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Lateef McLeod

Lateef McLeod doing the dropbox performance 8 and the last Krip Hop Performance 2017
Lateef McLeod doing the dropbox performance 8 and the last Krip Hop Performance 2017

Lateef McLeod is building his career as a writer and a scholar. He has earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He is four years into the Anthropology and Social Change Doctoral program at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco.

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Lateef McLeod published his first poetry book entitled A Declaration of A Body Of Love in 2010 chronicling his life as a black man with a disability and tackling various topics on family, dating, religion, spirituality, his national heritage and sexuality. He also published another poetry book entitled Whispers of Krip Love, Shouts of Krip Revolution this year in 2020. He currently is writing a novel tentatively entitled The Third Eye Is Crying. He was in the 2007 and 2016 annual theater performances of Sins Invalid and also their artist-in-residence performance in 2011 entitled Residence Alien. In 2019 he started a podcast entitled Black Disabled Men Talk with co-hosts Leroy Moore, Keith Jones, and Ottis Smith.

Lateef McLeod on top of Salesforce tower
Lateef McLeod on top of the Salesforce tower

The podcast website is Blackdisabledmentalk.com. More of his writings are available on his website Lateefhmcleod.com and his Huffington Post blog, huffingtonpost.com/lateef-mcleod. Some of his community service work includes being the co-chair of the Persons with Disabilities Ministry at Allen Temple Baptist Church and being the vice president of the Leadership committee and executive board member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

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