- One Common Unity (10 Years) · 2010-12-20
- "Terrorizing Immigrants," An Evening of Art, Music, & Performance · 2010-09-03
- “The Disaster of Oil,” An Evening of Art, Music, & Performance · 2010-06-14
- Poetry and Yoga - Together? HawaH Harmonizes Spoken Word and Movement · 2010-05-12
- The Poetry of Yoga Workshop in Baltimore · 2010-04-20
"Dynamic, entertaining and simultaneously educational. HawaH communicates with the masses in a language they relate to and understand." — Jadore Magazine
Hawah is an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor and community organizer. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 28 countries in the past 9 years to facilitate interactive workshops, dialogues, perform poetry, teach yoga, and speak with those interested in creating a caring, sustainable, and equitable world.
In 1999, he volunteered as an Americorps community organizer and mentor in Washington DC’s most under-resourced neighborhood, encouraging youth to explore the roots of oppression & non-violence. After receiving a degree from American University in Peace and Educational Philosophy, he was awarded a fellowship with the R.F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation to work as a special representative to the United Nations and the World Conference Against Racism.
Hawah is co-founder/ executive director of One Common Unity, a non-profit organization that nurtures sustainable, caring communities through innovative peace education services, arts initiatives, and media programming. For 3 years he directed the Peaceable Schools Program in DC’s largest public high school—specifically leading Alternatives to Violence, Positive Stretch, Deep Breathing & Yoga classes.
A spoken word poet known as Everlutionary and an artist of a diverse collection of paintings and photographs, Hawah has authored three books: Trails: Trust Before Suspicion (2001), Escape Extinction (2003) and zerONEss (2006). He has also released two CD’s: Survival for All of Us (2005) and CALL (2010).
Over the years, Hawah has regularly featured as a speaker, performer and workshop presenter for People to People International, the Congressional Youth Leadership Council and the Children's Defense Fund's Freedom Schools. He has made appearances on XM National Satellite Radio, BBC, and the Pacifica Radio Network. He has also been a guest speaker at places such as Yale University, George Washington University, U.C.L.A., University of Colorado, Rollins College, University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and Brown University.
For more information on his work, visit www.Everlutionary.net and www.OneCommonUnity.org .
A Journey of Trust, Compassion and Change
Prepare yourself to embark on a journey around the world with artist, educator, poet and author, HawaH. His story, a fusion of breathtaking photographs and enlightened spoken word poetry, includes his story of overcoming racism from childhood and watching children die of AIDS in Africa. It is the story of children who don’t have shoes to protect their feet, who die of diarrhea, dehydration, and malnutrition.
During his performance the audience hears about the challenges to peace around the world and theroot causes of hatred and violence. They gain a greater understanding of the responsibilities that come with power and privilege; while, simultaneously developing empathy with and respect for people from different nation-states.
Become inspired to reach out and help someone who may have fallen, and to dream of a world not yet created. To think independently and reflectively is the test; to always think with others in mind is the goal.
During this performance and facilitated dialogue session the audience has the opportunity to explore ideas such as world citizenship and trust without suspicion. They are challenged to question greed and materialism, and, all the while, be driven to find a greater purpose in life through community service.
As rainforests are being cut down and polar ice caps are melting, what is our responsibility? What can we do? What can one person do to make a difference? Is it true that we can rise above the hate?
For over 10 years, HawaH has repeatedly challenged educators around the nation to teach about peace and students to become teachers. His poetry communicates his dream to live in a world where he doesn’t have to lock his doors and where no one feels as if they don’t belong. Don’t miss his interactive performance and be a part of the story.
One Common Unity
10 Year Anniversary Concert and Showcase
(Washington, DC) – One Common Unity is a grassroots non-profit organization that supports a movement for peace education, and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art. HawaH, one of the founders of the organization, serves as their executive director.
The 10-year anniversary of One Common Unity was a celebration of epic proportions. A dynamic evening of musical and dance performances hosted by HawaH, and featuring grammy nominated singer/poet Maimouna Youssef, the “Beat Ya Feet Kings” from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, the West African drumming ensemble Farafina Kan and soul-singer/ songwriter Mikuak Rai.
Along with these powerful performances, the evening showcased the Third Annual Common Folk Awards, a ceremony honoring individuals from around the world who are doing small things everyday to make our world a better place. This year’s award winners were Ayize Sabater, Juan Pacheco, Alli Chagi-Starr, Harley Eagle and SULU DC.
