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Be-Side

The Home of Hakm's B-Side e-alter ego...his auxiliary brain or external hard drive...

A poem I wrote on a plane two weeks before jumping out of a different plane.

Original poem by me. For my son.

Original music by Laura Mvula. Remix by SOHN.

http://www.themusicninja.com/electro-soul-laura-mvula-green-garden-sohn-remix/

http://sohnmusic.com

Yeah. I’m more excited than a tweenage girl meeting Miley Cyrus! So what. I was interviewed by a titan of journalism and Black culture last week. I am humbled and honored to share it with you all!

Here is the program at Tavis Smiley Radio:

http://www.tavissmileyradio.com/hakim-bellamy-albuquerque-poet-laureate/

And here is the Facebook link (pictured above), let Tavis know how you felt about our interview! (You can also Tweet him at @TavisSmiley Re: @HakimBe)!

https://www.facebook.com/TavisTalks/posts/10152558925931278?comment_id=10152563591231278&notif_t=comment_mention#

All it took was a mention (by name) from Dr. Nikki Giovanni on Tavis’s TV Show back in November and a chance meeting of Tavis and my West End Press publicist Amanda Sutton in New York…and God did the rest.

Thank you and I love you all. - hb

Hakim Bellamy – Albuquerque Poet Laureate | The Tavis Smiley Show

It’s been a week and then some. I plan on being sleep before the sun goes down. I’m going to leave you with the Tavis Smiley Radio Show that aired today. Thank you Amanda & West End Press for making that happen for me. I feel mo’ blessed, especially because my son was able to listen to daddy on the radio in South Jersey with my parents. I hope he is proud of me. Link:http://bit.ly/1rG9sqo 

Local iQ - Poetry from abroad

BIG THANK YOU to the Local iQ for running an article on my trip to Turkey, complete with one of the poems I wrote while I was there (That was my poem a day exercise…I like to up the ante NaPoWriMo ;). You can check out the article here http://bit.ly/1r6tqMl and listen to the poem here http://bit.ly/1m4mqrs

Watch now: Colores | ¡COLORES! July 11, 2014 | KNME-TV/Channel 5 Video

Me and mi hermana Jessica Helen Lopez on New Mexico PBS’s ¡COLORES! Aired Friday, you can check it out anytime here

New York State Literary Center

Some poems I wrote with some prisoners…

Thank you John and The New York State Literary Center Center.

If you happen to be in the Racine, WI area in mid-July…. 

If you happen to be in the Racine, WI area in mid-July…. 

Inaugural class of WKKF Community Leadership Network convenes in Battle Creek - W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Extremely honored that my colleague in verse, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, saw fit to include me in her fantastic article in the November/December 2013 issue of World Literature Today titled Writing the Great Recession: A Tribute to the global working class. It is an honored to be selected by an accomplished writer and poet like Jeanetta, as well as to be included (along with New Mexico Centennial Poet Levi Romero) in such a prestigious cohort of writers from across the planet.
This from Qalandar Bux Memon & Zeeshan Yousaf RE: “Working-class Poets of Pakistan”
"Progressive writers took up this challenge and infused traditional Sufi martyr poetry with a political dimension suited for their time."
View the article here.
View my poem “Bread and Roses” here.

Extremely honored that my colleague in verse, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, saw fit to include me in her fantastic article in the November/December 2013 issue of World Literature Today titled Writing the Great Recession: A Tribute to the global working class. It is an honored to be selected by an accomplished writer and poet like Jeanetta, as well as to be included (along with New Mexico Centennial Poet Levi Romero) in such a prestigious cohort of writers from across the planet.

This from Qalandar Bux Memon & Zeeshan Yousaf RE: “Working-class Poets of Pakistan”

"Progressive writers took up this challenge and infused traditional Sufi martyr poetry with a political dimension suited for their time."

View the article here.

View my poem “Bread and Roses” here.

Something old and something new…two Hak-ku*.

This first haiku is for a forthcoming book of haiku, I am publishing (don’t bite the copyright ;) … However, current events have recently made this short poem very popular and very potent. Thank you to poet and friend Susana Rinderle and organizer, childhood friend and mother Tangi Lancaster for asking to use this poem as their mantra to grieve and get something that at least resembles justice in the Trayvon Martin case. The haiku that follows Black Poem for America is brand new, and titled Only in America.

Black Poem for America

I’ll stop writing about how Black I am when you stop reminding me

Only in America

Only in America are dead Black boys tried for their own murder

* Haiku + Hakim = Hak-ku … coming soon.