Thoughts After A Race Conference
16 November, 2016
1. Challenge racism. Family and close friends is a good place to start. Try “calling them in” before “calling them out”. Use the “I” language. Engage, don’t retreat.
Peace Ball 2017
12 November, 2016
Tickets include open bar, open food, live music, dancing, and speeches by distinguished guests. ALL exhibits will be open to guests: http://busboysandpoets.com/events/info/2017-inaugural-peace-ball
The Morning After
9 November, 2016
Its time for us to be the change we want to see in the world.
Halloween 2016 at Busboys and Poets
22 October, 2016
Scary Movies! Costume Contest! Pumpkin Painting!
Busboys And Poets Breaks Ground In Anacostia
7 October, 2016
This will be our 7th Busboys and Poets location.
Vote Busboys and Poets as the Best Spot for Vegetarians in Express!
29 August, 2016
Nominate us to win best vegetarian in the Washington Post Express!
Conscious Cuisine: Premium Chicken
18 August, 2016
Our chicken comes from Coleman Natural Foods raised on family farms with an exclusive all-vegetarian diet.
#BusboysGood: AJ Head
11 August, 2016
Busboys and Poets Events Manager AJ Head talks to us about tranisitioning and his creative life.
#BusboysGood: Pages Matam
10 August, 2016
#BusboysGood is a blog/Instagram series that profiles all the good folks who frequent Busboys and Poets. They are what make our tribe one.
Washington Post: ‘Can you hear us now?’ Muslim women raise their voices in response to Trump
4 August, 2016
The event, called “Strong Communities, Strong Voices,” was held at the Busboys and Poets restaurant on 14th Street NW.
Bell Canto, by Derrick Weston Brown
8 July, 2016
For Sean Bell and Family. Wisdom Teeth, PM Press / Busboys and Poets Press 2011
Busboys and Poets Healthy Vegan Stir Fry on WUSA
4 May, 2016
VP Laela Shallal and Executive Chef Pablo Portillo go on WUSA9 on Earth Day to talk about Busboys’ green initiative and new vegan offerings
President Obama meets with former inmates in the Langston Room
31 March, 2016
President Obama met at Busboys and Poets 14th & V to have lunch with a group of former inmates. He was joined by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett. The Obama administration chose to have their meeting with us since we banned the box in 2009.
Accessibility For All
22 December, 2015
Busboys is a community space that strives to be welcoming, uplifting and accessible to all, regardless of physical ability.
Wanted: Mixologist for New Restaurant By Busboys and Poets
11 December, 2015
The founders of Busboys and Poets are seeking a creative mixologist/bartender to develop a beverage program for a new modern Southern restaurant in the heart of the 14th Street corridor
Carla Hall and Andy Shallal Team Up for a Modern-Southern Restaurant: Mule Bone
9 December, 2015
Washingtonian: ‘Carla Hall and Andy Shallal Team Up for a Modern-Southern Restaurant: Mule Bone.’ The restaurant will take over the current Eatonville space on 14th Street.
Sidewalk Poetry Series: Thank You for Busboys by Karen Kenworthy
9 December, 2015
Sidewalk Poetry consists of poems sent to firstname.lastname@example.org selected to be published on the Busboys blog for our literary community to enjoy and share.
Changing Communities, One Bookstore/Performance Space/Restaurant at a Time / Small Business Forum
8 December, 2015
Kojo In Your Community: A Conversation About “Black Lives Matter”
20 November, 2015
Listen to Kojo Show live recording at Busboys and Poets @ Hyattsville on race, justice and economic opportunity in our region
Best Date Spot in ‘Best of Gay DC’
29 October, 2015
Busboys gets named Best Date Spot by the Washington Blade in its Best of Gay DC issue
The Presidential Debate Series at Busboys and Poets!
13 October, 2015
As always, Busboys and Poets is your community go-to place for politics! This election season, Busboys and Poets will show all Presidential debates at every location.
Event Recap : Busboys X Anniversary Party
8 October, 2015
[The] 10-year anniversary party for Busboys and Poets brought hundreds of well-wishers to the restaurant and bookstore chain’s Brookland location in Northeast Washington.”
Alice Walker’s poem to Busboys: “BUSBOYS AND POETS IS A SACRED PLACE”
8 October, 2015
The incomparable Alice Walker writes us a poem. Our lives are complete.
