Men to Watch: Donney Rose
Program Director/Teaching Artist
Forward Arts, Inc. in Baton Rouge
Moves made in 2014: Organization granted official 501(c)3 status, coached Baton Rouge National Poetry Slam, and was published and featured in Nicholls State universty’s literary journal, Gris Gris.
What to expect in 2015: Chapbook of poetry, “The Crying Buck,” which deals with Black masculinity/vulnerability; the facilitation of Black Men Talk Baton Rouge, an African-American male dialogue group which will serve as a physical space to host regular discussions on various issues affecting the Black community locally and abroad
Personal Resolution for 2015: To take care of my body as I have been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; to continue to move my art/voice forward by taking on that which isn’t always comfortable.
Business/Company Resolution for 2015: To continue to effectively serve in my role as program director for Forward Arts and to help shape it into one of the premier youth arts organization/literary arts organization in the country.
Life/business motto: Plan for tomorrow but don’t feel entitled to it. Make the present count.
Role Models: Xero Skidmore, Anna West, Sue Weinstein, and Ava Haymon
What music are you dancing to? Grooving currently to “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo
What are you reading? mostly news editorials, blogs and random books of poetry
Louisiana is home for many talented, intellectual, cultured, and politically savvy people. THE DRUM staff and editors have identifi ed the people to watch in 2015 from Ponchatoula and Hammond to Baton Rouge and Lafayette. We introduce them to you here and encourage you to follow these leaders. Read about them all at MEN TO WATCH 2015.