Legends of The Ball XVII: Yolo Akili

The culture cannot take the bold Black queer. It violently tells us that we ought not love loudly, that we ought not break earth beneath our feet. But it is precisely for that reason that we must. Must stand defiant before the death march that seeks to absorb us.

Hearing the jarring, erotic poetry of Yolo Akili brought those words immediately to the front of my mind. At once the brilliance and boldness of Essex Hemphill came to mind. So rarely do you find Black queer poets gaining exposure for work that is unapologetic and militant. Shine on.

Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Legends of The Ball XVII: Yolo Akili

  1. “It violently tells us that we ought not love loudly.”

    So powerful and so true. I was telling my followers on twitter the other day that oppression thrives on silence and secrecy.

    1. “oppression thrives on silence and secrecy.”

      So true and it is our task to break that and build community. In the midst of all of this “it gets better” rhetoric which basically has been telling youth to wait till they get the opportunity to gain massive amounts of money and then life will be great. We need to materially build support through organizing.

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