• About Lyrics from Lockdown

     

    This unbelievably true story begins when Brooklyn’s own hip hop theater innovator and spoken word champion, Bryonn Bain (60 Minutes, The Village Voice, BET’s My Two Cents), is wrongly imprisoned in NYC jails — while studying law at Harvard.  Weaving together the voices of over 40 characters into a one-man tour de force, Lyrics From Lockdown, executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte, is receiving extraordinary reviews around the world.  A groundbreaking multimedia production, this critically acclaimed show uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip hop, theater, spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell a provocative story exposing racial profiling and wrongful incarceration in a nation imprisoning more people than any other in the world.

  • “Shortly after producing the film ‘Beat Street,’  in the years that followed, I grew frustrated with Hip Hop. I was disillusioned by how many artists have turned their backs on social responsibility. The world needs to see how Bryonn Bain’s Lyrics from Lockdown carries the tradition of joining art and activism as an instrument for justice -  at a time when the prison system has our communities in crisis.”

    -Harry Belafonte
    Executive Producer

  • Art and culture are creative tools to educate organize and mobilize a movement. The criminal justice system has hit pandemic proportions and our level of engagement as a community is vital to bring solution and alternatives to this crisis. Bryonn Bain’s Lyrics From Lockdown is an exemplary offering of the engagement of arts in activism and a vision of an equitable and transformative world.

    -Gina Belafonte
    Executive Producer

  • “Every moment on stage was filled with a thing of beauty.”

    -Anna Deavere Smith
    Department of Performance Studies, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
    Author of “Twilight,” Drama Desk winner and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow

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  • Correctional Association, Now a Producer of a Lament Against the Police

    ‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ at National Black Theater It’s not every day that you see the Correctional Association of New York listed among the producers of an Off Off Broadway show, much less a truly polished, meaningful and entertaining one. But there it is on the program of “Lyrics From Lockdown,” right below the National Black Theater and right above […]

  • Walking While Black

    After hundreds of hours and thousands of pages of legal theory in law school, I have finally had my first real lesson in the Law. On Sunday, October 18, 1999, I was taken from the corner of 96th Street and Broadway by the NYPD and held overnight in a cell …

  • Bryonn Bain Featured on ABC’s Here and Now

    Watch the interview on ABC’s Here and Now with Bryonn and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammed, the director of Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture in Harlem and co-creator…

  • Voice Packed with Passion

    By Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer Some students were seasoned veterans. Some were novices, with jitters. Some had committed their work to memory; others had jotted their thoughts on paper that trembled slightly in their hands. In a sign of the times, many read their compositions from their phones. Undergraduates gathered at Farkas Hall last […]

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