365 Project Feature Mondays is back! If you are interested in being featured please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to be able to showcase all artists who are perfecting their crafts daily. Today’s feature is the beautiful Celest Ngeve.
Celest “Celest Divine” Ngeve made her grand entrance into the universe September 13, 1981 as a coffee-mocha-chocolate old soul full of energy. Though she spent most of her life in Athens, GA, her roots extend to Cameroon, West Africa. She was birthed to be a writer and tapped into the art at the youthful age of 8. At the age of eleven she was featured in an anthology of poetry for her poem, Now I See.
Celest fell in love with spoken word when she was asked to recite a Black History event at her high school in 1997. She owned the words that danced in her throat and performed them with that exact passion. She wrote about everything; bluntly chronicling progression and regression of African people, love, pain, struggle, sacrifice, motivation, life, death, and became particularly fond of writing about women reclaiming their lost identities. Inspired by the poetry and prose of legends such as Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, bell hooks, Alice Walker, Pearl Cleage, she wrote everything she could. She’s performed in living rooms of friends, weddings, empowerment summits, birthdays, and on any stage she was invited & that made her feel a connection. A beautiful full figured woman and very comfortable in her own skin, she writes:
“I got these thick thighs that rub together/And well I think that’s pretty cleva!
I got riches in my thickness baby ”
In college, Celest became very involved with several open mic and spoken word venues. She also landed roles in plays and monologues that made her love the art of spoken word even more.
In February 2004, Celest self-published and released her first book of poetry, You Don’t Know Me (Poetry of a Diva Under Construction), and a 2nd book, Butterfly Revolution: She Speaks Again, in February of 2007 along with her long awaited cd, Wisdom Pimpin,’ which included “TODAY (I’m Not a Poet),” “Perfect Imperfections,” “No Response Necessary,” and “Addicted.” In 2008, Celest Divine released REAListically SPEAKing which was heavily inspired by her growth and role as a teacher and children’s advocate. She joined the soul collective, African Soul-a blend of soul music and spoken word with group member Drena Williams in 2010. They’re cd, Eclectic Gumbo, was released in February of 2011. They’re working on new art to be released by the summer of 2014. Her first novel is scheduled to be released in 2015 as well.
Celest believes that knowledge through education is the key to progression. She acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Albany State University in 2004 and went on to get Master Degrees from American Intercontinental University (Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction) and Argosy University (Master of Community Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy). Currently she’s a 2015 candidate at University of Phoenix (Doctorate of Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction). She’s joyfully employed as a special education teacher where she teaches and reaches children with severe emotional behavior disorders.
The clever poet is putting the finishing touches on her new books and cd. She’s one of those famous folks the world is still getting poetically acquainted with. She’s excited to play the role of Eve in the stage play, A Rhyme Deferred, with many other talented actors and actresses and under the dynamic directorship of Scotty Gannon. This soul sista is talented, passionate, hardworking, and very loyal to making positive change in the community and the universe through her involvement in community organizations, her church-Hill Chapel Baptist, and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. For BOOKING info, please contact Celest Divine via email or website at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.celestngeve.com.