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WILL'S BIO
Will Bell, "Da~RealOne," while growing up in the Liberty City projects of Miami. It wasn't unusual for him to be suddenly awakened on school mornings by the sounds of Marvin Gaye singing "Sexual Healing" on the household stereo and the loud laughter of a house full of people engrossed in card games. The separation of his parents, the need to belong, and the lack of positive neighborhood surroundings are just some of the adversities that allowed him to make the amazing transition from troubled youth to a five time nationally televised spoken word artist..

Will Bell, "Da~RealOne," would have been considered a troubled child while growing up in the Liberty City projects of Miami. The separation of his parents, the need to belong, and the lack of positive neighborhood surroundings are just some of the adversities that allowed him to make the bad decisions that eventually landed him with in the department of corrections.

His formidable stature and strong-baritone voice command attention. His word play holds an audience spellbound like the intricately woven lyrics of a song. What he shares is personal, and his audiences feel it. His persona is one of modest strength and calm passion. When asked what keeps him humble in an arena that he seems to dominate wherever he goes, his reply is this, "I am never bigger than the poems I write or the people who listen to them."

Da~RealOne has strong ties with the South Florida community. He donates more than his time, energy, and knowledge to the youth of South Florida. Some of his contributions to the community include: · The Eckerd Youth Alternatives (http://www.eckerd.org) · The Summer Bridge Program School for Gifted Youth · Poetry Workshops to elementary school children in Corpus Christie Catholic School · The Rights to Passage Program sponsored by The Urban League of Fort Lauderdale · The Dade County Juvenile Justice Program · The Martin Luther King Relive the Dream Candlelight Vigil by Coretta Scott King, City of Miami, and Metro Dade County.


ACCOLADES & ACHIEVEMENTS

2005
-Featured Poet HBO's Def Poetry Jam
-Placed 2nd at 13th Annual Southern Fried Regional Championships (Team Miami)

2004
-Featured Poet HBO's Def Poetry Jam
-Completed taping for the up and coming season of “Spoken” on the MBC network/Black family channel hosted by Jessica Care-Moore.
-Became the Official Sports Poet for CBS news sports channel 4 “Sports Zone” with award winning sports caster Jim Berry.
-Became the Canadian WORDLYMPICS World International Poetry Slam Champion of 2004.
-Opened for concerts and plays such as “Will A Real Man Please stand up” produced by Matthew Knowles, and shared the stage with Johnny Gill (LSG), Clifton Powell (Friday, and Never die alone). Also open in 2004 for “The Robert Bailey’s Comedy explosion opening for Monique [The Parkers, and The Queens of comedy).

2003
-Two-time MDM poetry slam champion
-Received the Urban Poet Laureate award at the Lip, Tongue, and Ear Slam Championship
-Performed at the Urban Play World 2003 Celebrity Basketball Game held in Miami, Florida.
-Performed and worked with "The Summer Bridge Program", a school for gifted youth in Miami
-Became the first "Battle of the Poets" Slam champion at The Funk Jazz Lounge, Miami's #1 poetry venue