Ebony Payne-English is a writer, performer, educator, and activist hailing from Jacksonville, FL.
She is the first woman to establish her own chapter of the international poetry organization, Black on Black Rhyme.
Ebony is a Southern Fried Poetry Slam 2015 double finalist as well as the winner of Florida Urban Culture’s 2015 award for Most Influential Artist.
Through her philanthropic work with Black on Black Rhyme-Jacksonville and Jax Youth Poetry Slam, Ebony has maintained a 100% college attendance rate amongst graduating mentees for the last 4 years.
In her 12 years of professional experience, Ebony’s performance accolades include The New Orleans House of Blues; Essence Festival; Nuyorican Café; Denver Mercury Slam; as well as countless colleges, universities, and prestigious entertainment venues nationwide.
Her discography includes 3 critically acclaimed poetry albums Old Soul(2006), Struggle’s Embrace(2010), EbEnFlo(2012) and the highly anticipated hip hop debut, Know Love, was released July of 2015.
Ebony has taught invitational workshops at venues such as the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts; Morgan State University; Brave New Voices; the National After School Programming Conference and for the Department of Juvenile Justice.
In her role as Curriculum Development Manager at EEAP, Ebony authored a nationally accredited K-12 artistically centered STEAM curriculum and children's book series currently facilitated in over 48 programs across the US.
To add to her host of accomplishments, the scheduled release of Ebony’s comic/graphic novel series "The Random Happenings of my Universe" is set for June of 2016.
Ebony may be reached via Facebook and YouTube @Ebony Payne-English or on Twitter and Instagram @EbonyOshun
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