GRAFFITI TAG YOUR NAME (sample video lesson)

Hey BARS fam,

Check out this quick demo of one of the lessons you get when you download the Baba Got BARS Album!

Write your name in Graffiti on the page marked “Graffiti Tag Your Name”. As an example I have written my name in Graffiti. I chose to write my name is bubble letters. I am not a professional Graffiti writer, and I’m assuming that neither are you. It does not matter. You can write your name in whatever style you’d like. It could be box letters, 3-D, spider webs, hearts, kisses, explosions, flames, snakes, plants, squiggly lines, or whatever style you think fits. You cannot get this wrong because it is an artistic expression of your name.  If your “H” has an extra six legs on it, that’s fine.  If you make a “mistake” just tell everyone you did it on purpose. If you run out of space as you’re writing your name, just make the letters wrap around or write them on top of each other. “The only answer that’s wrong is an answer that’s blank”. 

One of the main reasons to start with graffiti is to get the creative juices free and flowing in your brain. Another is to illustrate this key point:

This book is supposed to look messy when you’re done with it. All the pages except the PUBLISHING page should be scribbled over, with writing outside the margins and over the lines. At some point I expect you to lose to yourself in a game of tic-tac-toe in the corner of a random page as you are lost in imagination coming up with your next BAR. If the pages are not at least a little bit messy you are not doing it right!

Students Get Help Writing Lyrics

As part of a local partnership team consisting of Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown Public Schools and the Chautauqua Lake Central School District and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program, Baba Bomani, a Washington, D.C., artist recently guided Ring and Love Elementary School and Jamestown High School ninth grade English students in synthesizing factual information by writing lyrics for a hip-hop song about themselves through a fresh and energizing professional development and classroom workshops.

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HIDDEN HISTORY: East Texas students improve writing skills through dancing and rapping

by: Isaac Ramirez Posted: Feb 8, 2020

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Tyler ISD students are learning about Black History Month while improving their reading and writing skills.

Young Audiences Arts For Learning Northeast Texas introduced Grammy-nominated rapper and songwriter SaulPaul and artist Baba Bomani to students at the Caldwell Arts Academy.

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My First United Arts Assembly at Bugg Elementary

Here is a video of the first verse of my song My Name is Baba Bomani that I am referring to earlier in this email, being performed at my first opportunity with United Arts of Raleigh-Durham. Bugg Elementary is a STEM school not far from North Carolina State. The 5th graders there were an awesome audience and the staff and administrators made this performance happen with no problems at all. I’m looking forward to returning soon.