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Nina “Lyrispect” Ball

Nina “Lyrispect” Ball is an award-winning writer, poet, and renaissance woman who seeks to empower and provoke transformation and discovery through meaningful work in the arts . Lyrispect employs activism as an organizer, performer,producer and teaching artist. She received her B.A. at Temple University as a Film and African-American Studies major after graduating from the highly competitive Baltimore School for the Arts as a classically trained theater major.

Lyrispect has performed from coast to coast from concerts, museums and black-tie galas to school and church assemblies. She has shared broadcasts and stages with Mos Def /Yasin Bey, Saul Williams, Julius Garvey (son of Marcus Garvey)The Last Poets, Eric Benet and Ursula Rucker to name a few. Her work has been featured on two murals in Philadelphia and is currently in pre-production for a third. She is a returning performer for The Trumpet Foundation, The Philadelphia Museum of Art , The African American Museum of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

Lyrispect is both member and Co-Executive Director of SpokenSoul215 Collective and Executive Producer of The Harvest Open Mic and Showcase Experience at World Cafe Live. An advocate for youth, women, peoples of color and underserved communities, Lyrispect has been a teaching artist for over 14 years and a performing artist for twice as long. She has worked with The Art Sanctuary and Philadelphia Opera Company, The Painted Bride, Congreso de Latino Unidos and The Asian Arts Initiative. Lyrispect has served as a program facilitator of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! INC since 2010. Most recently she served as Director/Co-Director for BLACK GIRLS ROCK!'s Queen's Camp for Leadership and Excellence in its inaugural years, 2011 and 2012,respectively.

'Lyrispect' is currently in production for her solo project : “Spectrum of a Supernova: Mantras for the Modern-Day Mentalist”.

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