Yolo Akili Robinson

Executive Director and Founder, BEAM

Yolo Akili Robinson is an award winning writer, healing justice worker, yogi and the founder and executive director of BEAM (The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective). Yolo has worked primarily in three areas: Batterers intervention/family counseling with Black men and boys, HIV/AIDS, and healing justice/wellness work. In 2018, Yolo was awarded the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Health Equity Award” for his work. He was also featured at the 2020 BET Awards for an “Empowerful spotlight”, highlighting his work facilitating the vision of BEAM. His writings and work have appeared on Shondaland, GQ, Women’s Health, USA Today, Vice, B.E.T, Huffington Post, Cassius, Ebony, Everyday Feminisms and much more. He is the author of the social justice themed affirmation Book “Dear Universe: Letters of Affirmation & Empowerment for all of us” (Michael Todd Books, 2016) and a contributor to Tarana Burke and Dr. Brene Brown’s anthology on Black vulnerability and shame resilience “You Are Your Best Thing.” (2021, Random House Books)