The Anniversary show happened on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at the U Street Music Hall, 1115A U Street, NW Washington, DC, from 7pm until 10pm.
The event was co-sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Massey Media, Java Green Eco-cafe, Bus Boys and Poets, Flow Yoga Center, Honest Tea, and the Adinkra Group.
For more information on One Common Unity please visit:
Media Advisory for Saturday, September 11, 2010
Contact: HawaH, Event Producer & Host, (202) 445-0957, firstname.lastname@example.org
- WHO: DC Based 501(c)3 Non-Profit, One Common Unity
- WHAT: An Evening of Art, Music, & Reflection, “Terrorizing Immigrants”
- WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11th, 2010, 8:30-10:30PM
- WHERE: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Common Folk: The Voices of a Movement is a 3 part concert series exploring & creating a new conversation on the topics of Health, Environment, and Immigration. Our first two shows on Health and the Environment, brought in packed venues and a large number of submissions. Those shows were headlined by Head Roc, Princess of Controversy, Mikuak Rai, Omekongo Dibinga, Anu Yadav and Christeylz Bacon.
This event will be focused on a community conscious open mic! Headlining will be The Cornel West Theory, as well as guest speaker Shahid Buttar, of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. The event is being hosted by HawaH.
Those performing during the open mic are asked to compose, write and/or share work that is related to the topic of immigration, terrorism, and non-violent responses to conflict. We will pay homage to the tragedy of this auspicious day and encourage all to consider what it means to share the earth with our brothers and sisters. We shall encourage all to dream of a world beyond borders.
Saturday, September 11th, 2010
Bus Boys and Poets
1025 5th St., NW Washington, DC
8:30 - 10:30pm
The Common Folk Concert series is presented by One Common Unity (OCU) a non-profit organization that for the past 10 years has been supporting a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art.
For more information on OCU visit: www.OneCommonUnity.org
For more information on the event sponsor and venue visit: www.BusBoysandPoets.com
Media Advisory for Monday, June 14, 2010
Contact: HawaH, Event Producer and Host, (202) 445-0957, email@example.com
- WHO: DC Based 501c3 Non-Profit, One Common Unity, Inc
- WHAT: An Evening of Art, Music & Performance, “The Disaster of Oil”
- WHEN: Wednesday, June 30th, 2010, 8:00-10:30PM
- WHERE: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC)
(Washington, DC) – The continuing devastation from Oil in the Gulf of Mexico has moved all of us in profound ways. We are living in times of great environmental challenges, and our voices are needed to promote more sustainable and ecologically friendly means of living. With this in mind, One Common Unity has an open call for visual artists, song writers, poets, artists, and musicians to compose new and original pieces that deal specifically with the Disaster of Oil in the Gulf.
Tell us how it makes you feel, express to us what you want to do about it, and/or show us how it has changed your thinking. Through this 2nd concert in the 2010 “Common Folk: The Voices of A Movement” series, we want to help stimulate a new body of art specifically dealing with this man-made disaster.
Submission for "The Disaster of Oil," opens on June 14th and closes on June 25th. That means you have 11 days to write or create your piece to directly address this international crisis. On June 27th, eight people will be selected, notified, and asked to share their piece at the main event. If selected, you will be given the opportunity to perform/ present on Wednesday, June 30th between 8:00-10:30pm in the Langston Room of Busboys and Poets (2021 14th street NW).
Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptable file types are Microsoft Word, PDF, MP3, and JPEG. Please write "Submission: The Disaster of Oil" in the subject line and include your full name and telephone number in the body of the email.
“The Disaster of Oil” is hosted by HawaH and features performances by Omekongo Dibinga, Anu Yadav, and 2010 Grammy nominee Christylez Bacon. For 10 years, One Common Unity has been supporting a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art.
For more information please visit: www.OneCommonUnity.org .
Media Advisory for Saturday, May 15, 2010
Contact: Sarah Massey, 202.445.1169, email@example.com
- WHO : Spoken Word Poet and Yoga Instructor HawaH
- WHAT : The Poetry of Yoga at DC Yoga Week
- WHEN : Saturday, May 15, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- WHERE : Yoga on the National Mall
(Washington, DC) — Yoga is harmony of breath and movement, and poetry is fluidity in words and sound. Spoken word poet and yoga instructor HawaH engages The Poetry of Yoga audiences to stretch into both. “Doing yoga pushes you inside, and writing makes you communicate outwardly,” says HawaH. “Working together, you can realize a healthy balance for creative flow.” On Saturday, May 15, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, HawaH will be performing his poetry and emceeing the Yoga on the National Mall for DC Yoga Week.
