Bryant Cross (known as the Son of Hughes) is a spoken word artist from Chicago with a mission to promote humanity and beauty in Black/Afro American culture and promote peace in a violence-prone world.
Bryant was born in Belgium and predominately raised in the suburbs and Southside of Chicago, Illinois.
In college, Bryant earned his bachelors in sociology studying juvenile delinquency at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC).
After college, Bryant was a drug rehab counselor for adolescent boys before returning to school planning to earn a degree in counseling.
However after a homework assignment that required him to write a poem, Bryant discovered a love for poetry and earned his masters in performance studies instead.
Since then, Bryant has performed in shows like "One Billion Rising", "A Memory, Monologue, Rant, and a Prayer" and numerous "Take Back The Night" events to promote the end of domestic and sexual violence towards women, performed for civil rights activist Dick Gregory, and cofounded The Transpoetic Playground at SIUC, the longest running open mic in Carbondale "the city of poets".
Bryant was later recognized as SIUC's top poet as well as a Carbondale Arts Hero by the city.
As a poetry slam competitor, Bryant Cross began at the legendary Green Mill in Chicago under the guidance of Marc Smith(so what!) before moving to Florida to compete in slams.
Since then he has joined the Sacred Sounds slam team and has represented Tampa Bay at the 21st Annual Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam.
Bryant still competes in slams in addition to being a professor in communications and has since relocated back to Chicago to work as an activist for peace in the city.