Our Story

G-riots Arts, based in the UK, works with artists and businesses as part of an international network of like-minded people. We use technology to reach the widest possible audience and provide marketing and online admin support. We work with a range of artists and creative businesses who require online admin/customer service, or digital media platform growth including website builds (through Griots Productions) or social media development.

Founded by writer and creative director Marva Jackson Lord, G-riots Arts draws on 30 years of digital media, promotion, journalism, club and private event music programming, and radio broadcast experience.

Recent work with: UK Director Menelik Shabazz (The Story of Lover's Rock, Looking for Love, Founder of bfmiff:Black Filmmakers International Film Festival); OCAD U creative writing professor and dub poet Lillian Allen; Canadian poet and songwriter Robert Priest; classical composer Juwon Ogungbe; jazz composer Sharron McLeod; poet Sonja Greckol; Transcultural Visions, a charitable organization that delivers creative projects towards expanding British cultural experience; Eshé Media, a PR and Public Relations Agency providing holistic PR Solutions for Film, Education and Start-Ups

Some past work includes:

o PopUp Poetry/Griots Poetry, a literary salon at Tomatitos in Hay-on-Wye
o Black History Fest, Powys' Wales first major Black History Month events
o Dub artiste extraordinaire Michael St. George
o Best-selling author Terry McMillan
o Reggae visionary Burning Spear
o Bad Boy Entertainment/Puff Daddy Toronto events
o The legendary Gil Scot-Heron
o A Litany for Survival
screening of award-winning film about Audre Lorde
o Reggae group Third World
o ahdri zhina mandiela CD launch
o The Annual Toronto Black Book Fair
o The It's All Good Hip Hop concert series