Artists & Projects Directory
Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project
Dahlak Brathwaite is a multi-faceted hip-hop artist who draws upon his abilities as a musician, actor, and poet to create a dynamic, spellbinding performance. Since launching into the national spoken word scene by winning the Brave New Voices international Poetry Slam, he has performed on the Tavis Smiley Radio show and the past two seasons of Russell Simmons' presents Def Poetry Jam. This is the second time Brathwaite has worked with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, writing and performing in Scourge - a play that the Boston Globe hailed as "explosive". As a member of the group iLL-Literacy, Dahlak has showcased his seamless blend of hip-hop, theater, and spoken word throughout the U.S. and overseas. Brathwaite is originally from Sacramento, California and is now based in Brooklyn, New York.
Daveed Diggs is an actor, educator, composer, rap and spoken word artist who graduated with a degree in Theater Arts from Brown University in 2004. He has many California and Western regional credits including Pacific Rep Theater's Troilus and Cressida (Troilus) and A Comedy of Errors (Duke), The SF Playhouse Six Degrees of Separation (Paul) and Jesus Hopped the A Train (Angel). Diggs also teaches Rap and Spoken word classes at James Lick Middle School and at the Marsh Youth Theater and gives workshops throughout the Bay Area, New York City, and New Jersey. He has been a teacher in residence with the Arts Literacy Program in Providence, Rhode Island and a teaching artist for Youth Speaks. As a writer, Diggs has written several plays in verse including: Sweeter Than, a play based on the writings of Harlem Renaissance poet Jean Toomer, which was produced by Rites and Reasons Theatre in Rhode Island; and Big Shoes, a solo performance piece. He is also a co-writer and performer The Living Word Project's The One Drop Rule directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. In the New York area you can see Diggs perform as a new member of the improvisational theater/rap event Freestyle Love Supreme. Catch him in San Francisco with the music/super-hero squadron The Freeze.
Dion Decibels is a Bay Area DJ/ turntablist, sound engineer, producer, teacher and music lover. Dion Decibels is the son of a drummer and a dancer, so it is only natural for him to make and play music for people to enjoy and move to. With over nine years of DJing and 25 years of musical experience, music is his life's dedication and he is here to bring you the funk.
Khalil Anthony (Performer) is an Artist-Educator, working within a variety of media. His work investigates relationships between the spirit and space, the black body, sexuality, society, and the urban experience. Weaving together these artistic intentions through dance and movement, writing, painting, education, and song, his work speaks to diverse audiences and communities. Originally from Chicago, Illinois and currently living in New York City, he has taught and performed in the UK, Amsterdam, Paris, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, and throughout the continental US. His work stems from a belief and commitment in the knowledge that all human beings, and especially young people, have a voice. After being published at the young age of 7, Anthony's work has appeared in various literary magazines and educational journals. As an Emmy winning singer-songwriter, his critically acclaimed album, Urbanfolksunshine, has been featured in five films, with international radio play in Venezuela, Brazil, and the UK. In 2009, Anthony traveled to England, and began ‘The Visible Man Project', which works to strengthen relationships between queer/gay artists of color from the US and the UK. His most recent project, Frederic Leon, is a novel based on events in his own life when, as a teacher, he was arrested for defending his students against police brutality. Currently, Anthony is completing his second studio album, Per Se. Khalil Anthony continues to bring life to his living by creating, being, and sharing the gift of art honestly, poignantly, and without regrets. www.negrotambor.wordpress.com
Michael Wayne Turner III, better known as MyKeyRoc, is a poet, musician, actor, model, and classically trained dancer. Originally from Houston, Texas, MyKeyRoc has lived in New York and Los Angeles, and currently resides in the Bay Area. In 2009, he was a finalist in the Youth Speaks Bay Area Teen Poetry Slam and went on to represent the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in Chicago, IL. His most recent works includes a music and spoken word mixtape with phresh pham. With his poetry he has toured extensively to universities including USC, UCLA, Stanford, TSU, WKU, UK, MTSU; performance venues including San Francisco Opera House, The Chicago Theater, Art Institute of Chicago, Herbst Theater, Stanford University; and hundreds of coffee shops, museums and street corners across the country.
B. Yung has recently become a familiar face in the American Spoken word community. After performing in LA's Def Poetry Allstar show by Stan Lathan in 2006, he began a very successful career at his new found craft. In 2008, B. Yung was featured in the Russell Simmons HBO documentary Brave New Voices, ranking second in the Nation with NYC's Youth SlamTeam at the Brave New Voices National Competition. He also won first place in the Robert Redford Speak Green Competition held at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C which earned him a chance to perform at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In 2009, B. Yung joined the Legendary Us3 Band and began traveling Europe on the "Stop, Think, Run" tour and his song "Love of my life" (produced by Geoff Wilkinson) premiered on MTV and VH1 Soul. In 2010 he ranked seventh in the Village Voice Rap Reviews, was featured in the Sprite Dunk Contest commercial and also Reggie Bythwood's "One Night in Vegas" documentary about Tupac Shakur and Mike Tyson (ESPN), created an LP "Eye of the Prince," and performed in China, Russia, England and Japan.
- WBF Press Kit 2.13
- rdGB Press Reviews 1.2013
- Word Becomes Flesh Press Reviews 1.2013
- Full Press Kit 12.12
- Object Context & Voice by Bridget Cooks
- A Rite to Heal by Shannon Jackson
- Arts Sarasota Herald Tribune Review 1.25.13
- New York Times rbGb Preview
- The Root Interview
- UTNE Reader: Less About Green, More About LIfe
- 2011 Alpert Award in the Arts
- Theaster Gates' website
- LIFE is LIVING website
- Marc Bamuthi Joseph on Great Day Houston
- Marc Bamuthi Joseph on KQED First Person
- Houston Chronicle: Artist tackles environmental injustice
- San Francisco Chronicle Review
- Youth Speaks website