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Review: Beats, Rhymes & Life

Lights flash disco-style on a middle-aged Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad as the three harmonize in front of a pumped audience for the 2008 Rock the Bells Festival. The crowd is hyped. The camera pans across an audience of bobbing heads and swaying arms. This is how the new documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: … Continue reading


By the Way, Sanaa Lathan is Back on Stage

Sanaa Lathan has fashioned an enviable acting career going back to the 1990s. All hands down, her most beloved movie is Love & Basketball. Since then she’s amassed an impressive resume with a diversity of characters in film, television, and theater. Theater has been the recent focus of her career, a throwback to her training … Continue reading

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark!

Beat Memories


Murillo Returns

Poet John Murillo (Up Jump the Boogie) will be in DC this weekend leading a workshop for Split This Rock and giving a reading at Bus Boys and Poets with KatyRichey. There are still spaces left for the workshop, I believe. You should contact Sarah Browning at browning@splitthisrock.org for registration or further details. Here’s a clip … Continue reading

Looking for Poetry Outside of Poems

One of my favorite professors at Howard University, whom I’m still in touch with, once said that I should never look for poetry in poems: go out into the world and discover something that stimulates you. I try to live by this maxim. The entire week I was in New York, I carried my notebook with … Continue reading

Blogging from New York City

For the entire month of April, I’ll be blogging for the Tidal Basin Review’s blog. I feel very fortunate as this will be their first month blogging and they are publishing one of my new poems. So please, support the Tidal Basin Review. That said, I plan to post teasers of my blog posts for TBR … Continue reading