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JESSICA CARE MOORE

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Jessica Care Moore is a world renowned poet and recording artist.  She is the Executive Producer and Founder of the 17-year old rock & roll concert and empowerment weekend, Black WOMEN Rock!.  Moore created “Moore Black Press Publishing” in 1997, and began publishing her peers, Saul Williams, Asha Bandele, Danny Simmons, Newark Mayor, Ras Baraka. and others.  She is an educator and strong advocate for youth and women's voices.  Moore has been called by many, "The voice of Detroit."  She penned and voiced the award winning Detroit anthem, "Move Here, Move The World”, voiced digital campaigns for The Skillman Foundation, The Henry Ford Museum, Strategic Community Partners, and many more.  

Moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, and Sunlight Through Bullet Holes. (Moore Black Press) Her fifth book, We Want Our Bodies Back was published by Harper Collins.   Moore’s full-scale theatrical work, “Salt City” (an Afrofuturistic Techno Choreo-poem) premiered in Detroit in 2019.  She is the 2018 Joyce Award Winner, 2019 and 2017 Knight Arts Recipient, 2016 Kresge Art Fellow, the 2013 Alain Locke Awardee and the 2015 NAACP Great Expectation Award.  

Jessica Care Moore is your favorite's emcee's favorite poet: she’s recorded her poetry with Common, Nas, Jeezy, Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, Karriem Riggins, Wordsworth, Elzhi, Valid, The Last Poets, Ursula Rucker, Jose James, Roy Ayers and more.  She's read her work and leant her powerful voice to many causes all over the world including The United Nations World Aids Day, Shanghai's Iron Mic Music Festival, Berlin International Poetry Festival, Flupp International Literary Festival in Brazil., and was honored to perform at the first Afrochella Festival in Ghana during the year of the return.  Her work has graced the stages of The Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her critically acclaimed jazz soul album, Black Tea - The Legend of Jessi James was released by Talib Kweli's Javotti Media Label.  The sought after poet joined forces with techno legends Jeff Mills and Eddie Fowlkes to form The Beneficiaries and their music project, The Crystal City is Alive.  Moore is currently spending her time in the studio, writing and recording her rock and roll album with singer and longtime collaborator, Steffanie Christi'an.  

Moore captivated a national television audience in the 90's when she won  the legendary “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” competition, a record-breaking five times in a row - with a poem.  Moore's poetry and voice is prominently featured on the 4th floor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History.  Jessica Care Moore is a proud Detroiter and lives in the city where she raises her 14-year old son, King.


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