Kevin Powell and April R. Silver have been friends, colleagues, business partners, and/or mutual sounding boards for each other since their college years in the late 90's (Kevin at Rutgers University and April at Howard University). In acknowledgment of her 20 years of business, April's clients (including Kevin) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, writer, and founder of AKILA WORKSONGS.

ABOUT KEVIN: Kevin Powell is an activist, writer, public speaker, and entrepreneur. He has published eleven books, including his newest collection of political and pop culture writings, "Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays" (lulu.com). He has written numerous essays, articles, and reviews through the years for publications such as Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Essence, Rolling Stone, The Amsterdam News, and Vibe, where he was a founding staff member and served as a senior writer. A fixture on the pop culture landscape the past several years, Kevin was a cast member on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World”; has hosted and produced programming for HBO and BET; written a screenplay; hosted and wrote an award-winning MTV documentary about post-riot Los Angeles (“Straight From The ‘Hood”) among many other distinguished achievements.

This 2013 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Learn more at AKILAWORKSONGS.com.

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