Mykki Blanco is pursuing a career in journalism

Liz Pelly

“Writing words that rhyme over beats made by other people mostly male no longer interests me and I’ve felt this way for over a year now,” Mykki Blanco wrote on Facebook yesterday. “I do not find being a ‘rapper’ fascinating and rather than waste the remaining 9 months of 2015 in some kind of FAKE existential crisis where I pretend I don’t know what I want I’m taking the initial steps to securing what I know I do want.”

According to the Facebook post, Blanco is planning to travel to Nepal this spring to investigate LGBT rights in the country and start getting a feel for the world of journalism. This isn’t to say Mykki Blanco is done with music forever, but rather, the musician and performance artist is just taking some time to explore other interests and platforms.

“My longterm goals would eventually see myself enrolled in school in a sociology and gender studies program while also focusing on writing and beginning to work academically,” Blanco wrote. “I’ve taken away much from the lectures & discussions I’ve given so far in my career and would hope to continue to contribute and engage in dialogues focusing on gender/sexuality and its role in the entertainment/music industry’s while also studying and fulfilling my desire to follow my new interests. I would like to ideally become an accredited journalist working and writing professionally and I think keeping my platform as Mykki Blanco as a hub not just for entertainment but for all of these points will create an organic think tank those that follow me can benefit from.”

Considering the intelligence, urgency and confrontational energy that Mykki Blanco has brought to music and performance over the years, this is an exciting development. Read the entire Facebook post here.

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