SHOUT-OUT Redux: We The People 

For DECADE, an exhibition and series of events celebrating 516 ARTS' 10th Anniversary, 516 ARTS and Outpost Performance Space presented SHOUT-OUT Redux: We The People, on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The evening consisted of spoken word performances that revisited our SHOT-OUT Festival organized by Idris Goodwin for STREET ARTS: A Celebrating of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression (2010). This time we teamed up with Beyond Poetry LLC to welcome back Goodwin, Hip Hop poet and playwright from Colorado, who performed a new piece created in response to Chaz Bojórquez's painting We The People on view at 516 ARTS to continue the collaboration the did when Bojórquez painted a mural in response to Goodwin's work.

IDRIS GOODWIN is an award winning break beat poet, playwright, essayist, and educator.  His albums include Break Beat Poems and Rhyming While Black.  He is the author of the Pushcart nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks, and he has been featured on HBO, Sesame Street, BBC Radio and Discovery Channel. 

He was joined by Albuquerque poet MICHELLE OTERO, who, through spoken word and song, revisited El Otro Lado: The Other Side - Albuquerque, an art and storytelling project presented by 516 ARTS and the Academy for the Love of Learning in 2009-2010 for which Otero and visual artist Chrissie Orr worked with more than 70 Albuquerque residents in interdisciplinary, multigenerational creative workshops. Otero is a writer, actor, teacher and facilitator, who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change. 

HAKIM BELLAMY shared an excerpt from Black Mantra, a work-in-progress, one man, multimedia performance that is part monologue, part performance poem, and part interview with a younger version of himself. It is both a reflective and interpretive piece that creates a visual and sonic dialogue between current events and the lives of a few young Black men. Bellamy is Hip Hop generation dad, person-in-progress, poetryin-practice, journo, author, community organizer, bright ideas magnet, music addict and Inaugural Albuquerque Poet Laureate. 

The evening culminated with special guest DAHLAK from Los Angeles, as part of his NPN residency with the Outpost Performance Space. He is one of the fellows from the international residency program OneBeat (sponsored by the U.S. State Dept.), for which 516 ARTS presented a concert and exhibition at the Albuquerque Rail Yards in 2014. Dahlak performed an excerpt from his one-man play titled spirituals about “what happens when too many Saturday nights are blended seamlessly into Sunday morning. It’s for that time of the night when sobriety sets back in but the promise of salvation is still so far…’a dark gospel blue’.” Dahlak is a Hip Hop artist, musician, actor, poet and educator who has performed on the Tavis Smiley Radio show and the past two seasons of Russell Simmons’ present Def Poetry Jam.