Faculty Member

“The hurtful words of others and the failures of your past often determine what record you play the most in your mind.”

Amena Brown

Spoken Word Poet & Performing Artist

Host of the ‘HER with Amena Brown’ podcast

Amena Brown is a spoken word poet, performing artist, and event host whose work interweaves keep-it-real storytelling, rhyme and humor. The author of five spoken word albums and two non-fiction books, Amena has garnered national attention in media outlets such as Ebony Magazine, Huffington Post, and Belong Magazine. Amena recently wrote and collaborated with award-winning actress, producer, and activist Tracee Ellis Ross on the Manifesta and Glossary for Ross’ natural hair product line, PATTERN Beauty.

A proud graduate of Spelman College, some of Amena’s most popular spoken word videos are “Letter to My Hair,” where she writes about her natural hair journey, “Dear TV Sitcoms,” a nostalgic piece about the lessons we can learn from sitcoms, “Girlfriends Poem,” where she writes about the importance of friendship among women, and “For the Women” a poem she wrote to honor women of color for International Women’s Day. Collectively these poems have reached over 200,000 views on Facebook Video.

Through her podcast, HER with Amena Brown, Amena centers and elevates the voices, stories, and experiences of Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latinx women on a different theme each season. Her poignant and hilarious spiritual memoir How to Fix a Broken Record became a limited-edition podcast series where Amena interviewed artists, authors, and spiritual leaders around the book’s themes of music, adulting and relationships. Amena also co-hosts pop-up podcast, Here for The Donuts, where she and her sister-in-law eat donuts and discuss life’s awkward moments.

From performing at global events such as the Creativity World Forum and Leadercast to hosting events such as the Pantene’s My Black is Beautiful Poetry Stage, Amena takes arenas, theaters, and performance venues and turns them into living rooms, where performance becomes conversation and builds community. Amena has had the honor of sharing stage with many great artists, authors, and thinkers such as Sonia Sanchez, Pearl Cleage, Cornel West, Kirk Franklin, Michael J. Fox, and many others.

Amena lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband DJ Opdiggy, where she co-hosts Creative Mornings Atlanta.