Meet 2020 Define American Artist Fellow Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe! She is a Dominican, Bronx-raised community organizer, writer, and spoken word performer. Her work raises awareness around issues of race, gender, and migration.
✨ What artists are inspiring you these days?
Issa Rae and Rihanna, they center their Blackness and womanhood in everything they do while uplifting where they come from.
✨ What’s a risk you’ve taken lately?
Challenging myself to create outside of poetry.
✨ When you’re having a bad day, what do you do?
I read poems written by Black women.
✨ What is your greatest extravagance?
I’m not sure how to answer this question. In the emotional sense, my greatest extravagance is my compassion. In the physical, I do have a pretty amazing head of hair.
✨ What music artist do you have on repeat right now?
Two Albums: Solange’s A Seat at the Table & Bad Bunny’s Las Que No Iban A Salir.
✨ What was the last book you read?
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn.
✨ What’s a book you would recommend?
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
✨ What’s your favorite color?
Right now, yellow. It changes almost every month.
✨ What is something bringing you joy right now?
Watching “Explained” on Netflix. It keeps me learning. ✨ What advice do you have for young people who are pursuing an artistic practice?
Stop worrying about the likes, views, shares. Create for you and what you hope to see out in the world. The “clout” will come if you honor the art of doing.