We’re back at it again! Former NBA player, author and poet, Etan Thomas, along with MergeDC, will be hosting another Fatherhood panel that focuses on motivating and inspiring the youth. I’ve been asked to be a featured poet again! Please join me at this free event on Friday, November 15th at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. For more information regarding this event, see the posting below.
Also, I’m working another season with DC Scores! This fall I’m teaching poetry to students at Kelly Miller Middle School in NE DC and Cesar Chavez Prep Middle School in NW DC. These poetry sessions will culminate into students developing a piece to compete in DC Scores’ annual poetry slam. Students will slam on December 4th and 5th. Schools in West DC will compete against one another on December 4th and Students in East DC will compete against one another on December 5th. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
I’ve been cast in a local production of Miracle on 34th Street. I’ll be playing the role of Halloran, the judge’s campaign manager. The production will be put on by Tantallon Community Players and will take place at Harmony Hall in Fort Washington MD. For show dates and times, see the attached flyer.
Hope to see you soon!
Peace and Blessings
Again, I’m teaming up with Etan Thomas and an organization called Merge for a big Fatherhood event specifically for teenagers.
I’ll be a featured poet along with Pages.d Matam, Words Upon Wings, and Tamra Sease. Tray Chaney from the Wire, will also perform at this free event! Hope to see you there!!!
Last night’s panel discussion was everything! Exceptional performances by myself, Shanelle Gabriel Singer-Poet, and Etan Thomas and his beautiful and soulful daughter Imani; and an outstanding panel discussion which focused on daddy-less daughters and the impact it has on the individual, family and world as a whole. Big shout out to The First Baptist Church of Glenarden and Pastor Jenkins for being such gracious host and again to Etan and his beautiful wife Nichole Thomas for creating such a wonderful vehicle to touch and inspire lives all around the world. Honored to have been apart of such a life changing event.
Good Day All,
As we settle into our transition from summer to fall, I urge you to think about the quote “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” This essentially means that it is imperative that we give much thought to what exactly it is we believe in! If not, we are easily influenced and risk conforming to the beliefs of others, even though we may not agree with those beliefs whole heartedly.
That said, I’d like to share with you all some of my plans for the fall!
As you all may know, I’m a proponent for equal rights for all, this includes same sex marriage! Join me this Saturday, September 21st in the Grand Ballroom North of the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Washington, DC, as I make my acting debut in my first stage play, The Engagement: A Snatch of Life in Three Acts. This special event is apart of the 4th Annual Out On The Hill LGBT Leadership Summit in conjunction with the 43rd Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference. For more information and to purchase tickets click here
Further, on Friday, October 4th, I’ll be working with former Wizard’s player Etan Thomas again! I’ll serve as a featured poet during his “Daddy’s Girl: Celebrity Fatherhood Panel Discussion.” The panel will focus on coping with the pain of not having a father and how it manifests in girls and women and single motherhood. Panelists include Jackie Griffin, mother of RGIII, Dr. Lonise Bias, mother of the late Len Bias, Free from 106 and Park, and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of the late Malcolm X. For more information and to attend this panel discussion click here.
Finally, I’m going on tour! I’ll serve as a judge and the featured poet in Poet’s World Inc’s five city poetry slam tour! The Poet’s World Grand Slam Tour is a competition event covering five territories. In each territory there will be a two day audition period. The poets will audition to be chosen to be one of the 30 poets to compete in the local Slam so that they may earn a spot in the grand Slam competition. Four finalists will be chosen from each territory to move on to the Grand Slam competition in DC. Each local competition will include four rounds of poetry where they will be judged on originality, deliverance, stage presence and lyrical creativity. The grand prize winner will receive the Golden Mic Trophy, $25,000 and all bragging rights. For show dates and audition dates click here.
Hope to see you around this fall!
Peace and Blessings,
I’m honored to announce that Ill be performing at this year’s Million Youth March in my hometown, Harlem NYC. The march and rally will be held this Saturday, September 7th at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza on 125th and 7th Ave. Please join me and BRING THE YOUTH! For more information visit millionyouthmarch2013.com.
As we wrap up a busy summer and approach a new school year, we are reminded that there is little time for sleep! I know you all have not heard from me in awhile, and that’s because I’ve been keeping busy with implementing my Use Your Words curriculum, performances, rallies, and rehearsals.
Please join me and the People’s Coalition of Prince Georges County as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. We will meet at Farragut Square (17th & I St. NW — near Farragut West and Farragut North Metro stops) at 9 am on Saturday, August 24th, to rally and march against racial profiling, obtain more signatures for the Archie Elliott petition, and to support our brothers and sisters at Metro in their fight for better wages and job security. We will gather and march as a group from Farragut Square down to the Lincoln Memorial where we will join tens of thousands across the country in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington!
All, please sign the petition here. The DMV needs justice for Archie Elliot, a young man shot 14 times and, killed while handcuffed in a police car in Prince Georges County MD. 20 years later we are still seeking to have the case reopened so that the cops who killed Archie Elliott are held accountable. The People’s Coalition of Prince George’s county will hold a press conference tomorrow. We will hand over all signatures to Angela Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney of Prince George’s County, tomorrow so we need as many signatures as possible.