Five-time Def Poetry Jam Poet Bassey Ikpi is taking her one woman poetry show on the road with Basseyworld Live! – a mash up of spoken word and pop culture discussion – coming to Philadelphia on Saturday, June 5, 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Elena’s Lounge, 4912 Baltimore Avenue.
This summer, making stops in several major cities on the East Coast, Bassey Ikpi intertwines her poetry with an evening filled with a live panel, discussing everything from pop culture, politics and relationships. Not only will her poetry be live streamed via several social networks, but the panel will also field questions from the audience and interact with followers on Twitter. Each city stop will include different panelists from the entertainment industry, bloggers, writers and academia. With each location, comes a different theme for the evening. For Philadelphia, Basseyworld Live will include thirty minutes of poetry, followed by an hour of discussion by Chris MacDonald-Dennis, Assistant Dean of Intercultural Affairs at Bryn Mawr College, Imani Perry, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, blogger Danielle Belton (blacksnob.com), and educator and motivational speaker Charles HF Davis III.
The kickoff of Basseyworld Live!, which took place in Bassey’s hometown area of DC on Friday, May 7, featured discussion lead by journalist, pop culture critic and author of the soon to be released “Bitch is the New Black”, Helena Andrews, and bloggers Yesha Callahan (fungkeblackchik.com), Danielle Belton (blacksnob.com), Shabooty Lohan (shabooty.com), and Paul Carrick Brunson (onedegreefrom.me) – and topics ranged from Tyler Perry directing Ntozake Shange’s acclaimed play “For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Isn’t Enuf” to HIV/AIDs in the African American community.
Tickets for the event are $10 in advance; $15 at the door, and can be purchased by visiting basseyworldlivephilly.eventbrite.com.
Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born poet/writer who has been a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam. Recently she appeared on the NAACP Image Awards as part of a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams and was a featured performer for Johannesburg, South Africa’s annual arts festival, Joburg Arts Alive. Bassey has been seen gracing the pages of magazines such as Nylon, Marie Claire, Glamour and Bust. She recorded an original poem for the Kaiser Foundation’s, HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful. Bassey’s personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer.