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Meet Karen Gibson Roc

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Gibson Roc.

Karen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Hi, My name is Karen Gibson Roc and I do a few things. I am a spoken word artist and commercial actor. I am also an activist and run an online magazine called “NEVAHBLACKDOWN” — this magazine is a platform for the artist who use their art to promote their ideas and their activism. We use our art and the internet to speak to people about how we are feeling during these tumultuous times. We also sell merchandise with our logo.

The website is NEVAHBLACKDOWN.COM. I have been doing this work for almost two years. We as artist must use our platform to share our commitment to positive images and stories.

As far as being a spoken word artist, I have been doing that and recording music for 15 years. I have several albums and singles released both by myself and through the label Lemongrassmusic out of Germany. All pertinent information can be found on my official website

I am a mother of a 12-year-old amazing young lady and married to a supportive and inspiring partner who is a great dad and filmmaker. Raising our daughter has been and is our greatest gift.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road of an artist is never smooth so yes I can say my road has been bumpy and quite hazardous at times. Raising a child while being a full-time artist is probably the most challenging thing I will ever do. I wouldn’t change the bumps and I wouldn’t want the road to be smooth because the bumps and the detours have made me strong and I have proven to myself that I can climb any mountain and cross any sea so to speak. It has made me tough and given me the courage to continue the path I have chosen for myself.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Karen Gibson Roc story. Tell us more about the business.
I have performed as a spoken word artist with other amazing artists and I have performed on a few great stages. Spoken Word Poetry and music is where I find my greatest passion. Performance is everything to me. I don’t get to perform as much as I’d like to these days but I hope to get back on the stage by 2019.

Lately, I have been focused on my other love which is the magazine. Promoting other artists has become a passion of mine. I feel that sharing information that is relevant to the times is tantamount. We must promote positivity and uplift our individual communities. As we lift our individual communities the vibration rises and we all benefit. We learn to respect one another and we can find some common ground during this time of strife and cultural misguidedness.

I am known for both of the things I’ve mentioned about. Activism and SpokenWord. The most proud moment for me was performing at the Whitney Museum in NYC during the biennial and performing in Chicago alongside Patti Labelle and the Commodores.

I believe what sets me apart from others is the fact that I don’t rap and I don’t sing. I flow somewhere between the two dimensions. I write from my soul. I don’t make music to fit into any boxes, I make music to open peoples hearts and make room for love and kindness to flow.

I believe by using art for a platform for changes is what sets NEVAHBLACKDOWN apart from other activists style platforms, we don’t use sensationalism to promote black pride. We use our hearts and our powerful artistic images to speak for us.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t know if I would call luck to be a part of my journey rather having faith and determination have given me moments that I feel match what is my destiny. I believe in the story that will manifest good or bad depending on my belief in staying positive and keeping my thoughts on the bright side of things.

I believe luck is attached to paying attention to what is happening around me and staying in the moment. If I continue to do so there will always be good luck along the way.

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Image Credit:
Cisco StreetLenz Photography

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