Eziah Blake (they/them/theirs and he/him/his), also known as “Black Bear Extraordinaire,” is a 28 year old Black, Queer and Trans spoken word artist, singer, activist, and Dorchester native. They are currently a Resident Artist for the Theater Offensive (TTO), an organization that supports the creative artwork of LGBTQ artists. Black Bear Extraordinaire is also the Assistant Director of TTO’s True Colors Troupe, an award-winning and community-based theater ensemble of LGBTQ youth.
He has performed his artistic work locally and nationally through spoken word, solo and duet singing performances, theatre, and workshops. Black Bear Extraordinaire has showcased his work at BASK: QPOC Pride Picnic, A Reading by Queer and Trans Poets at the Boston Public Library, Breaking Through: A Celebration of Queer and Trans Artists of Color, and the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference.
Their work as an intersectional artist also inspires his community activism with local LGBTQ organizations, such as the Boston Alliance for LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY), Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, and The Theater Offensive. The organizations have recognized Black Bear Extraordinaire’s activism with the Livingston Pangburn Award for Youth Activism, Out On the Edge Award, Advocate Award. He was the keynote speaker for the 2016 Trans Youth Summit. Through his social justice and artistic work, Black Bear Extraordinaire has centered the voices of queer and trans people of color.
Connect with Black Bear Extraordinaire on Facebook @blackbearextraordinaire and Instagram @blackbearextraordinaire.