. Or I’m in front of them. We are […]
A drum and bass daydream Flickering between the strobes Your silhouette, a broken heart Finding the salve In rhythms desynced […]
East of the River Book Fest Is This Saturday!
Peace All! I get to share poetry, sell books, and write on the spot haiku at my first ever book […]
I’m Performing Blackity Black Poems at Amplify US! October 5, 2019
Amplify US! is dedicated to opening a channel and forming relationships with those around us. We perform to communicate, to […]