Hakim’s talents span many markets and bridge many gaps.
Thus, he is involved in some
unique and exciting projects.
Thus, he is involved in some
unique and exciting projects.
In January of 2016 Hakim will be traveling to Belize to partner with Wildfire Artz Space and meet with the U.S. Embassy to provide community arts programming and educational programming in San Ignacio Belize. He has “conspired” with Albuquerque ex-Pats Stephanie Willis and Dr. Virginia Hampton (formerly of Out Ch’yonda Commnity Arts Space/OmniRootz Theater Co. in Albuquerque, NM) to develop a creative cultural exchange between Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA and San Ignacio, Belize. This will be the first of an annual writing and performance workshop that will develop a performance poetry program and curriculum in Belize.
“Birth of a Nations: A Poem (For Belize)”
Poet, Musician, Educator, Community Organizer and now we can add Children’s Book Author to the list of the many accomplishments by Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy. Mr. Bellamy’s book Samuel Story, is being published by the Albuquerque-based . Community Publishing specializes in multimedia Books that enhance the reading experience by including audio, illustrations, and literature. Interactive links also add an educational component to the book. The multimedia Children’s Book will be available in both Digital and Print versions.
For Samuel’s Story, Mr. Bellamy partnered with Artist Melvin Mayes (Illustrations) and Roscoe Floyd aka DJ Flo Fader (Music). According to Community Publishing Co-Founder, Alex Paramo, “this is the first multimedia Children’s Book that was produced by an African American Author, Illustrator and Musician. Community Publishing is honored to have the privilege of publishing this book.”
Urban Verbs, the brain child of Albuquerque’s inaugural Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy, author / playwrite Carlos Contreras, and producer-extraordinaire Colin Diles, has been a uniquely successful educational tool, connecting classrooms, stages, and hip-hop, since the early 2000’s.Using the storytelling principles that are deeply embedded in hip-hop culture, the educators behind UV, supply students with the necessary tools (everything from confidence to sound engineering skills) to tell their stories. Stories. Story…
Urban Verbs’s story all started with an answer. An answer that we still haven’t been able to define, but are determined to defend. We asked one another, ‘How do a Black kid from New Jersey, a Brown kid from the Barrio and a White kid from the Foothills, who’ve known each other all of 5 years, come together to create an artistic reality that they all feel like they’ve known their entire lives?’ Almost as though they grew up on the same block. Question. This show is about asking questions of others and of ourselves. Critical reflection and ambitious projections. Like real Hip Hop, the value is in the process not just the product. The lessons that come with facing, challenging, inventing, accepting and re-inventing oneself. Like real Hip-Hop, Urban Verbs is always in growth maturing the lexicon and definition of what Hip-Hop is, rather than what it isn’t. The UV show houses a piece of each city that houses the show. The show is a discussion, where we may have the first word, but the audience certainly has the last.
To create a progressive narrative around Hip Hop culture and facilitate the practice of EVERYONE telling their story through Hip Hop as a form of love, a form of intelligence and a way of better living.
To increase the respect and acceptance of Hip Hop as a legitimate and visionary art form and worthy of academic inquiry
To be an example of how one can feed their family and live their dream through Hip -Hop that builds rather than Hip-Hop that destroys
To fashion Hip Hop into the tools that bring people together, stops wars, makes babies and raises them!
Hosted and co-organized (In partnership with journalist and poet Bill Nevins) by Hakim Bellamy, to provide a forum for community dialogue and artistic response to institutional and interpersonal violence that has impacted Albuquerque during the last 4 months of 2015. Resolana Luz–Light from Darkness, a program of poetry and music, is a collective artistic response to the many recent troubles and losses: the violent deaths in Albuquerque over the last few months, the Paris and Beirut attacks, a recent mass shooting hours away in Colorado Springs and other sadness in our world. This program of spoken word and music will provide an opportunity for artists to express some of the complex emotions and thoughts churning through our community, and to seek peace and healing.
Presented with generous support from film!ABQ and the South Broadway Cultural Center.
We Are This City: An initiative inspired by empty buildings, made possible by people.
Vitalizing our city through color and creativity! The mission of We Are This City is to bring economic growth to local communities by creating well
paying jobs for artists and software developers so that we can together make our city more beautiful while attracting local and national attention.
All proceeds from this run will be donated directly to my Nepal family, friends and acquaintances still living in Nepal
after the earthquake on April 25th, 2015 and seemingly endless aftershocks. Cost for design and publishing of this book have already been
covered by the Hakim Bellamy, Joanne Lefrak and Swimming with Elephants Publishing, LLC. 100% of the cost of this book is donated directly to
Nepal. No NGO. After the first 200 print copies are sold, this book will be available by order, on demand. Thank you for helping a country and a
people who have given me so much.
A collective inspiration uniting the verb, the beat and the feet. Bellamy’s role is that of the verb, though he often jumps in as beat (box), as
well. HakimBE laces the tappings of Donne ‘The Wytchdokta’ Lewis and the accompanying soothing strings of Stuart Smith with poignant poetry,
smoothed out hip-hop, and relevant lyrics. Hakim makes sure to funk up the jam with his signature “fluid flow,” which he describes as “a product of
his parents’ wax collection.” Waylaid does not fit into a box. The collective would rather explore the space into which their art takes them, rather
than set boundaries as to fit any specific genre. In the words of Waylaid, “This is not your momma’s smooth jazz; it embraces elements of poetry,
hip hop, blues, jazz, funk and world beats.”
Santa Fe Arts Institute
Residency: FOOD JUSTICE
Hakim was recently honored with the SFAI Food Justice Residency. From July 2014 through June 2015, SFAI encourages
minds to come together and examine the territory of food justice. Together, we will ask how can we use diverse creative practices to confront
inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system? Further, how can we bring together insights from creative
sciences, sustainable agriculture, critical theory, and food studies to have local, national, and international impact?