Where are they Now: Taalam Acey

I had the privilege of interviewing Mr.Acey back in 2013 and It was an honor back then especially not knowing how long of a list of achievements he really had. I received the most heat for NOT asking him about his awards but I felt like if you knew of him then you know of his awards and if you didn’t… GOGGLE! But since I didn’t back then let me fix my mistake and update those that didn’t or does not know of him.

Mr. Acey is an international spoken word artist who has received accolades from Amiri Baraka, Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, and Essence Magazine Editor Emeritus – Susan Taylor. His poetry has been featured in film and television.

Acey has won spoken word awards in the US, the UK and Germany, and his work has been associated with Sundance Film Festival prizes.Taalam was honored to be a guest of Congresswoman Maxine Waters for the Congressional Black Caucus’ 2007 & 2008 “Young Gifted and Black” panels. He has recited work and given workshops in several countries such as Mexico, Germany, Jamaica, Holland, Austria and approximately one hundred schools of higher education; including the esteemed Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where he delivered a lecture on contemporary Spoken Word.

 Taalam Acey has recorded seventeen CDs and authored seven books. Additionally, films that include his work have garnered an Audience Award (2002) and a Special Jury Prize (2006) at the Sundance Film Festival. He was featured in an acclaimed Radio-One London slam poetry documentary and Marc Smith, the founder of slam poetry, used Acey’s work in his definitive book. Taalam was selected as a special guest opening act for R&B legend Thelma Houston and luminaries for which Acey has had an audience with and received accolades from include Max Roach, June Jordan and Berry Gordy. Taalam currently resides in the Atlanta suburbs. You can see Taalam Acey as he travels doing shows across the states. Please check his website to find an event close to you. You won’t be disappointed.


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