We had the good fortune of connecting with KAVON WARD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KAVON, why did you pursue a creative career?
An artistic/creative career actually chose me! The art of spoken word has been part of my life since I was a teenager but growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer and so I was extremely studious. I started utilizing the art of spoken word as therapy as it was my saving grace, over a decade ago, when I sued the national non profit I lobbied for and when there was an uptick of black people being murdered by police. The first piece I performed was my ‘I am Trayvon Martin’ piece which won me awards and led to an opportunity to open for rapper/actor/activist Common.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an Activist – I am Founder of Justice for Bruce’s Beach, Co-Founder of Where Is My Land and a Reparative Justice Consultant. In this capacity I organize communities to advocate for the return of stolen Black land.
I am an Artist – I create and perform spoken word pieces that typically focus on racial and social justice issues.
I am a Student – I am in my 2nd year as a PhD Student at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change.
I am a Teacher – I developed and taught a curriculum that intersects social justice and spoken word. My goal is to groom the next generation of social justice poetic activists.
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?
Love the water so any beach community EXCEPT racist Manhattan Beach Ca.
South Bay – California – Barsha’s Restaurant in Hermosa Beach (Owners are beautiful people and you feel the love through their food)
Would definitely spend most of my time in Inglewood (So much culture, great shops and the people make me feel like I’m back home in Harlem)
Washington DC – Busboys and Poets (Wish they had one here in L.A.)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give tremendous credit to Gigi Davis-Booth. She is my mother through love. She’s raised me since I was 11 yrs old and treated me like her own child. She got me involved in the Harlem YMCA’s youth programs and ultimately positioned me to obtain college scholarships, an internship with Coca Cola throughout all four years in college, and so many other things. Her love and support can not be quantified. She was integral in helping me see the world outside of Harlem NYC where I grew up.
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