Eric L. Powell Jr. (E.L.P.J.) is a 19 year-old Emcee & Poet from the DMV area. Born and raised in, on, and around Hip Hop, it was destined…


Samantha Jackson is a senior in high school. She has been doing poetry since her ninth grade…..


Salihah “Sasa” Aakil joined WBL in 2016, she is now fourteen and pursuing careers in both art and writing…


Andres has been an artist for most of his life. He is currently a student at the Duke Ellington School of…

Tony Verlich

Creative Core Assistant Manager

Tony is working on his master’s degree in teaching at the University of the District of Columbia. He wants to use writing to teach


SADIYAH BASHIR is a 18-year-old poet born and raised in Lanham, Maryland. She is the 2016 Words, Beats and Life Grand Slam…

Lauren Bullock

Creative Core Director

Lauren Bullock is a multiracial writer, performer, and community organizer. A 2014 honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a

David Estes

David Nehemiah Estes is a 17 year old senior at Oxon Hill High School who grew up in Maryland…

Tevon (Shinobi of Chernobyl)

“I was destined to rap. I was created to become the creator and destroyer of minds…”



Javier G. is a recent high school graduate living in D.C. He has…


Efrain R. was born and raised in El Barrio, New York City to parents who emigrated from…


Jasmin M. is a 14 year old D.C. native who is currently in Middle School. Jasmin loves…


Alex B. is a student in the Academy breakdancing class. He has been BBoying for 4 years, since 2010. He started breakdancing

Tyjuane H.

Tyjuane H. is a 22 year old apprentice DJ from Washington DC. He goes by the moniker of DJ RA. In addition to being…


Pierce N. is a 20 year old producer from Washington D.C, who produces under the name Dizcrybe. He has been…


Naasir A. was born in Anacostia, in Washington DC. Over the years Naasir has been influenced by animals and primitive…



Katie R. is an apprentice DJ at Words Beats & Life. A native Washingtonian, Katie hails from Columbia Heights; gravitating…


Kara F. is a college student and lover of all things creative, Art, Music,Photography and Dance. She also


To Herbert R. dancing is more than what people think it is. it’s his own form of expression, and a way to unwind. When he dances he feels euphoria like none other. Landing a move takes hard..

Fasil S.

Fasil S. begin breakdancing at the age of 17 when he was a senior year of high school. He has been participating in the B-Boy classes at Words Beats & Life, and is considered a veteran amongst the other students in the class. He is currently a senior at the…

Carrington L-S

Carrington hails from the bustling suburb of Teaneck, New Jersey. After completing his undergraduate education at Howard University, he has continued to cultivate his..

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