Performers

Celebrate works written, spoken, or interpreted by writers, musicians, artists, and performers of color. Free and open to all ages, Black Ink: Block Party & LitFest takes place Saturday, September 24, 2022.

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Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 36 books, including "Swing", "Becoming Muhammad Ali," the Caldecott Medal, and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, "The Undefeated," and his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, "The Crossover."

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Shark City Drum and Dance

Since opening its doors in 2018, Shark City Drum and Dance Corps has managed to captivate the hearts of audiences locally with a variety of quality dance and percussion performances.

Synnika Lofton

Synnika Lofton

Synnika Lofton is a prized poet, recording artist, producer, and educator. He’s recorded over 80 albums of poetry and authored 10 books. He co-authored American Reverie in 2020 with Donnelle McGee.

Dr. Sabin Prentis Duncan

Dr. Sabin Prentis Duncan

Dr. Duncan writes fiction & Hip-Hop essays, and is a husband, father, educator, and creator of Literary Soul Food. He holds an Executive Master's from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Doctorate and Specialist degrees from Eastern Michigan University, and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Hampton University. 

Aderonke Adeleke

Aderonke Adeleke

Adeleke is a Virginia Young Poet's winner from Chesapeake. Attending Old Dominion University, her Young Poet's project is a poetry campaign celebrating writing as an outlet for those struggling with mental health.

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Gye Nyame - Verb Benders 757

Verb Benders Slam is a slam team representing the 757/Hampton Roads Virginia area. It is an adult team with a mission to bring poetry slam back to the region.

AJ McMullen

AJ McMullen

AJ McMullen is a sci-fi and fantasy author that is known for his tales based on Greek mythology and fantasy lore. Not intimidated in the slightest to mix up things that usually don't go together, always striving to make masterpieces of his work. His stories are a well-balanced mix of drama, action, humor, and betrayal.

James Hill

James Hill

Hill is a prolific storyteller, writing crime stories, fantasies, and sci-fi, with a slant on the dark side of life. The next step on his journey led to the starting RockHill Publishing LLC, not only to publish his own work but give others access to the literary world.

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes is both a screenwriter and comic book author of "Decay."

Lauren Seward

Lauren Seward

Lauren Seward is a high school English and creative writing teacher in Norfolk, VA. She is also a playwright and author. Currently, Lauren is completing her doctoral degree. 

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Christina Parker

Christina Parker is the co-founder of Parker Ferguson Publishing, as well as an acclaimed spoken word artist, editor, and author.

Tahara Saron

Tahara Saron

Tahara Saron began BlackGold Publishing in 2017 to support inclusivity and radical justice within the publishing industry. BlackGold represents over 75 clients and nearly 110 titles worldwide.

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Cliff Symay Rhodes

Cliff Symay Rhodes is a spoken word performer and author of "Poetry is Like Medicine."

Sasha Ridley

Sasha Ridley

Sasha Ridley is the owner and founder of Rae Legacy Publishing. She’s also a relationship coach, speaker, and author.