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Author, performance artist and conceptual artist. Damali Ayo is a woman who will share her world through a variety of different mediums that pain illuminating pictures. 

Ayo’s accomplishments include a long line of books, radio stories, visual art shows, original performances and web based media.

Books (satire):

How to Rent a Negro’’ (2005)

Obamistan! Land without racism: Your Guide to the New America (2010)

Books (contributor):

How to Be Black by Bartunde Thurston (member of the “Black Panel”) (2012)

Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound by John Biewen (contributor) (2010)

Radio Stories: 

Celebrate Obama but Acknowledge Us Too (2009)

This I Believe: The Potential for a New Life (2008)

Visual Art Solo Shows:

Yarn (2006)

Living Flag (2004)

Original Performance:

National Day of Panhandling for Reparations: Annual National Participatory Performance‘’ (2007-9)

Living Flag (2003)

Web Based:

-rent-a-negro.com (2003)

-You Can Fix Racism (2011)


To view the full list, click visit the Wikipedia webpage

This is Damali Ayo’s media biography from her website:

damali ayo and her work have been featured in over 100 publications world-wide including Harpers, the Village Voice, Salon.com, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Redbook Magazine and Book TV. She has been a frequent guest commentator and essayist on public radio. damali is a dynamic personality who brings energy, inspiration, and positivity wherever she goes.

An expert story-teller, damali’s books and presentations offer humor, insight, and creativity and make our culture’s toughest topics manageable and fun. How to Rent a Negro was acclaimed as “one of the most trenchant and amusing commentaries on contemporary race relations.” It was granted a 2005 Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Obamistan! Land without Racism: Your Guide to the New America debunks the myth of a post-race world. Her writing and art have engaged issues including the creative process, spirituality, chronic illness, sexual assault, healing, music, and trash.

damali’s new memoir takes its readers on a journey through a year of reclaiming her own femininity and the unexpected impact that had on her life. Through her trademark humor, bolstered by a remarkably vulnerable and open telling of her story, damali shows the reader that life is an ongoing process of growth and evolution.

“damali has a story for everything.” A friend once said this about me. I am not sure if he meant it as a compliment or a criticism. Either way, it is true. As an author and speaker, the real stories of my life are central to all I do. Two audience members recently said “damali is the most real person I have ever met.” and “I had so many epiphanies during her visit.” I used to wonder why I had experienced so many rich, varied, and often difficult things in my lifetime, now I know why.

To see Ayo in action, check out her Youtube page