Rhythm & Poetry 1st Annual Artist Achievement Awards Feat: Brooke Alford Artist of the Violin ~

Graffiti Bleu

Epic Night Alert! The Hosts of Rhythm & Poetry are proud to bring the 1st Annual Artist Achievement Awards to Rhythm & Poetry. Both Dyvacat & Graffiti Bleu have been working to perfect their respective crafts for decades. They both agree that there are not enough platforms that acknowledge or bring attention to many artist in many communities, that are incredibly talented in their fields of artistry. As Rhythm & Poetry grows and gains momentum, we look to shine the light on many gifted artist who would have not been recognized for their gifts and achievements any other way. Artist of the people voted on by the people. 

 

You can vote for your artist & category by clicking here: 

https://gbleu.com/poll/rhythm-poetry-1st-annual-artist-achievement-awards/

First off: This award is designed to recognize extraordinary talent and work ethic within the "Underground" of the culture. To help celebrate this event, Brooke Alford, Artist of the Violin - contemporary national recording & touring artist, entrepreneur, health & fitness advocate, and motivational speaker will be blessing the stage. Warming things up for our East Coast Guest is Sacramento's own "That Kid Raja" 

New York, New Jersey, Atlanta

Rhythm & Poetry Dec 7th Artist Showcase: Mr. Hooper

 Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at Stellar Studios on 202 23rd st Sacramento 95816. We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time.

 

Artist Showcase Night!!

Mr. Hooper (formerly known as Crazy Ballhead) is an award winning independent rap artist, poet, writer, filmmaker, and music producer representing Sacramento, CA. 

Mr. Hooper's stage show consists of a four piece band or a Dj, depending on the show and/or venue. With both line ups, Hooper brings the same dynamic energy to every show. Christian Keifer, of the Sacramento News & Review, described Hooper in a concert review as "a master at motivating his audience, providing a level of entertainment that was top-notch" and the show overall as "brilliant entertainment"

 

 

Rhythm & Poetry Double Feature: Breana Nicole & Michael Ellis

 Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at Stellar Studios on 202 23rd st Sacramento 95816. We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time.

DOUBLE FEATURE NIGHT!!

Feminine meets masculine energy in this unique parring. Breana Nicole has one of the most distinctive and melodic cadences in poetry. Her expression of art is always powerful, honest, transparent and raw. Michael Ellis has one of the most prolific "pens" in Sacramento. He is an exceptional storyteller with a dynamic range that is rarely seen in any genre. Together, Breana and Michael both sharing the same stage back to back will undoubtedly be a special night...


Before I Cut the Check


 

 

 

Once upon a time I was in a situation/ where I was having a great conversation/ with a goddess that had great powers of persuasion/

She also had more game than Allen Iverson/ Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Laura Robson/ Micheal Jordan in 91/ or a hand of spades about to run a Boston/

She says to me: I just can’t see giving any man this pussy for free/

I got to thinking about that statement as well as what my rebuttal would be/ Before I opened my mouth I heard my wisdom say to me/

Never try to persuade/ those who are already convinced/ So I let the statement slide since/ the pennies from my highest thought made so much sense/

Silly of me to think that biting my tongue/ would pause our interaction/ since I’m dealing with the type of person/ who simply says shit just to get a reaction/

She insisted/ and then persisted/ that I show some respect/ and engage her using my intelect/

I said “No disrespect/ But Before I Cut the Check”

Please know/

Peace and tranquility/ are more important to me/ than the meanest kitty/ from the baddest chick/ from the greatest city/

Please know I will be watching how you navigate a room/ whether it be filled with/ your friends/ my friends/ your exes or my exes/ please/ No questionable disappearances through emergency exits/

And should we separate within the confines of a crowded room/ fine.. / I’ll be looking to you to still move with me as one/ like the 1st hour of the afternoon/

Love I mean no disrespect/ But Before I Cut the Check/

I need spiritual vitamins you can only get from soul food/

So if you can’t love me in a way that sustains my diet/ to me that’s a bad look/ a pretty girl who can’t cook/

Also/ please know/ I never looked at money like it was something I couldn’t get/ through creativity or ingenuity bests believe I’m going to collect/ so don’t be making porn star threats/ then I blow a couple stacks but it doesn’t make you wet/

Love I mean no disrespect/ But Before I Cut the Check/

I need to know that a woman chooses me to be in her presence/ on the strength of my own essence/

I have already experienced women who didn’t love me but loved what I provided/ Excuse me for mixing sex with love/ it’s hard to keep the 2 divided/

Love I mean no disrespect/ But Before I Cut the Check/

I need to know that you will bring more to the table than plastic place mats/ alternative facts/ and soy sauce packs/

I need the wind at my back/ a girl by my side who can roll a blunt/ and then quickly light the match/

Can you handle that? Hmmmmm I wonder/

For if you can/ I have no problem signing my name above the routing number/

 

GB


wisdom itself

If wisdom itself is infinite, how naive must I really be?/ Exhibit A/ my views on loyalty/ You see/ I love in the ride or die fashion/ with the riding being towards the glory and the dying happening while walking through the flames/ How can anyone be loyal to passion when passion wasn’t meant to be tamed?/ yet some folks/ think equally yoked/ means 2 hands and one remote/ pushing buttons, manipulating with the right while the left's wrapped around your throat/ Which brings me to exhibit B/ my insistence on being loyal for loyalty’s sake/ this is not a complaint/ it all taught me how people go from loving who you are/ to filling with hate for everything you ain’t/ Exhibit C/ me naively thinking I could fix things while I was broken myself/ Believing my own hype like everything was quite alright/ sitting in a dark corner with a candle that I refused to light/

