Spoken Word Artist
“I Will Not Die Young” is more than a declarative statement that all young people should be able to make, it is the strong belief that Muhibb Dyer tries to instill in the many young people he meets daily. It is more than a campaign; although if he and his partner in rhyme, Kwabena Antoine Nixon have only this heartfelt campaign to make the point, they will do all they can to ensure that young people live life as if tomorrow and everyday going forward is a promise that must be kept.
Muhibb is an interesting man. One gets the impression that he longs to be quiet, introspective, but there is a voice inside of him that is never at rest. It booms across rooms and into ears of those who need to hear the messages he delivers. Part poetry, part Sunday morning sermon, Muhibb’s words resonate with every audience he speaks to, rich poor, black or white, young and old. You are moved by his every intonation. You are astounded by his truths.
It's simple stuff yet complex only because to attain what he speaks of one has to give in and give up something that may be near and dear to them.
He challenges you to think about who you are and who you want to be. But Muhibb challenges himself in the same way. He believes that the two most important days in one's life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why you were born.
"What is your purpose in this life?" That is a question he often asks the audience he speaks to. The response from young people is troubling as it reflects a generation that hasn't been taught that there is such a thing as purpose.
That's where the "I Will Not Die Young" mantra is so important, not to simply recite, but to believe.
Muhibb has a daughter, another on the way and four stepchildren. His children as well as those he meets in classrooms and wherever have to know their lives matter. It's more than just a catchy phrase that fits perfectly on a t-shirt.
He preaches keeping on and thinking positively. He believes that what you think and say about yourself is priceless and it has everything to do with who you are and how you feel.
For Muhibb, the math of health is really easy: Be conscientious about what you eat and
exercise. Add to that an important question: If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?
The answer is quite simple.