Multidisciplinary artist, e.g. bailey, is an award winning spoken word artist, poet, theatre artist, filmmaker, and producer. He recently released his debut album, American Afrikan, which debuted on the CMJ Hip Hop Charts. He is currently Assistant Directing The Brothers Size, for director Marion McClinton, presented by Pillsbury House Theatre and the Mount Curve Company, at the Guthrie in September 2012. e.g. can be heard on Verbal Graffiti Radio, a hip hop and spoken word radio show, on Sunday nights at 10:30pm, on KFAI Fresh Air Radio (www.kfai.org).
As a young performer and teaching artist, Antoine has received grants, founded companies, and competed nationally as a spoken word artist. The most recent grant he received was the VERVE grant in 2012, in which he was awarded over three thousand dollars to create a one-man show entitled RAGS. He has also founded No Projection, a company that teaches literacy through spoken word and social justice theater; Shaking Fences Hip Hop Dance class; Gages Photography; and Dopeimgeclothing.
He chooses social justice education through theater and art because he believes that art cannot only teach creative and powerful practices, but also because it can educate us on how to become better human beings. “Art allows you to listen to the world around you and to take in other perspectives, which is not easily done, especially in today’s society.”
Antoine got his start in the performing arts the first time he saw Michael Jackson on “Motown 25th: Yesterday, Today, Forever: March 25th, 1983.” As he watched through his television in his living room, he was hooked to dancing,creating and performing anywhere he could. Since then, he has attended conferences and performed in Los Angels , San Francisco, Detroit, Washington D.C. , New York, Arkansas, and Minnesota. He has gone on to teach spoken word and theater in schools (Washburn and Brooklyn Center High), and he Founded “8 Stages,” a program at Pillsbury House Theater in which theater and spoken word teach youth how to unlearn and prevent the culture of violence. He aspires to found his own organization, “Urban Speaks,” which will teach spoken word and social justice theater to youth around the Twin Cites.