Hakim Bellamy: Black Mantra

A Meditation on Healing

SuicideNationally recognized author, performer and Poet Laureate of Albuquerque (2012-2014), Bellamy will perform at 7:30. An on- air host for the New Mexico PBS show ¡COLORES!, Bellamy’s multimedia performance will address the intersection of young Black male bodies and institutional racism/violence. He responds in poetic verse to video of a talking circle with young Black men less than two days after the Charleston Massacre. His performance will also include Acapella Hip-Hop poetry/theater pieces.

Black Mantra: A Meditation on Healing is a multimedia hip hop performance piece born from talking circles with young men around issues of identity and masculinity. Originally organized to take place on June 19th, 2015, the first talking circle with young Black men was preempted by the massacre of nine parishioners of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Based on content sourced from real conversations about issues impacting contemporary notions of masculinity, Black Mantra wrestles with the notion of “art as mirror” and “art as window” to conversations young Black men often only have in the confidence of one another, if the event they are fortunate enough to have them at all. This performance copes with the human impact of lived (historical) and perceived (media) trauma on our fathers, spouses, brothers, sons and loved ones. Black Mantra is the performance of being seen. #DialogueDrivenTheater
The performance on Friday, November 3rd at 7pm (@ the African American Performing Arts Center NM Expo) will also feature the live appearance of young men who participated in the talking circles two years ago. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear from them in a moderated discussion panel and Q & A.
Featured Guests (co-creators): Fernando Barrios, Deshaun Summers, Siddiq Muhammad & Zavier Thompson

This event coincides with “The Music and The Muse: Art by Reginald Gammon” Opening Reception at the African American Performing Arts Center Gallery (across the hall from the auditorium)

Tickets are $15 and are available here https://aapac.yapsody.com/event/index/157291?ref=ebtn
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Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. He is also a scholar, educator, musician, and poet. Community Publishing has published Hakim Bellamy’s Samuel’s Story, a multimedia children’s story featuring the music of DJ Flo Fader and the illustrations of Melvin Mayes available in Print and Digital editions.

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