Yazmin will get your attention with her presence that is more than matched by her hailo of beautiful hair and glowing smile. She stands with a courageous open heart to speak up on minority rights. " I am a bi Black woman. Of course my work speaks to the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and all things Black Girl Magic✨" Since our big march in 2017 it seems the conversation on race and gender has not slowed down. We keep getting deeper and deeper and thats good. These times are incredible, we are literally working on, figuring out and healing so many wounds within ourselves and the collective conscious, WHAT A STEP IN EVOLUTION!
Im excited to revive this feature of Los Angeles based actress, poet and activist Yazmin Monet Watkins whom I met at the March in Los Angeles in 2017. Yazmin read this poem while we were loaded up into a converted bread delivery truck that was painted black and had seen the Playa of burning man a few times; organized by Nana Ghana whom I met through the talented and creative Lily Blue, whose custom designed american flag dress I was wearing at the parade. We were on our way to downtown LA for the March with gaggle of lovely strong women, all friends of Nana. Yazmin’s Poem was my anthem walking out of the bread truck and into the streets that day. We have such a diverse nation and everyone is on their own path. Meeting them with light and hope for a better future is so brightening, so Yazmin asks us, “Why do We March?”
Having a fire for women’s right’s through listening to other womens struggle is not always easy. Sometimes its hard to know what to do and maybe we feel we need to “fix” the situation but today as we march we show up in solidarity and support knowing presence for one another brings us together and sometimes all we can do is listen.
Yazmin is on the Arts and Culture committee for Black Lives Matter, LA; she also has a book of poems coming out soon called, "A Vessel Born to Float” Follow Yazmin and her career @yazminmoneywatkins and on her personal website http://www.yazminmonetwatkins.com and on insta @yazminmonetwatkins
Yazmin Monet Watkins is the kind of woman I consider a super hero or should we say SHEro. Recently interviewed on "Man Enough" a disruptive social movement ignited by a dinner conversation series that explores the heart of traditional masculinity in Americamini-series, She may hold the title of Actress and Model but the way she shows up in your life or your children lives is what makes her special.
When on assignment across the US she speaks to college students with the voice of black female america with a gentle power that provokes thought and change.