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Monday 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.
To merely refer to North Carolina native and Alexandria, VA resident Shelly Bell as a curious and talented consumer of life's most positive energies would only tell half of the story. An award-winning poet, as well as a songwriter and published author, her diversity of skills allow her to expertly navigate the space between performance and journalism. Excelling as a truly dynamic force in local, national and now international media, her work as spoken-word poet has led to her currently serving as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Alexandria ,VA, Director of the Seven City Art Society, LLC and also being a BMI accredited songwriter. Furthermore, her evocative, forthright and conversational writing style is now showcased on Washington, DC/New York, NY based hipster mega-blog Brightest Young Things, internationally respected hip-hop cultural site BrooklynBodega,com, portal for Free - the former 106 and Park host and current FM radio personality - freesworld.com, DC area hip-hop site DCMumboSauce.com and Bell's own TheOpenOnion.com. Shelly Bell is unquestionably an extraordinarily gifted artist mixing uncommon honesty with a populist style. Her unflinching desire to remain honest to herself and her aspiration makes her personal motto entirely true. "Regret nothing and write everything!"
The youngest Indiana Poet Laureate nominee, is an activist, poet, author, educator, lecturer, musician, and motivational speaker. A virtuosic performer, with an acute ability to interlace complex threads with conventional wisdom. Her works are unique in which, Jones brilliantly marries the art of story telling to the audaciousness of Hip Hop which breeds Literature in full throttle. A prolific writer, Tasha Jones soothes the soul and heals the body with words that cleverly infuses everyday life experiences with scripture to create works that empower. The diversity in her writings garner HOPE.
The ardent fervor Jones exemplifies in performances is matched by her commitment to community. She is front runner in the literacy movement creating The Write Me Project curricula and I MUST READ to lend solutions the problem. Active with HIV/AIDS education in which, she penned Silent Killer, her first commissioned work that has been used as a training/teaching tool and includes HIV/AIDS activists Magic Johnson and Hydeia Broadbent. As a champion of education Jones’s service and responsibility to the youth is the spark that ignites her flame. Hello BeautifulTM, an account of Jones’s experiences as an educator in the Indianapolis School System, focuses on the power of words and the impact words have on todays youth and tomorrows future. Two words, Hello BeautifulTM revitalize 26 students, redirected momentum, and changed self-destructive/self-sabotaging behavior in the class room and now empowers the world.
The genius of Tasha Jones centers on her ability to lend simple wisdom in profound and moving ways. A powerful prowess of expression with the soul and sage of a griot, Tasha Jones is a pure breath of fresh air and definitely “THE ONE to WATCH,” as stated by the Indianapolis Star.
Our Tribal Statement
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.
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