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SpokenHeard with Derrick Abyss Graham and Susan Dobbe Chase

  • Broadcast in Poetry



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A.B.Y.S.S. - The metamorphosis of the artist we call Abyss began while working his way up the tour scene in comedy clubs.  The poetry arena wasn’t really defined when he debuted to listeners in Jacksonville, FL. Abyss was determined to put stretch marks on the genre we now know as spoken word.  He tirelessly works on his craft, a self taught musician and scribe. Abyss also served 7 yrs on the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. He spends countless hours of community service inside jails, schools, churches, and community centers. Abyss received a Peabody Award for his appearance on HBO Def Poetry the “original series” Season 1, and returned to star on seasons 5 of HBO Def Poetry.  He was the first poet to appear on BET’s 106th & Park.  Currently Abyss has been casted for a recurring role on the “Somebodies”; the first scripted sitcom in BET’s history.  He’s has made other appearances on BET J’s Lyric Café, the 12th Annual Gospel Choice Awards, and numerous NACA/APCA college events.  Abyss also co-wrote a song with Rhonda Smith (Prince’s Bass Player).  He’s a published author, musician, activist, motivational speaker, songwriter, actor, mentor, etc. His list of accomplishments goes on and on.