Out of the Darkness Walks – Team STRAT

outofdarknessThe Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP’s vision to create a world without suicide.

from Barry Campbell:

We will be walking on February 7, 2015, for David Campbell (aka STRAT) – beloved son, father, rap artist, poet, and friend.  He touched the lives of many and his footprints on their lives enhanced their world.  Although we have lost him in life, he will live through his son Taylor, his poetry, his music, and many wonderful memories.  He will be forever loved and remembered by his family and friends.

We will be joining with many other people to walk in the Orlando 8th Annual Community Walk, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and we would appreciate any support that you give for this worthwhile cause.

STRAT
STRAT

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 39,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

You can visit the Team STRAT page here. My wife and I miss David (STRAT) as well as his creativity expressed through his songs and poetry. And, like my brother and his wife, we enjoy watching David’s son Taylor growing up even though we live too far away from Orlando to see him as often as we would like.

These walks not only help raise funds but are walks of a million memories.

Malcolm

 

‘big bad slam poet’ released as e-book

The EBook version of Dave Campbell’s “big bad slam poet” was released on August 4, 2011.  This slam poetry EBook is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iBooks and on the computer with iTunes.  It is also available from lulu.com as an EPUB for the Adobe Digital Editions computer format.

The EBook includes all of the poems in the print version of the book that was published in October, 2009.  Among the poems are “emergency”, “inspire”, “the way atlas shrugged”, and “kiss the scars”.  Some of the poems in the EBook are also performed by Campbell (aka STRAT) on a CD that has the same title as the book and that was released in November, 2009.

Campbell, who died in 2008, won numerous poetry slams and rap battles.  He is known to many in the Orlando area arts community and beyond as a talented poet and hip hop artist.  He grew up in the Orlando area and refined his poetry and hip hop skills while working at various jobs.  His book and his CD have insightful poems about relationships and life in general.  The name of both the book and the CD are also the title of one of Campbell’s poems.

Malcolm

New STRAT Recording Released

Orlando, FL, PRLOGJun 07, 2011 – A recording of Dave Campbell (aka STRAT) performing his poem “only love”, was released this month and is available from lulu.com.  

Previous releases include the CD “big bad slam poet” which has a collection of 14 poems written and performed by Campbell and a book with the same name as the CD.   

Campbell, who died in 2008, won numerous poetry slams and rap battles.  He is known to many in the Orlando area arts community and beyond as a talented poet and hip hop artist.  He grew up in the Orlando area and refined his poetry and hip hop skills while working at various jobs.

Malcolm

Out of the Darkness

Every sixteen minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The AFSP conducts Out of the Darkness walks to increase national awareness and to help raise funds for education and research for suicide prevention.

I am pleased that my brother, Barry, will be participating in the upcoming Orlando, Florida Annual Community Walk on February 5th. He will be walking for TEAM STRAT in honor of the late rap artist and poet David Campbell (STRAT).

“Although we have lost him in life, he will always live on through his son Taylor, his poetry, his music, and many wonderful memories.”

The Orlando walk will be held February 5, 2011 at Baldwin Park: 2420 Lakemont Ave.

Orlando’s Real Open Mic Plans STRAT Tribute

Orlando area poets will hold a tribute to the late poet and hip hop performer Dave Campbell (aka STRAT), on Wednesday, March 17th at Orlando’s Real Open Mic to celebrate the release of his poetry book “big bad slam poet” and his CD with the same name.

Campbell, who died in 2008, is known to many in the Orlando area arts community and beyond for his poetry and hip hop talents. He won many poetry slams and rap battles.

Fellow poet Curtis Meyer wrote, “to see STRAT freestyle was scary, not only because of the quality of his lines, but because he could go on forever. It was as if poetry was trapped in his body possessing him, trying to get out.”

Campbell’s poetry will be read at the tribute by some of the poets who knew him best, including National Poetry Slam participants. Copies of his book and CD will be available for purchase after the show. Orlando’s Real Open Mic is held at Urban Deli located at 625 East Central Boulevard and begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Malcolm

‘big bad slam poet’ published

from Barry Campbell…

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Poetry by STRAT
A book of poetry, “big bad slam poet,” by Dave Campbell (aka STRAT) was released this month. Campbell, who died last year, is known to many in the Orlando area arts community and beyond as a talented poet and hip hop artist. He won numerous poetry slams and rap battles. He grew up in the Orlando area and refined his poetry and hip hop skills while working at various jobs.

Campbell’s book has insightful poems about relationships and life in general. In addition to the poetry book, a CD with the same name as the book and with Campbell performing 14 of his poems is expected to be released by the end of the year. The name of both the book and the CD are also the title of one of Campbell’s poems.

Curtis Meyer, a five time participant at the National Poetry Slam, said that “it was as if poetry possessed” Campbell. Campbell “oozed charisma and talent” and “epitomized spoken word as an art form” according to Meyer.

Click on the photo link for more information. The book should become available at additional online booksellers in the coming weeks.

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STRAT

“I’m a boyfriend, father, musician, server, scientist, engineer, martial artist, carpenter and friend. When I feel like I don’t have anyone to turn to, I don’t. I just sit down, listen to the best music I can possibly find and I write. I write so much that I wanna fall in love with adjectives while twisting concepts in the sound of church bells accompanied by a metaphor. I write for me and you. Hopefully you get that I’m trying to give.” – David R. Campbell (STRAT) March 17, 1982 – August 5, 2008

Today, I celebrate my nephew’s memory and the power of his slam poetry and his rap.

He was, some said, at his articulate best with freestyle poems, poems that took off from the springboard of a word or a thought shouted out by somebody in the audience. It’s hard to capture such spontaneity on the printed page or even in a CD or DVD. The place and the moment were all wrapped up in what was being created and what was being given. It was, as we said in the 1960s “a happening.”

He was a rare talent and a continuous happening, gone much too soon, but never forgotten.

Malcolm

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