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Turning Pain into Power:  The Act of Forgiveness

Grammy Award Winning Poet & Author sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how—through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions.

Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy’s memoir, which is published by Beyond Words (Publisher of The Secret) an Imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression.

This session will pick up from last year and journey through the act of forgiveness in real time.  Bring your heart, open mind and a pen and pad!”

Native Chicagoan J. Ivy is a, Grammy, Peabody, Clio and NAACP Image Award Winning Performance Poet, Artist, Author, Voice-Over Talent, Motivational Speaker, Writer and Actor. His own-authored motto is, “Dreams Don’t Come True, They Are True.” That mindset and his patented breath taking performances have led him to appearances on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry (3 Seasons), NBC’s Sunday Night Football (2 Seasons), ESPN’s National Spelling Bee, B.E.T.’s Ali: The People’s Champ as the On Camera Narrator/Writer, and more.

You will find J. Ivy’s voice and writing on musical creations with The RZA, Estelle, Slum Village, Bun B, Miri Ben-Ari, and John Legend. He has shared stages with everyone from Prince to Steve Harvey to Doug E. Fresh to Sia to Dave Chappelle, Jill Scott to MC. Lyte and many more. J. Ivy is widely known for being the Poet who masterfully delivered one of the most poignant verses in the history of Hip-Hop on Kanye West’s classic song “Never Let Me Down,” along with Hip-Hop Icon Jay-Z. And he is the man who gave Oscar & Grammy Award-Winning singer-songwriter John Stephens the name John Legend.

J. Ivy has Hosted/MC’d and performed poetry for conferences hosted by Deepak Chopra and Points of Light Foundation. In 2015 he penned poetry that he performed for NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan during All-Star Weekend in New York. And as a follow up to his latest works “Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain,” a book which was published January 2015 by Beyond Words Publishing, an imprint of Atria Books & Simon and Schuster, J. Ivy is set to release the audio book and album (“My Daddy’s Records: Excerpts from Dear Father”) February 2016.

His passionate movement and signature writing style is necessary in our world today.  With a poet & writer like J. Ivy gracing our time and our generations, both young and old, the world will most definitely change for the better.

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