Some might say Messiah Ramkissoon's success started in his place of birth, Trinidad. Or perhaps it began in the US, in Brooklyn and Annapolis, where Messiah was raised from the age of 11. Maybe Messiah owes his success to The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington D.C., where he was named youth of the year in 1999-2000, a recognition that got news correspondent, Tim Russert’s attention and made Messiah the feature of one of Russert’s NBC news retrospectives. Or maybe when Oprah took notice and awarded Messiah a $25,000 college scholarship, which he used for college?
All of these moments were epic, but without a doubt, young, urban America met Messiah on Harlem’s famous Apollo stage in 2005. Messiah performed his poem “Sharika Was a Champ”, a Hip Hop blended metaphorical fable about the importance of self-respect and safe sex. He won 3 consecutive Apollo shows afterwards.
Messiah at work.