Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne

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Mahogany L. Browne is a performance poet, vocalist and host of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She is the truth of Nikki Giovanni, pain of Sonia Sanchez with the harmonious stature of Nina Simone.


Mahogany L. Browne, born in Oakland, California, has been performing on the intensely creative performance poetry scene in 1998. As a member of the highly regarded safe sex crew, The Punany Poets (as seen on HBO's Real Sex 24 & 26) Mahogany aspires to alert the Hip-Hop generation with safer sex methods. Fueled by her position as a freelance journalist in the Hip Hop industry, Mahogany created the Hip-Hop Poetry educational program and accepted the position as New Professional Theatre's Educational Director. This position allowed Browne to implement a healthy relationship between the music and our children by facilitating workshops throughout New York Public School System, group homes throughout the US, Europe and the UK. Mahogany conducts women-interest writing groups and leads Power of Creative Arts symposiums for government and non-profit Social Work offices in Texas, NY and England. Mahogany can also be heard on radio airwaves throughout the country as the femme fatale poetic voice on Hennessy's national radio advertisement, Poetry Minute and Music Choice's premier cable channel.

She served as Editor and Publisher of His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER (penmanship books), and authored two books Unlikely & Other Sorts (penmanship books) and Thin Skin (Cherry Moon Publishing). Mahogany has released four LPs including the international hit Black Secret Soul and the newest live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off-Broadway poetry production, Jam On It Poetry (and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SOUNDBiTES) Mahogany bridges the gap between poets and emcees, through her continued freelance journalism, found in the pages of internationally distributed magazines KING, XXL, The Source, Canada's The Word and UK's MOBO. In 2006, Browne purchased the largest on-line marketing and distribution company for poets, PoetCD.Com, an on-line and she is the host and curator at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

The Punany Poets, US (1999 - 2003)
Rough Draft of My Life NY (2002)
Second Sin, US (2003, 2004)
Vagina Monologues, MA (2004)

Theatre & College Performances
Albany Theatre, UK
Old Dominion University, VA
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Long Island University
Columbia University, NY
Oxford Brookes University, UK
Fashion Institute, NY
Hofstra University, LI
Princeton University NJ,
Kammerspiele Theatre, Germany
Southern Connecticut University
New World Stages, NYC
Mary Washington College, VA
St. John's University, NY
Sarah Lawrence College
Medgar Evers College NY,
Traffic, Poland
New York University NY
University of Buffalo, NY
Niagara University NY
Suny, Oneonta,

National Poetry Slam 2003 –Present
SOUNDBiTES Poetry Festival, 2007
Tip of the Tongue Festival, UK 2007
Bristol Poetry Festival 2003, 2007
Birmingham Book Festival, 2007
Penzance Arts Festival, 2007
Austin International Poetry Festival 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Black Expo NY, 2002
Manchester Poetry Festival 2003, 2005
Wordstock International Festival 2002
Word Up! Festival, VA 2004

My father told me, "you always have to juggle in life." Mahogany Browne embodies that maxim with passion, heart, and sass. A poet, performer, editor, journalist, events producer, social entrepreneur and educator, Mo keeps many beautiful ornate spheres in the air--and this juggling affects positive change in our community and beyond.
-- Michael Cirelli, Exec. Director, Urban Word NYC

She gets people there and shows them a brave new world that they never want to leave.
--Kenji Jasper, Author (Dark, Seeking Salmanca Mitchell)


Albums Released:

Papercuts: An Acapella Series (EP)
LadySmyth (Full Length CD)
Black Secret Soul (Airplay on BBC Radio & in Sweden TV)
Sheroshima (Full Length CD)

Single Muva Song (Sweden TV & "Single Mother" Documentary)
Daddy Neva Knew (Airplay - Music Choice)

Set List

Set List:

Black Secret Soul
LoveLetter to Brooklyn
Single Muva Song (Acapella of Color Purple)

30min set