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 DallasPoetrySlam.com 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/983039881714043

bri blue @ #lilcajunopenmic & @ #southsideopenmic

hey loved ones! we have a very special treat visiting dfw this week, special guest Bri Blue! Check out her many recognitions below and don’t miss her guest performance this thursday @ #lilcajunopenmic! & sunday @ #southsideopenmic. she will also be @ dallaspoetryslam.com on friday night! xo

Performer on TV One’s Nationally Syndicated Verses and Flow Season 1 (2011)
2015 Bay Area Black Music Awards Recipient:
Best Female Spoken Word Artist of The Year
Best Live Performance
2014 Bay Area Black Music Awards Recipient:
Best Female Spoken Word Artist of The Year
2014 4th Annual H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) Awards Recipient :
Most Inspiring Writer Of The Bay Area
Featured Performer at Kaiser Permanente’s Excellence Awards Gala (2014)
Founder/Host of Speak Easy Weekly Open Mic Showcase (2013-Present)
Three time Published Author:
-No Crystal Stair (2008)
-Destination: unknown (2011)
-Destination: Still Unknown …Pack Light (2014)
Operations Manager for Blood, Sweat, Tears, & Ink Multimedia (2013-Present)
Performer at the Berkeley California Juneteenth Festival (2013 & 2014)
Performer at the 64th Annual San Francisco Juneteenth Festival (2014)
Special Guest Performer in the Bay Area Queens of Comedy Show (2014)
Berkeley USA Brand Manager for DopeOnly (2013-Present)
Producer of Blood, Sweat, Tears, & Ink’s ‘She Speaks’ and ‘He Is…’ Showcases (2014)
Founder of the ‘Unapologetically You’ Campaign (2015)

Online Presence:

‘Unapologetically Brianni’- Hosting Montage

Interview on Black Renaissance

‘Just Me’- Performance on Verses & Flow

Volition Unlimited​ presents open mic night @ Lil Cajun Grill & Sports​ Bar every thursday hosted by dfw’s hottest hostess Annika Michelle​! you have seen her perform spoken word and and host several open throughout the metroplex! come experience and enjoy poets, singers, comedians, instrumentalists and more stage talent along with the “slap yo mama” selections from the menu and bar! this is the new place to be on thursday nights in oak cliff, don’t miss it 5215 singing hills drive, FREE ADMISSION! https://www.facebook.com/events/1830115897214595/

south side open mic is a place where local and national artists are featured and poets of all talents can perform among genuine folk having a great time every sunday night @ rl’s blues palace in south dallas 3100 grand ave. beyond entertainment we share love, pain, joy, triumph, truth and so much more that the PEOPLE of south side open mic bring, join us… https://www.facebook.com/events/1413760605585443/

if you want to perform on the open mic just show up, sign up and get up when your name is called! we are always seeking local talent for paid feature performances, contact Annika Michelle​ for more info inbox or text 682-667-5164 xo

chuck ft. @ #lilcajunopenmic

Brentom “Chuck” Jackson is originally from Fort Worth, TX where he became a published playwright, a nationally ranked performance poet, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University. Brentom spent six years in Austin, TX; during that time he became a Certified Yoga Instructor while also gaining his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at St. Edward’s University. He is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and instructor with Tarrant County College on the Northwest Campus. His mission is to make mental health and wellness practices culturally affirmative, affordable and accessible to communities and individuals that have the highest need, and to touch the lives and hearts of people through his literary works and performance art.

Volition Unlimited presents open mic night @ Lil Cajun Grill & Sports Bar every thursday hosted by dfw’s hottest hostess Annika Michelle! you have seen her perform spoken word and and host several open throughout the metroplex! come experience and enjoy poets, singers, comedians, instrumentalists and more stage talent along with the “slap yo mama” selections from the menu and bar! this is the new place to be on thursday nights in oak cliff, don’t miss it!

if you want to perform on the open mic just show up, sign up and get up when your name is called! we are always seeking local talent for paid feature performances, contact Annika Michelle for more info inbox or text 682-667-5164 xo


emotion brown ft @ #southsideopenmic

Southcoast Soulternative is how to describe the music of Emotion and the Cosmos. A native of Dallas, Texas Emotion​ is the original background singer for Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights where rock n soul meet. She has performed in venues all over the U.S., including the Fillmore West,Prophet Bar, Antone’s. She has also shared stages with greats that range from Erykah Badu, O.A.R, Robert Randolph, and AC/DC to Cross Canadian Ragweed,Stoney LaRue, Anthony David, and Citizen Cope.

