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Amena Brown 

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Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books: Breaking Old Rhythms and her latest release How to Fix a Broken Record. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as Creativity World Forum, IF Gathering, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor, Ann Voskamp and the Voices Project Historically Black College and University Tour.
Amena is also the host of the limited edition How to Fix a Broken Record podcast about her book of the same name and the co-host of podcast, Here for the Donuts. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta where they host an open mic every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee.

Live, Amena is always insightful, entertaining, and poignant. Her message and approach work extremely well with most audiences. Below explains her topics and approach:

WOMEN’S EVENTS

Girlfriends’ night

Amena hosts an evening where women are invited to bring their sisters, mothers, daughters, BFFs and girlfriends. Based on the content from her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena performs a 45-60 minute set of poetry and stories. From learning to love her big feet and natural hair, to bad dating stories and celebrating the warrior women who walk through every season of life with her, this performance speaks of home, surrender and searching for the groove as a celebration of the special sisterhood women share. Amena’s unique way of mixing humor and soul with truth will leave each woman in the audience room to laugh, cry, and contemplate their own broken records.

 

WOMEN’S RETREATS

Retreat Session 1 - Girlfriends’ Night (see above)

Retreat Session 2 – Love and Be Yourself

From her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena facilitates a creative session where women will journal, share and create mini collages as they heal from broken records and navigate ways to see themselves as God sees them. *This session will require the use and supply of journals, pens, magazines, markers, 8.5x11 poster board, and glue sticks. Setup of round or rectangular tables is preferable. 

Retreat Session 3 - Searching for the Groove 

From her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena shares how to find God in the groove and how to understand the groove of your life. In this session, women will gain the tools to navigate their rhythm and season of life as Amena shares stories, takes questions, and facilitates conversation.

 

COLLEGE EVENTS

Chapel/Keynote

Lessons In Adulting

Based on content from her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena shares lessons she’s learned on the journey to adulthood. She discusses the ever-elusive cool kids’ table, lessons of gratitude she learned on bad dates, how to accept the inevitability of failure, and how to define success for yourself.

Artist Lecture

After 20 years of performing spoken word poetry and 15 years of performing poetry professionally, Amena has learned many lessons about the artistic process. In this talk, she discusses her artistic process for writing spoken word and the creative nonfiction featured in her books. She also shares about her journey as an artist and entrepreneur. Where possible, she likes to close this talk with a student Q&A.

How to Fix a Broken Record - Evening Performance

Amena’s husband, DJ Opdiggy, deejays for 30 minutes when the doors open. He introduces Amena from his turntables. Amena performs a 45-minute set of poetry and stories based on the content from her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record. From learning to love her big feet and natural hair, to bad dating stories and learning how to properly adult, this performance speaks of home, surrender and searching for the groove while leaving the audience room to laugh, tear up, and contemplate their own broken records.

How to Fix a Broken Record - Evening Performance + Dance Party

Amena’s husband, DJ Opdiggy, deejays for 30 minutes when the doors open. He introduces Amena from his turntables. Amena performs a 45-minute set of poetry and stories based on the content from her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record. From learning to love her big feet and natural hair, to bad dating stories and learning how to properly adult, this performance speaks of home, surrender and searching for the groove while leaving the audience room to laugh, tear up, and contemplate their own broken records. The performance is followed by a book signing and a one-hour dance party featuring DJ Opdiggy.

 

TICKETED PERFORMANCES AT COFFEE SHOPS/CLUBS

How to Fix a Broken Record Coffeehouse Event

Twenty years ago, Amena found her voice as a spoken word poet in an Atlanta coffee shop and she has been performing on stages nationally and internationally ever since. As an extension of her latest non-fiction book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena is taking her love for poetry and community to coffeehouses across the nation. Join Amena for an evening of poetry, conversation and Q&A as she answers questions from the audience and shares her poems and stories. (details available upon request)

 

GENERAL KEYNOTE

CTRL+Alt+Surrender

Based on the content from her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena shares the difficulties and the joys of surrender. Sharing personal stories of disappointment, soul care, and what happens when we trust in Google, Amena speaks about the practical and spiritual importance of surrender. Through poetry, humor, and storytelling, Amena reminds her audience even when our prayers and questions seem like they are left unanswered we always have a God in whom we can truly trust.

Home

Based on the content from her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena shares the journey of her own search for home in a residence, in her family, in her roots, and in the church. She discusses the importance of true and vulnerable relationships while reminding herself and her audience to look for joy even in the most unexpected places.

Searching for the Groove

As a believer, Amena learned she didn’t dance enough. She was searching for God in routine and regimen. She was not searching for God where she found him: in the groove. Based on the content from her latest book, How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena shares the spiritual lessons she learned from returning to vinyl records, how she learned to hear God’s voice and find her own too. In this talk, Amena shares Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man with the audience and encourages them to listen for the love and rhythm of God in the groove.

ARTIST AND ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP

A full-time artist for over 3 years, Amena learned through triumphs, lessons, and hard knocks, that being a full-time artist also means becoming an entrepreneur. In this session, Amena discusses how to turn your creative passion into a vocation, cultivate your craft, setup your business, and make the most of your day job.

BUILDING ARTISTIC COMMUNITY SESSION

Whether you consider yourself an artist, are leading a team of artists, or live in a city with a vibrant arts scene, this session provides a guide to leading and building community with artists. Amena outlines artist needs, how to cultivate inspiration, and how to equip artists to engage community in your organization and beyond.

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