Derrick Weston Brown
It's a feature driven format, which means, the feature opens the show and the open mic follows. We do this to make sure you get the full effect of each and every specially selected feature we bring to the Langston Room stage, and we've had plenty; From Def Poetry Jam's, Tara Betts, Bassey Ikpi, Roger Bonair Agard and Regie Cabico, to award winning poets such as Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Browning, to rare visits by Grammy nominated artists Christylez Bacon and Carolyn Malachi.
"My name is Carolyn Malachi, but when we meet, you can call me CM or "Sunshine". That's the childhood name given to me by my aunt. Her famous line is "Sunshine, remember your power." This "power" is the expectation that whatever is planted in the garden of the mind will indeed grow. Onward and upward." - CM
Carolyn Malachi’s unique approach to music combines Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and lots of imagination. Dubbed “sweet songstress” by BET, the independent, Grammy nominated artist and great-granddaughter of pianist John Malachi counts Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Radiohead, and Sarah Vaughan among her greatest influences.
She released Revenge of the Smart Chicks in 2008 and Revenge of the Smart Chicks II in 2009. Both albums reveal the inner workings of Smart Chicks which Carolyn Malachi defines as “decidedly authentic women.” Her 2010 release, the “Lions, Fires & Squares” EP, earned a 2011 Best Urban / Alternative Performance GRAMMY Award nomination for the single, “Orion.”
“Sunshine”, a childhood sobriquet, seeds the artist’s philosophy: “My aunt often says, ‘Sunshine, remember your power’", the power of the mind to give life to infinite possibilities.
Microsoft featured her motivational “Beautiful Dreamer” video on Windows Media Guide. Her “Free Your Mind” video supports The School Fund’s global education efforts. The artist joined forces with Fiat to encourage safe driving, and BET presented Carolyn Malachi at its 2012 Leading Women Defined Summit.
Says the Huffington Post of Carolyn Malachi’s ‘Onward and Upward’ approach to music, “She’s not waiting for some moment in the future.”
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Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.