In the Washington Post: Busboys & Poets celebrates 10 years of food, books and rabble-rousing
8 October, 2015
Ron Charles of The Washington Post recaps our 10 year anniversary party
10 Year Anniversary Party
10 September, 2015
Early reception sold out but general admission tickets still available!
Online Ordering + Devliery Has Arrived!
10 September, 2015
Order your favorites online for pick-up or have them delivered to your home or office
Grilled Chicken Panini Delivered to You in 10 Minutes
31 August, 2015
UberEATS will deliver our Grilled Chicken Panini with house-made kettle chips to D.C. on Wednesday, September 2nd
17 July, 2015
This is why we feel good about what we serve
Amber & Obi’s Engagement Pictures at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington
14 July, 2015
From the bride: “Obi proposed during a double dinner date at Busboys & Poets – Shirlington the day before my birthday, also the location of our third date.”
Entrepreneur: Busboys and Poets #1 best coffee shop to work in across the U.S.
8 July, 2015
Entrepreneur Magazine named us the #1 best coffee shop to work in across the U.S.
TASTE TEST: BUSBOYS AND POETS NEW SUMMER DISHES
30 June, 2015
Brightest Young Things reviews our new summer dishes
Who needs ambassadors when we have poets?
8 June, 2015
Article in the Washington Post by David Montgomery on Cuban poet Nancy Morejón
Washington, D.C. Launch Party Recap
11 May, 2015
The Washington, D.C. Green Festival Expo Launch Party took place at Busboys and Poets on Thursday, May 6, 2015.
Best Gluten-Free Menu!
13 April, 2015
Sending BIG LOVE to all of our beautiful guests, friends and family who voted for us in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2015 poll
Busboys and Poets and Teaching for Change welcome Politics & Prose at 14th & V
19 March, 2015
P&P will continue to carry on the celebrated tradition of the 14th & V location in featuring multicultural and social justice literature
Busboys in En Route Traveler
27 January, 2015
“Part of the reason why I founded this place was that I wanted a space that feels like home away from home, a space that represents the multi-cultural, multi ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-age aspects of the city, a space that represents the city that I live in – Washington, DC.” - Andy Shallal
Remix of the Nerds New Years Eve Party
4 December, 2014
Busboys and Poets is throwing the quirkiest new year’s bash in DC - all to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and DC Youth Slam Team
Local Author Todd Kasdhan Discusses “Upside of Your Dark Side”
25 November, 2014
Todd Kashdan will discuss his recently launched book, The Upside of your Darkside: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your “Good” Self–Drives Success and Fulfillment at Busboys - Shirlington on December 2nd at 6:30 pm.
New Happy Hour Specials
9 November, 2014
Now enjoy happy hour specials, like 1/2 off Small Plates from 4-7pm at all locations
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW JOINT UNDERTAKING BY POLITICS AND PROSE AND BUSBOYS AND POETS
6 November, 2014
In a teaming of two great Washington community institutions, we’re pleased to announce that Politics and Prose will soon begin operating bookstores at Busboys and Poets restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Organic eggs and milk
30 October, 2014
Our milk and eggs are organic and local
Partnership with Union Kitchen results in a delicious sandwich creation
27 October, 2014
In partnership with Union Kitchen, we are offering a sandwich created by local food truck Dirty South Deli at all Busboys and Poets locations
Presentation of Busboys and Poets Award in Poetry to Martín Espada
2 October, 2014
On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Martín Espada was presented with the 2014 Busboys and Poets Award by Sarah Browning. The following is the text of the speech.
“Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will house a coworking space”
1 October, 2014
The Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will have a space dedicated to coworking when it opens at the end of the year, owner Andy Shallal says.
2014 Fall for The Book Busboys and Poets Award
9 September, 2014
This year we will be honoring Martin Espanda with the Busboys and Poets Award at Fall for the Book
Conceived, born, raised and living black
19 August, 2014
I was conceived, born, raised and now have lived as a human being cast in black for almost seventy years. I’mo die black, too.
Rush Limbaugh Calls Teaching for Change Racist for Promoting Diverse Children’s Books
17 June, 2014
Rush Limbaugh found out that Teaching for Change is trying to challenge this disparity and he is hopping mad
Green Festival D.C. Launch Party Recap
7 May, 2014
Green Festival D.C. Launch Party Recap
Read the full article here.
