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Poetic Vibes Open Mic 2nd Anniversary

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Anacostia Arts Center

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Poetic Vibes is an artistic environment for creatives and lovers of poetry and spoken word. Inspiration, cultivation, and representation of our individual life experiences and challenges draw us together to wade in a watering hole of kinetic synergy. #PoeticVibesDC Poetic Vibes is created and hosted by Harvey Fitz in conjunction with The Anacostia Arts Center. It takes place every first Friday of each month. Our May 3rd session will be our 2nd anniversary.celebration. and we will be featuring both singer/songwriter Durand Bernarr and poet/author Kondwani Fidel! Door open at 8;00pm, we start at 9:00pm


Kondwani Fidel and his poetry have become one in the same. The passion Fidel brings to his work has taken the Baltimore native around the globe to confront education reform, civil rights, and growing up in an underserved community. Fidel has captivated audiences at conferences, literary events, and has lectured and taught classes at the University of East London while touring in the United Kingdom.

Fidel’s lyrical poetry has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, The Root, The Independent, Mic, Baltimore Magazine, and Baltimore Sun. His viral essay, “How a Young Boy has Been Decaying in Baltimore Since Age 10: A Death Note”, cemented Fidel as an authority in his city. In 2018, The Baltimore Sun honored Fidel in its heralded ‘Best of Baltimore’ issue for his courage, innovative thinking, and leadership in local schools and communities.

While poetry is his first love, Fidel has taken his creative style into filmmaking, apparel, and fiction writing. He debuted Hummingbirds in the Trenches, a short film dedicated to the release of his second book of the same title. Fidel’s apparel line, READ, is a physical extension of his advocacy for youth literacy.

Fidel is the author of his published collections, Hummingbirds in the Trenches (2018), and Raw Wounds (2017). Fidel’s work has been praised by literary and civil rights giants such as Ibram X. Kendi, Eve L. Ewing, and DeRay McKesson. Fidel is an M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. Fidel was most recently been honored for his work with Baltimore’s Civil Rights Literary Award.


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Durand Bernar is a combination of Badu's Izm's and Little Richard's Sass, Durand Bernarr brings funk wrapped in yellow harmony and lyrical witty charm. Born September 16, 1988, in Cleveland, Ohio, Durand Bernarr was destined to pursue a career in the music industry. Music is in his DNA!

His mother is a music teacher, vocal coach and music director at a local playhouse.

His father is a singer as well, and has traveled the world as a sound engineer working with artists such as Barry Manilow, Jill Scott, Nelly and the St. Lunatics, Cash Money Millionaires, Earth, Wind & Fire, 50 Cent, and the late Whitney Houston, just to name a few.

Since he was a young child, Durand Bernarr has been involved in theatre, and has performed in productions at Karamu House Theater such as “Holes”, “Black Nativity” and his all-time favorite, “God’s Trombones.” Being involved in these productions further fueled his desire to pursue a career in music and also seasoned him as a performer.

Durand writes and arranges all of his music and to date has written over 500 songs.

In December 2007, he started posting videos on YouTube; saturating the internet with his music and in 2009, he independently released his 1st project... "Alcoholharmony: The MixT@pe"
By 2010, he had been discovered by artists such as YahZarah, The Foreign Exchange, Rickey Smiley
and Neo-Soul Songstress Erykah Badu. As the self-proclaimed step-son of Erykah Badu, she reached out to Durand and invited him to be apart of her band “Neda Stella” after hearing his second project release: "8ight: The Stepson of Erykah Badu".

During the summer of 2011, he had the pleasure of traveling with Badu and singing background for her European tour as her “2nd Soprano”.

Durand is currently keeping himself busy by continuing to better his craft and sharpening what he aches to do for the rest of his life... Becoming a full time musician: sharing his unique music abilities and color personality with the world and to be a household name.


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