ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – Antwian Marcel Crawford, AWARD WINNING POET BASED IN FLORIDA

Antwian Marcel Crawford, pen named Intellect, is the author of 2 books of poetry. Third “Eye”solated published in 2013 and A Look Into My Third Eye published in 2005. He is also the creator The Underground Poet’s Society, which has been in existence since July, 2000 and officially turned into a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization in 2007.

Mr. Crawford is also a Architectural/ Mechanical Designer that lives in South Florida, among many other things. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey but was raised in Radford, Virginia. He now resides in South Florida since 1993 after moving from Newton, North Carolina in which he lived for 2 years. “Poetry has been my passion since 1986 and I use it as one of many forms of self-expression due to the limitless potential of creativity that comes from writing.” Antwian goes on to say that, “Whether it be hip-hop, poetry, spoken word or anything that uses the art of expression through words, whether written or verbal, it is considered to be poetry because it all fits under the same poetic umbrella.”

Mr. Crawford has made a living using the creative side of his brain through the art of Architecture, Mechanical Design and Poetry and brings at least 27 years of professional experience to the table. “I feel that poetry does not get the respect that it deserves across the board due to its lack of professionalism and support among poets, which chokes the art form from within.” He goes on to say, “It’s time to hold ourselves accountable for who we are and the things that we do to take the art form to the next level.” Lastly, the Founder of The Underground Poet’s Society, Inc. says that, “We owe it to ourselves to raise the bar as poets, as professionals and as a people, because everything that we’ve done in the past can be used in what we do in the present which, in turn, leaves a mark on our legacy.”

Antwian’s words have been recited on stages, at poetry venues and on radio stations as far away as Lagos, Nigeria. His work has been admired and even studied in High Schools and at Colleges across the country. Student’s have written papers on his work and he receives tons of emails from readers expressing their appreciation of his poetry from all over the world. He is currently working on his latest book called Third “Eye”solated…

“I’ve known both misery and happiness… lived in so many different skins, it is impossible for one skin to claim me.”
-Gordon Parks

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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