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Ken Williams is a speaker, storyteller, HIV activist, media presence, and the creative force behind the award winning, queer-conscious, video blog, Ken Like Barbie. Diagnosed with HIV in 2010, Ken has contributed much of his online presence to issues affecting PLHIV, with a special attention to communities of color. Ken has collaborated on a national level creating video content and cultivating relationships with prominent media and AIDS Service Organizations such as the Black AIDS Institute, the CDC, and AIDS.gov where he contributes on a quarterly basis as a guest blogger for their Black Voices project. Ken’s work, both visual and written, tackles universal issues & themes through the lens of gay, black metaphors. He is proudly both. Ken’s storytelling approach has not only been celebrated by the LGBT community but his video work and messaging is honored globally.
Ken Like Barbie was created as a hub for self expression. Inspired by all of the tinkering I’ve ever done in my journal, KLB serves as my sounding board and creative practice. I believe in things like self-awareness; mental, physical, social and personal freedoms. I believe in PDA & peace of mind and the spiritual capacity to love & be loved beyond measure.
I picked up a camera nearing the end of my undergraduate studies at Columbia College in Chicago, and after graduation, when the country fell into a recession, my instincts demanded that I create. Today I am a video-hobbyist, media presence, storyteller and a compilation of many other successful adjectives.
My intentions with this platform is to help facilitate community through the connective value of story & self expression. My life is my activism as well as my art. Welcome.
Blogger • Activist • Social Champion • Storyteller • Media Presence • Web Personality
My biggest secret is that I operate a lot of times in fear. I have spent bright days in emotional basements, compliant to complacency, having made fear-based decisions on a life I struggle to learn as I live it. And because of this I have crucified myself ritually.
My truth is that I am broken in many, many invisible ways but there has been no renewal more triumphant than finding reason, be it large or small, to celebrate being alive!!
I celebrate my life sometimes in solitude, in my video work, in my friendships/relationships, in boy on boy kissing because I love to kiss—I am successful in these places.
What I have discovered is that the reward for endurance is a deeper appreciation for the journey had. There is no lesson so insurmountable that it doesn’t teach.
Because #WhatIKnowForSure is that even when I’m convinced I have wronged myself with either poor decision making, self doubt and/or fear—I am learning! I revel in knowing that what has made me out to seem my worst enemy has secretly been teaching me that, instead, I am truly my greatest love.