If wisdom itself is infinite, how much have I learned thus far?/ Exhibit A/ my connection with source/ Being in touch with infinity has a funny way of changing your course/ from moves that made you uneasy/ to moves your soul could endorse/ Exhibit B/ me finally learning how to stay worry free/ has me healthier and stronger than I would be/ had I lived fearfully/ Finally exhibit C/ is in the way I learned to say goodbye to expectations and hello to the phrase “Just Let It Be”

So maybe/ just maybe/ there is hope for me/

If wisdom itself is infinite, how much wiser are we? ~

GB


Rhythm & Poetry Nov 2nd

Graffiti Bleu

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at Stellar Studios on 202 23rd st Sacramento 95816. We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:00pm – 8:00pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Rain or shine we start on-time.

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT!!

Emcees, Storytellers, Singers, Musicians, Comedians and Authors welcome.


Love, Acceptance, Inclusion & the Black Response. (Part 2 of this Series)

I walk in spirit with God’s wind at my back… I think out-loud and I share those thoughts with critical thinkers. Today’s thinkers are Author Jacki Howard & Phillis Clements of Sunshine Solutions. Today we chop it up about Love, Acceptance, Inclusion & the Black Response. (Part 2 of this Series)


21 More Questions.

 

 

 

 

 

21 More Questions..

 

 

1.What does a woman actually mean when they say “I am not going to give up any pussy for free?”

2. A spiritual master told me that there was no assertion of evil. In this universe that’s based on attraction there is no assertion. So there is no so-called “Bad Energy” asserting itself towards you. So the question is “Do you understand that concept?

3. A spiritual master also told me that there in fact was no evil and even if there was, it certainly is not asserting itself as an energy force that is seeking you out to manifest itself into your existence. Which makes the next question this: What is darkness but the absence of light?

4. If in fact there is no “Evil” and all darkness is, is an absence of source energy or that which we call God, how many of you still believe that Satan is real?

5. How many of us believe in the philosophy that says: Things generally end up how they start?

6. I have heard many single ladies ask; Where have all the good men gone? That being said; did the so-called “good men” actually go somewhere?

7. Are you dependent on anyone to act a certain way so that you can feel better?

8. If you answered yes to #7, do you feel that is a winning strategy?

9. Are any of us arrogant enough to believe that mankind, who does not have the power to create a planet, has the power to destroy one?

10. Should the person who asks for the date pay for the date?

11. Did any of you realize that the second verse of the Star Spangled Banner celebrates the death of African American slaves?

12. Do any of you agree with the statement; The only way to get the solution is through the working out of the problem?

13. If so, why do you feel so many take a passive aggressive approach to most problems?

14. When you are on a trip, do you expect to be there in an instant? Meaning that, during your drive, plane ride or any other means of transportation, are you constantly asking yourself why you aren’t there during the entire journey?

15. If 14 seems ridiculous, why do so many expect instant manifestation instead of enjoying the journey?

16. How many of you are comfortable in your own skin?

17. How many of us know at least one person who is not?

18. What poet would you like to see be a feature here at Rhythm & Poetry?

19. What musician would you like to see feature?

20. When was the last time someone told you they loved you?

21. When was the last time you said “I love you” to yourself?

 

GB


Love, Acceptance, Inclusion & the Black Response.

I walk in spirit with God's wind at my back... I think out-loud and I share those thoughts with critical thinkers. Today's thinkers are Author Jacki Howard & Phillis Clements of Sunshine Solutions. Today we chop it up about Love, Acceptance, Inclusion & the Black Response.


Sometimes.

Sometimes my mind wanders/

Sometimes it goes into reflective places/

When I am in that reflective space/

I ask myself how happy I am/

I take inventory of who is/

Then I ask myself if I am simply existing and not really living/

 

Sometimes my mind is as blank as a sheet of paper/

Completely free from the words that usually swim in my thoughts like mermaids in a sailor's dream/

 

Sometimes my mind is as chaotic as the news cycle after the president speaks/ filled with ideas that collide like 2 trucks filled with gasoline & paint/ with inspiration sparking an explosion too wonderful to interpret with ink alone/

 

Sometimes my mind is in a primal place/

Where it sizes everything up on some street s***/ making sure that me and my peeps are safe/ 

Scanning folks from head to toe/

Deciding if they are friend or foe/ then my mind looks for the exits just in case we've got to go/

 

Most times my mind wanders & ponders infinity & divinity/

How being loving makes you a boss/ & being fearful makes you soft/

& most of all since there are so many that feel like they've been crossed/

I often ask them "How is it possible for love to be a loss?"

GB


Rhythm & Poetry Feature Night: MASH

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at Stellar Studios on 202 23rd st Sacramento 95816. We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:00pm – 8:00pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Rain or shine we start on-time.

 

Feature Night!!! Mary Ashley (MASH) is as raw and as passionate as they come. She is one of the birth children of Rhythm & Poetry. A poet well before she ever stepped through R&P's doors, she came into her own right in front of everyone's eyes. Lyrically clever, melodic, cynical and sincere. Come witness her passion.