Karima J. “K2” Sphere a Screenwriter, Radio Host, Playwright, and Filmmaker whose artistic works reflect his unique and authentic take on life, was born Karima Chew Johnson, October 18, 1974. Sphere was born in Baltimore City, Maryland where he received his high school diploma from Baltimore City College HS, third oldest high school in the nation.
Karima J. Sphere continued on to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Public Honors College. It's only two in the nation. During his time at St. Mary’s College, Sphere began searching for ways to incorporate all elements of his artistic talent into every project. As an event coordinator at St. Mary's College, he wrote, directed, and produced a series of commercials promoting Spoken-Word poetry. Sphere's work helped foster a relationship between the college and the spoken word and slam poets of the DMV.
In 1998, after graduating with a degree in Political Science, Karima Sphere returned to his roots in Baltimore to help his family and give back to his community. While in Baltimore, Sphere worked on the Welfare-to-Work Program. He became the first African-American Intern for AdCouncil and an online voice for Smokey Bear.
In 1999, he became a fourth Grade Middle School Teacher at Edgecombe Middle School where he also helped form a Spoken Word Poetry Group titled "Thee Family.” Many consider Thee Family very reminiscent of the Last Poets. The group and its work became well-known in the Baltimore area; amassing a large poetry following. They toured, authored books and even produced CDs.
In 2001, Sphere had a dream that would alter his life path. He moved to Los Angeles where he decided to take his newly realized artistic destiny by the reins and in 2004, became a member of OBS (Organization of Black Screenwriters).In 2005, Karima wrote, directed, and produced his first short film, “Finding the Boom-Bap" - a metaphor for finding love through a perfect blend of Beat and Melody. The film premiered at Oberhausen International Film Festival.
In 2010, Karima wrote, and produced the Documentary Web Series, “Web Series - Hollywood Stories.” An illuminating documentary about the lives and challenges of people living their dreams in Hollywood, "Web Series - Hollywood Stories" garned over 42,000 downloads worldwide.
In 2015 Sphere was the Associate Producer, 1st AD, and 2nd Unit Director for the boxing feature, "Tough Guy." Also in 2015 he co-wrote and co-produced the suspense short film, ”The Ultimate Prize", and child abduction short film, "Amber Alert". They both premiered at the 48-Hour Film Festival. In 2016 he produced his second poetry book, “Free Thinker: The Rebuttal Book,” and co-wrote his first play, “The Poindexters.”
Currently, Sphere is working on Karima's Show & Tell (Internet Radio Podcast Show) on Youtube, Facebook, and Instragram. "This is a great SHOW so go TELL somebody." Sphere is also in pre-production for his horror feature, “Auction Day: Grudge Fire Chronicles.” Stay Tuned... It's more to come.