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Ok, so. GraffitiDC as you know from a previous post of mine, is one of DC’s greatest slams. It happens every third Wednesday at LIV nightclub on U St. 10 bucks before 8, 15 after. Doors open at 7, show starts 8.

Logistics.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a spot that was as chill as this. The atmosphere is definitely live, especially the month that G. Yamazawa featured (check him out…dope! @gyamazawa on twitter). Drinks, laughs, great music, fun people…oh, and poetry.

Armed with a new brand (meaning the flyer), GDC, as many of its supporters affectionally call it, is nearing this season’s end. With a few more months to go before the finale, this month is paying homage to the ladies. Women’s History Month edition of GDC features Rachel McKibbens who I’ve heard is a dope poet, an open bar for the ladies (while supplies last), a female DJ and guest judge and some dope slammers. I’m excited. I hope that the poets pay homage to us ladies. *cue UCB’s Sexy Ladies*

We shall see.

I highly, highly recommend making your way down to LIV tomorrow. Located at 11th and U St, its right on the green line. Get your buns down there for some fun. I’m hella excited. I’m going even if its solo dolo 😉

Follow GDC on twitter at @GraffitiDC …tell ’em I sent you!

Video: iWrite – Ode To The City

I’m sorry guys, but wordpress has changed up on me. I can’t post videos directly to the page. So to watch the video, just click on the link below. I posted this poem to my poetry blog the other day. I wanted to record it though. Let me know what you all think…and make sure you check out Peace of Me.

iWrite – Ode To The City

iWrite.

L.A.S.E.R.S. Tour

This is long overdue (about 3 months to be exact) but its better late than never.

Friday, September 16, 2011.

I knew Lupe was gonna be in the area. In fact, I told myself a while ago that if I didn’t see Lupe before the end of the year that I would denounce as a fan. So I purchased tickets. Bought two as a matter of fact. I dragged my co-workers and my sister down to the Marriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on this brisk Fall evening for a concert that I will never forget.

It was SUPPOSED to be Lupe, Wale, Big Sean and Miguel. I was excited. However, about a week before the show, we found out Big Sean was no longer performing. A little disappointing but still excited nonetheless. So. We stood for about an hour waiting for the gates to open. Another two hours before the show began and it would be an additional two hours before Lupe even hit the stage.

But it was worth the wait.

Lupe Fiasco’s first female artist on his label 1st and 15th, Sarah Green, did her thing. Still trying to make my mind up about whether or not she will actually make it to mainstream. I guess only time will tell. In the meantime, check her out. Some other randoms performed but to be honest, they didn’t make that great of an impression on me.

Fast forward through Miguel’s performance and press play on Wale’s. The one thing I can’t stand about Wale is that he does WAYYY too much when he performs. At this point, the crowd got crazy. Wale jumped into the crowd.  Walked all the way through the sea of people pushing and scratching to get at him (I am among these fans) and then back on stage. Other than his “I want to cause a riot” stunt, his set was pretty good. I was right in the front, so I purposely wore my Towson sweatshirt for Bait 😉

Lupe never disappoints. He reached back and pulled from F&L, definitely performed most of LASERS, and everything in between. He even dedicated a few songs to the Occupy Wall Street movement and to the issues in Palestine. I appreciate Lupe’s effort to make his fans aware of political and social issues.

I managed to capture a few images on my friends EVO (my phone died before the show even started). I think they’re pretty good for a camera phone.

All in all, the concert was great. And not just because I’m a fan. I left the pavilion and my legs were numb because I stood so long. But it was worth every moment.

Next time, I won’t wait so long to tell ya’ll about it.

Coming Soon

Hey DVCers 🙂

I just want to say thank you so much for your consistency. My blog wouldn’t be what it is if I didn’t have consistent readers and supports.

With that said, I’m in the process of getting my life together and that includes being more consistent in posting. I’ve been to more poetry and hip hop stuff in the last couple of months than I’ve been to in my life. I’ve got some back reviews, some video, some pics. It’s all coming to a screen near you real soon.

I’m headed to busboys for the 11th hour slam tonight and then Graffiti DC is also this month. Who knows what ill find in between. So keep it locked (a la Free and AJ) don’t go nowhere and again thank you for being consistent even when I’m not. Love you guys!

iWrite.

V.O.W. – YaYa

“This girl right here standing in front of us, she’s my favorite poet. And I’m trying not to embarrass myself because last time I did,” said Leslie, one of my all time favorite people in the world. We were standing in line at Busboys and Poets and Rasheed Copeland and YaYa were both standing in front of us waiting for the 11th hour poetry slam. I had no doubt in my mind that they were dope because I trust Leslie’s judgment.

But I had no idea what “dope” really meant…until they both stood in front of the mic. They were amazing. YaYa was a petite woman with a headwrap that reminded me of Aunt Jemima and her style was dope (check out the checkered blazer in the vid – hotness). I remember thinking, “how old is this girl?!” She looked so tiny, but her voice sounded so old. It was amazing.

I later went to the Howard U Poetry Cypher and had no idea that they both were performing. Again, they were amazing. I managed to capture YaYa’s final piece. Again, the image isn’t the greatest but I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

 

iWrite.

Graffiti DC

This week, while I take a break from the monotonous life of prepping for grad school, I thought I’d step outside of my box and head down to U Street for a few events. Second up on the agenda was Graffiti DC, an event that I had gotten far too many ignored e-mails about. It was great. I almost didn’t go.

As we climbed the stairs at 8:20pm, 20 minutes after the event was supposed to start, and realized that there were no seats, I was slightly disappointed in myself.  I knew that I should have attempted to get there earlier but in my hesitation, I blew my chance at a seat.

But, I digress.

The poets were amazing. The feature was a petite girl from New York with big hair. I loved her hair. She talked about being a call girl and an alcoholic. She made light of it but I saw the truth in what she said. I felt the pain in every line of her poems. I admired her for standing on the stage and revealing her story. It was real. It was great. Much respect.

I managed to get her last piece as my phone began to die. Again, the recorder on my phone is the worse so forgive the image and hear the words.

Oh yea, follow @GraffitiDC on twitter.

 

 

iWrite.

Howard U’s Poetry Cypher: Queen GodIs

Tonight I ventured down into the famous U Street District of D.C. with Eazy for the Howard University Homecoming 2011 Poetry Cypher. Now, I will admit, I am slightly a newbie to these types of events. I figured I’d just start going to things if I want to network and meet new folks. I’m finding that everyone has such beautiful energy and I’m grateful to have met them.

One person in particular, however, I’ve been dying to meet since I first saw her on the HBO mini-series Brave New Voices back in 2008; Queen GodIs. I imagined that she would be six feet tall and be statuesque like a goddess. Man, was I right. Literally, she isn’t 6 feet tall but her spirit makes you feel like she towers over you. Her make-up was flawless, her outfit was beautiful, her poetry was breath-taking.

I. Am. A. Fan.

Not to mention, she shouted me out on stage! It just made my night. And of course I got footage. For once, my phone did not die on me. The image isn’t all that great but you should still be able to hear her words. I had to split the video up into sections because it was so long. Her entire performance was 25 minutes! But it was worth every minute of it.

Queen, if you are reading this, from the bottom of my heart…thank you for being the inspiration that you are to me. This is my dedication to YOU!

 

 

More to come…iWrite.