BCYPT's origins as a poetic program owes, its creative etymology to an idea once attempted by the name of the “poet mentor program” by Poetry For The People Baltimore (P4PB), this was a short lived initiative that sought to connect the areas prominent spoken word artists with aspiring young youth/teen poets on the rise looking for guidance in how to get their voice and work heard, who were serious about their craft even at a young age. Out of this idea was later born BCYPT a program now 5 years strong and running that helps to take dedicated youth poets across the country each year to experience the world of self exploration through poetry and artistic activism as well as provide an all important platform for youth voice.
And at this edition of AUTHENTIC we are bringing you fire and mo fire with adult feature and first lady of DewMore Baltimore Lady Brion (board member, teaching artist, program manager and program participate) She does it all! And youth feature the outstanding poetic thunder of 2 time Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team BNV national slam representative (2013 and 2015) and 2013 Baltimore City Youth Grand Slam Champion Sadiyah Bashir aka King Hijab Pin.
Lady Brion is a soulful Spoken Word Artist out of Baltimore, Maryland committed to beautifying the world around her, uplifting the spirits of others, advocating on behalf of the marginalized and thoughtful expression. In 2008 she launched her own jewelry line now known as Lady Brion Jewelry which features eclectic, hand made pieces that are as bodacious as she is. Lady Brion realized her lyrical gift early on in life and began performing at the tender age of 12 with performances at her middle school and church. Eleven years later, Lady Brion has performed all across the world with featured performances at a Youth Leadership Conference in London, England, The State University of Zanzibar in Zanzibar, Tanzania and the Transatlantic Roundtable for Race and Religion in Accra, Ghana. She can also be seen in featured performances across the United States. Her first poetry EP entitled “Evolving Sands” was released in the fall of 2013 and in the same year, Pastor Heber Brown III dubbed her the Poet Laureate of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church as a result of her successful bimonthly worship service known as Poetry as Praise, in addition to her monthly open mic The Word, and the many performances done at the church and away services. Her ministry has helped to open up a space for nontraditional types of worship in the church community. She currently is the “resident artist” of Leaders of A Beautiful Struggle; a youth lead policy think tank and advocacy group in Baltimore, Maryland. She was recently seated on the Board of Dew More Baltimore, an organization devoted to art and advocacy, particularly for high school youth and taught Creative Writing for two years at Lakeland Elementary Middle School. One of her favorite quotes is by Mirianne Williamson, it reads: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.” Which is why she thrives to shine and give youth across the nation permission to do the same.
SADIYAH BASHIR (also known as KING HIJAB PIN) is a 17-year-old poet out of Lanham, Maryland. She is the 2013 Regional and National DC MIST Spoken Word champion, as well as the 2013 Baltimore Youth Poetry Grand Slam Champion. She hopes that her poetry will be heard around the world and inspire others, especially young Muslim females. She is excited to serve as WISE's first DC fellow.
Her WISE-dom: "I believe that WISE has the essentials that most young ladies need (myself included) & I believe no matter who you are there is a revolution going on inside you that WISE can help bring out. My advice to young Muslimah's are to know that with Allah on your side, literally no one can stop you." — Sadiyah Bashir.
AUTHENTIC Youth & Adult Open Mic
At Dewmore 3326 Keswick Rd
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
3pm to 6pm
Hosted By Slangston Hughes & Martina Lynch