Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist
The Tony, Peabody and Emmy Award winning, 6 time HBO Def Poet Black Ice is credited with being a major pioneer of this millennium in turning spoken word into a mainstream art form. Bringing to life a quote by business mogul & yogi Russell Simmons, “When I saw Black Ice, I knew the world was…
The Tony, Peabody and Emmy Award winning, 6 time HBO Def Poet Black Ice is credited with being a major pioneer of this millennium in turning spoken word into a mainstream art form. Bringing to life a quote by business mogul & yogi Russell Simmons, “When I saw Black Ice, I knew the world was ready for poetry.” His work is utilized in high school curricula to course studies at the academically acclaimed Ivy League Universities, Harvard and Columbia.
With no signs of slowing down, Black Ice brought the audience of The Arsenio Hall Show to their feet, in the most re-aired episode of the 2014 season. TV-One utilized his legendary spoken word status for their online weekly reviews of each episode of season 2 & 3 of Lexus present Verses and Flow, culminating in a featured appearance in this past September’s season 4 episode 4.
Black Ice has toured with The Roots, Floetry, Musiq, Mary J. Blige and Def Poetry on Broadway. Recognizing his talent, many world renowned musicians like Nas, Fabolous and Kendrick Lamar to name a few, have had Black Ice appear on their platinum selling albums. He blew the 1 million plus crowd away at the LIVE 8 WORLD CONCERT and inspired an overwhelming ovation from the ½ million people attending the “One Nation Rally”. He is the only poet ever to be featured on BET’s Rap City or to receive the “hip-hop quotable” in The Source Magazine.
He has voiced national advertising spots for Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Heineken, Phat Farm and Courvoisier. Black Ice is also the exclusive voice-over artist for the audio versions of the Russell Simmons books Do You: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success and the 2011 release Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. Black Ice continues forge on and push the envelope with the art form, having written the mantra for Under Armour’s 2011 basketball line as seen in Slam, Kicks and Sports Illustrated magazines as well as online commercial spots. Not to mention his 2013 remake of the classic Gil Scot-Heron single “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” for the major motion picture premiere of Free Angela – And All Political Prisoners, a historical documentary produced by Jay-Z and Will & Jada Smith.
Whether it’s debating at the barbershop, occupying Wall Street, touring with platinum recording artists, or teaching Master Writing Courses from Antwerp, Belgium to Guyana, South America, Black Ice continues to tour venues across the country and internationally for performances and speaking engagements. Consistently honing his skill in all aspects of his gift with one goal in mind – to transcend spoken word into new arenas.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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