GRAND RAPIDS (April 1, 2021) The Grand Rapids Public Library is proud to announce the 53rd annual Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition. Open to Kent County residents or students, poets can submit one original, unpublished poem between April 1-20, 2021. Free to enter, the competition offers cash prizes as well as publicationContinue Reading

DMX (Dark Man X) a hard core rapper from the East Coast school, known for his aggressively brutal raps. DMX’s 1998 single “Get At Me Dog” was a top-40 hit that pushed him into the upper tier of popular rappers and revived the strength of the Def Jam record label.Continue Reading

Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021), known by his stage name DMX (“Dark Man X”), was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998, to both critical acclaim and commercial success, selling 251,000 copiesContinue Reading

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! (JAM) is a music festival held every April in the United States, in honor of jazz as an early American art form. JAM was created in 2001 by John Edward Hasse, curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans,Continue Reading