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Lee Mokobe      

Transgender Slam Poet

Lee Mokobe is a black transqueer poet and teaching artist hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. His work focuses on human rights, LGBTQIA experiences and african history. He is an international award-winning slam poet with a BNV Championship under his belt. He is a three time TED and TEDx speaker and 2the 015 Youngest TED Fellow.

Mokobe is the founder and creative director of Vocal Revolutionaries, a non-profit literary organization that helps shape Africa's next creative youth leaders. Vocal Revolutionaries received the inaugural Adobe Creative Catalyst Award and the Awesome Foundation Grantee.

Mokobe has performed all over the world including at the Barclay's Center, The LGBT Center, LA YouTube Space and Vidcon. His work has been featured by The Fader, Al Jazeera, New York Public Library, Philly.com, Ideas.Ted, Soulpancake media, OkayAfrica and Leeway Foundation. He has also performed alongside and for Sunni Patterson, Talib Kweli, Chance The Rapper and Mos Def.

His work has graced the stages of the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of a special LGBTQ+ installation where he was the first transgender person to perform and speak on trans people in Africa. He was also the first transgender person to be featured in Converse's Forever global campaign.

Mokobe is currently working on his first poetry book collection and teaches photography, poetry and filmmaking to youth from all around the globe.


Transgender Slam Poet Reciting Powerful Poem

During the event, the 19-year old poet and activist, whose work deals with social injustice and gender identity issues, delivered a stirring autobiographical poem in which he came out as transgender.

Vocal Revolutionary and Young TED Fellow Lee Mokobe

in 2012, Lerato put together the first team from Africa to compete in the Brave New Voices slam competition, held that year in San Francisco.

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