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Devine Carama

November 3, 2023 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  |

  | $15 – $39


Step into the vibrant history of hip-hop with nationally renowned, Emmy Award-winning artist, educator and activist Devine Carama. Journey through the heart and soul of this influential art form, interwoven with messages of hope and empowerment in a performance that pushes the boundaries of traditional Hip Hop. Devine will captivate with his thought-provoking lyricism and poetic storytelling while carrying his unwavering commitment to social justice, presenting a blend of music, storytelling and insightful commentary that will explore the rich tapestry of Hip Hop culture. Prepare to be moved and motivated during this genre-transcending celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary!

Featuring special guests DJ JK-47, Star Bookie and “Hip-Hop Picasso” Tony Wavy!


Hip Hop Writing Workshop: Learn the Art of Writing Rhymes
10.31.23 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m | Newlin Hall | Free and open to the public
Learn how to express yourself through one of America’s most popular contemporary writing styles. Perfect for anyone interested in creative writing, poetry, music and composition. No previous writing experience necessary!

Open Mic Night with Devine and JK-47
11.1.23 | 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Roush Campus Center, Ewen Room | Free and open to the public
In true open-mic fashion, all forms of expression are invited, including poetry, spoken word, prose, music and, of course, Hip Hop! This open mic night is open to all and is presented in partnership with Centre College’s Campus Activities Team, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Norton Center.

RSVP to engagement programs by contacting the Norton Center Box Office at 859-236-4692.


Man posing for a portrait wearing a hat. His hand is touching his hat.DEVINE CARAMA is a nationally renowned, 2022 Emmy Award- winning hip-hop artist, educator, community activist, & motivational speaker from Lexington, KY.

In December 2018, Devine performed outside in the cold for 48 hours straight to raise awareness for his annual youth coat drive, “A Coat to Keep The Cold Away’. Over the last 8 years, Believing in Forever has facilitated the collection and delivery of over 15,000 coats to children in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Other Believing in Forever initiatives include: Sons Of Single Mothers Mentoring Days, Senior Summer Jam, Community On The Corners, Poetry In Motion Youth, among many others.

In 2020, he started “The Luna Library” in memory of his late daughter, Kamaria Spaulding, which provides FREE black history/character focused books for children within the Lexington area. To date, the Luna Library has given away nearly 1,500 books to local children of all ages, and is a featured collection at the Lexington Public Library’s Northside Branch. Devine is also featured at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches a course called “Lyricism & Leadership: Hip-Hop & Community Change”.

Musically, Devine has worked with and/or opened up for acts such as Rakim, Big KRIT, J. Cole, Talib Kweli, Nappy Roots, LL Cool J, Black Eyed Peas, Canibus, De La Soul, Little Brother, & many more. His music has been covered in major music publications like The Source, Vibe, & Complex Magazine. Most recently, Devine was the first 2-time winner of NBA All-Star, Dame Lillard’s “Live Cypher” Rap Contest. Through his most recent professional endeavor, ‘Kingtucky LLC’ he hosts local artistic events such as Brown Sugar, Neo Soul Nights & Poetry in Motion. Recent awards and recognitions include the Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Award (2017), the Coretta Scott “Spirit of ivy” Award for community service (2017), the Black Achievers “Special Achiever of the Year Award (2018), George W.H. Bush’s “Point Of Light” Volunteer Award (2018), LEXI Music “Community Service” Award (2020) and Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020), Song of the Year (2021) as well as the Lexington Forum’s “One To Watch” Award (2022).

Devine Carama was awarded an Emmy for best “News Promotion” from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his collaboration on a project entitled “Positively LEX 18” He is the first and only hip hop artist from Kentucky to ever win this prestigious award.

Thank you to our 2023/2024 Season Partner G&J Pepsi.


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