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.
Black Lives Matter activist Aurielle Marie says she is still looking for a
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?
It's 2PM in San Francisco- on a sunny day in April. It's Good Friday, a time that provokes a nostalgic recalling of long-as-hell church services and impossibly uncomfortable dresses for me. If I was back home in the South, I'd be helping my mother cook in preparation for Easter.
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.
I realize somewhere between being pushed into a trash can by an oblivious