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There’s Nothing Like This

Over the weekend I had the privilege of performing poetry at a wedding. The groom was a gentleman I’d been working with last year and after coming to one of my performances, he had asked me to write a poem for him and his Fianceé that could be read at their wedding. The only requirements from is side was that the poem had to contain the words ‘I Love You So Many’ as that’s what they say to each other. So, off I go to write this poem, which turns out to be entirely based around the phrase. It’s pretty cheesy but just the kinda thing couples in love, LOVE!

Turns out he and his Fianceé loved it so much that they both cried when they read it and asked me to perform it for them at the ceremony. Which brings us to today…

It was a lovely wedding, the poem went down a treat and to top it all off, @NappyNubianPoet (or Carol Ohemaa for those in the real, non-twitter world) was my date, so I had great company too! For those that are interested, here’s what I wore:

It’s a little 1950′s esque number from River Island. Of course, I couldn’t disappoint on the nail front. I decided to go matching, so here we have the cherries on mint green look:

Oh, and did I mention that Omar performed at the wedding too?! Yes, THE Omar. The *sings* ‘There’s nothing like thisss’ Omar! (Hence the title of this post)

Don’t worry, we didn’t let him get away without getting photographic evidence (click ‘em to see bigger)

Carol & Omar

Me & Omar

All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday & it was SO beautiful to see two people so in love and so happy, on such a special day, among their family and friends. It was wonderful to witness it and an honour to be a part of it.

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I’ve been so many places in my life and time

Heyyyyy YOU! How are ya?!

First of all, regarding the title of this post – this Donny Hathaway song (A Song For You) seems to be following me EVERYWHERE at the moment, and I mean everywhere! It’s either becoming really popular again or I’m just noticing it after hearing Whitney murder it at her concert. I swear Donny must have been rolling in his grave. Michael too, as she was singing it as a tribute to him.

I realise the whole ‘I’m back’ post is redundant here because I’m totting up so many of them it’s shameful! Let’s just get over all of the welcome back awkwardness and keep it at “hey!” shall we? Great!

So since you last heard from me, a lot has happened! A cloud of ash threatened the holidays of millions, the country got caught up in voting mania and we now have a Tory government. Big things! The biggest news around these parts though, is that I added another year to my age. I’ll admit, I forgot it was my birthday in the morning and had a positively average day. Birthdays just aren’t the same when you’re older! I did, however, have a lovely meal in the evening with my nearest and dearest which I enjoyed thoroughly (even though what we were eating was supposed to be ‘soul food’ but could have been described as anything BUT. I guess that’s what you get for having dinner at a ‘soul food’ joint in Camden rather than South Carolina… or something.)

Yah, that’s me looking pleased as punch with my cake – which wasn’t made by the restaurant and was incidentally the best part of the meal! Ooh and I got to drink about 5 cans of root beer – my all time favourite soft drink! I think I overdosed cause I felt very sick afterwards, and probably gained 3 pounds from the 165 cals in each can, but it was worth it

What else? I’ve been doing a LOT of poetry this month! May is proving to be a great month for me! OH MY GOD, I performed at RONNIE SCOTT’S! THEEEE Ronnie Scott’s Jazz bar in Soho! (If you don’t know – get to know!) That was a total ‘career’ highlight for me! Oh and Roy Ayers (yes, THE Roy Ayers) was playing downstairs at the same time!

I was nervous at first because I was the first and only spoken word artist this particular event had ever featured. Also, the audience talked shamelessly through the first artist’s set so I thought I was a goner! However, when I got on stage and started to do my thing the crowd quietened down to a pin drop silence – I couldn’t have asked for more. So all in all, a wonderful experience!

I’ve had another little ‘poetry career’ highlight this month too, (like I said, May has been good to me!) I was interviewed on Colourful Radio by the lovely Elayne Smith! I’ve gotta give all thanks to Adelaide Mackenzie from the amazing event Blessed Souls for that one, as she was kind enough to let me share the spotlight with her for the radio show. My first experience of radio went very well and I got to perform two poems live on air too! (That’s me with Elayne in the photo)

I also went to see Fantasia in concert. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, but not to the extent that I bought all of her albums. I wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t got a free ticket but I’m SO glad I did! It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a while and being right next to the stage really helped! I was near the front barriers when she requested that people come into the photography pit (which was reserved for press). Obviously the crowd went out of their minds trying to get into that metre wide gap in front of the stage. Yes, I was one of them! I was in such a prime position, I wasn’t gonna waste the opportunity! I wish I could say I swiftly jumped the barriers however I can’t. I tried and failed several times to hoist myself over them. I finally succeeded with a little help from my friends (who came to my aid after I nearly went head first over them). I’m a bit bruised and battered after the experience but it was worth it! Fantasia is a true performer and she really showed it! I got some fantastic pics too! Check out one of them on the right.

