CEO & CFO
Poetess April J. Armstrong
Poetess April J Armstrong, an original Georgia Peach, is a mother, poet, spoken word artist, author, journalist with an Associate degree in Journalism and Bachelor's in Communications, radio/tv show host of Your Oral Diktion, station manager, show producer and CFO of Black Love Poetry Series Network, and entrepreneur, owner of Aja'z Essentialz. "A Glass Mirror," her first authored collection of poetry, is available on Amazon, in paperback and ebook. She has also recorded her book as a spoken word CD, 21 poems over fyah instrumentals, available on Amazon. Her ink has been featured on:
-Mixx106Radio w/host Beau Ward
-Epiphany Radio Spotlight double feature w/Pawcram da Poet w/hosts Aquil Ali and Vee Speaklife
-Drip da Mic presents and Poemanology on Blogtalkradio
- The Hurt Locker Remix on Epiphany Radio, hosted by MurderSheWrote
She is the host of Your Oral Diktion, a platform for authors where their written word is orally heard, powered by Black Love Poetry Series Network, Where Black Love is all Love. Airing every Monday at 8pm EST on Blogtalkradio. Also on People TV in Atlanta, GA.
She also narrates books for ACX.com and thought Private contract. She is currently working on her next CD, short stories and upcoming shows The PodPoets Lounge with Naquel Words tomorrow at 7pm on Podbean and The Pick-a-Poet Showcase on April 19th as a featured Pick-a-Poet.
Follow her on
FB: Your Oral Diktion, artist page April J Armstrong, Aja'z Essentialz and Black Love Poetry Series page and group
IG: youroraldiktion.blpsnetwork, April J Armstrong, Aja'z Essentialz
Her CD is on Amazon, all streaming platforms domestic and abroad.
Aquil Ali The Soul Poet
Aquil Hussein Ali Bashir, deemed "The Most Interesting Man in the Hood" by radio personality Patty Jackson, was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 2, 1972 to two loving parents, Dr. Abdul M. Bashir and his late wife, Nazirah A. Bashir, the iconic power couple who brought Paramount Dental to Philadelphia, PA on 52nd Street & Master Street. Aquil grew up all over the country learning and helping his family to facilitate affordable dentures to impoverished communities, while affording them the ability to smile again.
While a student at Overbrook High School in 1988, Aquil was a Radio/TV personality on "The Way It Is" at the tender age of 15 on WDAS-AM/FM radio, working alongside radio greats such as the late "Butterball" Joe Tamberro, Jocko Henderson, Georgie Woods, Tamblin Henry, E. Steven Collins, Doug Henderson, and Patty Jackson just to name a few. He's Interviewed Smokin' Joe Frazier, Marvis Frazier, Percy Sutton of the Apollo Theater, Kool Moe Dee, Heavy D, Black Box, Toni Tony Tone, Maxi Priest, Prince, Michael Jackson, and James Earl Jones.
Aquil's contributed to television credits for PHL17 Kid Time News, and also made guest appearances on BET's Teen Summit.
At the age of 16, Aquil became the CEO of Talent Network For Teens showcasing HipHop legends like Parry P, Cool C, EST and many more. He also hosted B-Boy battles and DJ battles involving DJ Jazzy Jeff, Double Trouble, and many more. He distributed and sold VHS mixed tapes of local teenage talent that he's managed.
In 1996, Aquil became a club owner of The Grindstone, a hot spot for Philly's elite celebrities, hustlers and athletes, subsequently writing a book on his experiences some 20 years later.
From 1998-2003, Aquil was the CEO of Frontline Security, also an armed soldier for Insomnia Security and F.O.I., protecting stars and various venues in the Tri-State area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, providing security details for stars such as Jill Scott, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Buju Banton, Beyonce, TLC, Jadakiss, Earthquake, and many others.
In 1999, Aquil acquired his certification from National School of Mechanical Dentistry and started working alongside his family serving low income individuals all over Philadelphia for over 20 years.
In 2017, "Aquil Ali the Soul Poet" emerged on the scene as an author/spoken word artist after suffering a stroke in 2013, bouncing back from his near death experience, being left abandoned on his deathbed by his then wife. He channeled his misery in his writings and poetry.
As a performer, "Aquil Ali the Soul Poet" has graced several stages across the country on his "Bucket List Tour," leaving audiences mesmerized and entertained by his commentary of survival stories and his gut-wrenching poetry, inspiring others to have faith and to push through life.
Aquil's latest book and poetry production is called "Memoirs of a 3X Husband", captivating audiences again with in-depth poetry about real-life events of his life that every divorced man and woman can identify with.
-Suzanna Roberts Theater
The opening act for the critically acclaimed stage play "Devon"
- Featured at the historic "Jus Words" in Philadelphia
- Featured at the "Cala Bar and grill" in Atlanta Ga
- Featured at "Lulu Temple" Plymouth Meeting Pa (2X)
- Standing ovations at the iconic "Apache Cafe" Atlanta,GA
- Featured on Born to Write's productions
-Featured on the Mahogany Roots Show in Atlanta, GA
-Featured at the Artscape in Wilmington, DE
-Featured at the Commodore Club in Philadelphia, PA
-Featured "Erotixa Slam Weekend" in Atlanta, GA
-Philly Live Stage standing ovation
-Featured on WDAS-FM Patty Jackson's 411
-Featured on "The Sess Videoz Show" YouTube blog show
-Featured on Epiphany Radio's "Let's Talk About It" and "The Get Down", "FlipMode"
-Featured artist on "The HipHop Debate"
-Television talk show on Roku TV hosted by Novi Johnson
-Featured on blogtalkradio.com "Drip Da Mic"
-Taste of Soul featured artist Burlington, NJ
-Guest Host at the "Artscape" in Wilmington, DE
-Blazing open mics stages from Seattle, WA to Atlanta, GA
-Featured artist Miss Ceily's Turnerville NJ.
2015-2016 Blog video and audio host
"The Aquil Ali Show" video internet talk show host distributed over 26 networks via the award-winning "Hood2hood Station", interviewing high profile guests such as Doug Henderson, Parry P and Rudolph Valentino.
2017 DGRadio host "The Aquil Ali Show" providing content to millions of listeners every Sunday at 2PM.
2018-2019 "Epiphany Radio Spotlight" audio blog show airing on blogtalkradio.com, interviewing such poetic stars as Regie Gibson, author of the poetry in the hit movie "Love Jones,2017 & 2018 Poet of the Year "Moody Black, Born To Write, Judas Priest, Supreem da Rezarekta, Eric Crow Craven, Felicitee Love, Tha Real, and countless more.
February 29, 2020 recipient of "Keeping Live Entertainment Alive Award" presented by Pamela Renae Harris
2020-Beyond CEO of "Black Love Poetry Series" Where Black Love is All Love!
"The most interesting man in the hood"
God is still blessing me!