Next in the lineup from the February, 2014 Godless Perverts Story Hour is bisexual artist and activist Juba Kalamka, best known for his work with the homohop group, Deep Dickollective. For our show, Juba performed his poem “Jubilee Showcase (For Aaron Muhammed), which is dedicated to the memory of a young man who was a member of the Nation of Islam, along with Juba in the late 1980s. In his introduction, Juba talks about how Aaron killed himself in 1992. “He was a sweet, sweet wonderful young man who died of shame, essentially,” Juba says. “Aaron’s smile is all through this.”
We wish that Aaron’s story was less common than it is, but very honored that Juba decided to read this poem for the first time at Godless Perverts.