Live.Seed - Sow. Grow. Reap.
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Who We Are
 
Live Seed is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that was launched
in 2011 with the vision that Memphians could take initiative and
address their socioeconomic needs rather than solely depending
on others.
 
We are Memphians who desire to implement effective programs and
activities that will motivate our youth to be catalysts for change
in their communities.
 
We are Artists! We are Memphis' best Poets, Dancers, Singers,
Actors, Musicians who are also theThinkers, Pastors, Educators
and Entrepreneurs of our city.
 
Together, We are Sowing Seeds of Inspiration....
We are Growing and Nurturing our seeds that will bear GoOD fruit...
We are Reaping the abundance that GOD promised....
We are the Live.Seed!
 
 
 
C. J. Evans, Director
C. J. Evans, Director
C. Johnson-Evans, a native Memphian. Graduate of Watkins-Overton High School for the Creative & Performing Arts in 1997. Received her B.A. in English and Psychology (2002) and M.A. in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership (2007) from the University of Memphis. C.Jay danced with the Bamana African Drum & Dance Troupe in 2000. From 1998 to 2002, served as an intern and facilitator for the BRIDGES’ leadership program, BridgeBuilders. From 2002 to 2005, she was the first Program Coordinator for the STAX Music Academy, where she supervised the SNAP! AfterSchool program and Summer Camp. From 2005 to present, C.J. has taught in secondary and post secondary institutions in Memphis, TN and Houston, TX. Affectionately called Miss C” by her students—whether they are young or grown, C.J. is a quiet source of power. A natural born teacher, a healer, dancer and writer, she is an artist— an activist using her words to convict, empower and inspire the next generation.
Ariel Fitchpatrick, Program Director
Ariel Fitchpatrick, Program Director
Native Memphian and 2014 graduate of Whitehaven High School. Fitchpatrick is also a member of the Living Seed Youth Poets (2014 & 2015). Currently, she is a freshman at University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Constance Dunigan, Public Relations
Constance Dunigan, Public Relations
Melrose High School graduate in 2006 University of Memphis 2012 -pursing B.A.-Marketing Professional Owner of Eye Candy
Elijah A. Gann, Board Chair
Elijah A. Gann, Board Chair
a native of Los Angeles, CA, Elijah Gann is the second oldest and only male chlid born with five sisters. Finally, settling in Nashville, TN, Gann graduated from John Overton Comprehensive High School in 2001. He studied philosophy at the University of Memphis and graduated with a B.S. in 2007. As a Teach for America fellow, he began his teaching career as a special education teacher. Currently, he works for Bridges, Inc. as a Curriculum and Facilitation Specialist and is studying for his Masters in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.
Siphne A. Sylve, Board Member
Siphne A. Sylve, Board Member
a native of New Orleans, LA, Sylve attended high school at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and graduated from the Memphis College of Art in 2010. Siphne Sylve "works for fun and plays for a living"...she is the Project Manager at the Urban Arts Commission and represents one half of the musical duo, Artistik Approach. In the Spring of 2012 Artistik Approach released their debut CD, InstruMentals. www.artistikapproach.com
Dorian L. Spears, Board Member
Dorian L. Spears, Board Member
Since childhood, Memphis, TN, native Dorian Spears has had a passion for serving the community. Over the years, she has continued to expand her knowledge and experience, dividing her time between volunteer and employment opportunities. Her journey has taken her to various parts of the country including Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. As a volunteer, Dorian has been involved in organizations such as the Salvation Army, National Civil Rights Museum, Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis, and the Academy Tutoring Project. As an employee, she has served through multiple institutions including the Corporation for National and Community Service; AmeriCorps , Volunteer Mid – South and Hands on Atlanta; Literacy Mid – South; and the YMCA. These professional experiences enabled her to gain understanding of the business side of the non – profit industry, and to serve on high – impact projects such as the Memphis Teen Volunteer program, which recruited and placed over 280 teens throughout the tri – state area of Memphis. Directly prior to her current position, she served with the non-profit intermediary Seedco, Mid – South Regional Office, in various roles including trainer, facilitator and program coordinator. In addition, she co – developed the robust internship program entitled Career Steps, which engaged over 600 business, corporate, and community sponsors. Her experience at Seedco also enabled her to serve as its representative for the Bank On Memphis initiative. Each of these opportunities aided in crafting her focus in serving the community: the creation and designing of systems and infrastructures that enable people, businesses, and non – profits to efficiently take advantage of services and opportunities available to them. Within her current position as a Junior Project Manager for Mayor Wharton's Innovation Delivery Team, she is positioned to do this, as her primary role is to support the development, and promote the capacity, of small businesses. Dorian earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Christian Brothers University. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Grassroots Program and the Leadership Academy Fellows Program. Dorian currently is a member of Women of Achievement, Give 365, Gandhi-King Conference Steering Committee, and Common Ground. She has also served as a Marshall Memorial Fellowship Host and co-chair for the Community Network Committee for MPACT Memphis.
Cierra Burnett, Board Member &  M.C. of UnderGround Teen OpenMic
Cierra Burnett, Board Member & M.C. of UnderGround Teen OpenMic
