Boogie is a direct descendant of the rich literary and music heritage that flows through Ohio. From Rita Dove, Abiodun Oyewole, P-Funk, and the stylings of Roger Troutman and Zapp, he is A mixture of the old the new and the future, as evidenced by the diversity of his accomplishments. He started writing in fifth grade, when his English teacher promised to keep a haiku that he wrote on her wall as long as she was teaching.
Later, after doing his thing as an emcee, he reverted back to poetry in 1995 when he placed 3rd in the National Poetry Slam as an individual and anchored the second place team from Cleveland. No one knew he had just begun to perform his poetry and including the Nationals had not performed poetry more than seven times his entire life. Boogie began reeking havoc on the poetry scene by becoming the first male to win the National Poetry Slam Individual Championship and anchoring the number three team, then winning four times on It’s Showtime at the Apollo and retiring having never lost on that legendary stage. Graduating to music he co-penned and recorded a duet with Lionel Richie entitled “To The Rhythm” and laid down a historical account of hip-hip on the album “Buffalo Gals: Back to Skool” which featured Krs-One, De La Soul, and Rakim. He has sat on panels at the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame to Harvard, and published four collections of poetry which have been used in curriculum at Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College, to mention a few. Having shared the stage with the likes of Robert Lockwood Jr., Common, and Musiq Soul Child he has solidified his place as a treasure that is as diverse as he is talented.
Boogie is well on his way to becoming a legend. He made his movie debut in Hip-Hop 4 life, an independent film by Velocity Productions, which was featured at the Sundance, Acapulco, and Hollywood Film Festivals. He also has ventured into theatre with his one-man play P.I.M2.P.-Persecuted Inside of My Masochistic Psyche, which has received rave reviews everywhere it’s been seen. Check for his sightings around the world, the next of which will be the release of his album “The Poet: Mouth to Mind Resuscitation” on Lionel Richie’s record label Liontracks. The old adage is still true, sooner or later “Da Boogie Man is going to get you.”