Delaware Libraries Host Hip-Hop Literacy Program


Public libraries across the state are hosting programs that get kids reading—and rapping— as part of the Summer Library Challenge.ListenListening…1:05Listen to the story here.

Roughly twenty kids learned about vowels, syllables and rhyming at the Kirkwood library Tuesday.

Bomani Armah, or Baba Bomani when he’s performing, has honed his teaching techniques over several years working with toddlers to teens. He says rhymes, rhythms and movement help kids internalize concepts in reading, math and history — and get kids excited about writing.

The Maryland-based educator mainly performs his hip hop literacy programs at schools, after-school programs and camps.

He adapts his programs to the age of the audience. His interactive rap and dance lessons range from the alphabet to the writing process and history lessons.

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FDWC Weekly 8 “Name Your Country”

Write an eight bar rhyme about what you would name a country if you could. Give us a reason for the name and a description of the country.

The name of my country would be Aquemini

For my children, it’s a battle cry between them and I

A combination of our signs in astrology

Happenstance of genealogy, but means they’re a part of me

The title track of my favorite Outkast album

When Big Boi & Andre were a perfect amalgam

My family is an Afro-futuristic kingdom

Our anthem and pledge are funky when you sing’em

Why We’re Considering Home Schooling our Biracial Son

By Tracy Jan Reporter November 10, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. EST

…During our visit to a class about the life of abolitionist and onetime slave Frederick Douglass, teacher Bomani Armah engaged students in a discussion about why Douglass did not know his age — because slaves, considered property, were not told their birthdays. Then he paraphrased Douglass: “A man who can read is unfit to be a slave,” he said. “If you have an imagination, it’s going to be hard to keep you in your place.”

Armah, an audio engineer, musician and poet, is a self-described “arts integration specialist” who teaches English through hip-hop songwriting at area schools. He decided to home-school his twin boys after he popped in on their first-grade class to find the teacher sharing the peppy — and historically inaccurate — poem about Christopher Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492.

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Kennedy Center Hip-Hop teaching artist engages through CETA partnership

Briann Dunn, APSU Published 10:27 a.m. CT Oct. 14, 2019

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts teaching artist, Bomani Armah, stood at the front of Kenwood Middle School’s library on

Oct. 3 with more than 60 students staring at him.Kennedy Center teaching artist, Bomani Armah, leads about 60 Kenwood Middle School students in a hip-hop writing class. Grabbing the sides of your head and blasting your hands out symbolize pre-writing in Armah’s hip-hop dance.“I want to make sure you learn these five steps of the writing process, I found a real easy way to remember the five steps,” he said. “I want to show it to you. If you follow these five steps, I promise you everything you write will be better.” 

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