YURRRRR! Amani O+ ain't just your ordinary artist—they a raptivist, a grower, and a radical educator. Their soul pulses with the rhythm of artistic expression. Amani's life been a twisted tapestry of activism, woven tight with threads of courage and an unrelenting hunger for justice. This ain't no ordinary journey Fam.
Back when they was only four, Amani already had that fire inside. Picture this: they rockin' the stage, delivering a Welcome Address at their Pre-K graduation and knowing everyone's lines in Rosa Parks play, like a baby boss!
But yo, Fam, it wasn't always smooth sailing. Amani's own
fam doubted their power, saying they couldn't change the
whole damn world. But this kid, they was determined to
prove 'em wrong. College days rolled in, and Amani
became known as "The Advocate," speaking out, dropping
knowledge and going hard for justice & reparations.
As the years passed, Amani moved into their twenties like a
revolution waiting to happen. Their music and poetry became a
weapons. The Alt Magazine called them a "spitfire poet-activist,"
and that's when Amani knew they was being seen. Through their
art, they be painting pictures of racial justice, gender equity,
and the raw power of people united. They be dropping beats
that shake the system and inspire people to rise above the
bullshit. They voice, it be a balm for all bodies, reminding 'em they beautiful and necessary in this healing world. Amani O+ has lit up mad stages, from the iconic Nuyorican Poets Cafe to the Troy Music Hall and the legendary Apollo Theater, straight owning the spotlight with that smooth, effortless grace.
But yo, Amani ain't just about the stage, homie. They be taking their wisdom to the classrooms, community centers, protests, and anywhere the people at. They be teaching history, resistance, and leading discussions about reclaiming power. An abolitionist, Amani be bridging gaps, breaking down walls of prejudice, and reminding people that we all in this fight together.
And check it, Amani ain't doing it alone. They teamed
up with their partner in rhyme, Kat SoPoetic, to form the
dope duo KATANI. These two be droppin' fire tracks that
call out misogyny, educate minds, and unite the people.
Best believe they got recognized for their skills, winning
the Best Hip-Hop Artists at the first Thomas Edison Capital
Region Music Awards.
But wait, there's more! Amani started the B.L.A.C.K. Label
and the B.L.A.C.K. Party—a crew of artists who curate
spaces where People Of Color can shine and share their
stories. These events, Fam, they be all about love,
creativity, justice and freedom. It's like a kaleidoscope of
dope vibes. And when Amani steps on that stage, they
bring the house down, fam. They star in music videos, stage
plays, and documentaries that leave a mark on everyone's soul. They be part of movements that build communities, break down the chains of discrimination, and fight for a better world. Their rhymes, they be medicine for the heart and soul, spreading love and healing to all who listen.
Off the stage, Amani been putting in that liberation work against racism and oppression. They be cultivating change, mixing art, history, and food to bring about more equity and justice. They be rockin' with organizations, schools, and communities across the nation,sharing knowledge and sparking change. They build with Troy 4 Black Lives, a radical crew fighting for justice in the Troy Police shooting of Dahmeek McDonald and Edson Thevenin's murder, taking on the state and systemic vibes messing with all Black Diasporic lives. In 2020 they cofounded Rested Root with the homies to foster healing spaces for Black and Brown folks and help spots bridge the gap between their say and what they do.
Amani O+—a true urban poet, like Maya Angelou with a modern twist. They be bringing the light that makes you believe in your own magic, trust your vision, and share your gifts. When they around, hope rises, hearts awaken, and the whole damn hood feels alive. Amani O+ is a legend in the making, dropping rhymes and knowledge for generations to come.