Sound Check: “Feet on the Ground” @alfluent @crossallan O.D. (@gstewie2) #STG #SarahWallick #LyricalOpposition Next Show: Oakland Asian Cultural Center on April 25 at 6PM #APIvoices (at Portola Baptist Church)
O.D. (@gstewie2) of @LyricalOps: How to be a #wordsmith #bars4breakfast #6SecondBars #theWAR #sonNod #comingsoon #WordOfTheDay #peddle #ThatSunLightTho #Dragonborn #LyricalOps #LyricalOpposition (at Lyrical Opposition)
Undivided 2014 at City Life Church in San Francisco, CA
Artist Bio: Javier Reyes, also known as Improv Jav, is a native of San Francisco, Javier Reyes (Black/Puerto Rican/Mexican/Italian) is the Founder and Artistic Director of Colored Ink, a hip-hop theatre-based organization interested in the use of the arts as a tool for transformation, therapy, and advocacy. Colored Ink has been a company through which Javier has been able to perform for and provide 50 plus productions to over 250,000 people nationwide since 2001.
Javier has taught classes on Colored Ink process in over 15 High Schools & 6 colleges throughout the Bay Area. His work is published and taught in various institutions across the nation in Literature and Poetry classes. He has designed curriculum, conducted workshops for at-risk youth, trained socially responsible artists and consulted on projects that touch thousands of people locally and abroad.
Javier has received awards for great charity work through Take Wings foundation, has had articles published in the SF Chronicle, Bay view Newspaper, American Theater Magazine and Oakland Tribune for his work he has done in the community. Javier has been the recipient of the Ford Foundation Leadership Scholarship. He has done numerous radio and television interviews highlighting his achievements in his field and the collaborations he’s forged with hundreds of other community based organizations.
He continues to produce quality community events, mold great young artist, and continue to develop an audience of theater that hasn’t existed. Using poetry, hip-hop and theater in bringing the real issues faced by the contemporary youth and supporting their efforts in polishing their skills and technique to ‘slam’ the system in offering a podium for their truths.
Recently, Javier has been putting the final touches on his biggest production to date. He is the Producer and Creator of the critically acclaimed theater production “Urban Healing Tour” that deals with healing with the loss of a loved one from violence. The production has been in development for the last 8 years and has finally reaching the apex of its potential. Javier is also in the planning stages for Colored Ink’s 10-year anniversary party on July 31st, 20111
At only 35 years old, Javier is a writer, actor, poet, activist, advocate and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to using the Arts to uplift his community and give hope to future generations. Most important, Javier wants to be a good servant for the LORD :)
His poetry has been featured in the Boston University creative writing department, featured in the critically acclaimed production “Legacy for Loeshe.” A conversation with Javier in an anthology called “Total Chaos: The Art and Atheistic of Hip-Hop” written by Jeff Chang.
Musically, featured on the “Eye of the Storm” music compliation and as a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina Survivors.
"Rap, Religion, & Relationships" workshop by Lyrical Opposition today at @rocktheschoolbells. Conference is from 9am-4:30 today, March 1, 2014 at Skyline College (3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA). #RTSB7 #LyricalOpposition #SkylineCollege #CommunityCollege #Greendale #DonaldGlover (at Skyline College)
Lyrical Opposition will be teaching a workshop tomorrow at @rocktheschoolbells at Skyline College (3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA). The workshop is called: Rap, Religion, and Relationships. Come thru! Conference starts at 9am. Workshop at 1pm. #RTSB7 #LyricalOpposition #SkylineCollege #CommunityCollege #DonaldGlover (at Skyline College)