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Born: Early in the Morning
Interests: Writing/Reading/Loving Life
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Joined: March 2010
I love to read,write and perform spoken word. I have traveled all over the world and every place has enriched my hunger to share various views and wisdom-I shall enjoy this journey with many others on this site...aka FREESTYLE

Who is FreeStyle? Writer-Spoken Word Artist/Performer. Born in St. Louis Mo, she has always been recognized for her writing and performing skills. She wrote her first song at age 8 when she saw an ad in the back of an Ebony Magazine that was picked up by the Paramount Music Company called "Say Yes," thinking she would get in trouble with her family she never told them she had mailed it and received an answer. Her life changed rapidly when she was placed in a children's home at age 10. She escaped depression by performing and was recognized for unique talent again when the Alvin Ailey Dance Group came to the home and allowed the children to dance with them. She was singled out and asked to be allowed to dance with them but due to strict rules was not allowed to join. She continued to entertain the children and staff over the various years with her unique style and delivery. Joining the Army was a way to escape and the doorways continue to open for her. She was allowed to do a commercial for the Army in 1998 in Belgium that aired on the Armed Forces Network using Spoken Word with a tribute called "Selfless-Service." The impact was so strong that the post Sergeant Major staffed the work to the Sergeant Major of the Army to be reviewed for military history. While performing in Germany that same year she was seen by a Broadway Producer who told her she was an incredible talent and gave her every network agents information ABC, CBS, NBC and told her to do a demo tape but at the time she wanted to accomplish more in the military. She performed for the troops during the Iraq conflict in 2003 and CNN broadcast a small segment of the New Years Celebration in Kuwait City. In August 2005 she wrote and scripted a program for thousands of troops at Fort Hood, Texas showcasing her incredible talent, which touched the heart and mind of the first African American female Prisoner of War (Shoshana Johnson) who was the guest speaker for her event. The program was such a success that the President of the National's Women's Project in Oakland, California invited her to become a chair-person for their conference to perform and share her strategy on how to bring such interest in programs nation-wide. She has written themes and performed for the President of the American Cancer Society and was auditioned on the spot by Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons while he was visiting the military installation in August of 2005. She was told directly by Mr. Simmons that she was very talented and his own people told her how very rare that he auditions anyone in this manner and he was looking for Poets for future editions of DEF Poets on HBO. She briefly worked on a theatrical script for Mike Frazier's book Surviving the Storm. He had previously toured with Tyler Perry's Gospel Stage plays, I Know I've Been Changed,I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion and he was the musical director for Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns. Her latest projects is an autobiography - A Tale of Two Sista's and the Angel's Baby to be released at a later date.
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FREE-ONE: Well I finally finished my poetry cd-it is called FreeStyle Un-Cut Wisdom the name inspired by Poetic Friend taken from the end of the Poem I wrote called the Quickening. It is available on CdBaby but soon it will be on all major downloads including Amazon and ITunes...I put many of my favorites from here and some of my performance pieces that you have never read here...the website is:

-Google is a really good search engine

I have enjoyed reading, writing and reviewing work here, so I decided to give back with a Poetic shout-out to my fans and friends here at FanStory and many others who have wanted to hear my work....I hope you enjoy the ride as I's a blast....Free
June 16, 2010 at 8:23PM
    prophetess: congrats Miss Lady!!! I am so figgin excited for you riversa! You are a true soldier, keep up the fight. Much love, respect and so much more. I am beaming with pride for you my friend.
    June 16, 2010 at 11:33PM
    FREE-ONE: Thank you and the same is shared for Our Call To Freedom is for a Soldier but you stand for the words in the poem for no matter what you have to stand tall and resist failure...Free
    June 16, 2010 at 11:44PM
    FREE-ONE: Sorry Our Call to Freedom is on the CD...Free
    June 17, 2010 at 12:05AM
    Poetic Friend: I am so happy for you, Riversa. What an accomplishment! I canā??t believe you actually used the title. I merely proposed it as one of many titles that you could use. I am glad I was of some inspiration.

