Based on a real experience, and inspired in part by Solange Knowles’ song “Don’t Touch My Hair,” my video-poem is an homage to all women of the East African, Muslim, and Black diasporas. For me, it is a woman of color’s statement of cultural and personal reclamation and empowerment:
Watch Lula’s TEDx talk here.
Lula Saleh is an Eritrean and Ethiopian, Saudi-born, artist, journalist, public speaker and entrepreneur with an interest in diaspora and global issues. She’s an inaugural Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow, and a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies.
Lula’s work has been featured or published in: Al Jazeera English, Colorlines, The Nation, Voice of America, Minnesota Public Radio, and more. As a storyteller, Lula shares about her multiethnic, diasporic identities. Her poem “How Many More?” highlighting the global plight of African refugees, went viral, and was featured in OkayAfrica and Upworthy.
She is also the founder of the East African Diaspora Artists Initiative, an enterprise for African creatives and entrepreneurs doing social change work.