TOO BLACK is a spoken word poet, public speaker, activist and educator based in Indianapolis, IN. The name TOO BLACK developed as a challenge to society on the perceptions of blackness and humanity especially in the United States. Influenced by a wide variety of artists and historical figures – from Malcolm X to Gore Vidal, from George Carlin to Audre Lorde – TOO BLACK fuses these multiple perspectives, his life exploration and passionate performance bringing them to life on the stage. His working dialogue draws from personal experiences, historical and current events and the culture of Hip Hop in which he was born. He describes his performance as a “conversation” in which he talks with his audiences and connects their shared experiences.
TOO BLACK has been performing poetry for almost a decade. He successfully launched his own college tour called Education Redefined 101: Tips, Fees, and Degrees. ER 101 has provided an opportunity for TOO BLACK to perform at a wide variety of colleges and universities around the country including UCLA, NYU, and Princeton University among more.
TOO BLACK has headlined venues throughout the country including the historical Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. His spoken word has been featured in a variety of online newspapers and magazines including AfroPunk. TOO BLACK has also experienced local success including receiving the Beckman Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Indianapolis Arts Council.
Looking to expand his perspective, TOO BLACK launched a poetry tour in South Africa performing in Joberg Theater, The Cape Town Open Book Festival, and the University of Cape Town as a part of several other locations in the country. TOO BLACK considers his experience in South African a political reawakening that he has already begun sharing here in the states teaching workshops on the international anti-apartheid struggle.
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