Poet, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur
Dwayne Morgan began his career as a performer in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists.
Morgan is host of Poetically Speaking on the AfroGlobal Television Network. In 2014, Morgan received the Renaissance Planet Africa Award for Career Achievement, and was acknowledged by the Ontario Black History Society as a Community Trailblazer, following up on his 2013 Scarborough Walk of Fame Induction. Morgan is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, a 2012 National Team Poetry Slam Champion, and four-time runner up. Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 2005 he was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver. In 2008, Morgan’s contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.
Morgan has published 8 books, most recently his first children’s book, Before I was Born, which followed his memoir, Everyday Excellence (2013), Her Favourite Shoes (2011), The Sensual Musings of Dwayne Morgan (Adage, 2010), The Making of A Man (2005), The Man Behind The Mic (2002), Long Overdue (1999), and chapbooks, The Revolution Starts Within (1996), and Straight From The Roots (1995). In 2009, Morgan’s work was translated into French, culminating in the book, Le Making of d’un Homme (Adage). His albums include, Another Level (1997), The Evolution (2001), Soul Searching (2003), A Decade in the Making (2004), Mellow Mood: The End of the Beginning (2007), and Idle Hands (2011). In 2008, Morgan released a commemorative DVD entitled, Dwayne Morgan The First Fifteen.
Dwayne has performed for the former Governor General of Canada, The Honourable Michaelle Jean, the late leader of the NDP, Jack Layton, and has shared the stage with many of Canada’s top artists including Russell Peters, Kardinal Offishal, Jully Black, , and Nelly Furtado, while opening for international artist Alicia Keys, recording with Grammy Award winner, Drake, and participating in festivities for Super Bowl 46, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
To further explore his creativity, Dwayne collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film, Three Knocks, a ten minute film based on his domestic violence poem of the same name, which premiered in Toronto’s Reel World Film Festival. In March 2008, Dwayne hosted his first photography exhibit, The Sum of Her Parts, exploring female body image.
Dwayne’s work ethic has taken him across Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad, Turkey, Bermuda, Barbados, England, Scotland, Belgium, Budapest, Germany, France, Norway, and Holland. His emphasis on quality has driven his success, and has made him a well-respected component of Toronto’s urban music community, as well as the North American, and Global, spoken word scenes.
Amon Rashidi – Founder/CEO/Host
Amon Rashidi, host of The Griot Nation Radio Show, is a nationally and internationally recognized spoken word artist, dynamic speaker, and community organizer with a history of activism and social intervention spanning over 25 years. He is recognized as one of the top experts in the field of gang prevention/intervention and alternative solutions for empowering youth. Mr. Rashidi has amassed a Who’s Who list of clientele including: the Department of Defense, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Boys and Girls Club of America, Youth Build USA, Port of Spain Bureau of Prisons, to name a few.
Amon Rashidi is a pioneer in the social services industry having developed a ground-breaking community-based social intervention program to address the pertinent issues effecting children and families across America, as well as the Rashidi Group Institute – a national training, research, and development organization designed to address the critical issues faced by today’s youth and educators.
This Renaissance Man is a Billboard-charted spoken word artist who’s love of music, education and community has lead him to media appearances on CNN, CBS 48 Hours, Listening to America with Bill Moyers, Nile Rodgers Public Enemy movie soundtrack, PBS Specials with Maya Angelou, and as the recipient of the 2003 Essence Award for community activism and innovative approaches to youth engagement.Amon Rashidi’s debut spoken-word project, Speak First Born Sun, is an original and dynamic fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz and Southern Blues. This insightful and culturally conscious project touches all generations and gives direction and purpose to the musical meaning of original soul music.
Ezra Jay – Partner/Producer
Ezra Jay (E. Jay) brings over 20 years of Technology and Arts expertise to Ten2one. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and began his professional journey in 1976. E. Jay’s love of new technologies in music production has lead him to work with Grammy award winning artists and produce commercial jingles and music beds for radio stations across the country.
In 1998, E. Jay co-founded Maroon Nation Productions, a full service music production company utilizing innovative production techniques and creative services to deliver positive stimulating messages to the entertainment and education marketplace. E. Jay developed Rapademics™ as an idea to utilize the appeal and popularity of Rap Music and Hip Hop culture to educate and make a positive impact on the lives of youth.
E. Jay expanded his expertise in the realm of video game development, as Audio/Film Director for Nerjyzed Entertainment, where he built a strong Audio/Film department that successfully produced key assets for the Xbox 360 console as well as mobile platforms. E.Jay completed principal production of a documentary film on the relevance and legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and including appearances by Debbie Allen, the late Ed Bradley, Jerry Rice, Tom Joyner and David Banner among others.E. Jay continues his passion of integrating uplifting messages and support systems with digital media technology to provide socially responsible solutions to communities and people most in need.
