Truly an HONOR to have the opportunity to pay homage to the GREAT #DrMartinLutherKingJr. Now more than ever his walk and his words are the roadmap to our victory and freedom. “I see...” Thank you to the History Channel for having me be a part of this reflection and dedication. #repost @history #MountaintopMoments #MLK #MLK50
Congratulations to the Loyola Chicago Ramblers on an amazing season and for inspiring the nation. Here is a piece by Nike and J. Ivy showing appreciation for their fight, dedication, and heart.
After the success of the first AARP ad, The Rules of Aging are Changing, which aired during programs like This Is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, the NBA All-Star pregame, ESPN's Sportscenter, March Madness, and The Oscars, AARP has rolled out the second ad featuring J. Ivy titled, Take on Today. IF you happen to have missed it, check it out here.
"God Blessed me with Another Day!" In celebration of my birthday, 3.03, I'm releasing the first single off my upcoming album. I'm super excited about the album and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with y'all, but in the meantime, download the track HERE on iTunes and have a BEAUTIFUL day!! Pisces in the House!! #303 #AnotherDay
This was a very special day! As a part of a speaker series sponsored by Washington Wizard's young star Kelly Oubre Jr., I was invited out to be a guest speaker at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. The campus alone was a site to behold. I couldn't believe the state of the art architecture and sophisticated technology that graced every hallway and turn in the building. Truly breathtaking, truly the perfect environment for education and creativity.
The theater where I would perform was packed with young men from the school and I was set to speak to them about my book, "Dear Father," and the power of forgiveness. It's always a blessing to have the opportunity to share my gift, but this day was extra special because Kelly Oubre Jr. and his father Kelly Oubre Sr. participated with Dear Father Letters, by not only sponsoring the event, but by writing letters to one another and sharing them with the audience. It was a powerful moment and very inspiring. And based on comments and questions from students in the crowd, I know that lives were changed on that day.
A special thanks goes out to the Oubre's, Principal Sandi Logan, Brittany Roberston, to Tia Powell Harris for the introduction to this special place, and to all the young men and ladies that came out, listened, shared their stories, their thoughts, and their art. If any of you are in the area, and are looking somewhere to devote some of your energy and resources, be sure to knock on their door. Much Love Duke Ellington! See you all soon.. J. Ivy
Poem by: J. Ivy Photo by: Darran Tiernan
The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture, will present Dear Black Athlete, a collection of conversations with African American athletes, and civic and community leaders, on Sunday, February 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The one-hour program, hosted by SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion, was taped in front of a live audience at the historic Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. – the birthplace of the civil rights movement.
- Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher
- Anquan Boldin, retired NFL wide receiver
- James Harris, first African American to start at quarterback in the NFL (Buffalo, 1971)
- Jemele Hill, ESPN/The Undefeated writer/columnist
- Chiney Ogwumike, WNBA No. 1 Draft Pick in 2014
- Jason Reid, The Undefeated senior NFL writer
- A. C. Roper, current Birmingham, Ala., police chief
- Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens tight end
- David Williams, Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University
The telecast will feature four primary segments – all focusing on the athletes and community leaders discussing the leadership role athletes play in the society, social justice and more.
#HappyAnniversary to #KanyeWest’s #CollegeDropout #album!! So PROUD to be a part of this #CLASSIC work of art that filled a huge void in music, #HipHop, and culture. It was a true honor to share my gift with these amazing talents...Ye, #JayZ, John Legend, Tarrey Torae, and Tracie Spencer!! Cheers to another year of inspiration. Much Love! #poet #poetry #history #tripleplatinum #8millioncopiesworldwide #grammy #bestrapalbum #2004 2.10.04 #BlackHistoryMonth #everydayisblackhistory
Super Bowl Sunday is hands down the biggest night in TV. After the big game, during the hit series "This Is Us," AARP premiered the first of two national ads starring J. Ivy. With J's unique's style of performance poetry he delivers a message showing that the Rules of Aging are Changing.
SUPER proud to be a part of this BEAUTIFUL music! This is a joint I wrote for BIGYUKI's new project, "Reaching For Chiron," which features the amazing, soulful vocals of Chris Turner, and the musical genius of Taylor McFerrin and Louis Cato. It premiered earlier today on okayplayer.com (click link for full article). Check it out, pass it to your people, and by all means, SPREAD YOUR LOVE!!
I'm excited to be narrating this amazing new PBS Kids STEM, Art and Culture Series, WHAT'S GOOD, which breaks down the science of some of our everyday passions, interest, and innovations. Check out the first episode on DANCE below. And be sure to share with your friends and family!
THE TEN /
Knowing how my fellow #Chicagoans impact the WORLD, this is TRULY an honor! MUCH Love Sophisticated Living Chicago & Bridget Daley for having me be a part of this issue’s #TheTEN. THE TEN is made up of some of #Chicago’s Finest trailblazers, trendsetters & tastemakers that you should know. Check out the entire cast at slmag.net. LOVE the shots Anthony Tahlier! S/O to Mike Zhou of the Zhou B Art Center!
This year is going to be special for us all. Let’s make it special together! Get out your calendars and book J. Ivy for your next event. Available for universities, schools, graduations, theaters, clubs, private events, studio work, film, commercial work, voice-overs, workshops, author talks, conferences. #poet #performancepoet #actor #recordingartist #songwriter #author #motivationalspeaker #music #film #television #voiceovers #writing Music by: Decap & Brady
Very excited to see my work considered for the 60th GRAMMY® Awards. Both the "Dear Father Audio Book" & "My Daddy's Records" are up for consideration in the BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM category. "Finding My Music" by Peter Vogelaar & DJ Madrid ft. J. Ivy is up for consideration in the BEST DANCE RECORDING category. And "Destination Hope" by Maurice Brown ft. Chris Turner & J. Ivy is up for consideration in the BEST R&B RECORDING category!! Exciting times. Send up the prayers and thank you for all the LOVE & SUPPORT!! More heat on the way!!
What's up Good People! I hope all is well with you and yours. It's been a beautiful whirlwind, a lot of travel for me, and a lot of new creations. Can't wait to share with you my trip to Africa and so much more. For now check out my latest collab with the homie Young RJ of the infamous Slum Village. Click here for the link. Much Love!
Hip-hop's favorite poet and award-winning artist J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment.
J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who's bridged the worlds of hip-hop and poetry through his appearances on HBO's Def Poetry and his collaborations with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side.
So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how - through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions.
Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy's memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression.
Here's some of my NEW NEW #MUSIC w/ the genius sounds of Peter Vogelaar & DJ Madrid!! CLICK HERE for the link of #FindingMyMusic. Pass the good word and use everyday to
FIND YOUR MUSIC!!
#newmusic #newmusicfriday#spokenword #electronica #folktronica #chillwave #hiphop #producer #cubase #ableton #downtempo Cover art 'Ballet Dancer' (Acrylic) 2017 by Chadwick the Maker. #albumcover #acrylicpainting #chicago #ireland #nashville
This past Friday was one to remember. What better way to start it than by rocking with one of your favorite people and powerhouses in the game...Sway, thanks for the LOVE my Brother!!