ON INSTAGRAM! Open Mic sign-up list: https://tinyurl.com/VibeMicListNov2020
This Vibe will occur in the midst of the 2020 election season, a dire time—no matter who wins the Office of President. We will want—NEED—poetic cleansing, a space to process trauma, express ourselves, and be in a supportive, creative space! Join us for an online open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth” magazine, come drop some rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy. Our theme is “Peace, Justice, Poetry!” By the way: it’s a non-erotic venue, so rather than a love & erotica evening, we focus this night on justice and other matters of life. And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!
This event will take place on Instagram Live @redemmas. Sign up for the open mic will be posted on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 72 hours before the event. If time permits we will take names onto the list during the event as well, after those who have signed up have performed. One piece/five minutes.
Our feature this evening is one of the pillars of the Connecticut poetry scene! Baub (pronounced “Bawb”) Bidon is a Haitian/African American poet, actor, writer, and playwright based in New Haven. He has worked on sets with artists ranging from Busta Rhyme, Black Rob, and Pharaoh Monch to Missy Elliot, Nas, Eve and Mary J Blige, naming a few. Inspired by poets such as Ngoma, James Baldwin, Gil Scot Heron, and Saul Williams and playwright August Wilson, Baub chronicles urban life. He writes to tell the stories often marinated in ghettos and jails throughout the United States. His poetry speaks of injustice and poverty, and he hopes that his work uplifts and empowers those who are, and have been, victims of oppression. Baub has worked in prisons alongside Lyrics on Lockdown, in schools and after-school programs, and more. Delivered with Hip Hop and Jazz fused with Blues, Baub’s work conceptualizes the idea of a better tomorrow, and a brighter day. He is a member of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and was a member of the 2012 Connecticut slam team, Verbal Slap.
Baub is the author of “A Glimpse: Spoken Word in Back Pockets (Collected Poems),” and has produced a CD by the same name. As a member of the Blackout Arts Collective, he was a writer for the production of What It Iz: the Spoken Wordical, a Hip Hop/Spoken Word adaptation of the 1970s musical and film, “The Wiz.” He has appeared in various film and theater projects and has contributed to written anthologies. Baub Bidon is the founder and Host of FREE 2 SPIT (www.facebook.com/free2spit), a poetry open mic and potluck which takes place every first Friday of the month (except for January) at the New Haven Peoples Center.
Holdin’ it down for the evening is Analysis—poet/spoken word artist, rad minister and bookseller, educator, justice & human rights theoretician… Y’all know what’s up!
Twitter and Instagram: @analysisthepoet
In lieu of our usual in-person collection to support the feature, PLEASE support the artist directly (methods to be announced) and the host in order to ensure the continuation of the venue. SUPPORT THE ARTS!
The evening is brought to you by Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, a worker-owned and collectively-operated restaurant, bookstore, and community events space located in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon neighborhood that is dedicated to putting principles of solidarity and sustainability into practice in a democratic workplace! You can continue to support us during this time by purchasing books online or donating to our worker support fund! Thank you.
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Remember: PEACE, JUSTICE, POETRY!! Will we see you there? :)