Iyo Aghedo

Bio

Iyo Aghedo is a queer first generation American trying to find a balance between two homes that lay thousands of miles of apart. They draw inspiration from black feminity in contemporary and historical contexts to create a roadmap for self liberation.

What does black joy look like to you?

Decadent decibels wafting into spaces I was not invited, letting my soul suck out all the air in the room, allowing my heart to grow so large my ribs crack in laughter. Black joy looks like taking up space, it looks like smiling through flames that can sting me but never turn me to ash. It is resilience, not through stoicism and stone masked exteriors, but through a heart so soft it cannot be pierced, only poked and prodded.