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"J. Ivy is a brilliant man with an incredible voice and a way with words. I've known him for over a decade and owe my stage name to him believing in me back then before I even had a record deal. I'm excited for him to share his truth with the world." (John Legend, multi Grammy award winning artist)

"J. Ivy is a poet who has been able to bring truth, inspiration, and quality to his writings. I can always feel a spark when I come across his work." (Common hip-hop recording artist)

"In his book, Dear Father, J. Ivy delivers a powerful message of hope, transforming his pain into power.  This book represents his life stories, and how poetry has helped him overcome adversity allowing him to make an impactful contribution to humanity.” (Deepak Chopra)

"I could say that J. Ivy has a way with words, I could say that he stands in a league of his own, I could say he's an amazing young talent—all of which while being true would be too obvious. I would like to say however that one of the marks of a great artist is the tone and sound of a voice. It was all these things; delivery and the sound of his voice that changed my perspective on his type of art. His voice in all facets of the word is simply legendary." (Estelle, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter)

"J. Ivy has always possessed the ability to communicate the social consciousness of this Hip Hop generation. His work with Kanye West and others is revered globally. His 'Dear Father' poem touches me personally being a son who didn't grow up with my Father present in my life. What he articulates transcends economic and ethnic boundaries on many levels. Keep speaking brother the world needs healing.” (Sway Colloway, host of The Wake Up Show on Eminem's Shade 45, journalist, producer, VJ for MTV)

“I feel that J. Ivy is one of the most passionate and one of the most creative and deep thought provoking poets to come in a very longtime. I feel he is a very special spirit to give us so much incite and love and inspiration. He carries the blessing of our ancestors and that gift in his words brings us light as we travel through these dark times! J. Ivy is light! God bless you my bro.” (Doug E. Fresh, "The World's Greatest Entertainer" and hip-hop legend)

“It’s always a pleasure to work with someone who you can appreciate, someone who you respect, someone who you feel has talent, that can take us to the next level. He [J. Ivy] is a healing poet, a brother who is concerned about the future of us.” (Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets)

“The journey of life is simply about one thing, CONNECTION. How do we use the gifts we have been given to connect with the lives around us, to impact the people we encounter, and to change our world? J. Ivy has been blessed with a unique gift. He has the distinct ability to touch hearts and souls through the power of his voice, and to open eyes and minds through the truth of his words." (Israel Idonije, NFL Veteran, Humanitarian, and Philanthropist)

"J. Ivy is way more than a poet. He is a weaver of our fabric, a teller of our stories, a griot, an activist, a man. He has traveled the world fighting ignorance and injustice with his city on his back, the tears of his people in his pockets, and words as his weapons." (Talib Kweli hip-hop artist and activist)

“A Grammy-winning performance poet often seen on HBO’s Def Poetry, Ivy writes about his negligent father, his own life as a black male, living in a poor, rough Chicago neighborhood, his devotion to hip hop, and being in love and all the trials and tribulations that come with it. His memoir is a mixture of short, narrative, first-person chapters and some of the poems that he has performed across the country. Clever in his telling of stories, Ivy appeals to our sense of empathy and plays with our notions of fame in contrast to his own uncommon path of hard work and aesthetic endurance. What stands out most here is the redemption and escape Ivy found in language and art, in his commitment to writing poems and perfecting performance. Ivy finds solace in the title poem and in conversations with his friends and mentors, including performers Kanye West and Jay-Z, whose inspiration he shares. Ivy is a focused poet and entertainer discovering, in poetry and prose alike, the power and necessity of words.” (Mark Eleveld Booklist)

About the Author

J. Ivy is a hip-hop poet, musician, actor, and speaker. He received a Peabody Award for his performance on Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry, as well as a Grammy Award for his contribution with Jay-Z on Kanye West’s The College Dropout album. J. has also collaborated with John Legend, RZA, The Last Poets, The Roots, Common, Mos Def, The Black Crowes, Bob Dylan, and many more. He supports his community through his Write to Live Academy and the Dear Father Initiative, which encourages young people to explore careers in the arts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (January 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582705089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582705088
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I just didn’t get it. I didn’t understand why I was left behind without a father around. Why?! Every question added flame to the fire inside.”

James Ivy Richardson, better known as J. Ivy, is a poet, spoken word artist, recording artist, and author shares memories of his childhood, admiration of his parents and siblings, and the life he lived as he grew up in Chicago. The book revolves around feelings towards his father and not dealing with this issue until his college years with the art of poetry. J. Ivy was not new to poetry; in fact, he began writing in high school with the encouragement of his English teacher and the support of his mother.

J. Ivy gives an in-depth look into his life without the smoke and screen you might find in some autobiographies. He lays everything on the line out into the open for the world to see. He takes you on a personal journey of his life with the difficulties, without the sugar or candy coating, as he learns several of life’s lessons including forgiveness.

Dear Father, written well with openness, flows beautifully with spotted poetry and an opportunity to scan downloads of several live performances by J. Ivy. I highly recommended for anyone seeking the fierce drive behind J. Ivy, the man.

I received this book free from Atria/Beyond Words Publishers through the Net Galley reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.
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I read this book the day it came in (yesterday) and completed it early this morning because I couldn't put it down. J. Ivy is not only gifted but he is very wise. His reminder of the power of forgiveness was represented well in this book. Love conquers all or as he would say "Love is gangsta". This book really blessed me.
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By JDS629 on February 9, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Great read and a very inspirational book to the young men of this generation. I purchased this book for my 18 year old son who doesn't have a positive male role model in his life, and he thanked me for the book and he can't stop reading it. My son is not an advid book reader.So thank you, Mr. J. Ivy for writing such an inpirational book!
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We've all been there: in a situation where we don't seem to have the words to express how we feel or what we want to say.

For individuals like J. Ivy, however, his entire being is about realizing the power of words and allowing them to articulate exactly what it is he needs and wants to say. They have served him well over the years, garnering him awards and accolades, now he shares his inspiring story in the book DEAR FATHER (Breaking the Cycle of Pain).

What J. Ivy accomplishes so well in his book is showing not just the hole that is left when one of our parents is not around but what can fill that void (for the better or worse) if we're not careful. He allows us, the reader, into his personal space, seeing the world through his eyes and getting to understand how not having his father present affected aspects of his life.

The other thing that is remarkable about J. Ivy's journey is that it tells us all that in life we have choices. Yes, there are things that may have happened in which we have no control, but what are we going to do about it. We can choose to react negatively and use our past as an excuse, or we can choose to be the best of ourselves (as difficult as that might be), and fight for what we know to be right. That is what J. Ivy has done, and now he is able to inspire people around the world with his gift and his message.

He shows readers that you can allow your personal power to help guide you through the pain towards your passion. If you are willing to do the work, there is no limit to what you can achieve and how far you can go.
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Wasn't what I was looking for. Thru no fault of its own. A lovely book. I guess most of us looking for insight into our relationships with our father's might look in this book. Just my opinion, it felt like a collection of thoughts written with love, understanding and forgiveness to one's father. The intimacy I could not relate to.
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By Vicki Arndt on February 2, 2015
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Very good on the sample I was able to download. Tried to buy for iPad and book doesn't download. So interested!
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