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Amani O

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*Amani O* This is from her Soundcloud page, where you can find all of these works plus more which is located at https://soundcloud.com/amanipoet

"Everyone has a fascinating story. I like to hear them I like to tell them. In my mind (heart) I paint scenes, choreograph ballets with my words. I'm a plant it's my photosynthesis, I'm a sun it's me shining, I'm a newborn just inching towards a beautiful boob...I'm just doing what I know how to do and investing my time in what I think is important. (I was recently deathly afraid that line would make me sound conceited).

We are all goddesses/gods ...this is me having the audacity to let my light shine. I WANT YOURS TO TOO!

I "pray" for a divine-awareness revolution where everyone realizes that we are already on heaven and that life is truly ours to direct.

"When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." Audre Lorde Inspirations: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qptyt0-S9U www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXq_mVU8nyc

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Janet Dawson

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Janet Dawson Has been writing poetry for the past 20 years. She has been published in several online magazine's. She finds a balance to being a mother of four and a wife. Poetry is her first love. You can find her book at https://amzn.to/2PZG8MZ

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Rakeda Akasha

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Rakeda Akasha has been writing since the tender age of twelve and has, since, become a published professional poet. She has been published five times and has had performances ranging from family gatherings to Legacy (Urb Poetry) to the Missouri History museum as the opener of Oleta Adams as well as the sub-headliner for Def Jam Poet Dana Gilmore.

Her Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/Rakeda.Akasha

You can find her works in this episode at: http://www.reverbnation.com/RakedaAkasha

You can find her YouTube page at: www.youtube.com/user/RakedaAkasha

You can find her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/QueenRakeda

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Artwizz

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Spiritual Poetry Is A Very Emotional Experience as Artwizz Takes You, The Listeners, On A Deeper Journey Into His Heart. Spiritual Poetry Is The Second Chapter Of Artwizz's "The Gathering" & The Emotion & Imagery That He Creates Throughout The CD Is Incredible. All The Instrumentals Are Produced By Artwizz. Every Song Was Mixed Down By Artwizz, In Fact Nearly Everything Was Done By Artwizz Including The CD Covers. The CD Contains Seven Emotional & Hard Hitting Songs That Literally Force The Listener To Stop And Think. In Addition To This, The Topics Within This CD Vary From Dysfunctional Emotions To Child Abuse Etc. The CD In General Is Very Inspiring Because Artwizz Talks About True Stories And Real Events That He's Personally Experienced. That Alone Takes A Lot Of Courage. If You Decide To Listen To Spiritual Poetry Then Give Yourself Some Genuine Time To Listen To It So That You Can Really Experience What Spiritual Poetry Is All About! " One Of The Main Reasons I Had To Make Spiritual Poetry Is Because I Felt That There Was So Much Emotion Inside Of Me That Just Had To Come Out. A Good Friend Had Told Me That I Would Never Be Able To Make A Better CD Than "The Artist Who Had No Paint(2009)", But Now When I Look At Spiritual Poetry It Gives Me The Confirmation That I Finally Proved Him Wrong, And I Think That's Bless...."

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Tshombe Sekou

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Tshombe Sekou is a literary and oral-poetry expressionist; he became a self-taught musician/producer in his quest in becoming a fully self-sufficient artist, which has facilitated in his construction of Emet Productions and his proficiency in developing quality products in the field of expressive-art. Tshombe has released more than a half-dozen audio compositions of poetry and jazz, and appears in more than a dozen collaborative releases; this is some of his works. Enjoy and please make contact with comments and or deeper dialogue.

Find more at www.tshombeisms.com

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Shana Tucker

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From Her Website: http://www.ShanaTucker.com

With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter SHANA TUCKER delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Shana's melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as a jazz talent "...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible...” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers. ChamberSoul™ best describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana's music. "I’m intrinsically drawn to "real" instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size the venue."

Growing up on Long Island, NY as a beneficiary of public school arts education, Shana's classical cello and singing talents awarded her a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC, where she was first introduced to jazz and other essential musical resources, on campus and around the city. While at Howard, Shana initiated her improvisation chops and honed her songwriting skills, but decided to relocate to NYC to study with master cellist Marion Feldman and complete her undergraduate studies in performance at CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

An NPR interview about Shana's debut CD, "SHiNE" and her ChamberSoul style prompted an invitation from Cirque du Soleil to join the company as cellist/vocalist for their show, KÀ in Las Vegas, where she stayed and performed for five years before returning to North Carolina. With collaborations as the cornerstone of her artistry, Shana is currently a featured artist performing with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin; jazz drummer/composer Shirazette Tinnin and Sonic WallPaper; Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective, The Foreign Exchange. Her newest project, Women's Work, a female-led collective of jazz, soul and pop singer-songwriters and musicians representing both east and west coasts.

Having opened for internationally-acclaimed artists including Norah Jones, Lisa Fischer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Hamiet Bluett, Javon Jackson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Indigo Girls, Shana's vocals and cello are featured on several studio and live recording projects by both independent and signed label artists and producers. She also devotes a considerable amount of her time to working with students in schools & universities, community centers and summer camps throughout the year as part of her mission to promote arts education programming for students of all ages.

Shana is a recipient of two Nevada Arts Council grants, including the prestigious Performing Artist Fellowship for her exemplary work as a singer-songwriter, cellist and teaching artist. She serves on review panels and advisory committees for arts organizations across the country. She is also a board member for Carolina Wren Press, a Durham, NC-based small-press organization that publishes diverse minority writers of quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature.

A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana is a newly-designated A+ (Arts Integration) Schools Apprentice Fellow, and has been a teaching artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts (NC and NV) since 2015. She has also been a teaching artist with United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County NC and The Smith Center for Performing Arts - Las Vegas. Shana incorporates artist-in-residences, workshops and community outreach opportunities wherever in the world her performances take her.

You can buy her album Shine at https://amzn.to/2STs9Ji

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Billionaire Brown

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Billionaire Brown is an incredible Spoken Word Artist who will make you think. This is an episode that you will want to listen to over and over, plus share with others.

You can find not only the items you heard hear, but more at https://soundcloud.com/rich-before-thirty

If you want to contact him, you can reach him via his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BillionaireBrown/

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Effluence

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Come and listen to one of the best poets in the world, it's Effluence. Effluence has been writing poetry since her early teen-age years and preforms her productions mainly in the form of spoken word drama. Most of her performances stem from her passion about topics regarding woman's rights, racism,violence,religious, and political constraints. You can her stuff at: http://www.reverbnation.com/effluence http://soundcloud.com/effluence-1

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