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What Wanders ~ Yazmin Monet Watkins

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I told myself I would blog a bit about my trip to Europe this time. With such limited access to internet it’s a bit harder but here I am nonetheless. My first thought is how grateful I am for David’s family. They welcome me like I am one of their own and I have so much love for David and his people. Everyone’s been saying my French has been getting better and better and I am pretty excited that I can make myself understood on a very elementary level. The best part about traveling to places with people who are familiar with the area is that they know all the fun non touristy spots to hit up. Yesterday we went to one of the local beaches in Véndee (which is such an extensive region of western France by the way, I had no idea!). After visiting David’s brand new niece Maya (such a cutie) we went bumper car riding (per Emilie’s great idea), had fresh ice cream (chocolat blanc et spéculos pour moi), and watched the tide roll in at the shore. Right as we were finishing our ice cream the sky opened up and the rain fell. I’ve noticed it rains several times a day here. While off putting at first for this Cali gal I actually do appreciate the sunny moments that much more.

While the majority of the day is spent with David’s family we spent the evenings with his childhood friend Joseph, Emilie and other young folk. While grabbing drinks on the water “downtown” I tried to compliment a woman walking by on her hair. But instead of saying I like your curls, I said I like your ass. I laughed so hard with our new friends Nicolas and Melanie. After they went home Joseph Emilie David and I grabbed beers and drank them on the beach watching dark clouds roll by. I could get used to this. #vivefrance

+  08:17 am, by jazyyazi1
freececemcdonald:

"Trans women are getting killed EVERYDAY & you think the struggle is over because you can put a ring on a finger?!"-CeCe McDonald


Preach

freececemcdonald:

"Trans women are getting killed EVERYDAY & you think the struggle is over because you can put a ring on a finger?!"
-CeCe McDonald

Preach

08:11 am, reblogged by jazyyazi10003

A short film I made a brief cameo in a couple years ago, The Assistant, premiered at the @LAshortsfest tonight! Shoutout to director Julie Cohen for bringing me on board alongside Janeane Garofalo, Joe Wengert and a host of other UCB greats. #lashortsfest #bi #hollywood (at Laemmle NoHo 7)

+  11:07 pm, by jazyyazi

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Barr/ Bell Family Reunion and was able to connect with my mother’s side of the family, the Turney’s. I discovered that I am indeed part creole, that my great grandfather was a member of the negro baseball league back in the day and met family members that I didn’t even know existed. A few months ago I wrote a poem about about how little I knew about my ancestry and this weekend I have been able to make invaluable connections that have helped me understand in part where I come from. Not sure I have all the words to say how meaningful this weekend of reunions has been but I am so grateful to unite with family. As an African-American so much of our history has been erased and in learning more about my family I feel empowered and more connected to my ancestors than ever before. If you have elders that are still alive in your family, ask them about your history. I wish I’d had the foresight when I was younger to do this important work but what I’ve learned is to ask now before it’s too late. #grateful #family #history

+  04:25 pm, by jazyyazi1

Watkins Family Reunion 2014! Putting together the pieces and connecting the dots. #familyreunion #watkins #family

+  10:10 pm, by jazyyazi

Last night. The Billies/ Token White Girl performed our first ever show all together at @TheLadyJamLA! @sujataday @janiobi @roshinmathew #LaurenCurrence #nopoliteimprov (at The Clubhouse)

+  04:57 pm, by jazyyazi

I’ll be performing in my first improv show outside of my @Ucbtla classes this Thursday with @sujataday and The Billies at The Lady Jam at 10pm. Come through! #improv #ladyjam
The Clubhouse
1107-A El Centro
LA CA 90038

+  04:50 pm, by jazyyazi

Reunited with the mayor of Los Angeles, @ericgarcetti, at the NoHo @metrolosangeles station just now. We had a great conversation about my hopes and dreams for poetry in Los Angeles, celebrating his first year in office and even spit a poem right there on the spot. Great guy. #spokenword #poetry #losangeles #noho #metrola #ericgarcetti #bffl (love ya @oliver_dg) (at NoHo Metro Station)

+  06:47 pm, by jazyyazi

I’m going mad #curriculumvitae

03:15 am, by jazyyazi

Dear ghost,
How small you look
From this side of once haunted.

Life is grand
See how I soar now?
You don’t scare me anymore.

Photos by Tani Ikeda
Styled by VicStyles
Poetry by Yazmin Monet Watkins
www.yazminmonetwatkins.com
IG - yazminmonetwatkins

03:22 pm, by jazyyazi
"On These Shoulders We Stand"

"On These Shoulders We Stand" is a poem written by Yazmin Monet Watkins with visuals from the One National Gay & Lesbian Archives. This was the opening sequence for the Christopher Street West LA TGLB Pride Parade and Pre-show.

02:56 pm, by jazyyazi1

Ladies and gents and everyone in between: Now introducing the new face of Coast to Coast Talent!! Woop! Just signed with their adult commercial department! #yee #coasttocoast #stoked Headshot by @bradley_walt

+  06:45 pm, by jazyyazi