Omékongo Dibinga is an UPstander, not a bystander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. Omékongo is a youth motivational speaker, trilingual poet, CNN contributor, TV talk show host, and rapper. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award”. He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com.
Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, and The Last Poets. Internationally, he has shared his work in 19 countries on 3 continents. He is the host of the talk show “Real Talk”, which deals with issues facing our youth today. His writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America in millions of homes in over 150 countries. He has also written songs for movies as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough Project.
Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he received his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland, where he worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative” as well as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown. He provides educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions. He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over 75,000 youth across the globe to date.
Omékongo’s publishing company, Free Your Mind Publishing, a subdivision of his organization, UPstander International, has produced 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, 6 books, and one independent DVD. His motivational book “G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life” has received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley. His most recent book "The UPstander's Guide to an Outstanding Life" is a life balance book for students.
200,000,000 missing, not talkin’ ’bout money see
Talkin’ about somethin’ worth more than currency
Talkin’ about missin’ girls the foundation of a nation
But born in India and China brings damnation
Desperation, having a girl brings trepidation
So being born a girl leads to deadly devastation
Baby girls bouncing from the womb to the tomb
Delivery room delivering gendercide too soon
How have we forgotten that the woman is key
To open the future’s door for our children to see?
The phrase “it’s a girl!” should bring cause to rejoice
But we kill innocent victims who have no choice
No say in the way they will die this way
Parents leave their land so daughters won’t die today
We’re killin’ our seeds we gotta tell the world
So parents can say proudly “It’s a girl!”
Can’t see women as a burden, men gotta realize
Gotta save the people that hold up half the sky
Family planning police planning family murderin’
Just because they think havin’ a girl is a burden
It’s not about condemning culture but saving lives
Dowry deaths for those left wondering why?
Why oh why not practice safer sex
Than kill a girl who had nothing to do with this?
Buy her, sell her, kill her, keep her!
Sex shouldn’t lead to visits from the grim reaper
India and China, what you gonna do?
When there’s nothing but men in your countries too?
Can’t import wives like you might do food
See the value of your girls, don’t kill ’em so soon
A woman’s body is not a boy factory
We gotta give our girls the right to be born and be free!
Real Talk, hosted by motivational youth speaker Omékongo Dibinga, looks at issues concerning our youth today. Whether it's issues such as racism and bullying to music and distracted driving, Real Talk is an honest conversation with and about youth. This is the show where the lives of our future leaders matter most!