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Yelz’s Word
I woke up early on a Monday morning jamming to Black Summer Vol.2 and it made me want to explore the mind of this beautiful young women. So I took it upon myself to pick the mind of Yelz; but I didn’t want to know things like how old she was or was she in love at the time. I wanted to know more delightful things. I wanted to know things that would inspire me as a young black woman. I asked questions that could only be answered from the soul, and soulful answers I got.

 
I didn’t care to know where Yelz was from instead I want to know what her favorite things were about the city that she is from. She responded, “New Orleans is filled with talent, Raw Talent. You take a walk around New Orleans; you will find inspiration on every block. We are the gumbo of the United States, so many different flavors, styles, and visions. There is no place like New Orleans.” Yelz also continue to tell me the changes she would like to see in New Orleans not just her city but the people in the city. Many people confuse a vibe with a plot, but a plot is only the physical setting of a story. New Orleans is the people, it’s the community, and it’s the generations to come. Therefore she had a wish that the lack of support behind local talent would change. “Once we realize that we have everything here and appreciate, New Orleans will truly prosper again;” She continued to tell me a story that her grandmother would share with her. “My grandmother would tell me stories about how the locals would go out just to hear the local music; that was the thing to do in New Orleans once upon a time. They appreciated the facts that it was here, being from this city and growing up around it, it becomes second nature so you don’t really get to appreciate it like we should.”

It’s crazy how you began talking about one thing it makes you want to explore more. I still had so much more to ask and was hoping that we could still inspire each other with the questions and answers we had. In fact as the conversation deepened unexpectedly I wanted to know things about her family and how she valued her love ones. She continued to give me very graceful answers. Telling me so much about family and how much having their support meant, she went on to say; “family is very important to me. My sisters and brothers are my foundation, they know me, and they understand me. I appreciate them more than I can ever put into words.  My team, the people I consider my family: Camera Campbell, Mr. Smith, Rissa, and Lanece. My close friends are all just like family.” Of course I was nosey enough to ask who she thought her biggest supporter was and she struggled to answer, saying, “That’s a tough question, but if I must answer the question I would have to answer my nephew Kyiran.”

 
Suddenly I wondered what lights this fire; I asked more about the artist Yelz. “When did you start rapping?” she told me that she always struggled a bit to answer this question. “Yelz has always been inside of me, when I think about it. I was writing rhymes at the age of 13 just didn’t have the courage to spit them. I would say Yelz was set free about three and a half years ago.” But I still needed to know what inspiration to this artist was and what exactly inspired her. “I’m inspired by life, love, the struggle, and the overall journey of finding your purpose in the universe,” she responded promptly. I was so enlightened by where this conversation had gone but still had exploring to do. 

This world is filled with great talent and musical genius that has a great influence on society today and will always continue to set the standard bar for the generations to come. I wanted to know who had enough talent to move this great soul. Just as I suspected that it must take a musical giant to touch souls like this, that suspension had been confirmed. Yelz favorite artist is Kanye West; “Mr. West is a representation of freedom. He is a genius; he doesn’t give up his vision for anything or anyone. However, Jay-Z is my favorite rapper; Hov’s story alone is just inspiring.”  

But I wasn’t done yet; I couldn’t leave without getting food for thought. I like to make you all think. I like to make you wonder. My goal is not only to inspire you with my words but to challenge you. I need to know this artist’s views on fashion, education, and wonder if she had any advice for her l.g.b.t. community. This colorful soul told me that fashion allows her to represent herself exactly how she desired; “fashion is a form of expression to me, I’m all about the freedom of expressing yourself. When I get dressed, I get dressed based upon my mood.” Yelz views of education were just as touching as any other story she shared with me today. She mentioned how important education was; “not just in school. You have to educate yourself outside the classroom also. You have to become conscious to everything, accept the blind lessons of life; you know lessons that teach you how to gain peace and knowledge of yourself.”  As we wrapped things up she told me to be sure to open the eyes of my community, the l.g.b.t. community, be sure to help my peers understand that we shouldn’t be afraid of who we are, yet we should embrace it. “Support the artist; we have so much talent in the l.g.b.t. community,”  Yelz said. Yelz was an amazing soul to connect with and I hope that as we continue the #TeamYelz blog we can keep you interested and connected with Yelz in an intimate way such as this. 



 


 

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