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We just put in major work revamping our shop. New gear, new publications, and brand new artwork.

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Romeo is Bleeding

A documentary film by Jason Zeldes – DC Premiere

Thursday, November 12th 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW,
Washington, DC 20009

Admission is $10
or FREE with registration for the Teach-In

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences.

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Finals for Inaugural DC Youth Poet Laureate

Saturday, November 7 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Finals Admission:
$5 for Youth
$10 for Adults

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The Rubble Kings

A Film by Shan Nicholson – DC Premiere

Wednesday November 11th 9pm-11pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW,
Washington, DC 20009

Admission is $10
or FREE with registration for the Teach-In

Rubble Kings chronicles life during an era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.

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Enrollment Open

Have you enrolled yourself or your child/grandchild in the WBL academy yet?
Fall application closes on Friday October 30th.

The Words Beats & Life Academy is a pre-vocational after-school Hip-Hop program for youth ages 13-23 in Washington, DC. We engage students interested in hip-hop culture by cultivating an excitement for learning in a non-traditional learning community. We providing instruction in the five core elements of hip-hop: DJing/Beat Production, Emceeing, B-boying, Graffiti, and Knowledge of Self.

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Teach-In

A Hip-Hop Approach Teach-In is designed to outline the tools and resources necessary to develop curriculum, programs, and work (artistic and scholarly) based on hip-hop culture.

On-line registration open until November 6th

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Poet Laureate

CALLING ALL POETS, SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS, EMCEES, AND WRITERS
The Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity and education across Washington DC metro area.

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Be the FIRST Washington D.C. Youth Poet Laureate!

Lead history as a young writer committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity and education across Washington DC metro area. The Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of Urban Word NYC and Words Beats & Life (WBL) with support from Busboys and Poets, The DC Public Libraries, […]

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Support the Divine 9 Giving Challenge

In celebration of the centennial year of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the fraternity of our founding Executive Director, Words Beats & Life has officially kicked off our 4th Divine 9 Giving Challenge.  Our goal is two fold, to promote scholarship and to raise scholarship funds.  This campaign will last 28 days, for the duration […]

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Fine Lines Apprentice Call

Is there an visual artist in your life between the ages of 14 and 23? Tell them about our informational. Questions in advance? Call 202-667-1192 and ask for Mazi. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras nec nisi vitae nisi vulputate porta. Praesent semper bibendum bibendum. Mauris suscipit convallis ultrices. Aliquam fringilla sem […]

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CONTACT: Mazi Mutafa, mazi@wblinc.org (subject “Bum Rush”) or call (202) 667-1192 WHAT: 8th Annual Bum Rush the Boards Hip-Hop Chess Tournament Registration $10 per player (applies to individual and team registration) WHERE: Columbia Heights Recreation Center WHEN: Saturday, November 2nd 2013 10:00am – 4:00pm Online registration ends November 1st at 12pm No Onsite Registration   […]

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How to Rank a Player Beginning – Players who can: Demonstrate how to set up a chessboard. Demonstrate how the pieces move and capture. Explain checkmate and stalemate. Demonstrates how to castle both sides. Demonstrate the ability to play a game of chess to completion.   Intermediate – Players who can: Explain the relative value […]

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