I recently sat down with TRUTH, the new online and print magazine for LGBTQ communities of color, for a fun and amazing interview on spirituality, the politics of coming out, my new projects and much more! I am also excited to be featured on the cover of the print version with some amazing talent, including my friend and dance choreographer Ja’malik and Alexis Pauline Gumbs! (See it below)
I’ve included a snippet of the interview, and you can read the full version here: Make sure you take the time to subscribe and check out what Truth Magazine is trying to do for our community. It’s a really great project!
Excerpt from the interview:
TRUTH Magazine: Yolo is such a unique name. Where does it come from?
Yolo Akili: I first came across the name Yolo in 2005. I was reading the Alice Walker novel “Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart”. It’s a powerful narrative about a woman who goes on a spiritual quest to rediscover her zest for life. In the book, one of her partners is named Yolo, and it was the strangest thing ‘cause after I read the name, I kept repeating it over and over again in my head. In an odd way, it felt so familiar. The name’s origin, from my research, is Potwin Indian, and it means, “a peaceful place in a river that is abounding with rushes.” I had been searching for a name for some time, and I really liked the way this one felt. So I slept on it, and I asked the ancestors to let me know if it was right. That night, and for weeks on end, I would have dreams where friends and family members were telling me over and over again, “Your name is Yolo; your name is Yolo.” It was quite a powerful experience.
To read the full interview, click here.