RIP: Honoring the Life of Antron-Reshaud Olukayode
The Young "Artivist" and Blogger for TheBody.com Is Remembered by Community
TheBody.com mourns the loss of our beloved community member, Antron-Reshaud Olukayode, who died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Antron was a self-described "artivist," spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Let's Stop HIV Together" campaign, and writer of the blog With Love ATL for TheBody.com. Concerning his role as activist and artist, he told TheBody.com in 2014, "I just want to be able to fight in a very creative way, that I can leave my mark on here, when I do leave -- and say that I fought the good fight, and I left some color for the world."
Well done, Antron.
TheBody.com celebrates Antron's life with this collection of remembrances from friends and community organizations that he touched.
From the Counter Narrative Project:
Our deepest condolences to the family of Antron-Reshaud Olukayode. You inspired all you came in contact with. Your CNP family will miss you! pic.twitter.com/EvCJk2nwOD— CounterNarrative (@buildingdesire) November 13, 2017
From the The Unbuntu Biography Project:
Mourning the loss of #ubuntubiographyproject honoree Antron-Reshaud Olukayode. He was an accomplished poet, author, HIV/AIDS activist, blogger, multidisciplinary artist, vocalist, music producer, creative director, and Buddhist. Read his bio at https://t.co/erKNnCtExV pic.twitter.com/x5kWWgSt8f— Ubuntu Bio Project (@UbuntuBios) November 13, 2017
From the Church of the Common Ground:
From senior managing director of LGBTQ Community Initiative at Teach for America Tim'm T. West:
From advocate and creator of Justin's HIV Journal Justin B. Terry Smith:
RIP to my friend Antron-Reshaud Olukayode Way too young and beautiful for this world. Fly high, my brave friend,... https://t.co/D7IW2ZHvzR— Justin B Terry-Smith (@JustinBSmith79) November 13, 2017
From writer Victor Yates:
Poet Antron-Reshaud Olukayode has died. I knew of him years before I published my book. I admired the honesty in his writing pic.twitter.com/6BFS7JI5ic— Writer Victor Yates (@writervicyates) November 14, 2017
From writer and artist Venus Selenite:
This is hard for me to write. Antron-Reshaud Olukayode transitioned today in hospice after a battle with cancer. He is one of the greatest artists I've known and though we hadn't been able to talk for a year, I still considered him a great friend. The loss I feel is tremendous. pic.twitter.com/eadYYKnPEr— Venus Selenite (@venusselenite) November 13, 2017
From public speaker and 3LWTV web series host Lonnell Williams:
Heartbroken to learn of the passing of Antron-Reshaud Olukayode. @olukaoluka Such a beautiful spirit who always greeted others with his beautiful, open heart. I loved talking to this young man as he was clearly wise beyond his years. So blessed to have the opportunity to know him in this life. Keep standing in your light Antron. RIP #cancersucks #fuckcancer
From advocate Adolph Arromand:
From poet Mose Hardin:
From producer Miko Evans:
Ken Stockwell is associate editor and senior web producer for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.