Acknowledging her 20 years of business, April's clients (including Mo) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, writer, and founder of AKILA WORKSONGS.

ABOUT MO: Mo Beasley is an award-winning poet and playwright, actor, and arts educator. He is perhaps most celebrated for his provocative play "No Good Nigga Bluez," his work in the sex education field, and his transformative work in using poetry and prose as a tool for education, particularly amongst young Black men. Beloved in NYC as an effective "think outside the box" teaching artist, Mo is currently the Lead Instructor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s Arts and Justice program.

Mo and April were students together at the Howard University in the late 1980's. They re-connected several years later and Mo became a client at AKILA WORKSONGS after April saw him star in "No Good Nigga Bluez" at the Cherry Lane Theater (co-written by Mo and Jerome "J-Square" Jones).

This 2013 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Learn more at

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