KOKUMO is an African-American transgender woman and product of Chicago’s South Side. While growing up, the only messaging she received in regards to her identity was that it would lead to either death or institutionalization. Therefore, upon reaching the age of opportunity she was behooved to give herself a name that spoke of life. After an extensive search and emotional journey she discovered KOKUM?. KOKUM? means, “This one will not die” in Yoruba, a West African language.
To KOKUM? surviving is passé. Therefore, she believes in sanctioning artistic, political, and actual space for other Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex (TGI) people of color to thrive in. In accordance to this belief and her name, she created KOKUM?MEDIA. KOKUM?MEDIA uses film, music, and literature to create and generate realistic depictions of TGI people of color.
KOKUM?MEDIA has produced some of the most innovative projects and events in the multimedia industry. From the one- transwoman show, The Faggot Who Could Fly to T.G.I.F. (TGI Freedom) Rally and Picnic, KOKUM? is stoking the flames of a renaissance. Her EP, There Will Come a Day debuted in February 2013. While here debut album, I Shall Not Be Denied is due next spring.
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