“The Blackson 5”is made up of Rudy Francisco, Shawn William aka nerCity, Javon Johnson, Prentice Powell, & Andrew Tyree – a powerfully packed group of poets sharing their stories about all things life, love & growth, including taboo subjects such as divorce, infidelity and fast money, & the more palatable topics of marriage & parental guidance.
Their spin on the name of the Jackson’s superstar family legacy is just a hint of the comedy & wit that these men have in their artillery of lyrical explosives.
“We’ve shared so many stories & laughs together over the past few years, & so many stages, that it only made sense for us to join forces. Plus our dress style is beastly.” -Shawn William
Their combined resumes look more like a poet’s wish list than a bio: HBO & Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, TVOne’s Verses & Flow, Showtime at the Apollo, The Essence Festival, & countless National Poetry Final Stage appearances & grand slam champion titles.
It makes sense that they’ve shared stages with multi-faceted, highly acclaimed & respected artists, scholars & TV personalities such as Mos Def, Russell Simmons, Kanye West, John Legend, Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Hill Harper because they too, are talented artists, scholars & emerging TV personalities who are rapidly growing in popularity & respect
Additionally, members of B5 have appeared in commercials & short films & have been published in the Huffington Post, Spoken Vizions Magazine, & other online & hardcopy publications. They’ve made cameos in music videos with numerous YouTube hits such as “Dusty” featuring Andrew Tyree or “Because We Can” featuring Prentice & Shawn
Their self-marketing & promotional savvy on social media sites provide a substantial number of online followers with some of the most socially aware, thought-provoking, & often hilarious commentary.
But this “hype list”, albeit well-deserved, only scratches the surface of what these men are about. They are most proud of their achievements off-stage, such as obtaining Bachelor’s Degrees & a Ph.D, being present & loving Fathers, Husbands & Sons, & being active in their communities as charity fundraisers, educators, & mentors.
The Blackson 5’s new show, “InnerMan/OuterSpace”, is quickly emerging as an underground success, enthusiastically supported by seemingly built-in audience across the coast, including standing-room-only shows in Oakland & San Diego, CA. They’re coming soon to a city near you, and it should be easy to find them: simply look for the group of 5 impeccably dressed men known as “Bowtie Bandits, Sweater Gurus, and Shoe Bullies!”
The Blackson 5 is more than a group name, but a commitment:
B the change you want to see in the world.
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