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Michael "MIKE-E" Ellison is an actor, Hip-hop and Spoken Word recording artist, songwriter and producer. The Detroit-based lyricist was born in Ethiopia, where he supports orphan outreach and healthcare programs, while maintaining nationwide recognition with one of the country's most popular hits, Ethiopia (Everything Will Be Alright). The song gained renewed popularity in the United States when it was remixed and used in President Barack Obama's campaign for the White House. With acting credits spanning film, television and theater, MIKE-E is recognized for repeat performances on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and for teaming with the American Cancer Society to orchestrate and headline the nationwide AfroFlow Tour. This groundbreaking cancer awareness initiative includes live music concerts and extensive community outreach.Acknowledging Hip-hop's indigenous roots and an array of World music, MIKE-E's AfroFlow is a poignant approach which recognizes Africa as the earthly birthplace of humankind and artistic articulation. The energetic performer unleashes his innovative style for crowds of all ages and ethnicities, often involving audience members in the show. Unless physically unable, no one remains seated at a MIKE-E concert. His delivery is sufficiently edgy, while remaining family friendly. Unmistakably unique, AfroFlow is devoid of the violence and language often associated with much of today's popular music.MIKE-E's first project entitled "AfroFlow" is characterized by mesmerizing intercultural performances - from the trance-inducing beats of Warrior's Rhythm, Ethiopia (Everything Will Be Alright) and Aleho (U Lovin' Me) to the soulful expression of encouragement for young people in Eye See U. Following the 2007 release of this album, MIKE-E launched the AfroFlow Tour with a group of talented musicians and performers, reaching wildly diverse audiences across the country. MIKE-E also works alongside the NBA and the New York Knicks to host the annual NY Knicks Poetry Slam, a citywide youth poetry competition that rewards winners with college scholarships, prize money, computers and additional educational accessories.In fall 2010, MIKE-E will release his sophomore album, "AfroFlow II." Like the first AfroFlow episode, the powerful 13-track CD provokes thought, invokes passion and generates excitement from start to finish. The first single and video, Stamina, firmly sets the tone for the intensity of the project. The energetic hard-hitter challenges the highly popularized material-driven life to which many aspire. MIKE-E forcefully maintains that stamina supersedes all swagger. A hybrid of 70s soul and pulsating drums, Let Me Fly is as uniquely catchy as they come, with the lyrical content to match its infectious horns and heavy bass lines. Hard Enuff 2 Smile is yet another compelling track with a hypnotic beat and impassioned lyrics, illustrating that a worthy life is one in which a person is willing to die for his or her beliefs. Like the artist himself, MIKE-E's "AfroFlow II" is aesthetically appealing, musically compelling, and poetically captivating.

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