Dear Jacksonville and Arts of the City

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Ebony Payne-English, executive director of Black on Black Rhyme - Jacksonville, joined First Coast Connect to talk about their efforts to enhance the quality of life for Jacksonville residents through artistic development. She also recites her poem Dear Jacksonville, after the jump!

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Starring guest host Ryan Benk and Ebony Payne-English
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About Ebony Payne-English:
Ebony’s experience transcends her years. She often refers to herself as an “old soul”. This mentality is reflected in her amazing writing which incorporates an incredible amount of honesty, conviction and a supreme reverence for history and culture. She masterfully weaves contemporary issues together with traditional values and lessons to create homages that are both fresh and relevant. She is able to accomplish this while constantly incorporating new concepts and techniques into her work to expand her artistic palette.
Source: Black On Black Rhyme - Ebony Payne-English

Black on Black Rhyme Jacksonville seeks to enhance the quality of life for citizens in Jacksonville, Florida by fostering sustainable growth and development of cultural experience through the integration of supreme artistic opportunities into service projects, educational workshops and community centered programming.

The members of Black on Black Rhyme Jacksonville are currently launching a service campaign entitled Dear Jacksonville through which we will raise $9040.00 in 12 months or less to be redistributed to the community and artistic development of Duval County.

Dear Jacksonville on GoFundMe

Join the conversation:
Call: (904) 549-2937 (Note: This line is only active during the program, 9:00-10:00 a.m.)
Tweet: @MelissainJax
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