My hair be like: Look, I know you got 2 PT jobs or whateva, but I’m over here gettin that #FULLTIMEWERQ in.
Part of my answer & offering to the BPTT question “What is on the other side of your body’s joy/shame?” is the realization of the ways the PHYSICAL emBODYed experiences (hips, thick lips, dark skin, non-“normative”[European] beauty, etc) of our queer-POC-artist-ancestors informed their work.
Those who have come before us were/are genius artists who have not only thought/shared brilliant art & thangs but also endured life as queer people of color in a time when QTPOC were barely recognized as human (& mentally healthy), let alone being listened to. Their work & lived experiences paved the way for the nuance in our collective & individual QTPOC bodies to be[gin to be] recognized as valid.
Along with these bomb A$$ visuals done by the incomparable @_mzsoulful, my recently formed Boi Band (made up of all Masculine of Center Womyn of Color incl. @ultraaradical, @cali7star, & yes, @_mzsoulful again! Told you, incomparable!) is gon’ rock to classics by D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean & the like. 4:00 SHARP-4:20p ppl! Don’t miss us! <3 Can’t wait to share this with you all.
Black Men talking about art. Dance, at that. Just yes. @RMosesKin @lookitmbj @ybca (at Lam Research Theater)
Working on truly believing it - knowing it in my bones - but declaring is the first step, right?
Erryday its love in my hizzouse. Also, yes to #recycling lol.
The initial TY note of mine was cuz my mom made some bread for me to take to a potluck since I wasn’t gonna have time between work and the event. ❤️❤️❤️ love you mom! @iysimjay
Turn To Stone
Photographer: Samantha Wolov
Model: Achok Majak
Raven Wilkinson, born in 1935, became the first black American woman ever hired as a permanent member of a major ballet company. This acceptance came with one condition; she had to pretend she was white in order to perform in the segregated South. Two years into her career, at an Atlanta hotel, Wilkinson decided she wouldn’t outright deny her race when asked if she was colored by the hotel owner. Following that incident her dancing was limited within the company and after several years of enduring the cruelty she left the company. Wilkinson eventually went to Holland, where she danced as a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet.
(Top: Wilkinson w/ black American ballerina Misty Copeland)