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Closing the Opening
February 28 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ESTFree
Join us Feb 28th from 6PM to 8PM for our “Closing the Opening” book reading, poetry event, & live performance featuring Dasan Ahanu + Tai Allen. This is event will put a cap on our month-long Black History Month and Grand Opening Celebration. On this night we will host an intimate night of poetry, performances, and a panel discussion on “Masculinity in our Community” moderated by JD Weatherspoon of Mastermind Connect.
If you’ve never enjoyed the musical and lyrical stylings of Dasan Ahanu + Tai Allen enjoy the video below
About Dasan Ahanu + Tai Allen
Dasan Ahanu – ‘Everything Worth Fighting For’
— Harvard Fellow/UNC professor
— Slam Champion
Christopher Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu, is a public speaker, organizer, workshop facilitator, poet, spoken word performer, educator, songwriter, writer, emcee, and loyal Hip Hop head born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to performing, Dasan has hosted many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events across the state. He is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT) where he has been a writer, director, producer, and cast member for their productions. As an active participant in poetry slam, Dasan has competed regionally and nationally as a founding member and coach of Durham, NC’s own Bull City Slam Team. In 2010 and 2014, Ahanu led the Bull City Slam Team in winning the Southern Fried Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam, the largest regional poetry slam in the country. He also led the team to a 3rd place finish at the 2010 National Poetry Slam and a 2nd place finish in Group Piece Finals at the 2012 National Poetry Slam.
Tai Allen – ‘No Jewels’
— National Black Writers Conference Committee Member/Curator
— Acclaimed Singer/Poet
Tai Allen is a poet/creative who gets to build or craft ideas into usable things. Like songs or poems or events or chairs or love. This site represents my want to be a maker of (fine) things.
His book No Jewels is a book of poems that wants you to understand how difficult growing up can be and remind you that the traps and trappings are abound for young men and women. His goal after you have put the book down or the music is paused: Become or stay committed to our children.
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