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

Miles and miles of smiles.

Miles and miles of smiles.

Tagged with:  #travel  #nepal  #khatmandu  #oneworld  #poetry
My kalava (thread bracelet, blessed during and tied on after the ceremony) after my puja on my right wrist. Some of you know, if you’ve asked, others may not…but my born middle name is Hakim ( حكيم roughly means wise/doctor in Arabic) and my son’s middle name is Mikah ( מִיכָה ), the inverse spelling of Hakim, and it is Hebrew (based on the book Micah in the Bible shares the root nomenclature, roughly meaning “He who is like God”). I knew if I ever had a son I would do this because in my immediate family, most everyone except my mom and my baby brother go by a derivative of their middle name rather than their first name. So even though my son tends to be called by his first name at school, our Bellamy family trend-ition places an emphasis on middle names (plus it allowed his mother and I to end the civil war over the child’s name a full two days AFTER he was born!). Nonetheless, the intention behind it (besides it was cool to spell my name backwards and have it mean something) was that I thought it poetic for my name to be Arabic and his name to be Hebrew, especially with the age old strife in a particular region of the world (which is particularly timely nowadays) because it represents an inherent conflict (i.e. Landlord/Tenant or Oedipal relationship) between father and son. I AM CERTAINLY NOT LIBERTY TO SAY WHO’S THE DADDY RE: GAZA, however, I hope for a peaceful resolution…just like I hope my son and I always stay connected at the wrist. ;) There’s a kalava for that.

My kalava (thread bracelet, blessed during and tied on after the ceremony) after my puja on my right wrist. Some of you know, if you’ve asked, others may not…but my born middle name is Hakim ( حكيم roughly means wise/doctor in Arabic) and my son’s middle name is Mikah ( מִיכָה ), the inverse spelling of Hakim, and it is Hebrew (based on the book Micah in the Bible shares the root nomenclature, roughly meaning “He who is like God”). I knew if I ever had a son I would do this because in my immediate family, most everyone except my mom and my baby brother go by a derivative of their middle name rather than their first name. So even though my son tends to be called by his first name at school, our Bellamy family trend-ition places an emphasis on middle names (plus it allowed his mother and I to end the civil war over the child’s name a full two days AFTER he was born!). Nonetheless, the intention behind it (besides it was cool to spell my name backwards and have it mean something) was that I thought it poetic for my name to be Arabic and his name to be Hebrew, especially with the age old strife in a particular region of the world (which is particularly timely nowadays) because it represents an inherent conflict (i.e. Landlord/Tenant or Oedipal relationship) between father and son. I AM CERTAINLY NOT LIBERTY TO SAY WHO’S THE DADDY RE: GAZA, however, I hope for a peaceful resolution…just like I hope my son and I always stay connected at the wrist. ;) There’s a kalava for that.

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