Detroit Poet, Musician Jessica Care Moore on Representing the City in 2017


Jessica Care Moore and her son King

Jessica Care Moore is a poet from Detroit who, years ago, caught the attention of an elite circle of artists with roots in Brooklyn.

She now counts among her friends and compatriots rappers Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), as well as poet Saul Williams

She made local headlines this year, winning a Knight Arts Challenge grant, and also as the voice of a viral video (see below) pitching the city of Detroit for the Amazon’s second North American headquarters

Click here to hear Jessica Care Moore on StoryCorps’ 2017 Detroit series

In the last week of 2017, Detroit Today talks with a number of Michigan natives who have had stand-out years.

Jessica Care Moore joins the program to talk about her year, her career, and her work as it moves into 2018.

I’m a black woman and unapologetically black,” says Care Moore. “I’m all about Detroit, not all about just new Detroit, I’m all about old Detroit and the Detroit that raised me.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

Image credit: Ali Lapetina for NPR News

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