What Wanders ~ Yazmin Monet Watkins

I Am On A Journey to My Center... Join Me For The Journey

I had such an incredible hair cut & color session w/@shaiamiel at the capellasalon. After my curl transformation I shared w/him this poem:

"Sisterhood of the Curly Cartel"

Somewhere in America
Perhaps this very moment,
A curl is dying.
Every hydrated ounce is
Sometimes held hostage
We launch chemical warfare
On the very essence of our spirit:
Wild, free, unbridled-
Under the bitter oppressive dictate
of the hot iron thumb
Brown girls take iron to hand
Hand to fist
Heat to hair and
Make tresses play a cacophony of sounds that string flat.
Teased into philharmonic plucked “perfection”
We spend hours
Attacking goddess given coils with
Hot oils and sprays
Sizzling spirals
Fighting the very parts of ourselves
That makes us fierce, fabulous and ferocious.
We press and curl
Our naturals
Ignoring dna’d intention
Losing aspects of self
That make us uniquely us;
Kinky, quirky, coily, beautiful
In a world dead-set on erasure
We often forget
Our natural hair is more miracle than monster.
More majesty than mediocre
A magnificently marvelous mane of a crown
Bestowed atop the peak of our heads.
Convinced of foreign standards,
Didn’t you know brown is the new blue
Breedlove? breathe Love
Find what works for you specifically
Move from straight laced margins to curled and proud center,
Remembering the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,
Or his standards of beauty.
Embrace your own.
And though their eyes may very well be the bluest
Your eyes are watching God
Shining in the curled resistance colored girls once dreamed of
When the rainbow was finally enuf
We are born of a tradition of natural haired womyn warriors;
Fist in the air, pen on the pad, curls in the breeze
So stop cowering away from sprinkles of misplaced moisture
And baptize your strands in saturated self-love.
Our hair has been made slave under the hot iron dictate for far too long.
Remember the grass is greenest where you water it
(And moisturize with Devacurl)
So break down those straight shackles, and bounce freely beloved curls.
From this day forward I’ll be
Proudly rockin’ this uncontrollable
Garland of “good hair”
With these ringlet, wreaths of freedom
Shouting from the mountaintop
Gather round dear sisters
The truth no longer secret
The sisterhood of the curly cartel has now been called to order
Oh hadn’t you heard?
Only royalty can rock this kind of headdress so diva.

© Yazmin Monet Watkins
IG: yazminmonetwatkins

+  09:21 am, by jazyyazi5


Whew. These past couple of days have been exhausting and enlightening in all the best ways possible.

Starting on Friday, U. of Puget Sound was hosting the Race and Pedagogy Conference, which is a national event that happens once every 4 years and is free for us students. There were so many talks…

Things that bring me joy
"There was also an evening of spoken word, featuring Yazmin Monet Watkins in all her glory."

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“I love love. Love the way it settles on his smile when he genuinely laughs, the way her hand feels like a revolution every time hers is in mine.” -Yazmin Monet Watkins

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Yazmin Monet Watkins “This is What a Feminist Looks Like”
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Russell Simmons Features Queer Poet Yazmin Monet Watkins

I consider myself fortunate to be able to call bisexual poet, actress and director Yazmin Monet Watkins a friend and was thrilled to find out that the Russell Simmons had included one of her spoken word poems on his YouTube channel. I sat down with Yazmin to discuss:

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NoMoreDownLow.TV introduces us to bisexual poet & spoken word artist Yazmin Monet Watkins.

Catch her as she busts bisexual myths and talks about her new book of poems/ photography (or poetography), entitled Love Without Limits - The Bi-Laws of Love' which explores the journey of one young bisexual woman’s experience with love, sexuality, religion, heartbreak and the eventual cleansing power of self love.

Hey! C’est moi :)

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The big chop 💇 (well the closest to big chop I’ll get lol). Just left my first haircut with @shaiamiel aka The Curl Doctor. Peep ‘dem curlsss. They be looking extra springy 🌀 These curls are giving me life! Thanks once again Shai and the Capella Salon staff. Much love. (at Capella Salon)

+  03:14 pm, by jazyyazi

Many thanks to the @hrdwrker movement for featuring my artistry in their “Passion Before Profit” series. Interview coming soon! ❤️ you @jjxanderson.

+  05:32 pm, by jazyyazi

"Ooh. How I love Paris. The way she drapes elegance around these Cali beach browned shoulders like a faux fur jacket." Poetry single "Grateful," out on iTunes now. 📷 by @lapetitetouche #grateful #yazminmonetwatkins #Paris

+  11:55 am, by jazyyazi1

Getting good press for “Grateful.” Shout out to Elixher Magazine for this wonderful article. 😘 http://elixher.com/bisexual-artist-yazmin-monet-watkins-releases-grateful-video/

+  04:26 pm, by jazyyazi5

"Dude, it’s a llama!" Clearly this is the best day of my life. #dudewheresmycar #roadtrip #ostrichland #struthiocamelus

+  04:11 pm, by jazyyazi

Casually shared a meal with Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and his wife Marie after his keynote speech at @univpugetsound’s Race & Pedagogy Conference (what!). Thanks again Mike for letting us join you and @ariannabenitez and your bad ass mentor Chris. Three generations of scholar activists.

+  04:45 pm, by jazyyazi