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Submitted by on April 5, 2010 – 11:31 pmNo Comment |

Flaunting the gut bucket wisdom of old southern soothsayers and battle cries of hip hop cheerleaders, the poetic prowess and sista girl fire of b girl jessica care moore reminds us truth is best served straight no faker.

Every Atlanta poet worth their weight in verse owes jessica care moore a golden mic.  Her now defunct poetry spot was a training ground for truth tellers like Chezon, Bonnie, Abyss, Jon Goode, Spinxx, Marcia Jones, Cocktails, and a host of other def poets.  My dear sista moore should be supported like the down for the people/blue collar poet she is.  Show your luv by attending the event below (in mass), telling all your friends, and posting/forwarding on all your mailing lists.  Anyone can complain about the scene.  Real revolutionaries support the cool alternatives.

Peace & Sweet Tea

Ed Garnes

jessica Care moore


An internationally renowned poet, publisher, literary activist, performance artist, playwright and actor, Jessica is a five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner.  She was featured on hip-hop mega-star, Nas’ “Nastradamus” album, and was a returning star of Russell Simmons’ HBO Series, Def Poetry Jam. She was recently named on MSNBC’s 100 future history makers list, along with Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey.

After her legendary win on the Apollo stage, moore was met with several book publishing companies, but in 1997, she paved her own path and launched a publishing house -Moore Black Press, and released her first book; “The Words Don’t Fit In My Mouth.” A few authors later, she followed up with her second collection, “The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto,” and her third, highly anticipated book,” God is Not an American.”

This bold and electric artist has shared the stage with the late Ossie Davis, CeCe Winans, Gregory Hines, Anthony David, Norah Jones, Amiri Baraka, Patti Labelle, Roy Ayers, Mos Def, The Last Poets, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Nikki Giovanni, Steve Harvey, Maya Angelou and many others. Harvard Black Men’s Forum honored her with their Woman of the Year Award. As an internationally respected author and poet, she has graced stages all around the world from Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Berlin, Paris, Holland, England, Scotland and many others.

jessica has performed her work at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Music Hall, Fox Theater, Central Park Summer Stage (Huey P. Newton Story),  The Apollo Theater,  The Jimmy Carter Center and many esteemed literary and performance venues around the world.

Jessica is among the few poets who can attract more than a literary crowd; bringing people from diverse backgrounds together through her passionate story, and the universal raw truths that permeate inside her poems. This Detroit bred natural born entertainer fuses a rock band with hip-hop and poetry for her music performances.  Her band, Detroit Read (pronounced “red”), fuses soul and rock ‘n roll with poetry.  Moore says some of her music sound is inspired by Prince, Betty Davis, Janis Joplin, The Temptations, Annie Lenox, and Marvin Gaye.

Moore Black Press proudly published famed poets, Saul Williams and Shariff Simmons; Def Poetry Jam’s co-founder, Danny Simmons, NBA Athlete-Etan Thomas, Activist and Poet-Ras Baraka and former Essence Magazine editor and author-Asha Bandele.

Her own literary work has received wide exposure, as she has been published in several major anthologies including; “A Different Image,” (U of D Mercy Press, 2004), “Abandon Automobile,” (WSU Press, 2001), “Listen Up!” (Random House, 1999), “Step Into A World,” (Wiley Publishing, 2001), “Role Call” (Third World Press, 2002), “Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam” (Crown Publishing, 2001).

She is the youngest poet published in the “Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women’s Literature,” by Valerie Lee, alongside literary greats, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler Maya Angelou and many others.

Jessica has been featured in The New York Times, Essence, Blaze, Source, Vibe, African Voices, Bomb, Mosaic, Good News, Savoy, One World, BE, Ambassador Magazine and many others.  The poet’s return to  her hometown after leaving for over 12 years was met with much buzz as she graced the covers of The Metro Times, African American Family, The Detroit News, and The Detroit Free Press. Her photos were the six feet tall center point of The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Women of a New Tribe Exhibit.

In 2010, she founded The jess Care moore Foundation, which will focus on producing progressive art projects, youth literacy, publishing programs, life skills training, creative writing, mentorship, grants for women artists, and all forms of expression through art.

She is the proud mother of a 3-year old son, King Thomas Moore.

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