Delisile Godeffroy-Taylor

How I Prepare for an Accounting Interview


I let my hair grow out, at least a little. I don’t want the glare of my bald black head to distract you at our first meeting, when all it comes down to is that I like it that way. It’s comfortable and convenient. I love the way it feels and I love the way it ‘feels’. It is not a political commentary or sign of rebellion. I have no need to rebel; after all I am already free. Right?

I remind myself of all the language that will provide evidence that I am a rightful citizen of this world of administrative grandeur. Words like reduction and deplete, internal control and balance. They slide off my tongue like benediction and you clutch at them like salvation. I will make it all better. Take the jumbled chaos of paper, transactions, numbers, ideas, dollars and percentages and give you back a smooth, simple looking glass, polished to a brilliant shine and you will see nothing but the truth reflected back at you.

I will read about your organization obsessively. I will google it’s history, it’s critics, it’s founders and employees. I will study their faces if I can find pictures. Wonder what kind of people they are, why they wear their hair like that? Are they married? Do they love their job? Are they having an affair? What do they smell like? Are they organized and good at what they do? Will they annoy me? Will they impress me? Will I want to fuck any of them?

The day of the interview I will take a shower, shave and masturbate before I slip into neutral blacks and whites, because I need to balance out the fact that I look anything but neutral. Short, black, fat, ridiculous big boobs, huge ass, short, short hair and a constant smile. I am never what you were expecting. My handshake is firm, my laugh is loud and I never pretend not to notice when you steal a glance at my breasts.

When you ask me, I will say, yes, I love this work: the beauty and precision of it; the chaos of it when it is not cared for; how mesmerizing any organizational structure is; how you can step back and watch it: a giant organism, writhing, twisting and rearranging itself, only partially cognizant of the parts that make the whole. I will tell you that is where the secret lies. If you can hold this vantage point long enough you can determine how to make or break the beast.

You will laugh and think me original, intelligent and passionate, exactly what you are looking for. I will smile and let you. I will never tell you about all the moments I doubt myself. The days I wonder if any of my obsessions are healthy and why can’t I just be one or the other. Why are work and porn and spreadsheets and poetry and canvas and oil paint and music and trial balances and dancing and inventory valuation and good food and hot sweaty sex all live in the same place in me. I will never tell you how I am confused daily that I have to separate these parts of myself to keep you comfortable. How it hurts that my truth will cause you to back away from me.

Black. Queer. Mother. Writer. Artist. Almost Vegan. Atheist Witch. Daughter of Oya & one of Kali’s chosen. Delisile was the slam Champion of Champions three seasons in a row at the Cantab until she forfeited her title at the end of 2003 when she left the slam scene to focus on family and work and mundane things such as the meaning of her existence. In 2002 and 2003 she was a member of the Boston Lizard Lounge Slam Team that attended the National Poetry Slam. During the 2003 National Slam in Chicago she ranked third in the individual competition out of over 200 poets nation wide. In 2004 she was nominated by Cambridge Poetry Awards for Outstanding Slam Female and Performance Poet of the Year. Who knows when she will return to the performance scene (she certainly doesn’t). But when she does it is sure to be spectacular.

statement about performance poetry:

Coming from Southern Africa perhaps I have a different view of what performance poetry is. It is not a bastard offshoot of literature, it is a descendant of an old art that speaks directly to the masses (think of our story-tellers, and praise poets, the mourner at funeral that takes on the voice of all those grief stricken). When I write, I am (almost always) writing for the stage (or at least for the ear) and not the page and I will be making no excuses or apologies for it. I am not following the traditions of Frost, or Keats, or Dickson, I am following the tradition of the imbongi (praise poet, literal translation is “he/she who give thanks”).
“Written language is an attempt to imitate sound; the voice is mother to the word.” ~ Jack McCarthy


Alex – the Wonder/Gem of Ghana’s Art Scene


It’s too easy. Watch how Alex Wondergem lives up to his name by producing short films and music (below) that takes the veil off of Ghana’s rich culture and allows the rest of us to witness the beauty, grit, and promise that lives within the country.

–> Listen to Messages of Hope NOW <–

Messages of Hope (EP) is about finding truth, my reality. I found it through art. Each creation speaks and reveals a message that leads to the next chapter. In a way it’s a diary of my journey for the past four years. It’s a record of my mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Life is more than what we’ve been taught and this is my journey.

Love to the Most High!


