Diamond Sharp


Diamond Sharp

Diamond Janese Sharp is a poet and writer from Chicago. She is an alumna of Wellesley College. She has performed at Chicago’s Stage 773 and her work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio and published in PANK, JoINT Literary, Wellesley Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Say What Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine, BLACKBERRY, Women in Red [a publication of the University of Wisconsin-Madison], AREA Chicago and Bop, Strut, and Dance: A Post-Blues Form for New Generations, a forthcoming anthology edited by Tara Betts and Afaa Weaver.

Rhymes: The Roots ft. Erykah Badu, “You Got Me,” Kanye West, “Through the Wire, ” and Noname Gypsy.


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Rookie Mag

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Jesse Childs


Jesse “Nap Nat the Napi Natural” Childs

Jesse Childs (pka Nap Nat the Napi Natural) is a Hip Hop artist, author and youth educator living in Oakland, CA.  Originally from Monterey, CA and raised in New Mexico he graduated from the University of Chicago and published two novels, Isaiah Eleven (2008) and Kam Remembered (2011).  The Afromerican Project was formed circa 2006 in Chicago when emcees Nap Nat and aKWErius released the “A Future Now” mixtape.  Since then, other artists have entered the scene including The ReMINDers, ADD-2 and The Mastrs.  Their sounds cross paths so audiences of each can hear the music of the others. The Afromerican Project is spreading a creative message, developing solutions for identifying and fixing problems in our community while delivering top quality Hip Hop through your speakers.  Learn more at www.afromerican.org.

Rhymes: Black Star “Thieves in the Night,” The Roots “75 Bars (Black Reconstruction),” Kendrick Lamar “HiiiPoWer”


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Afromerican Project

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Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III


Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Rev. Moss is a native of Cleveland, OH, an honors graduate of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School, and he has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.  The work and legacy of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, OH, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.  He is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, GA., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure.  Rev. Moss is currently Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL.   Pastor Moss is an accomplished author.  He published his first book, Redemption in a Red Light District in 1999 and co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation in 2006.  His sermons articles and poetry have appeared in publications such as Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men,  The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama,  Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal.  In 2012, he published, with his father, He Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.,  Preach!: The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise.  He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fl, a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate.  They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

Rhymes:  Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,” Common “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” and The Roots ft. Jill Scott “You Got Me (Live)”


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Trinity UCC

Rev. Moss and Trinity UCC on YouTube


Songs from this Interview:

Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”

Isaac Hayes “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”

The Staples Sisters “Respect Yourself”

Levert ft. Heavy D “Just Coolin'”

Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony “Cleveland is the Reason (Instrumental)”

Winans ft. T. Riley “Time”

Joey Bada$$ ft. CJ Fly “Hardknock”

Killer Mike “Reagan”

Morehouse Glee Club “I’m Building Me a Home”

Dick Gregory “Race, Comedy, and Justice”

Common “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

Wale “The Skit”

GZA “The Labels (Instrumental)”

A Tribe Called Quest “Skypager”

The Roots ft. Jill Scott “You Got Me (Live)”

Richard Pryor “Little Feets (Mudbone)”




PHENOM, born Teh’Ray Hale in 1977, learned to rhyme at the becoming age of 13 in the back streets of Chicago, Illinois.  In the 2000 Source Magazine Unsigned Hype Emcee Battle PHENOM earned 2nd place to Detroit Hip-Hop legend and D-12 member “PROOF” out of 1000 nationwide contestants. Before being signed to Focus Music Group’s Visionary Recordings, PHENOM took his contagious fire to the poetry scene and founded the exciting poetic theater collective POETREE Chicago, “People’s Organized Entertainment Teaching Righteous Education Everywhere”. PHENOM has dedicated his life to empowering the People through his music. In 1995, First Lady Michelle Obama chose him for the Public Allies program where he had the opportunity to work with and teach youth about violence prevention strategies. PHENOM was influenced to start L.Y.R.I.C, (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) with co-founder and national poet K-Love in 2009. Today, the L.Y.R.I.C program serves Chicago-based high school students and offers them opportunity to write and perform poetry as a non-violent means to stopping the violence in their neighborhoods.  His goal is to inspire change in the urban neighborhoods of Chi-town and abroad.

Rhymes:  2Pac “Keep Ya Head Up,” The Roots “Silent Treatment,” and Common “I Used to Love H.E.R.”


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PHENOM on YouTube

“Closed Mouf Don’t Get Fed”


PHENOM on Facebook

Songs from this Interview:

2Pac “Keep Ya Head Up”

Gang Starr “Conspiracy”

Fast Eddie “Yo Yo Get Funky”

X-Clan “Fire and Earth”

2Pac ft. Scarface “Smile”

Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Nas “My Way”

50 Cent “In My Hood”

The Roots “Proceed 2”

The Roots “Silent Treatment”

Lupe Fiasco “Kick, Push”

The Roots “Silent Treatment (Da Beatminerz Remix)”

Kelis “Trick Me (E-Smooth Remix)”

Da Band “Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That”

Common “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

Kendrick Lamar “m.a.a.d. City”

Afu-Ra “Lyrical Monster”

Soulja Boy ft. Chief Keef “Ugly (Instrumental)”

Bubba Sparks “Ugly”

Felicia “Lady O” Owen

Lady *O*

Lady O is the Creative Director of Spoken Free Entertainment and the host of the Lady *O* Show.

Rhymes: The Pharcyde “Runnin'”, The Roots “Water”, and Jay-Z ft. Pharrell “So Ambitious”


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The Lady *O* Show

Spoken Free Entertainment


Songs from this Interview:

The Pharcyde “Runnin'”

The Pharcyde “Drop”

Busta Rhymes “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”

Stan Getz & Luis Bonfa “Saudade Vem Correndo”

Earth, Wind and Fire “Shining Star”

Joe Budden “New Jerz Shit”

The Roots “Water”

The Roots “Water” (2nd half)

Jay-Z “A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier”

Jay-Z ft. Pharrell “So Ambitious”