Bryonn Bain is Brooklyn’s own prison activist, hip hop artist, spoken word poet, author, actor and educator. Described by Cornel West as an artist who “…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear,” Bain hosts BET-J’s award-winning talk show My Two Cents. Airing weekly in 28 million homes worldwide, Bryonn has interviewed influential public figures including LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Damon Dash, Ciara, Carmen Bryant, Malik Zulu Shabazz, DJ Egypt, Jim Jones, Minister Kevin Mohammed and Chairman Omali Yeshitela.
Crowned Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry Champion in 2000, Bain stars in the off Broadway hip hop theater show Auction Block to Hip Hop. [ hyperlink: http://www.platanosandcollardgreens.com/Auction_Bock.html ] Bryonn plays a Nat Turner-inspired cult leader in the action thriller Pig Hunt scheduled for release in 2008. Directed by Academy Award winner Jim Isaac (The Fly, Return of the Jedi). Bain’s original hip hop and spoken word poetry, from his debut album, Problem Child, and his highly anticipated follow-up, Scared of the Dark, are featured in the film with music by Primus’ legend Les Claypool and blues virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite. Check out his music and verse at myspace.com/musicbryonnbain.
Wrongfully imprisoned during his second year at Harvard Law, Bryonn sued the NYPD, was interviewed by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes, and wrote The Village Voice cover story — “Walking While Black” — which drew the largest response in the history of the nation’s most widely-read progressive newspaper. Bain’s one-man show continues this story through spoken word, hip hop, theater and letters from a friend sentenced to death row in Texas. Showcasing at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, the staged reading of Bain’s solo performance piece has already received extraordinary reviews on Spectrum Magazine. [ hyperlink: Spectrum Magazine ]