In this segment of episode 204 of NoMoreDownLow.TV, we feature bisexual poet & spoken word artist Yazmin Monet Watkins. She talks about her journey and her new book “Love Without Limits — The Bi-Laws of Love.”
Internationally renowned poet and spoken word artist Yazmin Monet Watkins explores her journey through bisexuality, religion, heartbreak and healing in her new book “Love Without Limits — The Bi-Laws of Love.”
Yazmin: “It’s kind of a journey and it’s all my life on some level. And there are stories that I hope other people can share and can relate to, especially in the bi-community because there are poems about my relationships with men, and with women.”
Janora McDuffie, NoMoreDownLow.TV co-host: “We hear about lesbians, we hear about gays, but that letter “B”, seems to be a big old question mark. Some people don’t even believe bisexuality exists.”
Yazmin: “I’m okay with falling in love with either a man or a woman or perhaps somewhere in between… I’m able to love freely without limitations and I’m really glad that this book expresses that too.”
Janora: “What would you say to the person who says that you’re just confused and you’re really gay, or someone says you’re just really greedy & promiscuous?”
Yazmin: “You know I’ve heard it all, those with others as well. I’ve had experiences in the straight community and the gay community where it’s been like, you have to choose one or the other, you’re selling out by going this way, being okay with who I love whether it’s a man or a woman.”
Writing and performing her work on stages around the world is Yazmin’s life calling. The twenty-something, San Diego native has toured and opened for recording artists Les Nubians and competed in National Poetry Slams in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
And at her recent book release party at a packed West Hollywood hot spot, Yazmin gave the audience a real treat when she performed poems from her newly published works.
Yazmin: “So, I think I’ll start out with a poem, you guys all right with that? This is the title poem, love and war.”
And in the audience to cheer her o was Yazmin’s mother Diane, who admits that coming to terms with her daughter’s truth was a bit of a challenge at first.
Yazmin’s Mom: “It was a process of exploration for me as well.”
Janora: “Why do you think there aren’t more women of color brave enough to tell their stories?” I don’t want to think that it’s the church…I think with the black community the church is a staple and an experience.”
Yazmin: “I’m doing my own thing, so your opinion of that doesn’t affect that at all and I’m okay with that.”
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