Open Mic Night | Shirlington | December 10, 2012 | Hosted by Beny Blaq featuring Clarence E. Wright
Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Arlington, United States
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.
Tonight's host is Beny Blaq
Brooklyn, NY native Beny Blaq discovered he had an interest in poetry at the age of 13. Inspired by the revolutionary art form of poetry and spoken word which he calls the "greatest forum of expression"; he decided to give his writing verbal life. Beny would call his writings simple but passionate, shadowing his own life and experiences. In a quest to quench the thirst of cerebral freedom, he has taken his journey and his message to the masses. Beny has performed and featured nationally at various open mic venues and community events. He has conducted writing workshops in various public schools, headlined at the Larry Neal Awarded play "Prison Poetry" at the historical Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC and recently embarked on the NACA Mid-Atlantic College tour. Beny has also been blessed with the opportunity to appear on various radio and TV outlets and has made an appearance on HBO’s hit series “The Wire”.
Beny penned the phrase SILENCE IS FORBIDDEN to represent his belief that the current state of the world demands that we can no longer afford to be silent. He believes that unifying through this art form will open the doors for himself as well as other independent artist to realize and manifest their dreams. His mission and passion is to not only write and share his words, but to help create a space for artists to share their art and talent with the world while also living prosperous lives for themselves and generations to come.
TONIGHT'S FEATURE Clarence E. Wright
Clarence E. Wright is a writer, speaker and faith leader possessing the rare ability to translate the charismatic fervor of the pulpit to various subject matters across sacred and secular lines.
A veteran of the Philadelphia poetry scene and the National Poetry Slam community, the former Urban Word Grand Slam Champion in Trenton, NJ and winner of the “5th Wheel” championship at the 2002 National Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, he made his impact on the spoken word community before taking a long hiatus.
Since returning to performance poetry he has been active as the 2011 Philadelphia Grand Slam champion, a semifinalist at the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café in New York, a member of the 2011 and 2012 Philadelphia Fuze Poetry Slam teams, the 2012 Philadelphia IWPS representative as well as a member of the inaugural Philadelphia Pigeon Poetry Slam team. He is also the coach/mentor for the Constitution High School Poetry Team, part of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement’s High School Slam League. The author of 4 volumes of poetry his subject matter has spanned everything from societal issues to religion and relationships.
Outside of poetry he has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector including; international missions, homeless advocacy, community economic development, church planting and pastoral leadership. He is currently the site manager and director of outreach for Chosen 300 Ministries, an international missions organization with sites in 8 countries. In this capacity he works directly with 75 partner organizations to serve more than 100,000 meals a year to the homeless of Philadelphia and distribute over 25,000 pounds of food to developing nations per year. He is also the planting pastor of the Gathering of Love, an innovative new fellowship in Philadelphia that integrates the spoken word and other art into worship. Finally he is an accomplished musician with 20 years experience as a Gospel keyboardist/organist, worship leader, choir director and songwriter.
He has a BA from Temple University in World Religions and Urban Studies, a certificate in non profit
management from LaSalle University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Missional Theology. A husband, a father and a man of faith all of which create a diverse body of life experience to draw from in his work.
Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. List opens at 7 30 PM.
Our Tribal Statment
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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