I’m just realising that not blogging for so long is very detrimental to the diary aspect of this blog because too much has gone on for me to possibly fit it all in. This post is already long enough to have you drooling with boredom onto your keyboards (if you even got this far) so I’ll wrap it up now… The following posts will be some nail art pics (which I HOPE you missed ;). There are WAY more to come but the pics are on my mums camera, which she just took with her so I can’t upload them! That can be something to look forward to I guess.

I’m gonna try to update more regularly as, aside from you knowing everything that’s going on in my life, it’s nice to be to look back and remember what I’ve been up to if I write about stuff WHEN it happens and not months later when I can’t remember much of it!

’till then my friends!

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Po’et-tree

As some of you know, I do a bit of spoken word poetry when I’m not running around making cups of tea for people. I had quite a few performances this week, all of them in Ladbroke Grove. It was nice to be in West London for a change, instead of slogging all the way to East as per usual!

I did ‘The Poetry Club’ and an amazing event called ‘WANTED Cabaret’ both at the Inn on the Green in Ladbroke Grove. Then yesterday, I did a spot of filming on Portobello Road which was very fun, albeit bloody freezing! I did an interview with the very charismatic and beautiful Sarah Lamptey, who is a wonderful presenter, then I walked down Portobello Road performing my poem ‘Confession’ which was an experience in itself!

Hopefully the guys who filmed it will have it all edited and finished soon so you (and I) can see it! I filmed another performance and interview for this thing called The Poetry Club (Different from the event that I performed at) so fingers crossed that should be up soon too – all very exciting! I need to get used to answering questions about myself – I’m so used to asking them and being behind the camera, feels kinda self indulgent when I talk about myself for too long LOL.

In the meantime, here are a couple of videos of me doing 2 of my poems. Some of you may have seen them before, but if not – take a look!

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Akilah Live

I’m performing at this event tomorrow night, doing my lil poetry thing. I’ll be on at 9.30pm and will be arriving at 9pm, so if you’re into experiencing some amazing acts, live music, dance and of course, poetry then come on down – it would be great to see/meet you! All the details are on the flyer but get at me if you have any questions. Nearest tube is Old St.

For the Facebook event page, click HERE

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Get on the Block!

You may have seen my post about Writer’s Block a few months back when I performed there. Well, I’m advertising it today as it’s for a good cause!

Writer’s Block is back on December 2nd for it’s final appearance of 2009. What’s great is that the lovely organisers are donating ALL of their proceeds to charity! The Boyhood to Manhood Foundation to be exact (http://www.usatfbmf.com/)

There will be poetry, live music, a short film screening, an electric atmosphere and a room full of London’s finest young creatives & lovers of human art. It’s a great night, and I can tell you that from personal experience. There’s also a first for Writer’s Block – OPEN MIC! So if you want to try your hand at entertaining the crowd at Juno Bar, now’s your chance!

The Features are well known, practically legendary poets, Polarbear and shortMAN & Ade Omotayo who is a backing singer for Amy Wino!

WHERE:

Juno Bar 134-135 Shoreditch High Street
Shoreditch E1 6JE. (Nearest tube: Old St)

TIME:

7.30pm-10.30pm

WHAT IT’LL COST YA:

£5 all night (donated to charity)

FACEBOOK IT:

http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=191786438560

LINKS & CONTACT:

http://www.lovewritersblock.com
http://www.Youtube.com/lovewblock
lovewritersblock@gmail.com

Seriously, I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t KNOW it was good, so get down to Juno Bar in Shoreditch on December 2nd for a guaranteed great night!

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If God is sweet as Honey then YOU must be sweet as Toffee!

Sooooo, it’s been a while huh! Sorry for the absense, I can’t say it won’t happen again, but I can apologise!

I’ve been keeping busy, In brief: Working – got a new job at MTV, I’s a Researcher now! yay! Performing – poetry is going good too, yay! Filming – IYDLIT is getting there, yay! lol!

August was totally hectic and besides doing performances, going to Lisbon  and going to lots of interviews, the month was mainly about Michaela: The Birth of a Poet!

IYDLIT did her first music video for her track, ‘Coffee In The Morning’ and we filmed her album launch for ‘Fixing Barbie’ which was a FANTASTIC show! It was a great weekend and fun was had by all, not to mention all 400 tickets selling out for the show!

So here is the video for Coffee! IYDLIT did a fantastic job, don’t you agree?! Much, much, much kudos to Sadie and Precious for the fantabulous vid! Check it out, you will LOVE it! The vid AND the song! Enjoy!

For more stuff from IYDLIT, check the following links:

www.youtube.com/iydlit

www.myspace.com/iydlit

iydlit.wordpress.com

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Writers Block!

