Thursday Night Open Mic! A Busboys and Poetry Event For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.
This Louisiana native found her voice in her teenage years when journal writing evolved into poetry. You might say that it came naturally. Both her sister and mother shared original work with the young poet, poems that she remembers vividly. Her mother often chanted “Life is like a mountain/an obstacle to conquer/a challenge to climb….” These opening lines, along with those of her sister, “One in struggle/one in heartache/one in pain/one Black bead to a link that forms a chain/as I look in the mirror/I smile at all that I see/Black beauty/Black pearl/Black woman/Black me” are words that resonated in her mind, words that inspired her to tell her own story. In her middle school years, she allowed her peers to skim the pages of her poetry book too afraid to breathe life into the truth she’d written. It wasn’t until her senior year in high school that she performed her work before an audience. She attended her first open-mic night as a freshmen in college with no idea that she would go on to co-host, Warm Wednesdays, the longest running weekly open-mic venue in Baltimore for three years. She now hosts two open-mic venues: VERBATIMondays in Baltimore, Maryland and Busboys & Poets in Shirlington, Virginia. She has released three poetry CDS, appeared on Centric’s Lyric Café, served as the host of Onemic.tv Online, founded A Dose of Dupas production company, and began the journey to release her first poetry book Beauty for Ashes: The Exchange later this year.
TOO BLACK, a graduate of Ball State University, is a poet and spoken word artist from Muncie, IN. The name TOO BLACK developed from wanting to challenge the perceptions of blackness and humanity in general. Influenced by a wide variety of artist and historical figures from Malcolm X to George Carlin, TOO BLACK brings a versatile perspective to the stage. TOO BLACK does an incredible job of utilizing hip hop and musical influences to help relay his point and as a way to relate to his audiences. Most of his works are highly informational as a result his love for reading and continued self-educating through research. TOO BLACK’s delivery can be described as conversational with a “matter of fact” undertone. He has a working dialogue with the audience and draws from personal experiences and past and current events. A large amount of his poems are controversial in the sense that he speaks on subjects that most people might be afraid to discuss. Issues of race, class, gender, education, and corruption are common themes throughout TOO BLACK’s poetry.
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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.