After surviving a near fatal stabbing in 2008, the young Toronto native “Church Chizzle” was entered in a set of freestyle battles on Much Music’s critically acclaimed television show “Rapcity” in 2011. Remaining victorious after 5 weeks of competition, he was retired into their HOF after becoming their champion. Since then, C.H. has released 5 independent projects, 40+ music videos, performed at 100+ events, and is now indulging in the acting world after being casted as the lead role “Mike”, in the independent film, “Meet The Parents”. Enjoying the journey along the way, Chizzle stays focused on the prize, continuing to dabble in new fields such as hosting, fashion designing and modeling. Beyond his undeniable talent, this kid has the the ambition and work ethic legends are made of.
began his foray into the broadcasting and entertainment worlds with his participation in the Toronto’s Fresh Arts program in the early 90s (which was instrumental in developing the urban talent pool in the city, including KardinalOffishall, Saukrates, Jully Black, and video director Little X).
After hosting Internet radio shows, Mark moved to commercial radio in 2001, and in a matter of months, advanced to the position of lead on-air personality and producer of the morning show, on a prominent radio station in Toronto, a position he held for over four years.
As one of the country’s most in-demand voice over talents, Mark has been the live voice of The Juno Awards for the past six years, and has also voiced Canada’s Walk of Fame for the past five years. He has also been the warm-up talent for “Deal or No Deal” (for host Howie Mandel), “Are You Smarter than a Canadian 5th Grader” (for host Collin Mochrie) and for YTV’s “The Next Star Finale” shows in 2008 & 2009.
His transition to television was next on the agenda, and he secured the position of permanent host of NBAXL, a national NBA basketball/magazine show broadcast across Canada that exposes Mark’s energy from coast-to-coast by interviewing players though a basketball culture perspective.
His latest progression in the field has found him in the driver’s seat at the Toronto Argonauts and Toronto Raptors home games as in-stadium host and hype man.
Now, his return to radio has sparked the energy of the city once again. Back at the helm of Morning Radio in Toronto on G987fm, Strizzzy’s new and loyal audience has grown with him and this new impactful station. Bringing you a blend of old school/new school home for soul, groove, hip hop, R&B, Soca, Reggae all over a bed of Caribbean culture and flava .
A perfect blend to match his charismatic character.
As a dedicated family man, Strong works hard to be a positive role model in several communities. His persona has managed to captivate thousands of listeners and viewers with his humor, creative parodies, witty topics and commanding presence. He is always up for the challenge to push the creative envelope and there’s no telling where he’ll take it next.
Born in Grenada and raised in Canada, Jemeni earned her stripes in her teens as the only female member of the country’s most popular Hip Hop show “The Powermove” on CKLN, eventually co-hosting and co-producing the show with DJX. At 19 she became the Music Director of the entire station and moved on to create a female-fronted hip hop show called “DroppinDimez” with DJ Stach.
In the early part of her career, Jemeni cut her teeth in the field of music journalism doing radio and print interviews with Hip Hop artists like the late Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, WuTang Clan, Lil Kim, Redman and The Fugees. At the same time she was also becoming one of the city’s most popular spoken word artists and performance poets, sharing the stage with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Michael Franti, and Les Nubiennes.
Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and periodicals, with one of her most critically-acclaimed poems, the politically charged “America Eats its Young”, published in the Def Jam Anthology “Bumrush the Page – A Def Poetry Jam”.
Jemeni has also delved into acting. She has appeared on Drop the Beat, Da Kink in My Hair, Queer as Folk, worked with VingRhames and ChazzPalminteri on the remake of Kojak, and had a recurring role on the Showtime Series Soul Food. Jemeni is a regular fixture on Muchmusic as a pop critic on the show “Video on Trial”, and a frank and funny commentator on CP24′s Sex Matters. She was also the poet laureate for CBC TV’s Play.
Between red carpets and poetry slams, she found time to play a pioneering role as one of the original radio personalities on one of Canada’s prominent radio station, where she kicked it for five years with stars like Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Denzel Washington, 50 Cent, Janet Jackson and Jay-Z, while charming up to half a million listeners in Toronto each and every morning.
If that’s not enough, Jem was a fan favourite on MuchMusic’s breakout show Video on Trial and was a regular panelist on CP24′s Sex Matters talk show. She is an award-winning writer and poet who has also been known to hit a stage (Dinner Mint, The Vagina Monologues) or television screen (Da Kink, Soul Food, The Bridge) when the acting bug hits. When not working on her site nomoredatingdjs.com. she runs reading circles with Literature for Life and Women Moving Forward empowering young women in at-risk communities.
Jemeni’s latest offering is a cd collection of her various spoken word/music collaborations with artists around the globe appropriately titled…“Feature Trippin”.