Poet, Emcee, and Youth Activist
Messiah Ramkissoon is a poet, emcee, and youth activist who has garnered national recognition. Messiah was granted the Emerging Leader Award from the National Institute of Caribbean Studies; the Youth of The Year in 1999/2000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis, Greater Washington and the State of Maryland. As a result, he was awarded a $25,000 scholarship from Oprah Winfrey, which he used to attend Howard University. As a performing artist, he has have won 3 consecutive shows at Showtime At The Apollo; a legendary show/stage for black artists including the Jackson 5, James Brown, Lauryn Hill and countless others. Messiah has been awarded a Certificate from the Howard University Alumni Association recognizing him for the "Gift of Poetry." In 2008, he won a BET Hip-Hop submission contest which led him to perform in Los Angeles at the 2008 pre-event for the BET Awards; opening for Janelle Monae. Messiah has gone on to win numerous annual poetry/spoken word slams including the National Capital Jazz Fest, HBCU Battle of the Schools, etc. He is a native of Trinidad but moved to New York City at the age of 11, where he has spent most of his life.