Akeemjamal Rollins – “Tonight”

Performed at Icehouse

“All I want is friends, and love, and everything kindergarten makes you feel entitled to.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Akeemjamal Rollins, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN.

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Best of Button Week 326

“We just want to sit in someone’s heart forever.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Akeemjamal Rollins! Congrats Poet!

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Akeemjamal Rollins – “Scenarios in Which I Do Not Die”

Performing at Button Poetry Live

“We just want to sit in someone’s heart forever.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Akeemjamal Rollins, performing at Button Poetry Live.

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AKeemjamal Rollins – “As Resistance”

Performing at Rustbelt 2018.

“Hold my shoulder blades tight, as if I know wings will burst forth at any moment.”

Don’t miss this moving poem from AKeemjamal Rollins, performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival in Detroit, MI.

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Akeemjamal Rollins – “Suicide Note” (1M Views!)

“Tell God, whoever he, or she, or they are, thanks, but next time, I won’t be seeing them soon.”

Congratulations to Akeemjamal Rollins on topping 1,000,000 views on this amazing poem. Watch more videos from Akeemjamal here and here.



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Akeemjamal Rollins – “Dragging”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“If gay is the new black, what the fuck is a gay Black person?”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Akeemjamal Rollins, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

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