Yolo Akili Robinson is an award winning writer, healing justice worker, yogi and the Founder and Executive Director of BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective). BEAM is a national training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black communities.
Yolo has worked primarily in three areas: Batterers intervention/family counseling with Black men and boys, HIV/AIDS, and healing justice/wellness. 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 in Shondaland, GQ, Women's Health, USA Today, Vice, BET, 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 and Empowerment for All of Us, and a contributor to Tarana Burke and Dr. Brene Brown's anthology, You are Your Best Thing.