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Dahlak  Writer, performer, musician. Known for features on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Writer and performer of “Spiritrials”. Currently on tour.

Hip-hop has taken me all over the world 🙏🏽

I’ve been honored with a fellowship from the U.S. State Department and @next_level_usa to be an ambassador of hip-hop culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. My squad includes an inspiring DJ from the ATL @djprincesscut, a gifted producer/emcee from Brooklyn @adum7x, and a legendary dancer from Boston/Hawaii @leanskee, led by a very impactful emcee @mahoganyjonz. More updates coming soon!

Ended week 1 of my travels hosting #bnv2018 - the annual competition that kicked my artistic journey off 14 years ago. This year it was in Houston, the city I was born in and haven’t been back to in 30 years, and on the final stage were the team from Trinidad (where my dad grew up) and the team from Sacramento (where I grew up). Oh, and the stage was a rotating circle. You see the poetry, right? Love these people, this community, and most of all, our culture! An honor as always! Much love ✌🏽🙏🏽❤️

Sometimes I have periods of calm reflection. Sometime I have periods of crazy traveling. I have been enjoying the former, and now I am beginning the latter. Follow the journey here or on my blog...link in the bio.

“I know a [dude] that saves pictures from places [he’s] flown/ to post later and make it look like [he] still on the go” - Drake 🙋🏽‍♂️ #flashbackfriday

Making music with a cool group in Silicon Valley tomorrow at the Samsung Campus @samsungus from 2-4:30pm.

On break #latepost

I had a horrible show at my alma mater on Friday. How’s that for only posting your wins on social media?

Silent protest 🖕🏽

So excited to premiere #Spiritrials in New York tomorrow. Buy the last few tickets and come through! Link in the bio.

Post-Spiritrials homework assignment as directed by @shamellbell :

1. What touched me?

I inserted a new monologue at the end of the play. I debuted it during my show at @greenwaycourttheatre this past Saturday. The context that the new language gave the old language elicited an instant response from the audience that I have never received before. I believe it reflects the clarity in message that I've discovered in my journey of performing this piece for three years. I invited Shamell Bell to lead a radical dialogue after the play because I believe works of theatre have the unique ability to put a group in the same mental and spiritual space after having a shared experience in the same physical and temporal space. I believe that the space must be harnessed, cultivated, directed and maximized. Judging by the direction of our post-show dialogue, I felt that my newly articulated clarity provided us a foundation to achieve more clarity about groups, organizations, and institutions - how they have failed us and, ultimately, our role in improving them. It was beautiful. We really all came up with it together.
2. Activism elevator pitch:

I will honor the space my art creates, and I will be intentional about using that space to communally discover the language that articulates a new and better world.
Thank you to everyone who came out Saturday night. The play is what it is, and then you get there, and it becomes what we all make it. Forever grateful.

My solo hip-hop theatre production “Spiritrials” returns to LA this Saturday. One night only! $10 tickets. Don’t miss it while it’s here! Link to tickets in my bio.

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