Men of Change Spoken Word Pieces
Recently, I was commissioned by Washington State Historical Society and the Ford Motor Fund to create original poems to accompany the art pieces in the Smithsonian "Men of Change" exhibit highlighting black men and their contributions to American society. The pieces were performed live at the grand opening and VIP events as well as visiting student groups. Each of the pieces corresponds with one of the exhibit's themes. The exhibit highlights names like James Baldwin, August Wilson, Andrew Young, Kendrick Lamar, Lebron James, Chance the Rapper, and Ralph Ellison. Each of the pieces are shown below. I was also interviewed by King 5 News about the works.
State of the City 2020
I was asked by the Mayor of Tacoma to open the State of the City address. I created and performed the poem that was turned into a video for the address. It was an honor to create for my hometown and to have my work be valued by the Mayor. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we were unable to meet in person. Below is the virtual address.