In Honor of Black History Month 2016 The WB Media Group will be featuring 29 people in 29 days who are creating “Modern Day Black History in their community or chosen profession.
*Today February 17th, 2016 the WB Media Group features Spoken Word Artist / Activist / Writer / Actor Kondwani Fidel
Kondwani Fidel is a writer, spoken word artist, and speaker who City Paper calls “A Poet Laureate.” He has been featured in The Huffington Post, Sky News, CNN and other international publications. Business Insider writes, “The 22 year old poet is now reaching people all over the world.”
Kondwani has made multiple TV appearances, including Right This Minute TV, where his life story was syndicated to millions. NY Daily writes, “A Baltimore poet is on the way to becoming the country’s most famous substitute teacher,” after a video of him performing in front of students instantly went viral, receiving over 3 million shares.
To date, Kondwani has been featured at numerous speaking events. These include Scholastic Headquarters in New York City, and countless educational institutions, such as University of Maryland College Park, Virginia State University, Helen Thackston Charter School in York City, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore City College High School.
The East Baltimore native was also recently the keynote speaker at The National Summit for Courageous Conversation, a global conference held annually by celebrated author Glenn Singleton. “I witnessed Kondwani command the intellect, emotion and spirit of an international audience of nearly one thousand racial equity leaders. I knew his talent was the bonafide voice of our collective future,” Singleton says.
Shortly after graduating from Virginia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English, Kondwani released his debut poetry book Asperous Artistry in August 2015. Still living in East Baltimore, he is currently working on a collection of essays about the environmental impact on addiction. Award winning Salon columnist D. Watkins writes, “Kondwani is an inspiration to us all. His voice is sharp, relevant and now! We are truly lucky to witness his journey.”