Jovonny “JDWorldwide” Devicente

img_4232-copyBorn and raised in Los Angeles, Jovonny “JDWorldWide” Devicente is a poet, hip-hop artist and activist.

Over the years he has performed all over the Los Angeles area, including the famous performing arts theatre, Da Poetry Lounge, Los Angeles City Hall, and the internet radio program Speak and B Heard.

He wrote, directed, and starred in the documentary Police State (currently in post production). In the documentary he speaks with various people throughout Los Angeles about their social views, and interviews the creator of the Zeitgeist Film Series, Peter Joseph.

Now that Jovonny’s relocated to Sacramento, you can find him performing his music and poetry at various local venues including Old Ironsides, Queen Sheeba and Scriptorium Saturday.

His efforts as a conscious artist and thinker have not gone unnoticed, especially in the hip-hop community. His Twitter account @jdworldwide has landed follows from Public Enemy’s Professor Griff and Digital Underground.

Jovonny’s work focuses on conspiracy, philosophy, spirituality and global social issues.

He performed music and poetry at Scriptorium on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Joy Elan

IMG_3694Joy is an award winning spoken word artist hailing from Oakland and Berkeley. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies from UC Berkeley and her Master of Arts degree in Education from Stanford University.

She has authored five books, and in June 2014 won third place in Oakland’s Got Talent for her spoken word piece, I’m A Survivor. In 2015, Joy was awarded Poetry Video of the Year by the National Poetry Awards for her video performance of I’m A Survivor.

Joy writes about local and national social issues, especially within the Black and disability communities.

She joined us Saturday, June 25, 2016 to give her words, poetry and wisdom!

John & Leah Savage

johnandleah1Husband and wife authors John and Leah Savage joined us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to share from their motivational books, Eagles in the Midst: Overcoming the Wilderness and Married to Love. Centered on love, healing, restoration, self-identity and testimony.

Eagles in the Midst, authored by John Savage, is born of God to encourage your heart and bring clarity to the path of life you now walk. No matter what your current circumstances are, God wants to give you fresh hope and meet you right where you’re at – this very moment. In the midst of John’s personal pain and struggles in life, God has continued to meet and exceed his every need.

Married to Love, authored by Leah Savage, is Leah’s personal testimony of being married to Christ, who is Love. It is her story of intimacy with Him, and His work of transformation and illumination in and through her.

Robert Prather

IMG_1912At our July 25, 2015 event, Robert Prather shared a presentation on his art and cartoons, along with a special presentation on his first comic book, “Grand Soulful Gent.” He spoke about his journey to becoming an artist, his influences, the significance of music and MC Hammer to his work, and much more about the artist’s life.

You can view his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/southernoutlined

Shaun Parker

DSC_0811Shaun Parker is a hip-hop artist, lyricist and poet born in San Jose but raised in Sac-Town, a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, and soon-to-be-graduate of our own California State University, Sacramento. At the ripe age of nine, he began putting his pen to the pad in the form of poetry, which has ultimately developed into a passion for music. Having been inspired by his Aunt Jacque who was in an R & B group in the 80s, and hip-hop icons such as N.W.A., Rakim, Public Enemy, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, music has become that creative place Shaun has made his home as an artist.

He sees his work as lyrical, in-depth, purposeful, progressive, and with a retrospect on life. At our debut show on Saturday, April 5, 2015, he gave us a spoken word interpretation of his musical lyrics.

Music Page: http://www.hulkshare.com/shaunp_rapper

Ty Alovera

DSC_0145It was the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes that inspirited Ty Alovera to begin her journey as a writer in the seventh grade. Though, for nearly three decades after that time, she used music as her expression of choice as a traveling musician, she would find herself turning back to poetry as a way to recovery after her own personal tragedy. In poetry, she has discovered the groundwork of her restoration and rehabilitation, has found the written word to be her essential place of creation and performance. Born in Florida, raised in Oregon, instrumentalizing and vocalizing from Alaska to Arizona, and now poeticizing in Sacramento, California, she is a well-traveled person and artist. She is mother & grandmother, lover of children & of animals, harpist, guitarist, vocalist…. & poet.