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Grammy Award-winning spoken word artist to visit Brooklyn Museum for book talk

Brooklyn BookBeat

January 28, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
J. Ivy will speak about his book “Dear Father” at the Brooklyn Museum on Feb. 7. Photo: Copyright Juan Anthony, 2015

J. Ivy, a Grammy and Peabody award-winner who has collaborated with Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Legend, The Roots, The Black Crowes, Bob Dylan, and many more will be at The Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Feb. 7, for the release of his new book: “Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain.”   

Despite his success, J. Ivy, the son of a radio personality in Chicago, suffered from the pain and loss of abandonment by his father as a child.  He turned to writing as a means of healing, and the result, “Dear Father,” has been described by bestselling author Deepak Chopra as “a powerful message of hope and forgiveness, transforming his [J. Ivy’s] pain into power. This book represents his life stories, and how poetry has helped him overcome adversity, allowing him to make an impactful contribution to humanity.” 

Famed musicians John Legend and Common have also praised J. Ivy’s book. Legend says the author “is a brilliant man with an incredible voice and a way with words,” and Common says J. Ivy  “is a poet who has been able to bring truth, inspiration and quality to his writings. I can always feel a spark when I come across his work.”

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The Feb. 7 event, part of Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, begins at 8:30 p.m.    

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