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Went to sleep in Albuquerque and woke up in Africa … as a featured poet on Badilisha Poetry! Here’s what my Executive Assistant Ronica Brooks had to say:
“Take a look at one of the latest main page poetryfeatures on Hakim Bellamy. He makes an appearance on the Badilisha Poetry Radio Showand recites his poem entitled “Place Matters”. See him as he paints a portrait of life deeply affected by what place we are in, out of, or sometimes kept from.
In late July of 2012, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy was invited to a conversation. This conversation was a conversation of global proportions. For years, VSA North 4th Arts Executive Director Marjorie Neset (and NewArt New Mexico) has consistently brought culturally critical African contemporary artists to New Mexico. Formally through Global Dance Fest and now through Journeys, Neset has connected Albuquerque and Africa through her collaboration with the African Contemporary Arts Consortium. MAPP International Productions administers the consortium and regularly convenes consortium members in Africa for artistic exchanges and dialogue. This year, Hakim was invited to attend, and invited himself to blog for ABQ Arts & Entertainment. We said “yes.”
South Africa was made even more of a blessing by being in the company of POETIC BRETHREN abroad. Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a talent I was able to see on HBO when I was first being indoctrinated to slam culture. A model and mentor who joined me as an arts presenter at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco with The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium (MAPP International out of NYC) that took me to Johannesburg. Marc’s history with YouthSpeaks alerted me to the opportunity to see Joshua Bennett, a former college poetry slam competitor (who was part of the University of Pennsylvania team that unseated College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Champions UNM LOBOSLAM the year after we won College Nationals), friend and inspiration perform at Emonti on Bree in Johannesburg as part of the Word N Sound Performance Series. I joked that Kanye & Jay already booked the title “Ni@@as in Paris,” so we be “Bruthas in Johannes.” Or “Brotherhood of the Travellin’ Champs.” It was good to be in the space, supportive and proud of one of ours. Sir Joshua Bennett did his thing. What an amazing night to be a fan of Josh and cut up with Marc in South Africa!