Born 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 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!
Husband and wife authors John & Leah Savage joined Scriptorium on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to share their books, Eagles in the Midst and Married to Love. They spoke about their personal testimonies of overcoming hardships and learning to live victorious lives, and offered words of wisdom on how you can do the same!
When Christy Wade shared her poetry at the debut Scriptorium Saturday Poetry Show on Saturday, April 5, 2014, it had been five years since she’d performed any of her work on stage. But that night she returned to the mic. It was an honor to have her use the first Scriptorium Saturday event as her opportunity to re-present her work to the public.
Having written poetry since the age of fourteen, she is a well-versed poet, and is a seasoned open mic artist. From her pen comes poetry about life, love, history and social change, as well as themes geared towards encouragement and empowerment.
Hulon “The Survivor” Thompson is a poet, artist, musician and survivor. He was our featured guest at Scriptorium Saturday on September 19, 2015, and gave a courageous presentation on his life growing up in Compton, triumphing over a cancer diagnosis, his poetry that reflects personal growth into his self-made identity, and conscious art pieces. It was an evening of testimony, creative thought, and encouragement.
“I started writing raps and poetry at the age of fifteen because it was what my friends were doing at the time,” says San Francisco-born rapper and poet Terrence Thomas, “but suddenly I began to develop a sincere passion for my ability to express myself through my music and my poems. Rapping and writing poetry became my source of release and a way to get whatever was in my heart out,” he says.
This love of the craft of writing and rhyming is not only a hobby or passion for Terrence, artist name Chaziel, but is a direct reflection of how he has been revolutionized by the love of God. It was during time in prison that Terrence came into contact with the power of God in a way that transformed him spiritually and artistically.
Although he had known about the Lord all his life, it was at the age of 23 he came to accept the power of God’s grace and mercy on him in a way he had not quite done so before. Because of hardship and, more importantly, victory, he has a clear vision for the purpose of his music: to testify about the grace of God in his life and provide “common ground” to whoever is willing to give an ear to his testimony.
He describes his work as different – but different with a cause. We were glad to have Chaziel at our Poets of Faith show on June 21, 2014 to share the meaning and power of that cause with us.
At 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 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
Francesca Elizabeth is an emerging jazz artist based out of Sacramento, California. Her passionate and soulful style of music is influenced by such female artists as Billie Holiday and India Arie. She desires to share a message of hope with her listeners. She has a passion for music that began as a young child singing in her local church choir. Her message is delivered by means of acoustic guitar, which she has played for the past 7 years.
She performed a beautiful medley of song and reflection at our show on April 11, 2015.
Born and raised in South Sacramento, artist Dan Ligaya was raised by Filipino-immigrant parents who migrated to Sacramento in the 1980s. After being inspired by the artistic abilities of people in his family, Ligaya began composing abstract art during his sophomore year of high school. Eventually he transitioned into landscape and impressionistic art, before delving into political work and developing an interest in portraits. Today, Ligaya sees his artistic portfolio as an integration of photography, videography, and investigative journalism. Ligaya shared his original paintings, his photography from his trip to Kenya, and a short documentary of his trip to Africa at our show on Saturday, January 9, 2016.