Writers Reading: Lamont Carey



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Lamont Carey, a native of Washington, D.C., is an internationally known and award winning spokenword artist, as well as a filmmaker, author, workshop facilitator and motivational speaker.

In 2005, Mr. Carey began his career in the arts performing as a spoken word artist, earning him an appearance on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and B.E.T.’s “Lyric Café.”  In that same year, he formed LaCarey Entertainment, LLC, which was instrumental in casting over 200 actors including himself on HBO’s series “The Wire.” Mr. Carey has also been featured on various radio shows including Washington, D.C.’s WHUR, WPGC, WPFW and Canada’s KCUA as well as “The Michael Baisden Show” and “The Al Sharpton Show.”

In 2010, Mr. Carey embarked upon his career as a playwright and producer with two plays “Laws of the Street” (a play he is currently developing into a TV series) and “Learning to be a Mommy” both of which were performed at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C.. In addition to the TV series, Mr. Carey is also producing and directing a powerful documentary detailing the successful transition of four ex-offenders; a story with personal meaning to Mr. Carey. 

Mr. Carey is a dynamic motivational speaker and workshop facilitator for youth and adults alike. His ability to encourage and effect change has been experienced locally as well as in states such as Texas, Atlanta and New York. He has been invited by various government officials and community leaders to host or speak at a number of events which include the Office of Returning Citizen’s Affairs’ annual Returning Citizens Community Appreciation Day; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Commission on Black Men and Boys Hearing, which addressed the topic “Project Graduation” – First Steps to Success for Young Black Men in the District of Columbia Conquering High Dropout Rates, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis’ Re-entering Through Employment: A Comprehensive Approach to Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated Summit. Mr. Carey has also been a guest speaker at graduation or opening ceremonies for organizations such as Operation Hope, CSOSA and W.C. Smith and Co..

Mr. Carey’s heart for the community, in particular African American boys who may be facing some of the challenges he faced growing up, led him to recently develop the program “Raise A Man™.” The purpose of the program is to connect African American boys with productive programs that are operated or facilitated by African American men.

Mr. Carey has received numerous awards, including the 2012 National Black Caucus of State Legislators Visionary Award; the first U.S. Parole Commission’s Re-Entry and Service Award, and the One Degree of Separation Community Service Award; 2008 Senate Congressional Award, Congressional Achievement Award and The Good Black Man Award; 2007 NUSPA Award and 2005 Poet of the Year Award.


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