ATTENTION: Writers, Poets, Performance Artists in the Harlem area, looking for an affordable Writing Workshop that may help to improve your craft, should look into knowing more about Open Moments NYC Presents: “The Traveling Pen Workshop” with Spoken Word Poet, Performing Artist, Writer, MESSIAH! This monthly installment of “The Traveling Pen Workshop” will be located at Project Brownstone, Inc. – Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, only COSTING YOU NOTHING to join. But you MUST RSVP to get in FREE!
***RSVP FOR TRAVELING PEN WORKSHOP with MESSIAH: [email protected]
Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity NOW! Seats are limited and the date is soon approaching. Open Moments NYC’s “The Traveling Pen Workshop” is an on-going writing workshop with new facilitators coming in periodically; giving you more of an opportunity to learn more of the full-range of creative-writing and performance. Don’t wait!
If you’ve been wanting to work on your writing skills, learn new techniques, and strengthen your creative-writing muscles, here’s your chance. And it’s also affordable.
**RSVP FOR THE TRAVELING PEN WORKSHOP with MESSIAH: [email protected]
ABOUT OPEN MOMENTS NYC THE TRAVELING PEN WORKSHOP:
The sixth installment of the “Traveling Pen Workshop” is well on its way! MESSIAH, a hip-hop artist, spoken word poet, performing artist, activist and overall renaissance man in the arts, will be our February facilitator. He’ll be bringing something special to us that you don’t want to miss. Let us help you BUILD YOUR WRITING MUSCLES.
Save the date! RSVP! Join us! A special thanks goes to Project Brownstone, Inc. for housing us. Be sure to check them out at www.projectbrownstone.org to see the many great things they are doing for the youth.
***RSVP FOR THE TRAVELING PEN WORKSHOP with MESSIAH: [email protected]
ABOUT PROJECT BROWNSTONE: (Book Stipend for Project Brownstone Students)
We have 10 students from low-income families that are in need of textbooks and supplies for their transition to college. Many of you can remember just how prohibitively expensive college books were. For some students, it comes down to whether they’ll eat versus getting the necessary books to pass their classes. Many of you can relate to this. We need your generosity, whether it’s $5 or $5,000; no amount is too small or large. It’s desperately needed. Please help us by donating to Project Brownstone. In 3 minutes, you can find out who we are, what we do, and why it’s necessary. All you need to do is open the link and listen…then act.
***PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS HERE: www.projectbrownstone.org
WHO IS MESSIAH? AND WHAT DOES HE BRING TO THE ARTS?
Some might say Messiah Ramkissoon’s success started in his place of birth. Or perhaps it began in the U.S., in Annapolis then New York City, where Messiah was raised from the age of eleven. Maybe Messiah owes his success to The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, where he was named Youth of the Year in 1999-2000 — a recognition that got news correspondent, Tim Russert’s attention and made Messiah the feature of one of Russert’s NBC news retrospectives. Or, was it when Oprah took notice and awarded home-schooled Messiah a $25,000 college scholarship.
All of these moments were epic, but without a doubt, young, urban America met Messiah on Harlem’s famous Apollo stage in 2005. Only 20-years-old at the time, Messiah performed his poem “Sharika Was A Champ,” — a metaphorical fable about the importance of self-respect and safe-sex. With “Sharika Was A Champ,” Messiah blended Hip-Hop and Spoken Word in a way that hadn’t been done before in mainstream Hip-Hop. The Apollo audience recognized that something fresh and unique was before them, and responded. He won 3 consecutive shows.
Messiah was not done with television. Following his win at The Apollo, Messiah went on a 5-city tour with Grammy-nominated singer Kelly Price. Their final performance for Price’s “This Is Who I Am” album release celebration was aired on BET Jazz. In 2008, Messiah won a BET rap contest and opened up for Janelle Monae at the pre-event for the BET awards in LA that year. His performance was aired on BET Jazz. Following his performance at the BET awards, Messiah and director, Ron Brodie filmed “In The AM.” It was Messiah’s first music video and was recorded in Crown Heights.
2010 was an impressive year for Messiah. In January, Haiti experienced a massive earthquake and Messiah made it a priority to join the platform to assist after the tragedy. Performing at several benefit concerts, he helped raise more than $15,000 for the survivors of the earthquake along with Wale and others at a Howard University concert. When Sudan had their first democratic election in 24 years, Messiah lent his voice to the Cause; recording the song and video “*BeSokta*,” (meaning ‘with your vote’) with Sudanese rappers in an effort to encourage Sudanese citizens to vote. CNN highlighted Messiah; also featured The Floacist from the renowned duo “Floetry” on one of his newest songs, “Tell Me What You Want,” and the pair recorded a video for the song, which was directed by Opiyo Okeyo. His new video, “Come Back To Me,” also directed by Opiyo Okeyo, was featured on Vh1 Centric TV site, as well WKYS for Radio One.
The song was also recently featured on Soundtrack for the “Milk and Honey” web series starring Lance Gross, Ms. Debbie Allen and directed by Idris Elba.
“I have to attend this one! I was absolutely awestruck by Messiah that one time I saw him perform on a Soul House night. Just…incredibly powerful.” ~ Kimberly Brigitte
If YOU are looking for an affordable Writing Workshop that may help to improve your craft, YOU should RSVP TO Open Moments NYC Presents: “The Traveling Pen Workshop” with Spoken Word Poet, Artist, Writer, MESSIAH!
Open Moments NYC Presents: “The Traveling Pen Workshop” with Spoken Word Poet, Performing Artist, Writer, MESSIAH
DATE: Wednesday, February 17 2016
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
COST: FREE with RSVP
RSVP FOR THE TRAVELING PEN WORKSHOP with ARTIST, Messiah:
Project Brownstone, Inc.
133 West 131st Street
Harlem, NY 10027
For more information about Open Moments NYC, or to inquire about future writing workshops from “The Traveling Pen Workshop,” visit:
Email: [email protected]
For more information about Writer, Spoken Word Poet, Performing Artist, MESSIAH, visit:
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