Open Mic In Black And White is a column created to bring past – present and upcoming original artists to you in the form of print. For our readers who may or may not be able to make it out to the open mic scene, I’ll be introducing some very well known and unknown performers to the arts community or world of entertainment.

What better way to break the ice than by going first?

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is “GOODNE$$” a Buffalo native, poet , spoken word artist, the proud author of this column. I am a member of the Tradition Keepers Black Storytellers of WNY,  Juneteenth Committee (Arts & Culture/Sankofa), a part of the Griot Nations’  Griot Poet Society (GPS), and author of three books of poetry, "Naught'etry" Nice & Naughty Poetry I and II .. Inspirational Poetry in Motion, Encouraging And Uplifting Poems.  

On April 22 and23 I will be presenting my 5th Annual “TWO DAY INNER CITY POETRY MARATHON” in honor of National Poetry Month to be held at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library (Saturday 2 – 5pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm). My mission is to "Provoke Creativity & Promote Literacy" among the youth and the adults of our communities.

A few years ago I also organized a bi/monthly ‘ CITYWIDE YOUTH OPEN MIC’s.” It was formally held at the Jefferson Library. The Juneteenth Headquarters is now the new home of the “CYOM.”

This column is open to all talents in Buffalo and the surrounding areas no matter the age. So without further ado put your hands together and welcome to the page (stage) “GOODNE$$” {applause}

I don’t wanna fight with you tonight 

but I see you’re about to be a mess … 

It’s about to be a war

We do this every night, 

I can’t take it anymore 

This is not going to be the easiest … 

First you’re on then you’re off, 

Next I’m hot then I’m cold – I can’t take it

I don’t wanna fight with you tonight …

 I love you “my blanket!”

 (From “MY BLANKET”  “Get ‘Em” “GOODNE$$”)

If you or someone you know would like to be highlighted as a feature, please submit a photo, short bio, contact information and an original piece/song, links for audio or visual to: in subject put; Open Mic In Black And White.

Thank you for your time and attention, hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read/heard, be sure to catch me again soon to see which artist will have the last “spoken” word.