Take the Buzzfeed quiz: “Are You Actually A Hipster?”
24 April, 2014
Buzzfeed quiz mentions Busboys and Poets as a national hipster destination. Wait, what!?
Changing the Marijuana Laws
17 April, 2014
Changing the Marijuana Laws With Colorado and Washington state legalizing marijuana, 2014 has been an important year for the reform of marijuana laws in the United States.
Busboys and Poets presents ‘The Admission’
15 April, 2014
Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks reviews ‘The Admission’
US VEG WEEK at Busboys and Poets
3 April, 2014
Join us for #USVEGWEEK April 21-27, 2014
“Places of Purpose”
8 January, 2014
“Busboys is a stellar example of a business invested in building it’s surrounding community…”
Books We Recommend
1 January, 2014
If your New Years resolution is to read more, you may want to add these two to your list!
Pajama Brunch 2014
23 December, 2013
We’re hosting our annual pajama brunch at all locations. Roll out of bed and show up in your finest jammies!
Bookstore Holiday Sale
17 December, 2013
Busboys and Poets Books is having a holiday sale from December 21st-December 28th!
“Here’s to resisting the dominant narrative”
9 October, 2013
Poet, playwright, activist Staceyann Chin performed two sold out shows in DC; one at 5th & K and one at Hyattsville
Jerusalem Chefs Prepare a Peace Meal at 14th & V
17 September, 2013
The State Department and Busboys and Poets sponsored four chefs from Jerusalem to come to the United States to prepare a peace meal at 14th & V
Vote for Busboys and Poets!
12 September, 2013
Vote for Busboys and Poets in the Express Best Of DC for BEST VEGETARIAN and BEST SALAD
Spike Lee and wife Tonya Lee Stop by for Lunch
11 September, 2013
A pleasure to have Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee join us for lunch at 5th & K!
Busboys and Poets Book Club in Shirlington
22 July, 2013
Busboys and Poets Book Club in Shirlington welcomes new members
This Independence Day, Thank a Protester
4 July, 2013
Grass-roots justice movements are the hope, the beacon, the force that will save this country.
Reflections on a Historic Week
3 July, 2013
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a landmark decision the Facebook generation has quickly likened to the collapse of de jure segregation.
Car-Free Diet Shop Talk with Owner Andy Shallal
21 May, 2013
Andy Shallal speaks to our Car-Free Diet partner about Busboys and Poets’ mission and our commitment to sustainability.
Busboys and Poets Books Grand Opening
20 May, 2013
Busboys and Poets Books opens at 5th & K and Shirlington locations on Friday, May 24th, 2013
Proud to sponsor the 5th Anniversary Celebration of Split This Rock
19 May, 2013
Split This Rock’s 5th Anniversary Celebration with Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco sponsored by Busboys and Poets
Staceyann Chin launches our first gender and sexuality series
14 May, 2013
Busboys and Poets’s new gender and sexuality series Zami kicks-off to an incredible start with poet, activist, author Staceyann Chin
Women of Busboys
21 March, 2013
Meet the fabulous women of Busboys and Poets #womenshistorymonth
The People’s Poetry
16 March, 2013
You send us your poetry and we publish them on our blog! Send your poem to email@example.com and it may show up!
Busboys Book Club
19 February, 2013
Join the book club at Busboys and Poets!
“Behind the Kitchen Door”
8 February, 2013
“Paid sick leave is a human rights issue” - owner Andy Shallal
Speeches from our 2013 Inaugural Peace Ball
21 January, 2013
Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Ben Jealous, Julian Bond, voice their support for President Obama but remind us that there is much work to be done
DC SCORES Poetry Slam!
15 January, 2013
A compilation of some of the top poetry from DC Scores youth
Peace Ball Speaker Spotlight on Angela Davis!
3 January, 2013
Thrilled to hear Angela Davis speak at The Peace Ball on Jan. 20, 2013!
2013 Inaugural Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance
11 November, 2012
Join us for an unforgettable evening with some legendary progressive icons and friends
“In D.C. Debate, Third-Party Presidential Contenders Decry a System Stacked Against Them”
7 November, 2012
DCist covers the Third-Party Presidential Debate hosted at Busboys
“Why Vote? Because You Can Shift Power in the United States”
2 November, 2012
Article from The Nation magazine underscores the importance of voting in the upcoming election - only 4 days away!
