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1Hood Media Teaching Artist Shyheim Banks brings home an Emmy!

Congratulations to 1Hood Media Teaching Artist Shyheim Banks for bringing home an Emmy! Banks received recognition from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Awards in the ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT-NEWS (SINGLE STORY) category. The winning entry, entitled “Don’t Clip Our Tails,’ A Pittsburgh Poet’s Reflection on Racial Justice,” was a collaborative effort between Banks, Public Source, and Ryan Loew, Videographer/Editor. 

On September 25, 2021, 1Hood Media held a watch party with supporters to celebrate Banks and two other nominations that shined the spotlight on the organization. Other nominations included SOCIETAL CONCERNS – SHORT FORM CONTENT (SINGLE STORY)“Antwon Celebration II”- Ya Momz House, Inc.

Emmai Alaquiva, Director and “1HOOD Media – Louisville For Breonna”- Ya Momz House, Inc, Emmai Alaquiva, Director.

Initially, Banks was asked to recite a poem at the first Pittsburgh protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd. At the time, Banks did not have a piece that he believed would truly capture the dark moment in history. So he did what he felt was needed; he sat down and wrote one. His best friend’s mother inspired the poem when she said “don’t clip our tails.” The statement later became the title. 

It is a great honor to be recognized for your work and an even more incredible honor to win an Emmy. 

Shyheim banks


Recently, 1 Hood Media held an Emmy watch party to celebrate nominations that spotlight 1 Hood Media. In the ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT-NEWS (SINGLE STORY) category, “Don’t Clip Our Tails,’ A Pittsburgh Poet’s Reflection on Racial Justice”-Public Source, Shyheim Banks, Writer/Artist, and Ryan Loew, Videographer/Editor won the Emmy.

Don’t Clip Our Tails 

I had a conversation 

With a member of a nation 

Who seems to be lacking in patience 

She would like to see black people live 

As much as me 

But couldn’t seem to see 

Where telling a young black boy to put his hoodie down when asked could come off as invasive

I know you’re all wondering,


She was Caucasian 

To which I replied,


Are you not telling them to stop shooting at the stations?” 

See this is too often the occasion,

I asked her to tell me how 

We deserve criminalization

For wearing a fucking hoodie

When they come to us guns blazing

See that’s where I think we’ve been failed 

It’s to a point where 

even our white allies think we’re the problem

So they offer help by clipping our tails 

If you were thrown in a cell

By someone who does NOT wish you well

Would you respond well 

To being advised to “just not go to jail” ? 

C’mon bro,

What the hell ? 

If you’re so “not racist”

Then why is your idea of help 

To tell black people 

How to better operate in white spaces ? 

I told her simply,

Don’t clip our tails

To which she replied,

“What does that mean”


I know you mean well,

But it’s counterproductive 

To use your voice to inspire compliance 

Within a system where your voice could be destructive

Martin Luther King said it best 

You become a stumbling block 

In the stride toward freedom 

When you’re more devoted to order 

Than to justice 

Don’t clip our tails 

That means simply,

If you’re going to stand WITH me,

Give me the space to speak out 

Against all odds stacked against me

Don’t clip our tails 

Don’t treat me like my culture is a waste 

Because we take up room

Where you failed to make space 

Let me wear my blackness with grace,

With dreadlocks,


An Unshaved face,

And Tell Fox News 

That’s the beauty in blackness,

Not the disgrace 

Don’t clip our tails,

There should be enough room for me to exist as is,

I shouldn’t have to humble my joy, 

Nor silence my kids,

Nor turn down my music,

Nor straighten my wig

When concerning my freedom,

My life shouldn’t be the first bid 

Don’t clip our tails 

Black people shouldn’t have to shrink 

In fear of what white America will think 

When regarding my place in society,

Your first thought shouldn’t be the clink 

If you see me out for a jog,

Knowing the road I had to take,

You should offer me a drink 

Don’t clip our tails 

I should be able to stand tall

In ALL of my blackness

Baggage and all 

Banks states that he technically is a songwriter and not a poet. His songs are inspired by his motivation to make sense of his emotions. 

To have an Emmy at such a young age feels legendary! It feels like I’m ahead of the curve. It’s an honor to be only 25 years old with my first Emmy. I’m now even more excited about the future.

Shyheim banks

The awards were presented on September 25, 2021.  Click here to check out the ceremony in its entirety.

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