The Ultimate Warrior: P.O.E.T. Blaq Ice

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by Kitty Y. Williams

You know what time it is! Let’s talk Poetry. In our very first issue we interviewed Chicago Spiritual Poet ‘Chill’. In our second issue we featured Milwaukee/Houston Christian Poet Monica Matthews. And now, it’s time to introduce you to Chicago’s ‘International Spoken Word Life Artist’, Blaq Ice. He’s from one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country who instead of becoming another statistic, chose to use his God given talents for good. He has been granted the power to reach the hearts and minds of youth, his community and audiences worldwide. Below in this Exclusive Interview, we discuss Blaq Ice’s long journey, his motivations, struggles and why it is important for him to be a pillar of strength, knowledge and sacrifice in a polluted Entertainment industry.

In high school you realized your lyrical abilities. How did you feel the first time you performed in front of other people and what was the feedback like?

When I first performed in high school I was terrified, nervous and unsure as to how I would be received. I clinched the mic so hard so that others wouldn’t see my hand shaking, that my hand had become swollen. Palms sweaty and wet, butterflies in my stomach and it seemed like those 3 minutes were an hour. The response was awesome as those who witnessed my first performance applauded. I was so relieved.

Most teenagers struggle to find their identities and where they fit in. Being from Englewood, Chicago (IL), a place many call one of the most dangerous areas in the nation, what kept you from falling into the trap of violence and crime as a youth?

Growing up in Englewood was very challenging as a teen, I didn’t think I would live to see 25yrs old. Baseball as a pre-teen was the first activity to keep me away from the streets, then around 15 I found & fell in love with Hip-Hop. Known as “Ice Cold the Ultimate Warrior”, I became a neighborhood celebrity, earning the name Ice Cold to describe my lyrical skill level. Being a fan of WWF wrestling at that time, my favorite wrestler was the Ultimate Warrior so I added that name to the end of my name; sort of makes me laugh thinking about it today.

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Kitty Y. Williams
Since moving to Houston, CEO Kitty Y. Williams (MissKittyTV Networks, LLC) has brought positive media exposure to Entertainers, Business Owners, Authors, Filmmakers, Community Leaders and other unique individuals Worldwide. Beginning with MissKittyTV in 2006, she filmed exclusive interviews, showcases, web cam episodes and events around the city, sharing with the world via YouTube. In 2007 she started her Kitty Williams LIVE radio broadcast on BlogTalkRadio, interviewing guests and showcasing music from several independent entertainers. (Read More on LinkedIn)

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