a 2012 graduate of White Station High School and undergraduate student at the University of Memphis. From 2011-12, Cierra was president of P.O.P.P.I.N.(Party of Poets Performing Incredible Nuances), a high school club that fosters genuine expression via the contemporary art of spoken word. She has been preparing for her role as a voice for change. She's been a poet her whole life, but only began performing at the age of 16. Apart of the LiveSeed Spoken Word Team, Cierra has been a two-time Semifinalist for the SouthernWord Poetry Grand Slam in Nashville, TN(2011 & 2012), Sacrificial Poet for the 2011 BNV Qualifier Finals and 3rd Place in the Memphis' Grizzlies Poetry Slam. In addition to her love for writing poetry and performing, Cierra is a regular volunteer at Baptist's Womens Hospital. Regardless of where her path takes her, she will continue to be a part of Live.Seed as long as it is in existence!
Pastor Earle Fisher, Board Member
Pastor Earle Fisher, Board Member
Earle J. Fisher was born September 26th, 1978 in Benton Harbor Michigan to Min. Claudia Fisher and Mr. Earl Bradley. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1996. From there, he earned a basketball Scholarship while attending Lake Michigan College to play basketball. He subsequently earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in 1999, after which, he matriculated to Memphis, TN on another full ride scholarship to LeMoyne-Owen College. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science in 2003. Earle obtained his Masters of Divinity Degree in May 2008 from Memphis Theological Seminary and received his ordination from the Christian Church Disciples of Christ Denomination in June 2008. In the fall of 2010, he will enter the PhD program of Rhetoric and Communications at the University of Memphis. He is the Lead Minister of Abyssinian Baptist Church and formerly served as Associate Minister at the Miss. Blvd Christian Church for two years where he earned the title “Pastor Cool.” Pastor Fisher is also an Adjunct Instructor of Religion at LeMoyne- Owen College. Minister Fisher is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. His writings include the essays, “The F____ Jesus Dialogue” (The African American Pulpit), “The Politics of Truth” (Split Ticket Journal) and others on Hip-Hop, Religion and Rhetoric are being considered for Publication. He is husband of one wife, the former Denise Lloyd, father of one son, Jalen Fisher, brother of one sister, believer in one God and friend and mentor to many. In spite of his accomplishments he considers himself, merely, one of God’s many SERVANTS!!! www.TheHouseMemphis.org
Tiffany Mishe', Mentor
Tiffany Mishe', Mentor
Spoken Word Artist, Singer, Songwriter & Actress Southwest Tennessee Community College -Pursuing A.S. in Marketing Watkins-Overton High School for the Creative & Performing Arts (2006)
Robert P. Evans, Mentor
Robert P. Evans, Mentor
R. Patrick Evans is furious with love as his pseudonym “F.w. Love” indicates. As passionate as he is eloquent, his spoken word poetry has been on the Memphis scene since 2001. He has participated in numerous poetry slams in the Mid-South area, and named winner of the Common Ground (Memphis, TN), Little Rock Arts Festival (Little Rock, AR) and three time winner of Poets in the Street (Little Rock, AR) poetry slams. In 2005, he was one of the first Mid-South poets to release a debut CD, Conversations In Love that not only showcases his talents as a poet, but validates his voice as one of the future minds against the socioeconomic injustices of our world. He is also a co-founder of HypeLife Arts and Live.Seed, organizations that promote the arts for adults and youth, respectively. Co-owner of The HUB Lounge, Evans developed this space to be ground zero. As he aspires to help transform the landscape of Memphis through the creative and performing arts while creating a network of artists and community activists, F.w.Love is an artist who “practices what he preaches” in his spoken word. In his spare time, he is a freelance speechwriter, ghostwriter for local recording artists, proud father and husband. Originally he is from “the great state of Mississippi” (Hattiesburg, MS), but currently, resides in Memphis, TN.
Ramon "RheToric" Jones, Mentor
Ramon "RheToric" Jones, Mentor
I was born in the Blues'd city of Memphis,TN and cultivated in arid artistic soil. My style is versatile and speaks to issues that plague not only the city but the world. I have released one cd in 2009 entitled "Writer's Block" and a book/cd combo entitled "art.write.is." In "Writer's Block", I touch on issues that I saw in and around my dwellings. "art.write.is" is compilations of my "in the now" experiences. It is things that I saw, felt, did and wrote through. I have performed in several cities and numerous open mics around the country. I have featured in several cities and continue to thrive as a spoken word artist. I am often described as one of Memphis's break out poets and am known in Memphis's poetry scene. They call me the guy who answers a "yes/no" question with 1000 words. I have been performing since 2008 and expand my poetic prowess every year exponentially. I have a 365 degrees philosophy. 360 degrees only returns you to your current position, but if you change yourself a different degree each day of the year, you end up with 365 degrees of change. Just enough to keep you the same but also enough to show you have grown. www.rhetoricjones.com
Allyson "AZ" Truly, Mentor
Allyson "AZ" Truly, Mentor
AZ Truly was born and raised in Memphis, TN. AZ Truly was inspired by the very thing that would destroy the average person. Through the death of her beloved brother, Darius E. Truly, AZ Truly found her explosiveness, her pain, her delivery, her passion…her poet. It is this event that brought AZ Truly from writer to performer in the poetry world. Before she was performing she was putting pen to pad for nine years and know the pen is the spoken word and the pad are the ears of the audience as she scribbles experiences and insights on the minds of the masses. She has blessed the many venues in her time performing as a poet and an actress. Being reared as an actress and having the influence of her brother Darius E Truly, who was a poet and actor, AZ Truly has a mixture of arts that make her a dynamic poet and performer. She blazed stages in many acting performances which include: “Duran Duran: Beyond Therapy”, “Wanda’s Visit”, “Playhouse on the Square’s Solo Monologues.”AZ Truly’s style is a passionate whirlwind fury and experiences that provides the audiences with true to life renditions in cutting edge fashions. She is a lady, who will never fall into the stereotypical female poet mold. http://mylifefromatoz.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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