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Aurielle Marie Lucier

Founder & Artistic Director, It's Bigger, Inc | Poet | Hip Hop Scholar, The Evergreen State College

Location icon United States of America

Aurielle Marie is a Black, Atlanta-born, Queer hip-hop scholar and a cultural worker. Through her work as a poet and an activist, she explores the uses of intimacy and ritual in the practice of Black resistance. Aurielle is a 2017 Roddenberry Fellowship Finalist, a Voices of Our Nation Fellow-Alum, a 2016 Kopkind Fellow, and a current Queer Emerging Artist-In-Residence at Destiny Art Center. Both her activism and artistry ground themselves in the afro-indigenous legacy of storytelling in the Deep South. She was chosen by Safiya Sinclair as the 2017 Poetry Prize Winner for Blue Mesa Review. She was and has been featured as a social-political pundit on CNN. Her essays and poems have been published in Blue Mesa Review, Selfish Magazine, in Scalawag, on For Harriett, ESSENCE Mag, Allure, NBC Blk, and Huffington Post. Her collection, Gumbo Ya Ya, won the Write Bloody Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured on a global host of stages, most importantly in her grandmother's kitchen.


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Atlanta, GA - GET FREE

What role did social media play in Aurielle's organizing? What does Aurielle mean when she says people "were ready to put their bodies on the line in the streets"? Aurielle describes a specific approach to politics in Atlanta as "The Atlanta Way." How does she define this term?


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OpEd: Pepsi and the systemic violence of capitalism

If there's one thing I've learned as an activist and organizer in the national movement for Black Lives, it is this: No protest is complete without a Pepsi... Or at least, that's an idea the fizzy drink brand would like you to adopt.

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