HawaH will read from his new poetic work “Sunrays and Moonbeams,” to the thousands who are anticipated to attend the national mall yoga event. The poem shows how words and movement intertwine.
By knitting together yoga and poetry, HawaH weaves a new form of study and expression for those passionate of both practices. His teachings help people move their bodies and flex their creative minds. HawaH creates a safe and fun space for participants and also inspires audiences by performing some of his own spoken word poetry while standing on his head. “I am truly inspired by HawaH’s The Poetry of Yoga workshop. I had been to several spoken word / poetry sessions in the past but never experienced it in such an intimate way,” says Laura Alexandra Randeles, DC resident.
HawaH is a yoga instructor, poet and author of three books: Trust Before Suspicion (2001), Escape Extinction (2003), and zerONEss (2006) and two musical CDs. He graduated from the Yoga Vidya Gurukul, a world-renowned teacher training college in India. In addition to instructing yoga at studios around the nation, he is director of the non-profit organization One Common Unity and offers classes in public high schools called Alternatives to Violence.
As a small child, HawaH was fascinated by the rhythm of poetry and first started writing at age eight. Taking a page out of the books of poets Hafiz, Kahlil Gibran, and Rumi, HawaH is currently working on his fourth book, which will be a compilation of poetry and guidance on how to blend the creativity of writing with the physical movement and grace of yoga.
For more information, please visit www.EVERLUTIONARY.net and www.OneCommonUnity.org .
Media Advisory for Friday, April 23, 2010
Contact: Sarah Massey, 202 445 1169, firstname.lastname@example.org
- WHO: Spoken Word Poet and Yoga Instructor HawaH
- WHAT: Poetry of Yoga Workshop, $25 in advance/$35 at the door
- WHEN: Friday, April 23, 2010, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
- WHERE: Baltimore Yoga Village, The Mill Centre, Hampden
- 3000 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211
(Baltimore, MD) — Yoga is harmony of breath and movement, and poetry is fluidity in words and sound. Spoken word poet and yoga instructor HawaH engages his poetry of yoga workshop participants to stretch into both. “Doing yoga pushes you inside, and writing makes you communicate outwardly,” says HawaH. “Working together, you can realize a healthy balance for creative flow.”
By knitting the two together, HawaH weaves a new type of practice for poetry and yoga devotees. His workshops help people move their bodies and flex their creative minds. HawaH creates a safe and fun space for participants and also inspires audiences by performing some of his own spoken word poetry while standing on his head. “I am truly inspired by HawaH’s yoga poetry workshop. I had been to several spoken word / poetry jam sessions in the past but never experienced it in such an intimate way,” says Laura Alexandra Randeles, DC resident.
HawaH is a yoga instructor, poet and author of three books: Trust Before Suspicion (2001), Escape Extinction (2003), and zerONEss (2006) and 2 musical CDs. He graduated from the Yoga Vidya Gurukul, a world-renowned teacher training college in India. In addition to instructing yoga at studios around the nation, he is director of the non-profit organization One Common Unity and offers classes in public high schools called Alternatives to Violence.
As a small child, HawaH was fascinated by the rhythm of poetry and first started writing at age seven. Taking a page out of the books of poets Hafiz, Kahlil Gibran, and Rumi, HawaH is working on his fourth book, which will be a compilation of poetry and guidance on how to blend the creativity of writing with the physical movement of yoga practice. Workshop participants can expect to sweat, meditate, and write poetry that they are then invited to submit for this new book.
For more information, please visit www.EVERLUTIONARY.net and www.OneCommonUnity.org .
Wonderful messages brother!
Absolutely Love it!
I read your book on the plane. It's a beautiful and inspiring expression of what's in your heart… it will appeal to many people who are concerned about the state of our world. You have a great spirit and I hope you continue to find more ways to bring it to bare and share it with others.
John Graham, Author and President
The Giraffe Hero's Project, U.S. Diplomat/Foreign Service
You will never know how much of an influence you have made on my life. I went to the Peace Conference in Colorado to become a better person, but because of you and your presentation, I left a better person.
Student and Reader