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Bassey Ikpi


Bassey (Bahs-ee) Ikpi is a Nigerian-born American spoken-word poet, writer, and mental health advocate. She has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam five times and her poetry has opened shows for Grammy Award-winning artists.

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Video 8/26/2019: Bassey Ikpi & Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Spoken-word poet, writer, and mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi breaks open our understanding of mental health by giving us intimate access to her own in her debut collection of essays I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying. Join Bassey for a reading and conversation from and about her book with VP and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the Kennedy Center, Marc Bamuthi Joseph.