The official poem commissioned by the City of Albuquerque for the New Mexico Centennial Celebration, delivered on the Main Stage at the Summerfest Centennial Celebration on June 16th, 2012 before Los Lobos and after Robert Mirabal.
To: New Mexico
From: Hakim Bellamy
100 Years of Corridos: A song for the New Mexico Centennial
On a broadcast TV segment with Leah Black called “Artist Spotlight” on My50-TV. A chance for me to do my “real sh#t” (Thanks Seth Rems, hahaha). Just kickin it with my girl Leah (a dope musician in her own right, look for that collabo in the near future). Happy for the opportunity, even my boss and chair of my department at UNM saw it, AND liked it (at least they were nice enough to say so!). The following 5 segments are blogged below in sequential order. Give thanks.
Thank you Most High for gifting. Thank you fam & friends for supporting and suffering. Thank you City for recognizing. Thank you Weekly Alibi for publishing. And thank you Sarah Silverman Bonneau for delivering. Thanks, thanks, thank…
I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 4:20, yesterday, than at Rio Grande H.S. with students on the anniversary of Columbine. Yes, schools can be a place of healing and community instead. Thanks to Levi Romero for taking the time as well.
A little under a year ago, I had the pleasure of doing a performance poetry workshop and performance at the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque. A church that has a GLBTQ Ministry. A church that has their UUA President who will be in Albuquerque from Boston doing a talk on immigration (April 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) A church that has a social justice ministry. I was honored to bring some of my work there and feeling like poetry belonged in the pulpit (as if it’s not there already). You should check this church out and support them in your community. Odds are, they support you already.
I have to confess that, with a few exceptions, I’ve never been a huge Hip-Hop fan or rap fan. I liked some early rappers from the 1980s and Arrested Development from the 1990s. Lately I’ve been listening to MC Yogi, whose album “Elephant Power” is a wonderful exploration of the stories of Hindu gods like Hanuman and Ganesh, as well as historical heroes like Mahatma Ghandi.
But Hakim Bellamyand Carlos Contreras showed me a whole different side of Hip-Hop this week.The two are spoken word artists and poetry slam champions performed “Urban Verbs: An Autobiographical Intersection of Hip-Hop & Humanity in Five Acts.” It officially kicked off the 11th Annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival, the amazing three-week event created by Albuquerque’s own Tricklock Theatre Company, that every year brings us some of the best performers from around the world, especially from fringe festivals. (read on at the link above…)