Front and Center: KOKUMỌ

| August 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

KOKUMỌ is an African-American transgender woman and product of Chicago’s South Side. While growing up, the only messaging she received in regards to her identity was that it would lead to either death or institutionalization. Therefore, upon reaching the age of opportunity she was behooved to give herself a name that spoke of life. After an extensive search and emotional journey she discovered KOKUMỌ. KOKUMỌ means, “This one will not die” in Yoruba, a West African language.

To KOKUMỌ surviving is passé. Therefore, she believes in sanctioning artistic, political, and actual space for other Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex (TGI) people of color to thrive in. In accordance to this belief and her name, she created KOKUMỌMEDIA. KOKUMỌMEDIA uses film, music, and literature to create and generate realistic depictions of TGI people of color.

We’re hugely excited to be having KOKUMỌ join us for our September 12th event, Front and Center, a showcase featuring trans performers of color. Get more details and sign up to attend here! Front and Center will be held at SMYRC, which is accessible by the 12 and 19 bus lines.

Check out a performance from KOKUMO here and read her inspiring letter reflecting on the murder of Trayvon Martin here.

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Category: News: Transgender Justice

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