Javon Johnson
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Javon Johnson

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Band Spoken Word Comedy

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"Hugh Downs School Celebrates Black History Month"

“Javon Johnson thrilled, engaged and raised audience consciousness on the issues concerning the politics of race, identity, and revolution in 2006.” - Arizona State University’s Communication Matters


"The West Coast Poetry Slam’s 10th year gets intense."

“Javon’s delivery harnesses the fervor of Malcolm X and the comedy of Dick Gregory.” - Monterey County Weekly Newspaper


"Setting a Spark to New USC Initiative"

“Javon Johnson’s spoken-word performance of soul-baring lyrics and rapid-fire delivery, brought the audience to its feet.” - University of Southern California News


"In the beginning was the word."

“From subject matter, to wordplay to delivery, he is working it out! It's hard not to have good times while watching him have a good time on stage.” - Los Angeles Times


"Rasing Visions and Voices"

“Spoken-word poetry master Javon Johnson - is a promising start to a year's worth of on-campus event.” - University of Southern California Daily Trojan


"In the Begining Was the Word"

“From subject matter, to wordplay to delivery, he is working it out! It's hard not to have good times while watching him have a good time on stage.” - Los Angeles Times


Discography

Confronting My Monsters (2004). My 1st CD, which plays on Northwestern University's radio station and hotwatercornbread's podcast.

Tattooed Laughter (2008)

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Merging race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism, and rhyme schemes, Javon has become a very awarded spoken word/slam poet. Javon began writing in 2001, winning slam nationals in 2003 (team Los Angeles), in 2004 (team Hollywood), and in 2005 he placed 3rd (one of a handful of poets to make finals three years in a row). Javon has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, and co-wrote a documentary titled Crossover, which aired on Showtime, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. The Los Angeles Times said, “From subject matter, to wordplay to delivery, he is working it out! It's hard not to have good times while watching him have a good time on stage.” After wrapping his first non-principle role in an small film, Javon booked a national commercial and a substantial role in a major movie production. Currently the Vision’s & Voices Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, Javon received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Performance Studies. His unique experiences of being a student, teacher and performer gives him a connection to college students where he stresses the importance of education, art, and their relationship.