Born in Tampa, FL in 1975, I, LIFE Malcolm, am a full-time writer community organizer and owner of Word Power Publications, LLC.
I am a frequently requested speaker for community forums, academic panel to discussions and spoken word workshops and events in the African community because of my lengthy community organizing efforts.
I have recorded three CDs and written one book.
I have performed in dozens of cities across the country and a few places around the world, including London and Paris. I currently reside in Tampa, Florida .
As the first full-time spoken word artist in Tampa Bay, I single-handedly changed the landscape of live entertainment, in Tampa Bay.
For decades, after the glorious period of the sixties, when many legendary musicians regularly performed, in Tampa Bay, popular appreciation for live entertainment, in the area, waned.
When I began performing, in 2003, for large audiences of variant echelons, a resurgence of appreciation for the performing arts blossomed.
I conceptualized and produced large-scale spoken word shows, that drew hundreds of attendees every time, along with leading Black On Black Rhyme Tampa, the largest, longest running Spoken Word/Open Mic, in Tampa Bay, from September 18, 2001 to January 1, 2013, .
I hope those successful endeavors inspired other promoters, of live entertainment (poetry, jazz, even comedy!) in Tampa Bay.
On "Black On Black Love..." (Book)/ Published June 2013
forthepeople (CD)/ Released June 2003- over 3,000 sold
XpoZin' MaSelf (CD)/ Released October 2005- over 5,000 sold
MouFPiece (CD)/ Released May 2008
-owns/operates Word Power Publications, LLC
-founder of Straight UP Poetry and Straight UP Comedy (2014-present)
-creator of column "On Something..." By LIFE in the Florida Sentinel Bulletin (2014-present)
-founder of The STAGE exclusively yours... Tampa Bay's only exclusive spoken word experience, from 2013-2014
-owned/operated Black On Black Rhyme Tampa, the largest, longest running spoken word show, in Tampa Bay, from 2001-2013
-coordinated the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Poetry Slam, the biggest spoken word event, in Tampa Bay, from 2005-2010.
-coordinated the official/original Pajama Poetry Nite (Black On Black Rhyme Tampa)
-coordinated the Black On Black Rhyme Tampa Anniversary
-founding partner of RARE XPRESSIONS
-produced the Young Peoples Poetry ShowCase (YPPS) and ((SHOCKWAVE)) from 2009-2011
-started Black On Black Rhyme St. Pete, SoulClap, Inside Scoop & ParLAY, in 2009
-coordinated The Central Florida Slam from 2007-2009, the only regular poetry slam in Tampa Bay, at that time
founded Grillin', Chillin' and Community Buildin', a monthly gathering honoring Lyfe Lazarus Coleman who was murdered on January 5, 2015
-major monetary contributions to food drives for the homeless
-yearly participant in The Great American Teach-In
-sponsor of Candy Lowe's Black Business Bus Tour
-volunteer for Gina Oliva Fundraiser
-organizer of the "Write For Our Future" program
-financial supporter of WMNF's "Poetry Is" and "Sunday Forum"
-coordinated regular volunteer performances at Metropolitan Ministries
MOST NOTABLE AWARDS
-Best Poet Of The 99%/Creative Loafing (2012)
-Poet Of The Year/Tampa Bay Hip Hop Awards (2008)
-Nuyorican Slam/New York (2008)
-Underground Poets King/Queen of the Bay/Tampa Finalist (2006)
-USF Louder Than Words Poetry Slam/Tampa 1st Place Winner (2005)
-Underground Poets King/Queen of the Bay/Tampa 1st Place Winner (2005)
-Akoben Festival/Word Up! Poetry Slam/Norfolk 1st Place Winner (2005)
-Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Poetry Slam/Tampa 1st Place Winner (2004, 2005)
-Southern Fried Slam Finalist/Miami Finalist(2004)
-Hot Air Slam/Delray, Fla. 1st Place Winner(2004)
MOST NOTABLE MEDIA APPEARANCES
-Burning Spear Newspaper
-Al Jazeera America
-Bay News 9
-WMNF 88.5 FM
- WTMP 1150 AM
-St. Pete Times/*TBT
-The Florida Sentinel
-Power Broker Magazine
-The Weekly Planet
-The Florida Courier
-The Weekly Challenger