“White Space, Black Space”
14 October, 2012
Don’t call it self-segregation: Making the case for separateness
Preview of the Busboys and Poets “In-House Series” events
22 August, 2012
A brief look at the monthly Busboys and Poets sponsored opportunities to engage with your community
“Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…”
21 August, 2012
Eve Ensler’s response to Rep. Akin’s comment that women’s bodies are able to prevent pregnancy in cases of ‘legitimate rape’ ...
“Meet the People Who Gave Birth to Hipsterism—Hint: They Aren’t White Kids from Williamsburg”
18 August, 2012
An excerpt adapted from Rebecca Walker’s book, “Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness”
“On D.C.’s U Street, can’t we all just swagger along?”
14 August, 2012
Owner Andy Shallal’s letter to the editor in the Washington Post in response to an article about “swagger jacking”
Ramadan and the Games
28 July, 2012
Olympic games callously scheduled during the holiest of months for Muslims - Ramadan
Rising Artist Frank Ocean did something important
14 July, 2012
“We can thank Frank Ocean, not only for making a public statement that sweeps aside shadows and offers young fans another powerfully vulnerable star to admire and emulate, but for reminding us that while proudly declaring an identity can be a politically crucial gesture, often the human heart is not so sure-footed. The process of becoming and unbecoming, loving and losing, is what often makes for the most meaningful art.” - Ann Powers, NPR
Summer Reads 2012
7 July, 2012
Suggested reading list for summer
“Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes
4 July, 2012
Happy 4th, America!
“The Busy Trap”
1 July, 2012
“Life is too short to be busy” writes Kreider for the NYTimes
Right to Know Our Food
23 June, 2012
Once again the issue of transparency and trust in our food system arises
F. Scott Fiztgerald had it right
14 June, 2012
Engage in open talks about race with A.C.T.O.R.
9 June, 2012
As the upcoming presidential election nears, we are hearing the usual buzzwords: “economy,” “jobs,” “health care,” but now we are forced to deal with a matter that makes many Americans uncomfortable and fidgety.
3 June, 2012
Busboys and Poets’ Tribe donates appliances to recovery center that provides structured housing and recovery services for homeless and addicted people
Pop-Up Cafe at Artomatic
2 June, 2012
Serving vegan and non-vegan items on the first floor of Artomatic, DC’s “biggest creative event” in Crystal City
The NAACP Endorsement and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
28 May, 2012
NAACP approval of same-sex marriage is a small step forward in fulfilling “equality for all”
“A Straight-Out Cowardly Case of Bullying”
26 May, 2012
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) bill to prohibit D.C. abortions troubles Del. Norton and District residents
Remembering Go-Go’s Godfather
20 May, 2012
The Busboys and Poets tribe send our thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of the man who built Go-Go from the ground up.
On Censorship by Salman Rushdie
19 May, 2012
No writer ever really wants to talk about censorship. Writers want to talk about creation, and censorship is anti-creation, negative energy, uncreation, the bringing into being of non-being, or, to use Tom Stoppard’s description of death, “the absence of presence.” Censorship is the thing that stops you doing what you want to do, and what writers want to talk about is what they do, not what stops them doing it.
A Langston Hughes Poem for your Pocket
26 April, 2012
Today is “Poem in your Pocket” Day! Pockets aren’t just for loose change and gum, but for poems! Below are four short poems by Langston Hughes for you to choose from to write/print and put in your pocket!
When you turn the corner
And you run into yourself
Then you know that you have turned
All the corners that are left.
I went back in the alley
And I opened up my door.
All her clothes was gone:
She wasn’t home no more.
I pulled back the covers,
I made down the bed.
A whole lot of room
Was the only thing I had.
As the wind
On the Lincoln
As a bottle of licker
On a table
All by itself.
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.
30 for 30: Joseph LMS Green
18 April, 2012
by Joseph LMS Green
The last time I saw you alive
I wish I would’ve talked ugly to you
Said “Put the straw down, No,
I don’t want to take another line
I should be writing them, my friend,
You are a composer of music and magic,
Instruct your limbs to serve a purpose greater
Don’t be fooled into thinking your pain
has sharper teeth than anyone else’s,”
I had a chance, but
because I was high
This is how I got started;
A bottle of Jack and a mirror, memories and scissors,
dreams drenched in ether, sliced by razors,
Potential rolled like twenty dollar bills,
Poison numbing feelings on the tip of my tongue,
that I and this tongue should be serving a greater purpose.
