Starting today, Monday May 13th – Sunday May 19th, I’ll be a featured poet on Honey B’s Open Mic on WRTR! The show plays at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, & 10pm all week, Monday through Sunday. You can listen to the show by going to http://www.wrtrrealtalkradio.com. From the website’s homepage, you can click on the play button on the bottom left side of the home page, next to the Facebook and Twitter icons.
NANA MALAYA, NUBIAN THEATRE & RETREAT INC PRESENT; A JAZZ & POETRY MONTH FUNDRAISING EVENT >>> Sunday, April 28th 430-630pm @BUSBOYS & POETS 14TH & V ST NW WDC >>FOR THOSE WHO ARE “LIVING POETRY’
“LIVING POETRY” IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR POETS TO COME FORTH WITH THE POWER OF WORDS TO ELEVATE, EDUCATE, MOTIVATE & INSPIRE!! COME TO LISTEN OR SHARE…
COME EARLY & GET A GOOD SEAT, GREAT FOOD FOR MIND, BODY & SOUL!!
SUNDAY APRIL 28TH 430-630PM HOSTED BY KAVON WARD Featuring NANA MALAYA, other Guest Artists plus OPEN MIKE POETS! MUSIC PROVIDED BY ERIC LEWIS & MYLES along with drop in musicians on the Sax & Flute!
NANA MALAYA is a Dancer, Actress, Songstress , Poet, Storyteller, Director, Choreographer & Producer!! SHE HAS RECENTLY OPENED UP FOR COMMON, TOMMY DAVIDSON & IYANLA VANZANT among others. Toured with STEVIE WONDER earlier & WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE TOASTMASTERS CONVENTION! SHE IS ALSO THE “CELEBRITY MOM” of LAMMAN RUCKER, KNOWN BEST FROM MEET THE BROWNS or ‘Sherif Troy in WDIGM.
A ‘CELEBRITY MOM’s TALENT SEARCH’ IS ON TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY for SELECTED POET(S) TO PERFORM in the DC BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL THIS JUNE!
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE: $15 gen am /$10 performers reg fee
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT NUBIAN THEATRE & RETREAT INC ARTS PROGRAMS & NANA MALAYA’S TORNEDO RELIEF FUND!! C U THERE!!
TUNE into DC’s WHUR 96.3 at midnight on Wednesday, April 3rd (that’s 12:00 a.m. Thursday, April 4th) to catch my interview with Joe Gorham. We will be talking about my life, my love, poetry!
Also, In Sight and Sound: Live De[a]f Poetry is back by popular demand, this Thursday, April 4th! We will be in the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street, NE and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. The mission of In Sight and Sound: Live De(a)f Poetry is to creatively bring together deaf and hearing worlds through entertainment with visual and audio media. My performance will include a version of I Am Trayvon Martin commissioned just for this show. You are encouraged to get your $20 ticket now!
Just left WHUR 96.3, and had an amazing interview with Joe Gorham for his show “Spoken Word at Joes Place.” Will let you’ll know when it airs! — at
Black History Month offers a time of reflection, an opportunity to consider our progress and the work that remains on our path to a just and equal society. Throughout February, I have showcased some of my work as a poetic activist, pieces I was moved to write because of social injustices facing the Black community. These poems explore such issues as capital punishment, mandatory minimums, and racial profiling.
Though today marks the close of Black History Month, we must understand that today does not mark the end of our pursuit of justice. In this final installment of my Black History Month series, I use the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to implore us all to use our collective voices and our collective strength to continue our pursuit:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
And in this spirit, I present to you Pages from My Diary to Dr. King.