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Bryonn Bain

Bryonn Bain

Visiting Associate Professor: Artist in Residence
B.A., Columbia University, 1995
M.A., New York University, 1998
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2001

Bryonn Bain is a prison activist, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, actor, author and educator. Cornel West has described Bryonn as an artist who "…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear." Bain's discussions and debates have aired weekly in 28 million homes worldwide on BET's award-winning talk show My Two Cents, where his guests have included Jim Jones, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Damon Dash, Malik Yoba, Omali Yeshitela and Malik Zulu Shabazz. Bryonn has lectured and performed at over 100 colleges and correctional facilities in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. After launching the "Lyrics on Lockdown" national prison tour/campaign, Bain created the university course by the same name to link students at Rikers Island prison to NYU, The New School, Columbia, and has performed the hip hop theater/spoken word production "Lyrics from Lockdown" (executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte) for sold-out theaters on three continents worldwide. A Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry Champion, Bryonn ranked #1 in the nation and placed second in the world during the 2000 International Poetry Slam. Having taught courses on hip hop, spoken word and the prison crisis, at Brooklyn College, New York University, The New School, Columbia University and on the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, Bain currently teaches as a Visiting Lecturer for Harvard University's Dramatic Arts Division.


Professor Bryonn Bain (MA ’98) was the executive producer for What It iZ: The Spoken Wordical, a prison abolitionist hip-hop theater remix of The Wiz!, staged at Gallatin in February 2014. He performed an excerpt from his show Lyrics from Lockdown on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show on Sunday, May 5th, 2013.  Professor Bain performed Lyrics from Lockdown at the Miller Theatre November 20th, 2014.  


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Bryonn Bain

Visiting Associate Professor: Artist in Residence
411 Laf, Room 310
(212) 992-6318
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