    The CD will do quite well. I believe in your talents. I am looking forward to seeing you on Oprah.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:04PM
    FREE-ONE: Hi Poetic Friend-I was greatly inspired and like it actually ended my CD perfectly because of the words...The best part is that I can share with my friends and's cool to do that...Oprah is going off air-so I'm going to have to find the next best thing...(LOL)...Free
    June 17, 2010 at 6:14PM
    Connie P: This is a fabulous accomplishment, I wish you great success, you deserve it.
    June 19, 2010 at 8:06AM
    FREE-ONE: Thank you Connie P-I appreciate your comments...Free
    June 19, 2010 at 12:42PM
    janian: congratulations on the c.d release Riversa! I hope it does well!Will it be out in any stores?
    June 21, 2010 at 4:05PM
    FREE-ONE: I know that it will be on all digital downloads-I just received an update today but currently it is in CD and MP3 downloadable format, will let you know if I push it down to stores
    June 22, 2010 at 7:58PM
    pearlecat: riversa, Your CD is full of well written verse delivered with clear and expressive power. An oratory narrative befitting a southern preacher with the added spice of the streets.Back ground sounds accentuated the mood without over powering the vocal deliverance. Remarkable job! Pearl
    June 27, 2010 at 3:28AM
    pearlecat: P.S. My personal favorite is "The lyrical bomb" WOW!
    June 27, 2010 at 3:52AM
    FREE-ONE: Thank you Pearlecat-I'm overwhelmed by your comments and expressions after your purchasing and listening to my cd in it's entirety...I hope many others feel the way you do. I feel it was a dream that was a long time coming and I pray others will enjoy it... I will soon have a YouTube video of me performing The Lyrical Bomb which is one of my very favorites, it speaks volumes. Again, thank you for the comments...Free
    June 27, 2010 at 11:37AM
    ArtGal: I listened to all of them, wow, they're all so good but I did like The Lyrical Bomb the best. A very big CONGRATS being on ITunes and Amazon. And please let us know when you'll be on YouTube, I'll be watching!...Sharon
    June 27, 2010 at 8:40PM
    FREE-ONE: Thank you so much ArtGal for stopping by and listening to the snippets and I will let you know when I post it...Free
    June 27, 2010 at 9:39PM
    writedelight: Riversa, Thank you for The Chains of Time & The soles of my feet. They both had reverence. Your writing stands alone with clarity and truth. I would like for you to comment on some of my poems and free verse. I would deeply appreciate it. Thank you, writedelight.
    July 16, 2010 at 7:07PM
    FREE-ONE: writedelight-I have went in and commented.
    July 17, 2010 at 11:03AM
    writedelight: riversa, I did'nt realize you had promoted a CD. Congrats Sis-tah. I'm sure it's overpowering with expression and revelation. For you are highly favored. What an accomplishment to fulfill a dream. Are the cuts listed in your portfolio? "The Lyrical Bomb". Again you are beyond explanation. Your writing is astounding. writedelight
    July 20, 2010 at 8:37PM
    FREE-ONE: I had an interesting discovery today-I had my first CD stolen-It was snatch from Hastings Book Store-They took it out of the wrapper and stole the CD and left the cover in the Store-The Store paid me for it and said that is the first every new artist (and my Poetry is listed under New Age in the store here) that had someone steal it...I put the money in the blank CD case and now claim this is my first copy that was illegally obtained(LOL)...Free
    August 1, 2010 at 10:28PM
    janian: Riversa,thought i'd drop by and say hey! haven't heardf from you in awhile . Hows things ?
    September 16, 2010 at 6:05PM
    janian: miss you!
    September 16, 2010 at 6:05PM
    FREE-ONE: Hi Janian....I'm back and I missed's a pleasure to be back to get my reading, reviewing, and writing back on track!!!
    January 7, 2012 at 1:58PM
    FREE-ONE: My new saying is one I penned when writing a review-

    Creativity is lurking in every human-Transcendent knowing, is just a mental spark away....Free
    January 15, 2012 at 12:42PM
    snowflakes77: You are truly amazing!! :) Randa
    May 24, 2012 at 7:37PM
    FREE-ONE: Thank you are you...sisters in arms...literally now!!!!
    June 10, 2012 at 10:21PM

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