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Ro Deezy calls for a black woman who is more than a stereotype imposed

by white America or black culture. Black men are also scrutinized.




 (Poetic Intellectual Making Progress)

By Rochell D. Hart (Ro Deezy )


P.I.M.P. (poetic intellectual making progress) set to a slow and often sensual beat, by Portland poet Rochell D. Hart,  mixes hip-hop rhythms with real-world street lyrics, black feminist pride and abundant intelligence in order to create a "higher level of spoken word." Exploding with self-confidence, honesty and conviction, Hart's voice, backed by O.G. One, P.I.M.P. paints a vivid portrait of black America and addresses such issues as the self-ghettoization of black youths, racism and the antagonistic attitude of the police.

P.I.M.P. also delves into the idea of a "reborn black woman," a black queen free from both the constraints of history and the current MTV hip-hop attitude toward black women as easy ho's or as shallow materialistic bitches. In her track "Don't Wana Be" she states, "My inner spirit called out and demanded that I be more than the images I too often see/ because I don't wana be another booty-bouncin', loud-talkin' ghetto-unfabulous girl."

Instead, Ro Deezy calls for a black woman who is more than a stereotype imposed by white America or black culture. Black men are also scrutinized. In "I Got a Bone to Pick," Hart attacks the glorified vision of gangsters, hustlers and pimps in black culture, stating that "to those who think a pager and a cell phone means having big things/ to those who think that waiting on a once-a-month county check is having a dream/ I got a bone to pick/...hustling on the block is not an accepted alternate to a 9-5, and that gun-toting rough-neck mentality is just a contribution to genocide."

Hart reveals the power and beauty, as well as the flaws, of her world, and in doing so she stands out as an original and intelligent voice struggling free from a crowd of one-dimensional stereotypes. Cris Day

This CD is HOT and the fact that you wrote everything on it is even hotter. Do ya thang gurl, keep rep'n for all the real folks out here. People who like Jill Scott, Badu, The Roots, and other such famous artist, are going to love Ro Deezy! This CD speaks the truth!!! I became very inspired listening to the lyrics. Loving the words and music girl. keep representing the beauty of us. keep fighting for our lives. we can fly without wings. much respect, jessica care moore

Rochell D. Hart is a 26-year-old native and resident of Portland, OR. In 1998, Hart self published her first book, "From The Ghettos To The Heavens." In 1999 she was the first African American woman from Oregon to represent the state at the 10th Annual National Poetry Slam in Chicago, IL. In 2001, Highbridge Press of NY signed Hart for her second book, "A Black Girl's Song." That book was later nominated for the Oregon Book Award - the highest literary award in the state.

In March of 2001, The Associated Press interviewed Hart for a syndicated radio show, which aired on more than 800 stations across the United States. Highlights of Hart's media coverage include being the featured topic of a column in The Oregonian, (the largest daily circulated paper in the Northwest), a front-page article about her book nomination in The Skanner, being cited as ".... Worth the ticket price alone" in Our Town Magazine (regarding an upcoming talent showcase) and numerous appearances in the Willamette Week and other printed media. Hart also opened the concert for Grammy award winning group "The Roots" during their visit to Portland in August 2001.

In 2002, Hart will be interviewed for the print and online magazine SpokenVizions - a publication that provides national information and recognition about spoken word artists to the general public.

Hart's third book debuted in November of 2001 and is titled "Urban Journeys." In March of 2002, for the 4th year in a row, Hart won 1st place at the 27th Annual International Women's Day All-Girl Poetry Slam. Rochell recently completed her fourth poetry manuscript titled "What Did You Think I Would Say?" - the book will be released at a later time. Hart's current project, her largest endeavor thus far, is known as the Project of 76 Voices. It is a compilation of 76 biographies on African American women. The main intent of this compilation is to break down racial stereotypes and generalizations of African-American women. It is also intended to give voice to a group of women who are overlooked by mainstream America. Some of the participating women include BET/Sepia author Linda Dominique Grosvenor and Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, a national artist, writer and poet whose work appeared on Oprah in January 2002. Maria Dowd, the founder and executive director of AAWOT (African American Women On Tour)is also included.

Rochell's work will also be included in the forthcoming anthology "The Poetry of Emcees: A Comprehensive Anthology of Hip-Hop Generation Writers Known to Rock the Pen" from Jessica Care Moore. That anthology includes writings by emcees like QTIP, comedians like Dave Chapelle, poetical icons like Sonia Sanchez, The Last Poets and more.

Poetry By Ro / PO BOX 20511 / Portland OR 97294   USA / Rochell D Hart website:

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