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Meet Akeem Biggs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Akeem Biggs.

Akeem, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Alabama, but I was raised in south Mississippi with my incredible twin brother, Akeenan. After graduating high school, I moved to New Orleans in order to pursue theatre arts and Spanish at Loyola University. During my junior year, I moved to Quito, Ecuador, for ten months to continue studying Spanish. It is there where I truly began my ascent with photography. After moving back to New Orleans, I graduated, got signed and began to pursue acting professionally. I kept my camera close to me, documenting the legendary people and places that made New Orleans so special. After working on the shows “Claws” and “The First”, I moved to Los Angeles to expand my pursuit. I have been here for three years now, and it has truly been a trip immersing myself in the industry, creating work in front of and behind the camera in order to authentically document the life and experience of a gay, black boy from Mississippi.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Initially, growing up in the South was the biggest struggle for me. I found it quite difficult to find my place. To find someone who really understood me. I had an incredible family around me; however, there was a huge disconnect between us: differing generations, awarenesses, and beliefs. After witnessing the treatment of some of my schoolmates for simply being themselves, I vowed to keep my mouth shut, keep my head down, do my work, and get out of there. I graduated top of my class, secured my scholarship, and went to college. I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to study in places like New Orleans and Quito. Mostly because of the people. By observing everyone and everything, and sharing pieces of ourselves with each other, I learned how to believe in/lead with my authenticity. How to fly for me.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a multi-disciplinary artist, specializing primarily in acting and visual arts. From the characters I play on television to my photography reflecting the world, my work encompasses the complexity that is not often afforded to black boys. We’re smart, too. We’re multi-faceted, too. We have dreams, too. We are human, too. Embracing my truth, I feel powerful being the author of my own story. My art unapologetically explores and honors the black, male form through a lens of sensuality and power. Through my work, I assume ownership over my body. It is no longer priced by society. I am most proud of all my art because of the people whom I have had the pleasure to learn from and to create with. The art has been my reclamation. For my body, my identity, and my dreams.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
My family and friends have always served as my good luck charms. My spirituality is also my good luck. I recognize that I am spiritual being having a human experience. I constantly remind myself of that. It helps me lead without fear, and it opens me up to world and its many, many possibilities to create the life that I have always wanted.

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Image Credit:
The horizontal personal photo was shot by Maxwell Poth. The two photos with the brown jacket were shot by Kayla Alise. The black&white and sunlight shots are by J J Geiger.

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