Biogra*me!

According to Fuze Aquene Namid, “Words are my soul singing... and my visual expressions are the sheet music.”  Fuze, an accomplished poet and visual artist, has affectionately sung his heart felt tunes ever since he can remember.  This life long natural obsession with lines forming symbols dipped in colors and style has allowed him to create a vast body of visual creations he refers to as i*stimyouleye (the way i stimulate your eyes”). 

 

Through the mediums of pencil, pen & ink, computer generations, and photography Aquene gives birth on canvas to a truly animated and hip world filled with portraits, logos, illustrations, fine art, and promotional advertisement content.  As the lower case [i] in his design firm’s name, Fuze Aquene remains a humble artist who, despite the number of pieces completed or client projects fulfilled over the years, simply wishes to create beauty in every design; to create something that pops like poetry on canvas through its ability to uplift, inspire, and stand alone within its own unique style.

 

Fuze Aquene Namid is a poet, creative writer, author, visual/graphic artist, and spiritualist.  He has been drawing and creating for over thirty years.  In the past 14 years alone, Fuze has provided creative writing, visual and audio concepts for book, music, film, commercial, and workshop purposes.  His latest work is book #12 of his Lyri Books collection, entitled God Year Poems.

 

In the words of a 6th grade student

who witnessed Aquene speak at her school:

 

"He's class without pretend... style without offense...

 

A field beneath the freeways

and New York with country ways...

 

He never talks of freedom

because he lives it everyday."

 

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Arts Projects manifest

 

 

  • Featured poet in performances with Chuck Davis and The African American Dance Ensemble (2009-2011/14/15 24th & 25th Annual Kwanza program / American Dance Festival at Duke University).

 

  • Partnered with Encore! an after school arts program for middle school students – during a one month course designed with the purposes of introducing a positive outlet through visual art as well as artistic pointers to help strengthen the children’s ability to draw.

 

  • Partnered with Artspace of Raleigh during their outreach program with Hope Elementary (“Project Hope 2007/2008”) for a seven month class where fourth grade students were instructed how to write creatively using basic literary techniques and confident self-expression.  As their language arts teacher the class worked on effectively creating manuscript, editing and revision, and publishing.  The end result was a book entitled “A Hope Not So Elementary”, featuring their poems, stories, and illustrations.

 

  • Under the pen name Langston Lyricai Fuze, produced, wrote, edited, proofed, designed covers, and published twelve books between 2003 and 2014 – comprised of poetry, social commentaries and short stories:  Plasma Succotash; To Be The Sun; A Ghetto Story; The Poetic Biography of Langston Lyricai Fuze; Real Men Have Love Handles; My Hip Don’t Hop No More; Project Windows & Ghetto Memoirs; Christopher James __ The Life Beneath My Feet; The Aries Chronicles; Dancing With Gravity /// In The Effort To Be Still; Words Of Life | When Living Gets In The Way; GOD YEAR POEMS.

 

  • Arranged, wrote, produced, created cover art, released five albums of poetry and hip-hop from 1999 – 2010.  These works are: The Poetic (’99) / Inkwell Skripturez (’01) / ~LYRITOGRAPHY~ (’02) / RHYME//trospective (’04) / 7 Rhymes 4 Changing Times (’10).
  • Participated as a judge and advisor in the CHER Nature Poetry Contest; with 60 entries in 2014 and 160 entries in 2015.
  • Created all designs for flyers / logos / album cover layouts and book covers used in the promotions and making of goods – including writing the book press and book summaries.

 

  • Featured speaker at noted universities such as: Meredith College (3 consecutive years at The Governors School for high school students) / North Carolina State University (15th Annual Heritage Day & Symposium; Pan-African Festival) / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Duke University / University of North Carolina at Greensboro / Shaw University / and Saint Augustine’s University (Homecoming Celebration).

 

  • Featured speaker at community events such as: Cardinal Gibbons Annual Box-A-Thon event for the homeless (2006, 2007, 2008) / East Chapel Hill High School’s Spring Fest (2003/2004/2005/2006/2007/2008) / Creating Space Summit in Atlanta Georgia (2005) / Poetic Visions @ Johnston Community College / East Millbrook Junior High’s 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony / Omuteko Gwamaziima Charter School Annual African Gala Affair / South End Baptist Church / Windows Into The Teenage Experience @ Exploris Middle School (Raleigh, NC) / Nuyorican Poet’s Café (New York, NY) / Oak City Baptist Church Youth Day Speaker (Raleigh, NC).

 

  • Toured with Mexican play El Automovil Gris in Mexico City, Mexico and Xalapa, Mexico (11/2002).  Performed and created text for the script to be enacted during the show.

 

  • Hosted / emceed various events such as: Word On Wednesdays @ The Supper Clubb (Raleigh,NC / 2003-2004); The Open Mic @ Caribou Coffee (Raleigh, NC / 1-03 – 7-03); The BDC @ Expressions (Raleigh, NC / 1-02 – 7-02).

 

  • Designed company logos for ^TME, Mobile Access Computers, Black Biz United, Helping Hands Solutions, Kamau Atem Publishing, J.C. Baines, DJ KP, Black Ink Entertainment, Bull City Slam Team, A&S Transport, NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, MS Golf Inc., NC Taxi, Hip-Hop Feminist Nation, Dubose Entertainment, and LuvThatArt.Com.

 

  • Designed book covers/CD covers, promotional flyers for  Kamau Atem (Ra Ur series; 5 total / The Slave Ship Jesus Christ / Godist series; 7 total [ www.kamauatem.com ]), Billy E. Williams Jr. (The Root of All Poetry / Poetic Superhero / Who Is This Guy), John Swails (The Fabric of Life), The Original Woman (The Addiction), TME (TME), Black Ink (Sadyssey), and The Raleigh Juneteenth Jubilee’s 2nd & 3rd Juneteenth Celebrations (2007,2008); Fahima’s Traffic Jam In My Soul; Wakelon Elementary Mentor Program logo.

 

***ACCOMPLISHMENTS***

 

  • Captain/Coach of Comets FC men’s team.  2007 State Cup champions / 2014 DIII champions / 2015 DII champions / 2015 TASL Adult Classic champions / 2015 Powerade NC State Games champions.
  • 2003 United Arts Council grant recipient for literature.
  • Original member of the very first Bull City Durham Slam Team. (2002)
  • Dean’s List student throughout collegiate career.
  • Tutored and mentored middle and high school students during college – as a member of the acting group, ECU Thespians of Diversity.
  • Received soccer scholarship to ECU.
  • Honor Roll student / Scholar Athlete at W.G. Enloe High School .

 

EDUCATION

 

East Carolina University, 1996

(Greenville, NC)

 

BA English

(creative writing emphasis / Cum Laude)

 

English / Visual Art

(major)

 

History

(minor)

 

W.G. Enloe High School, 1992

(Raleigh, NC)

 

Senior Year Academic Awards

2nd leader in scoring/assists senior year varsity soccer

(team ranked 5th in state)

 

 



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