The name is a truth, an interrogation both external and internal. How to be black, black enough, TOO BLACK in a world built through black subjugation but not made for black people?
TOO BLACK is a spoken word poet, traveling and teaching artist, and public speaker fusing together historical context, current events, creative practice, and interpersonal interaction on international stages.
He has headlined at the historic Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, Princeton University, Johannesburg Theater in South Africa, the Men of Color conference in 2017, Boston College, and more. This year, he organized the Let’s Eat conference for emerging and established artist development in Indianapolis, and co-created the Arcade Slam, a cosplay and competitive poetry event in Indianapolis. TOO BLACK is also a 2018 Beckmann Emerging Artist fellow through the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
In his seminal interview with The Black Scholar, James Baldwin imparts the popular line, “If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” TOO BLACK’s performances are intense and intimate, provocative and prolific conversations at heart — like political consciousness forged over meals at the kitchen table, debates at the classroom lecturn, poems at the local open mic.
Each event is an open invitation into self and communal reflection, a space to be and become attuned to the unseen.
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