In a last ditch attempt at self assessment
I looked at my life through eyes of loved ones,
they can see everything, especially the ugly,
From hours of masturbation to years of drug use
To lying with and lying to angels, friends I’ve forsaken,
Taking so much more than I’ve given,
streamlined self-centeredness to a science
But there was also righteousness there
A willingness to craft these ills through poetry and alchemy
Into a seers stone
Honestly, how could I speak ugly to him
When I was yet to speak it to myself
In these nightmares of hindsight
There is no poetry, no alliterations to soften the blow
Some realities have no simile, truth is like truth
Not all suicide is a tragedy; some people
just don’t want to be here anymore,
When you were alone in that room
kept company by narcotics and a thousand ghost
draped in your disappointments
I can only imagine the voices you heard
All but mine
Smear make up onto disgust
if you must, trust, the truth is seldom pretty
But she is always beautiful
In times like these I need you to please
talk ugly to me, because truth splinters bone and pride,
rips through flesh, ego, and sinew in hopes that one day
it will heal together again, stronger
My pain needs not a gentle touch,
too many times we caress sadness
when it needs to be shaken, torn from its place of comfort,
forced to survive or die,
Don’t just tell me I can grow up to be whatever I want,
tell me that whatever I want
better be something I’m willing to achieve, That dreams
will dissipate under the weight of addiction,
that there’s a distinct difference between living
like a rock star and being one,
no matter how many poems you’ve written, sometimes you’re simply a coke-head
and a poser,
Fear not, we are divinely flawed individuals
perfectly ugly, no point hiding behind pretty lies
we are the sum of the hideous scars that hold the remainders
of our pretty pieces together
That last time I saw you alive I wish
I would’ve talked ugly to you
It would’ve be the most beautiful thing
I never said.
30 for 30: Derrick Weston Brown
17 April, 2012
Today’s 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30) poem comes from Derrick Weston Brown, poet and author of Wisdom Teeth. The poem was inspired by the pictured artwork by Michael Singletary, whose artwork is on display at Busboys and Poets 14th & V through the end of May. Derrick also works at the Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore, so be sure to say hi while you stroll around the restaurant looking at Singletary’s work!
Poem For The Painting above the Men’s Bathroom @ Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW or “How Lina Reads The Word”
by Derrick Weston Brown
You notice Lina’s legs first.
They’re long slim and
sculpted. Her feet yawn out
to the end of the of the bed spread.
The paint on her toenails
chipped bubblegum pink.
She’s reading the Bible.
Topless. The good book
is small, worn and rusted
hydrant red in her hands.
The gold script on the
cover is a whisper.
It is Sunday.
a sigh descending in this room.
Her bra is
a sling of lace and straps
and clips resting to her right-
studying war no more.
Lina’s bare knees form
the steeple of her
body church. She leans into the
cool of her brass headboard.
Her breasts rest behind pages
the truest brown
lies on the underside
of her thighs amid the
plump push of
her backside into the matress
finally a flash of blue
the embroidered triangle
of panties. Holiest of holies.
A pink room and Lina
with her blackberry dollop
of a mouth. Alone
with the Word.
30 for 30: Joseph Ross
15 April, 2012
Happy National Poetry Month! Today’s 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30) poem comes from Joseph Ross, the featured poet of today’s Sunday Kind of Love, and author of Meeting Bone Man. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Ross’ poems appear in many anthologies including Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, & Spirituality, Full Moon on K Street, and Poetic Voices Without Borders 1 and 2. He currently directs the Writing Center at Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.
Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic poetry series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with Split This Rock, each program includes featured poet(s) and an open mic segment centered around a predetermined social or poetic theme. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey. Sunday Kind of Love is held on the third Sunday of every month at Busboys and Poets 14th & V.
Darfur 1: The Boy
by Joseph Ross
My hands move as slowly
as they have ever moved.
I carefully wrap
the stiff, brown body
of this child,
in a bright orange and blue cloth.
A boy, seven years old,
very old, for here.
Elbows, like crickets’ legs
teeth, luminous white.
The canvas walls of the tent
gasp for air
as the colored cloth
covers his face.