for more about Emotion Brown​ visit:


don’t miss this fiyah feature performance with guest host GNO and all who bless the mic followed by the blues palace show band playing live for just $5 admission byob beer/wine/mixers available for purchase, food may be brought in also, xo

facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/736995013074027

LGB ft. @ #southsideopenmic

LGB was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and legend has it, that he was raised by a family of gators. He started out as a rapper but his rap career was short lived, very short, rumor has it that he performed for a group of Voodoo Doctors and was so terrible they put a voodoo curse on him that gave him the ability to write poetry with a mixture of comedy. In 2001, LGB put his new skills to the test and became a member of the first ever New Orleans National Poetry Slam Team.
His success was repeated in 2002 and 2003 when he was a member of the New Orleans team both years and helped the 2003 team reach semifinals which was held in Chicago. He then packed up his gators and voodoo poems and moved to Dallas in 2005. In 2010 he spit voodoo at the Dallas Poetry Grand Slam and was crowned the Dallas Grand Slam City Champion and helped the team make it to the semifinals at the National Poetry Slam competition that year. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he earned spots on the Dallas Poetry Slam team each year by being one of the top five poets in the city. In 2014 and 2015 he was crowned the Dallas Poetry Grand Slam champion once again and became a member of the team for the 6th consecutive year. Rumor has it, he celebrated by swimming in the swamps with his pet gators and performing for the voodoo doctors that cursed him in the beginning. LGB has shared the stage with many great poets, performed on many great stages and in many great cities but his greatest achievement is being able to perform for you. LGB is the featured artist @ #southsideopenmic on sunday 4.16.2015 @ rl’s blues palace 3100 grand av, dallas 7pm $5 byob this show will include some of dallas’ hottest poets on the open mic followed by the blues palace show band playing live! this is definitely the place to be sunday nights in dallas, see event information and see you there! xo http://www.facebook.com/events/1528898437363824









God’s Poet ft. @ #southsideopenmic

LaTricia “God’sPoet” Murray is a Christian, Poet, Spoken word artist and Writer. She has been writing poetry since she was 12 years old. She was born, and raised in Dallas, TX, currently residing in Wylie, TX where she is the mother of two beautiful children (a son and daughter). She has a passion for sharing her gift of poetry and God’s word, which has led her into the spoken word arena, where she is described as an anointed speaker, a difference maker, intelligent and awe-inspiring. Latricia believes that words are God-given gifts and should be used to inspire and motivate others to greatness and prayerfully a glimpse of who Christ is. Her intent is to reach the hearts and souls of any and everyone with the word of God.  The love and gospel of Jesus is her message, which she delivers through the sassiness of her down-to-earth poetic ministering. She describes her poetry as Poetic Praise.

She is truly an individual and her unique sound and style remains in a category of its own. When you hear her name, be prepared to be enlightened, encouraged and uplifted.

Visit http://www.heisthewriter.com/ for more information and join us sunday 4.5.15 for an anointed evening of spoken word.

Hathor n Temidara ft @ #southsideopenmic

Hathor Hendrix is a dallas native who’s been performing locally for nearly a year. in addition to being an artist and lover of the arts she is also a fitness professional. it is her love of music and the opportunity to express her world that motivates her to sing, dance and other artistic expression. being able to tell and share stories of good and maybe not so good, yet and still it is her personal experiences that will hopefully, in the words of b randall, “touch, move and inspire”.

Temidara is an earthling, raised in the highland hills area of dallas. she’s been performing since the age of 14 and during the past year has returned to the stage after a ten year hiatus. she says, “I was afraid to share my thoughts in fear of rejection. But I too am Urban Poetry. One that discovers what it means to be your Authentic Self. Getting beyond ones own self created illusions. to being my true self at all times. Urban Poetry is the Phenix that Still Rises.”

i have enjoyed these ladies perform together @ Verse & Rhythm and IN THE WORDS OF A SISTAH: THE EVOLUTION. the energy these women bring to the stage is vibrant and complimentary, don’t miss their fresh sound delivered this sunday 3.22.15. in their joint feature performance @ Hathor n Temidara ft. @ #southsideopenmic <click for more info and event details. #southsideopenmic – community voice gathers on 7pm sunday @ RL’s Blues Palace 3100 grand ave dallas, tx (near fair park) contact Annika Michelle 682.667.5164 xo

Candy ft @ #lilcajunopenmic

we had some grown folks’ fun last night @ Candy ft. @ #lilcajunopenmic <click to view fb event

hey loved ones!


we’ve just launched our website! look for more developments to come, for now you can find most of our information and activity at the following social media sites

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thanks xo

-annika michelle

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