2015 beat training series:
MC/poet – When I was actively performing, I frequently moved between art & culture spaces (spoken-word, theatre, academic, religious) that weren’t necessarily standard for or even (at the time) open to underground hip-hop. That was intentional. The “mc/poet” tag came about, in large part from the subtle modifications in presentation and delivery developed in those various settings.
Since 2008, I’ve participated in the MLK Day Celebration at St. Paul AME Church (Glencoe, IL). I usually deliver a new poem written for the theme of the given year’s presentation (as conveyed to me by event coordinator, Susan Richmond). This activity has coincided with Barack Obama’s historical presidency and I’ve often invoked him in some way for his obvious representation of Dr. King’s vision. Here are direct links to my poems for the 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2008 celebrations.