Searching Self for Substance RELEASE

Searching Self For Substance OFFICIAL BOOK RELEASE occured 4.13.16. LIVE @ Natty Roots and Rhyme hosted by Natasha Carrizosa-Drayden @ Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine 1020 W. Arkansas Ln. Arlington, TX 76013. Author Illegible Unchained aka Joshua Robinson‘s birthday was celebrated in poetic fashion and a night to be unforgotten!

Click to ORDER ONLINE for U.S.P.S delivery or email to purchase a printed copy in the DFW Metroplex area. Proceeds from the sale of Searching Self for Substance benefit The Joshua Isaiah Robinson Writing Scholarship, donations are also welcome and appreciated.


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#southsideopenmic is back @ rl’s blues palace!

#southsideopenmic is back @ rl’s blues palace 3100 grand ave (aka al lipscomb way) doors open @ 6pm n open mic is 6:30-8:30pm, list closes @ 7:30pm 11.1.15 free admission before 7pm w rsvp @

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this sunday 10.25.15 we are partnering with jsc productions

thursday we are back @ gg’s theatre etc. with immediately followed by #poetryforchange open mic & stage

don’t forget to check out 

Poetry For Change Charity Awareness & Fundraiser Slam

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Saturday September 5th 3-5pm (Labor Day Weekend) $1000 will be awarded to top 3 poets and their selected charities! $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place & $200 for 3rd place. Eleven participants will be competing in two rounds representing each’s selected charity to be judged by veteran spoken word artists from our community. Thank you in advance for partnering with us on this venture that raises awareness and empowerment to those within our reach!

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Click here to meet the participants & charities!

Click here to purchase $10 tickets online, $15 at the door.

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GG’S Theatre ETC. is located inside Valley View Center aka Gallery at MIDTOWN 13331 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75240. Click here for map to location.

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due to the nupials of our host and founder annika michelle, venue operations shall resume aug 20th. please feel free to submit comments or inquiries, xo

javon ft. @ #southsideopenmic

Javon is a software developer by trade and a poet by heart. A proud graduate of NC A&T (yes that band from “Drumline” -_-), he moved to McKinney, TX shortly after graduating. College is where he first started performing outside of his church. While in school he took as many writing and poetry classes as his tech filled schedule would allow. He was also able to spit and compete in cities all over North Carolina as well as in DC, Tennessee, and Atlanta. His very first poem was written at the age of thirteen when his youth minister forced him to write one for his church. Before poetry, he wrote rap lyrics and short stories; continuously trying to find a way to provide advice, hope, and encouragement in a way he thought others would find more creative than lecturing. His first feature performance in the DFW area was @ South Side Open Mic – Community Voice about a year ago. He has since toured several cities in Texas and is a member of 2015 Team. Javon was nominated for New Up and Coming Male Artist in the 2015 North Texas Spoken Word Awards. The release of his book of erotic poetry, Fingertip Foreplay is currently pending. Don’t miss Javon and all who bless the mic this sunday night 7pm 3100 grand ave followed by the blues palace show band! $5 admission, byob (beer/wine/mixers available for purchase) for more information contact Annika Michelle 682.667.5164 xo

marcus d ft. @ #underground

If U dunno Marcus D here’s a lil background of the man and his lifework. It is evident that from early on he has been a conscious brother amidst the harsh social reality facing black men in economically disadvantaged communities. As a student at South Grand Prairie High School he worked with Montel Williams to establish the campus Black Student Organization. Shortly thereafter he had a pivotal role in the foundation of the Dalworth Citizen Community Review Board. He found notoriety when he became a rapper with the Hip Hop Gangstaz and has been on tour opening for such artists as Heavy D, Bel Biv Devoe and Spice 1. One of his singles was K-104’s number one hit for an entire month just three days after it was released. He has worked in Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami with several major recording labels, including working as a ghost writer Knite Lite which became Death Row Records upon the partnership of Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. Partway through his career he became disenchanted with drugs and gangs so Marcus D transitioned into a gospel rapper recording with Grapetree Records and has organized nearly a dozen peace rallies. While seeking to overcome the remnants of his former lifestyle, Marcus D has spent some time incarcerated yet he continues to create music that speaks to and from the streets. He has also hosted his own four-year running radio show. No longer identifying with a particular label or genre, Marcus D now refers to his work as ‘life music’ and he is steadfast in his commitment to using his music to enlighten others to escape some of the social confines that he once experienced. Marcus​ D has been selected as the featured artist for the underground resurrection​! don’t  miss him monday 5.11.15 7pm Club Reserved​ 2701 e. lancaster av fort worth, tx 76103 for more info contact Annika Michelle​ 682.667.5164 or see event details

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