A film by Alex Wondergem  & Adu Lalouschek

Warrior’s Gym is a 5-minute documentary that explores the daily life of Ghana’s strongest man and gym owner – Warrior. Warrior created the gym out of recycled local material and motivates the group of loyal bodybuilder’s that use it. We get a personal snapshot of an inspired man.

Interview W/Alex:

Q: What do you want the world to Know about Ghana’s Strongest Man / the gym / or simply Ghana, that wasn’t captured in the above film?

A: The documentary happened because my film pattern, Adu, and I were working out [at the gym] while we were shooting our documentary Scrap Metal Men (bellow). After building a relationship with Warrior, we decided to put a short documentary together. We just liked his vibe and what he had going on.

Q: Tell us how your EP Messages Of Hope 2012-16 came to be, from first inspirations to final touches.

A: Messages Of Hope 2012-16 was inspired by the people who enjoyed my music. It was something I did for fun and just to experiment. I would make music and overlay a narration of a video I had just watched. Gradually, over the years, I had a couple short music pieces that had a message. Reflecting over the tracks, they were messages of my then current state of consciousness. I decided to put them together and make a project out of it.

Q: What’s the next step for you and your artistry? Can we expect more inspirational content?

A: I’m not sure what the next step is but I’m always experimenting and creating within the realms of film and audio. I really enjoy collaborating with other individuals. The fusion outcome of the work is what keeps me going. I’m always excited to see how it turns out.

Q: WusGood is dedicated to exploring what it is like to be black in the world. How do you see your identity and how is it being you in the world?

A: I grew up the notion that I was “mix-raced”. I was raised by a Dutch father and Ga mother. I’m a blend of both. People have a hard time identifying with that. I usually tell people I’m Ghanaian then explain my Dutch side. Being me in the world is pretty chill, always meeting beautiful people and creating memorable moments.

Q: Hip us to some artist (visual, audio, other) that we should be listening to and watching out for.

A: Kwa Mena, go check him out, he’s only getting started. We need more youth in the music scene like him. We need some woke shit asap:

Listen to Ghana School


Follow alex: TWITTER: @AlexWondergem

‘Brown Girls’ Interview with Fatimah Asghar

Interviewer: Ajanae Dawkins

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator and writer.  Her work has appeared in many journals, including  POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets and many others.  Her work has been featured on new outlets like PBS, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others. In 2011 she created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her chapbook After came out on Yes Yes Books fall 2015. She is the writer of Brown Girls, a web series that highlights friendships between women of color. Currently she is an MFA candidate at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.

Q: What role does friendship between women of color play in your web series, both in the fictional characters and in the women who are creating / producing the show? 

Friendship is at the heart of everything about this show. The show is based on my friendship with my best friend– I tried really hard to get the texture of our friendship down, and to show the ways that we ride for each other always. Friendship is huge behind the screens too– Sam Bailey (the director of Brown Girls) and I are really good friends. We couldn’t have this series without our friendship and our mutual trust of each other. Sam is an amazing artist and person, I feel like I’m constantly in awe of her.

Q: What has the creation of this show taught you about the necessity of relationships between queer women of color?

I created the show to reflect the relationships that I have with different women of color in my life. I’ve gotten so much from those relationships. I think this show, particularly its reception so far, has taught me that so many people feel the same way. I think that’s a beautiful realization.

Q: What are your favorite things to do with your best friend(s) and how have your favorite moments with your best friends influenced your writing of the show?

Really I just love to sit around and talk shit with my friends. And be silly and act a mess. I think thats one of the best things about friendships– they are people that you feel safe being messy around. You can be totally unfiltered and stupid. That’s great, because it allows you so many possibilities of freedom. This show is nothing if not messy. All the characters here are navigating their own messy ass lives, and how they can be themselves but still be functioning citizens of the world.

Q: Right now (and always) being a queer woman of color means being unsafe at the intersection of marginalized identities. How does creating work like this make the representation of brown girls joy, a weapon against those who look to oppress you?

I’m all about weaponizing joy through art. I think that joy and love are often our strongest weapons. As queer women of color we deal with so much shit everyday, so many people trying to rid us of our humanity. With this show I just wanted to carve out a small space of joy in resistance to that– to show black and brown people talking about mundane things like pink eye and stuff. I wanted to show that we are human, we who have complicated intersecting identities that America pretends to ignore. We are here, we exist.