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Tabias Olajuawon


Author. Scholar. Love-Laborer

@blaqueerflow

JD, Howard University

PhD Student, University of Texas-Austin

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Tabias Olajuawon


Author. Scholar. Love-Laborer

@blaqueerflow

JD, Howard University

PhD Student, University of Texas-Austin

 
 

I Had Nothing To Lose But My Chains

The process of becoming liberated from within is one that begins and ends with a love practice. Being a low-income, BlaQueer kid from rural Kansas, I had to teach myself to move beyond surviving, to living and now thriving.

(Read more about Tabias' journey in the OurQueerArt feature here.)

Tabias Olajuawon Wilson is a 28 year old award-winning author, consultant, speaker and scholar-creator: a modern twist on the traditional Black griot. They were selected as one of BlogHERs 2017 Voices of The Year--as well as a keynote--for their incisive writing. Tabias was also recognized in 2012 as one of the "Top 100 Emerging LGBTQ Leaders" by the White House Office of Public Engagement, their work focuses on the intersections and compounded effects of race, law, sexuality and gender in the United States. A zealous advocate for reproductive and sexual rights, Olajuawon-Wilson also speaks regularly about HIV criminalization, vulnerability, gender, critical love ethics, afro-pessimism, black queer theory, racial capitalism, masculinities, humanization and access to power within and across racial-sexual formations.

Tabias participated in a racial-justice dialogue featuring former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and panels with the Black leaders of the nations largest police departments. Tabias' work and insights have been featured in publications and organizations such as: The Christian Science Monitor, Mic.com, Cassiuslife, AfroPunk, The Black Youth Project, TheBody.com, The Born This Way Foundation, Oklahomans For Equality, Tulane School of Law, The Huffington Post, Harvard Law, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, The Critical Black Studies Reader, Harvard University, Columbia Teachers College, Tufts University, The University of California at Berkeley, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Morgan State University, The Potter's House DC, The Harriet Tubman House (Boston), The Art of Life After, Spontaenous Celebrations, The DC Public Library and Fire & Ink among others. Their blog, BlaQueerFlow: The Griots' Pen, features writers, artists and poets across the Queer, Latinx and African Diaspora as they delve into a communal process of knowledge production through storytelling, poetry and ongoing racial-sexual commentary. Tabias is currently a student at Howard Law (2017) and preparing to apply for African American/American Studies PhD Programs. Tabias' first offering "Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows of Survivance"--available on Amazon & Kindle--has been received or taught from spaces as diverse as DC queer collectives to Harvard Law, Vassar College, UC-Davis, VCU, Syracuse and UC-Berkeley.

 

 
 
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The Griot


More than simple academic, Tabias Olajuawon is a Griot. Their work tells the stories the Black, BlaQueer, AfroLatinx and Queer Diaspora through prose, poetry and spoken word. 

 

*The image above is Tabias speaking at Harvard Law, utilizing prose and poetry, as part of the "Dear Belinda" series, to think about anti-blackness, humanization and corporeal and/or racial capitalism*

The Griot


More than simple academic, Tabias Olajuawon is a Griot. Their work tells the stories the Black, BlaQueer, AfroLatinx and Queer Diaspora through prose, poetry and spoken word. 

 

*The image above is Tabias speaking at Harvard Law, utilizing prose and poetry, as part of the "Dear Belinda" series, to think about anti-blackness, humanization and corporeal and/or racial capitalism*

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The Advocate


Freedom is not simply the absence of laws criminalizing the free movement of the body, but instead the absence of a world constructed on one's subordination, as the fulcrum for its own emancipatory mythologies.

The Advocate


Freedom is not simply the absence of laws criminalizing the free movement of the body, but instead the absence of a world constructed on one's subordination, as the fulcrum for its own emancipatory mythologies.

Tabias regularly employs their knowledge of the criminal injustice system--from experiencing working in criminal justice clinics and advocating for clients at the DC Public Defenders Service--as a fulcrum for formulating new, multifaceted frameworks for advocating for those at the margins, of the margins of society. Indeed, freedom--and autonomy--is best understood from the view at the bottom of the well.