Sun 11/14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST
Sponsored by the Seacoast African American Cultural Center
The evening will feature local poets Khaalid Hart, Michael Cameron Ward, and Jarrett Daniel, and seeks to elevate the conversation in the greater Seacoast community through the words and experience of black men, engaging in community dialogue and poetry jams. We will honor black men writers such as, but not limited to, Robert Hayden, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Amiri Baraka, James Arthur Baldwin, Saul Stacey Williams, and Langston Hughes.
Doors open at 7pm with live music — program begins at 7:30pm
Khaalid Hart is an artist/ poet/ musician based in Boston, MA. His love for art began at a very young age, when he got his first piano. At age 9 he left his home in Worcester, MA. Since then he found himself moving throughout the country semi yearly. His work often centers around navigating a sedentary lifestyle, with a nomadic background.
Michael Cameron Ward is a retired computer geek engaged in his second career as a writer, performer and social commentator. In 1957 his family relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Lee, NH to escape gang violence. He and his three siblings integrated the Oyster River School District the same day as Little Rock, Ar. His family met and faced a myriad of challenges, and in doing so, they demonstrated that they were “regular people”, part of the community. Before his father Harold Ward passed away at age 94 in 2015, he asked that Michael write their story. He wanted his 9 great grandchildren, “To know from whence they came.” From that unexpected beginning, the “Sketches of Lee” collection now has two of four volumes published and a third on the way. Michael resides in his family home in Lee, NH where he reads, writes, bicycles, renovates the house and raises pigs.
Jarrett Daniel, better known in the poetic arts world as Maj. Got his first taste of writing poetry in 1992 in his 9th grade English class. His teacher Ms. Reid pushed and pushed him to write better work and little did she know it would be Jarrett’s biggest outlet of expression for the next 20 years. 1999 Jarrett’s God brother John Doe known in the poetic world introduce him to the stage. After weeks of attending the Thursday night poetry set at Club Kaya followed by the Martini Bar watching John Doe bless the mic along with other spoken word and poetry greats like Last Forever, Tommy Bottoms, Abyss, Phillippia Williams, Najuma Ali, and DJ Poet 7. Maj was ready with his first appearance preforming something he had written a week prior and completely crushed it. Over the last 20 years Jarrett has done numerous random spoken word events from Atlanta to New Hampshire. His style is simply described as “Conscious Conversation” normally something everyone can relate too. Maj.
Artist in residence Najee A. Brown can be described as nothing else than a young entrepreneur. After starting his media company, Mindlezz Thoughtz, in 2011 he has helped provide numerous resources to aspiring artists. In addition to running his own media and arts company, Najee Brown also produced his own music and has danced on every stage from the Apollo to Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Najee wrote and produced his play The Bus Stop, which sold out six times in New York City, and recently featured at the Seacoast Rep last summer. He co-wrote and directed the musical Glimmerings Of Hope, which premiered in New York City and toured Michigan in the spring of 2019. He also directed and choreographed the award-winning musical Henry Box Brown – A Musical Journey, in Edinburgh Scotland in the summer or 2019. Brown oversees the “Sol” series at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, which will focus on presenting Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) narratives. Stokley and Martin and Nevaeh’s Brother, are his newest plays to premier at Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
Frank Robinson, Jr. joined the team at Green Acre as Operations Manager in September of 2018. He has worked in special education, elementary and middle schools, grass roots youth arts/drama development, film production and multimedia management. Frank has traveled to offer art and service in socioeconomic development projects in South America, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Barbados, and Switzerland. In his current role at Green Acre, he has found synthesis and coherence in bringing his capacities to the center’s outreach efforts in media, art, empowerment of children and youth, social action, and exploring the nobility of all of humanity.