2016 Brandon Douglas

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Brandon Douglas

Poet – Teaching Artist – Rapper – Actor

Brandon Douglas is a product of the land known as Washington, DC. He began writing when he was 12, after discovering his ability to write raps. Through his teenage years poetry and hip-hop became one in his mind and soul as tools of self-expression. Since then he has been on the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, opened for the late Gil Scott Heron, and performed at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, the Woolly Mammoth Theater, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Split This Rock Poetry Festival, the Phillips Collection, as well as the South African State Theatre. A poet, rapper, teacher, and actor, Brandon has been a production team member with City at Peace DC for 4 years, using theatre arts to teach cross cultural dialogue and nonviolent conflict resolution. He facilitates writing, performance, and social justice workshops, and is a teaching artist organizing and coaching high school poetry clubs in DC with nonprofit org Split This Rock. With his artistry he works to guide others toward positivity, encouraging them to strive to be whole. He is constantly working to grow as an artist as well as a person, and he details this journey through spoken word in an honest way so that others may be moved to do the same.


B. Doug’s South Africa Tour 2016

Washington, DC → City of Tshwane, South Africa
September 2016

Thurs. 1 Sept. – Welcome to Mzansi
7:55am Brandon landed at O.R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg JNB, South Africa

Fri. 2 Sept. – Banana Bread and Braai

Hosted Banana Bread Concert for Flex’s band, Flex of He & I
@ Tshwane Arts Crafts and Design Hub, 146 Minnaar Street, Tshwane 0001

Sat. 3 Sept. – Hustle and Flow
8:30-10:00 Lead workshop at Current State of Poetry (CSP)
@ Joburg Theatre, Loveday St, Johannesburg 2001
12:00-12:50 Lead poetry workshop at Jozi Book Fair
@ Wits University, OGSLT 1, Science Stadium, West Campus
13:00-13:45 Lunch
14:00-14:40 Showcase performance at Current State of Poetry (20-30 mins)
@ Joburg Theatre https://www.facebook.com/events/1770750569815145/
15:00-17:30 Showcase performance at Word N Sound Poetry League (15-20 mins)
@ Market Theatre Laboratory, The Bus Factory, 3 Helen Joseph St, Newtown


Sun. 4 Sept. – Jozi Book Fair reading
11:00-12:00 Feature Performance at Jozi Book Fair
@ Wits University, OGSLT 1, Science Stadium, West Campus
12:30-13:20 Zoo Lake picnic chillin

Mon. 5 Sept. ⥈ City of Light
Shop 3, 91 5th Avenue, Westdene
082 818 6393 stevekwenamokwena@gmail.com
19h00 – 22h00 FREE

Tues. 6 Sept. – Ubuntu
See Gratitude’s students’ show in Hillbrow

Weds. 7 Sept. – Sarafina
12:00-14:00 Tour Apartheid Museum

Thurs. 8 Sept. – Poetry on the Rocks
11:00-14:00 Writing and Rehearsing together
19:00-23:00 Emcee and open “Poetry on the Rocks” concert feat. Flex of He & I
@ The Good Luck Bar, 1 Fox St, Johannesburg


Fri. 9 Sept. – Steve Biko to Angela Davis
Attend Heritage Month Celebrations
17:00-19:00 Attend 17th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture by Prof. Angela Davis
@ZK Mathews Great Hall, Theo van Wijk Bldg 2nd floor,
UNISA Muckleneuk Campus, Preller Street, City of Tshwane


Sun. 11 Sept.
11:30-12:00 Radio interview at Rise FM

Mon. 12 Sept. – 
10:00-12:00 Nelspruit workshop and performance
TUT Cafeteria, Nelspruit Campus, Madiba Drive, Mbombela 1200
16:00-21:00 drive back to Gauteng

Weds. 14 Sept. – Ga Rankuwa
09:00-13:00 Tebogwana Secondary School
Ga Rankuwa Zone 7
Note: They would like us to come as early as possible in order to cover as many of their Grade 11 english classes as possible.

Post-workshop Group Photo
Post-workshop Group Photo



Thurs. 15 Sept. – American Corner of SA
10:00-13:00 Mentorship session at the South African State Theatre

SA State Theatre Incubator Program Workshop
SA State Theatre Incubator Program Workshop

14:00-16:00 Lead workshop with Laquesha
@Es’kia Mphahlele Library, American Corner, Sammy Marks Square,
City of Tshwane

Brandon and LaQuesha workshopping
Brandon and LaQuesha workshopping.

18:30-21:00 Meaning of Miles Davis to South Africa, art exhibit and artist talk
@Gallery MOMO, Joburg

Fri. 16 Sept. – Alex FM
11:30am Alexandra radio show interview on Alex FM

Posing at Alex FM
Posing at Alex FM
on air with Alex FM
on air with Alex FM


Sat. 17 Sept. – Tshwane Speak Out Loud
12:00-18:00 Host slam for Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition
@ Es’kia Mphahlele Library, Auditorium 3rd floor, Sammy Marks Square
City of Tshwane

B Doug hosting Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition
B Doug hosting Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition


19:00-21:00 Arts Alive CSP Slam @ Joburg Theatre
21:00-22:00 Dinner & Drinks with poets @ Cafe Mexicho in Melville


Tues. 20 Sept. – Out There

18:00-23:00 Spotlight at the Out There Series (10 min performance at jazz n poetry series, with theme of heritage month, so talk about your heritage and/or SA heritage)
@ The Orbit – Home of Jazz, 81 de Korte Street, Braamfontein, Joburg 2001

Weds. 21 Sept.
Nada but Kingston Frost Park and Market Theatre for Animal Farm play

Fri. 23 Sept.
10:00-13:00 Pioneer Academy Workshop http://pioneeracademies.co.za/
49 Dorado Avenue, Ormonde, 2091 (near Gold Reef)

Mon. 26 Sept.
Went to visit Pioneer Academy again and we judged their talent show trials. It was cute.

Tues. 27 Sept. – Back to School
12:00-14:00 Lead poetry workshop at University of Joburg library
@ DFC Campus http://www.uj.ac.za/library Dornfontein Campus



Sun. 2 Oct. – Surviving The Times
16:00-24:00 Feature Showcase by B + Q
@ The Tshwane Arts Hub, 146 Minaar St, corner of Minaar & Bosman Streets
City of Tshwane 0002
16:00-19:00 Braai and Open Mic
19:00-20:00 Opening Acts
21:00-22:00 B Doug and Queen feature




Tues. 4 Oct. –
12:00 – 14:00 – Eersterust Library Hall
Workshop with intergenerational coloured group


Weds. 5 Oct. – Good-Braai
Laundry, Chaf Pozi bungee jumping, Word N Sound Poetry Festival for Xabiso’s show

Thurs. 6 Oct. – Out 
16:30 Leave for airport