IN-Q is short for In Question
It wasn’t just one poem or performance that got me here.
I was raised in Santa Monica, California by a single mother who was a school teacher. My dad wasn’t around. At 13, I fell in love with Hip Hop and became obsessed with being a rapper.
When I was 19, I went to an open mic for poets called Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, and started performing my raps a cappella. Over time, that community became a family. For me and many others it was like church without religion.
Poetry is the art of emotion and connection. It is the voice inside us all.
Spoken word poetry has never been more relevant and important in American culture. With everything that’s going on socially and politically, it can be a platform for people across the world to express themselves and share their stories.
My poems are like prayers to the universe.
I don’t have all the answers, but I hope that my questions can help inspire you to find the poet in yourself. Telling your story can change the world.