No, I don’t have it…. I performed at an event called Writers Block a couple of weeks ago, and you can check out a snippet of my performance in this here video….. Enjoy!

It’s a great night, so come on down to the next one! More info at: www.myspace.com/lovewritersblock

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Video of ADLIB performance & Writer’s Block details

Hey! So the title of this post describes exactly what it contains. What you see is what you get with me innit! LOL!

Firstly, check out the video below to see me performing in the Comedy Cafe on Rivington St at an event called ADLIB. It’s a great event that happens on the first Sunday of each month – it’s definitely worth checking out!

Secondly, the details for my next performance at Writer’s Block are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 17th June, 2009

Time: 7.30 – 10.30pm

Location: Juno Bar, 134-135 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE

Check out the Facebook event page for more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=85497682086&ref=nf

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!! :)

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Welcome to….. 22

So. It’s been a while huh?  Not much has changed except my age. Actually, that’s a lie. a whole lot has changed. I am a member of the working community again cause i started work on ‘The Family’ last monday (11th) and it’s great! I’ve got a company car and everything! It’s a really nice. I never thought i would see the day that i understood why people ‘enjoyed’ driving a car because of it’s engine but the day has come, and i really do understand! The car has a turbo diesel engine (as pointed out by my stepfather today) and while i don’t really know what that is, what i do know is that i like it. a WHOLE lot! The acceleration is like WOAH! LOL! ok, before i bore all of you non-car heads. we will move on. So the new job is great. very interesting. The family is lovely and it’s nice to see an Indian family getting some shine. We’ll see how the whole thing will turn out. early days yet.

My birthday was wonderful! I went to see Brandy on the actual day (7th). I’ve been meaning to blog about this for the longest time. How did it get to be the 18th of may already?! I spent the run up to my birthday in Bournemouth and woke up there in the morning, then made my way back to london for the concert in the eve. I had been waiting for Brandy to come back here since 1998 so this was a big deal! We got a great place in the crowd, i was so close! See the photographic evidence below:

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The opening act was some any next stupid boy group that i don’t care to remember. awful to say the least. B’s voice was on point though! she sounded great! She pulled some guy up on stage from the audience too, and sang ‘Long Distance‘ to him. Yeah, i was kinda jealous. even though it woulda been pretty gay if she had asked a girl up there. Here’s the ludicrous part though – Brandy was on stage for 45 minutes! Yes. FORTY FIVE minutes! She kept us waiting until 9.15 to get on stage and she was off by 10. WHAT KINDA FOOLISHNESS?! She tweeted about it after the show but seemed to think that we were complaining for nothing because of course, 45 minutes is obvously a great length for a show. especially when you’re an ex A lister whose halo is somewhat tarnished by (among other not so great things) your brother being the king of bent dick porn. I guess redeeming yourself isn’t that high on the list of career priorities is it B? (sarcasm doesn’t come across all that well in typing). However, despite my bitterness i still gots love for my girl. 13 years of fanship doesn’t go down the pan after 45 minutes. What we did see and hear of her was pretty good, so i’ll let her off.

Next on the birthday list was my performance at Blessed Souls. It was a GREAT night and so many of my friends came out to support which was amazing! I did 2 new poems and they seemed to go down well so that’s all good. it’s always a pleasure to perform at Blessed Souls. if you haven’t been before, it’s a great night so you should most definitely check it out! Adelaide (the host) also presented me and the other people celebrating birthdays with a lovely cake and we even got presents! 22 was definitely brought in nicely!

I always take time to reflect on my birthday and this year was no different. I was thinking back on 21 and how so many people say it was one of the best years of their life. I was wondering if it was the same for me and although at first I didn’t think it was, i realised after properly recounting everything that had happened, it was without a doubt one of the best i’ve had so far! In my 21st year, i completed my degree, graduated, got my first job in the television industry, went on one of the best holidays of my life and finally fulfilled a dream that has been in the pipeline of my thoughts for a very long time (the poetry). i’ve learnt so mucha bout my career and where my future will take me and i’ve been blessed to meet SO many new people at work and through poetry and even through my friends, all of whom have had a great impact on me. For all of this i feel truly blessed and eternally grateful. I’m also thankful for the continuing friendships of my good friends. You all know who you are. Your presence in my life is recieved thankfully.

Some things i hope for in the coming year – to go further and achieve higher in my career and with my creativity ie. my poetry and more to do with all of that. To meet more inspirational people whom i can learn from. To be better at everything i do. To be a better & nicer person. To be more grateful for everything i have. To work harder for everything I want to have. To be relentless in the pursuit for my future goals. To be more humble.

So i’ll leave you with my question to you. I want replies people! (to the 3 people that read this blog) why was 21 a great year for you? Or if you’re not yet 21, what do you hope for your 21st year?

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I love you

I love you
Even though our time is not yet aligned
Still, I love you.

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