Taylor Steele “The Black Joke”. Spoken Word

Taylor Steele has recently received her BA from The New School University, graduating with Departmental Honors in Cultural and Screen Studies. As a born urbanite, she can’t help but be a product of corner stores, open fire hydrants, and concrete playgrounds. But having spent most of her adolescent and teenage years on the Upper West and East sides of New York, she has learned the language of code switching and the art of making a dollar stretch. Through such malleability, she makes it her business to write about politics of the body, especially in regards to race, class, gender, and love and self-actualization.

Between screenplays—which she has written under the tutelage of such illustrious screenwriters and filmmakers as Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) and Caveh Zahedi (The Sheik and I)—and poetry, she cannot keep her hands off a keyboard or away from a pen. As a spoken word artist, Taylor has competed on both a national and local level, including the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam where she placed 5th.


  1. I see this excellent video as evidence of the Strength and fortitude of the black Woman in today’s society.

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