Kamal Imani Bio
Kamal Imani is an internationally known spoken word performance poet, conscious hip hop lyricist, Television and Showcase Host and Lecturer. Kamal has toured the eastern coast of the United States. His full time profession is a teacher of children and teenagers with special needs and who are considered “at risk”. Being born in Harlem New York and raised in the Bronx New York as well as Teaneck New Jersey by a single mother, Kamal identifies with urban youth and young people who feel angry or isolated. He is also a tutor at a major tutoring company. Kamal is author of the book “You Got Next, Real Talk for the Hip Hop Generation” (Blurb.com) In Bergen County New Jersey he is considered one of the pioneers of the early hip hop movement in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. This movement taught him how to DJ, MC, Break dance and promote parties and talent showcases. It also taught him how to record music. As a teenager he had succumbed to peer pressure and the lure of the streets but was fortunate to never end up dead or in jail like several of his friends. Today Kamal remains passionate about reaching young people via lectures, spoken word poetry, hip hop and film. He has shared the stage with and opened for entertainers such as Doug E. Fresh, Cassidy, Buju Banton, MC Shan, The Last Poets and many more! Along with his business partner Mr. Barksdale, he has a company and online social media network for unsigned and independent artist called “Bless the Mic Magazine” (http://www.blessthemicmagazine.ning.com) where artist have the opportunity to network and gain exposure on and offline at live performances.
Teaneck High School Graduate
Bergen Community College – Associates in Science Liberal Arts
New York Institute of Technology-Bachelors in Sociology (Concentration in Psychology)
Computer Career Training Center- Englewood NJ
Kovats Real Estate School – Maywood NJ
Performances and Lectures:
NJ IZOD Arena NJ’s Most Talented Halftime Show
Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield NJ (Organix Soul)
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center-Actor & Rapper in play “The Greatest is Love”
Mayles Cinema, Harlem NY, Director of Film “Up in the Attic” Screening Q&A
Englewood Public Library NJ, Lecture and screening Q&A
The Poetz Realm, Bridgeport Connecticut
Host of Bless the Mic/NeetUSA Television Show TimeWarner Cable, Palisades Park NJ
Movie “Goldigger Killer”, RBG Promotions, Acted “African Man on Street” and Performed Poetry.
Movie “Holla if I Kill You” RBG Promotions, Acted and song “RevolutionaryArt” used for theme song”.
Movie “Up in the Attic” Directed and Acted. RevolutionaryArt Films.
To contact Kamal for bookings and information contact Mr. Barksdale at 201-923-9213.
City, State, or Country:
Industry or Career Field:
Art/Entertainment, Non-profit/Community Building
Current Projects or Goals:
To speak to youth regarding life skills and to build Bless the Mic Entertainment into a brand name.
My favorite things!
Russell Simmons, Daymond John, Magic Johnson, Rakim, Les Brown, TD Jakes, Pastor Victorian Brown, Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad
My Network Level:
Social, Business, Collaborative, Expert Knowledge, Career Building, Learning/Methods, Media Sharing
Products, Skills or Services:
Book: You Got Next, Real Talk for the Hip Hop Generation
Movie: Up in the Attic
Spoken Word CD's "The Mic Is Calling Me", "Sister Serious", "The Lost Scrolls" and More!