Men to Watch: Chancelier ‘xero’ Skidmore, 43

Executive Director of Forward Arts in Baton Rouge

Hometown: Plaquemine, LA

Role Models: My mother, Patty Smith, Dr. Ray Sibley, Gerri Hobdy, Dr. Susan Weinstein, Anna West, Mary West, Gaylynne Mack, Renee Chatelain, Sam Singleton, Dr. Isaac Greggs, Thandor Miller, Paul Griffi n, Laura Mullen, Mike Foster.

Moves made in 2014: I finished writing a book, “upBEAT DOWNbeat”. It’s a collection of poems about my life as a musician.  I also starting writing commercials for a media company.

What to expect in 2015: I plan to get back into competing as a slam poet and start writing another book.

Personal Resolution for 2015: I make resolutions more often than once a year, but my latest one was to publish the manuscript I wrote.

Business/Company Resolution for 2015: Continue to foster personal and social transformation through critical engagement and creative practice.

Life/business motto: Everyone is doing their best, with what they know.

What music are you dancing to? I listen to lots of classic/contemporary soul. Right now, my favorite album is “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo.

What are you reading? I just started on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander; “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson; and “God Is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens.



Louisiana is home for many talented, intellectual, cultured, and politically savvy people. THE DRUM staff and editors have identifi ed the people to watch in 2015 from Ponchatoula and Hammond to Baton Rouge and Lafayette. We introduce them to you here and encourage you to follow these leaders. Read about them all at MEN TO WATCH 2015.