Imagine a four-year-old child with several ponytails decorated with colorful barrettes, Blxck Queer, Non-binary and Bible-belted in the back of their mother’s black, two-door Pontiac Sunbird. With no prompting, they declare with surprising authority, “When I get older, I’m gonna change this world!” Fast-forward three years: In the same torrid car, their older brother sits adjacent in the cramped backseat judgmentally watching them sip pop–or on the West Coast, “soda.” Apparently channeling their Dad’s inner Track & Field Coach, their brother says, “You shouldn’t drink pop. It’s going to slow you down.” They rebut, “Nuh-uh, I’m always gonna be motivated!” With a seatbelt of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit (Tenets of Tae Kwon Do learned at age five), they buckle into a tumultuous yet redemptive roller coaster ride tentatively titled, Life? Such roller coasters can strip Youth of spry visions for more just tomorrows, but not this little one! With amassed experiences, resilient strength of character, and plans to “change this world” by co-creating spaces in which we choose sustainable transformation through self-determinism, Lakhiyia Hicks envisioned and launched HOMEplxce!
i am home.
I am a public health cultural shapeshifter.
Last seen sporting many fitted caps, I am Freedom Art Warrior, inviting us to remember who we are. Depending on community needs at hand, this may mean masquerading as a spoken word poet, curator, playwright, director, Participatory Action Researcher, singer, dancer, curriculum-builder, Kuringa/joker and you name it. Pedagogy/Theatre of the Oppressed ground my feet with deep roots in multidisciplinary means for being the fact of our freedom in a world designed to systematically undermine our birthright to belonging. I curate educational spaces as capacity-building rehearsal rooms in which we can choose to move ourselves from being passive objects in the face of injustice to being active subjects in co-creating realities we actually desire and consent to living. I am means as destination. I am prefigurative politics in motion. Community-centered innovation beats at the heart of embodied co-learning. Those made most vulnerable in society become the most creative thought partners and strategic leaders for manifesting urgently needed alternate universes composting at the roots of disproportionate unwanted life outcomes. I have graduated with a Bachelors in Humxn Communications from Northwestern University; Community-Engaged Theatre (Womxn’s prison, Youth Centers, et al) Graduate Study Abroad Certificate from NYU; and a Masters in Applied Theatre Arts from USC. I am lived and work experience as a global citizen, who is uniquely present to underlying causes of health inequities and social determinants of health (e.g. poverty, structural, institutional, interpersonal and internalized oppression) as well as best practices to transmute through community and chosen family organizing, peer education, train-the-trainer approaches, and the community health worker model. I contribute Participatory Action Research/Real-Search at international conferences, retreats, local actions, in FREE LA high schools, at the Chuco’s Justice Center, in partnerships with organizations, and on university campuses as lecturer from UCLA all the way to the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) in Brazil.
I am Lakhiyia, “home” in isiXhosa and Haitian Creole.
I am founder and project manager for HOMEplxce, an educational consulting firm dedicated to the mobilization of survivors of childhood sexual assault as Liberation Arts-based Community Health Strategists across the Blxck Queer Diaspora.
Meet HOMEplxce at the intersections of Transformative and Healing justice!
“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” –Lilla Watson