“MIKE-E” Ellison is an artist of profound measure: International
Hip-hop and spoken word recording artist, actor, philanthropist and youth
motivator. MIKE-E was born in Ethiopia, where he supports orphan outreach
and healthcare programs, and maintains nationwide recognition with one of
the country's most popular hits "Ethiopia (Everything Will Be Alright)."
Stateside, the Detroit-based lyricist is recognized for repeat performances
on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, appearing regularly in nationally televised spoken
word vignettes for the NFL, and teaming with the American Cancer Society
(ACS) to orchestrate and headline the AFROFLOW TOUR. The AfroFlow Tour is
a groundbreaking cancer awareness and tobacco cessation initiative aimed
primarily at American colleges and universities.
MIKE-E’s remarkable stage show and current CD “AfroFlow,” recognizes Hip-hop’s indigenous roots and embraces an array of world music. In February 2008, the versatile performer’s innovative project became the first ever Hip-hop CD released by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the world's largest institution dedicated to the African-American experience. MIKE-E became part of television sports history when he opened the NFL’s three-network simulcast with a poetic performance, as over 34 million viewers tuned in to watch the New England Patriots vs. New York Giants regular season match-up.
MIKE-E wrote, produced and appears in a series of ACS television ads promoting cancer prevention, and his acting and voice over credits bridge theatre, film, TV and radio. A member of Detroit’s 2002 National Slam Poetry Championship team, he was featured in urban clothier Pelle Pelle’s 2003/2004 international print campaigns covering urban lifestyle magazines, billboards and buses. With a passion for sports and spoken word, he’s been a regular host of the New York Knick’s annual Poetry Slam Series, while lending his time to several Detroit Public School and city youth programs.