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Akin to the urgency, precision, and agility of a liberating foot solider, Sulaimans narratives broadcast from Americas front lines defining a Black Muslims quest for tranquility. His latest opus Dead Man Walking seeks to remedy the general apathy of his generation and awaken hibernating souls. As a young Muslim Black male in America I feel under attack on many fronts. I can handle being under attack, but its heartbreaking at times to feel as though I have no comrades. Everyone seems oblivious to our war against the Prison Industrial Complex, police, drugs, poverty and the list goes on. And if they are not oblivious then their concern does not spur them to action. So much of the album is born out of frustration and desperation. I hope to tear back the comforter of apathy and make us own up to ourselves and our responsibility to our people. An ambitious offering, Dean Man Walking is tailored for those who prefer virtue to vice. Its a treasure for those who are trying desperately to live, love, and pursue happiness.
A native of Rochester, New York, writer, activist, and educator Amir Sulaiman is a member of Goodestuff Entertainment, an Atlanta based collective providing culturally relevant programming. With a political consciousness that is profound without being preachy and stately without being stand-offish, Sulaiman has garnered the respect of such notables as Kevin Powell who invited the riveting performer to open for his State of Black Men in America Tour Kickoff held at Rev. Dr. Barbara Kings Hillside Chapel and Truth Center. Even media mogul Russell Simmons sat in awe as Sulaiman dropped science to a fervent audience during a recent taping of HBOs Def Poetry.
In addition to writing and recording, Sulaiman gives presentations and workshops. His presentation, The 40 Year Itch: The Harlem Renaissance, The Black Arts Movement and Modern Spoken Word, grounds the burgeoning spoken word movement in cultural, historic, and literary roots. He also molds the minds of youth teaching the elements of poetry, the power of voice, and style development. In his Communication Workshop, he explores the intricacy of human language and the process by which ideas travel from one mind to another. Sulaiman was an active participant in Goodestuff Entertainments First Annual Southern Poetry Conference held at the historic Auburn Research Library as well as the Atlanta Congressional Debate.
Amir Sulaiman began writing poetry at the age of twelve. In 1996, he began performing at colleges, universities, bookstores, and coffee shops as a student at North Carolina A&T. In his sophomore year, he released his debut poetry collection Words of Love, Life, and Death. This early work distends across the broad canvas of truth, struggle, relationships, and poetry. During his tenure at NC A&T, Sulaimans work was published in literary journals and collections including The Hazmat Review, All That Jazz, and Sauti Mypa.
After obtaining a B.A. in English from North Carolina A&T he moved to Atlanta, G.A and released his breakthrough CD "Cornerstore Folklore". Bolstered by the success of Cornerstore Folklore Tour-- which reached such cities as D.C., NY, Oakland, San Francisco, Norfolk, Richmond, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Raleigh, GreensboroSulaiman began whispering in the same breath of elders like Amiri Barka and solidified himself as a voice of light in the midst of a dark day.