We had the good fortune of connecting with LyricallyGifted Brother and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi LyricallyGifted, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
That’s a great question. One of my goals is to be remembered as the most entertaining spokenword artist ever. My goal is for my craft and creativity to sell out arenas across the countries, I want to touch the lives of total strangers, inspire them to chase their dreams and be the example of you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to no matter how many odds are stacked against you, no matter how many underestimate what you are doing, as long as you believe in yourself, you can achieve every goal you set. My goal is to inspire people like that, tp help make this world a better place one poem at a time

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is the versatility in my performances and the way I captivate my audiences with the humor and guttural experience of parenting, relationships and shed light on social injustice with my poetry. As an artist and entrepreneur, getting to where I’m at wasn’t easy. In 2005 I had to start from the ground up in the poetry community. I went from being a well known artist/poet in New Orleans to being just another name on a open mic list in Dallas. I had to complete in poetry slams and not just compete but win because the poetry community in the DFW area is real competitive. I had to ignore the critics who felt like my poetry was simple and would not last but I also had to evolve and listen to the ones who did want to genuinely help me grow as a artist. So to overcome all the challenges, the doubters, the critics, I had to keep writing, keep slamming and performing and keep winning to show the city I belonged here and deserved everything I accomplished at the time and so much more. One of the main lessons I’ve learned along the way is to believe in your self because n one else will, believe in your own potential and not to trust everyone because everyone that cheers for you or clap for does not have your best interest in heart. Some people may support you but once they see the potential of your light out shinning theirs, they might try and dim yours. When it comes to me, I just want the world to know that I’m a genuine loving, caring and down to earth poet, my home is your home. My goal is to make people laugh and have a good time and enjoy life. I can honestly say I’m one of the most loyal individuals you will ever meet, if I ride for you, I truly ride for you and I want everyone to win. I also have a clothing brand called SheBeWoman I founded to ignite men to stand in solidarity with women, with a mission to uplift, motivate and empower equality for all.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well , if theirs a poetry event that week, we are going to all of them. One thing I can say about the DFW area is that you can find poetry on almost any night. If it’s a Friday, we going to Dallas Poetry Slam for one of their open mic events or showcases or to one of Wayne Henry’s open mic’s. On a Saturday, we going to Bayou Cat in Arlington for some New Orleans style food and hopefully that night we will be able to be dripping in brown sugar at one of the poetry events at the Brown Sugar Lounge. Now if we really lucky, Masterpiece might be hosting her F.L.O.W event which is also another great poetry showcase to attend or Prudence the Auset might be hosting one of her events. While we’re at it, we have to go to Daq’s luxury daquiri shop, the shrimp alfredo flat bread is the best. Now if no event is scheduled, then one day I’m hitting up Sherrie(Candy) to play some spades because we play hard and it’s always fun and there’s a lot of smack being talked at the table.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, my daughters, a lot of my poems and performances are inspired by them. I have several poems that I’ve written mainly because of them and their experiences in life. For example, my bullying poem was inspired by my second oldest daughter because she was bullied. I advocate for women’s right and women empowerment even more to show them that some men in this world really are ally’s and want to protect and respect all women. They motivate me to raise even more awareness in regards to the obstacles and problems women face in every day life.

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Image Credits
Azia Monae, Otis Clayborne

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