Submission for Anamalous Magazine Issue 6: Buttercup March/April 2019
In honor of Women’s History Month (March) and Blacck Women’s History Month (April), this issue is dedicated to women of color. Theme: Sexual liberation regarding women of color.
“What does Sexual liberation mean to me?”
No guilt. No feeling dirty or wrong. No shame.
The shame is what makes folks like me, Black pansexuals, stay closeted. Saying you are not just attracted to the body is still a taboo, though times are a-changing. Limits were affixed to my body as soon as I was born, you share this part of my story. Pretty early, maybe first grade, I realized that I was attracted to not only the opposite gender/sex but to anyone in between but (poorly) hid my curiosity. Around junior high school in 2008-9, I wanted to be visible and proud in my identity, a nameless reminder to encourage others to do the same. In simple words, being me is not dirty or wrong, sexual liberation is power.
“What are difficulties, if any, that you face in society as a sexually liberated woman, as well as in black & brown spaces?”
An opinion: “That gay shit = That white shit.” To that I say, Go see the world, suck a dick, and be somebody. Distant relatives on my timeline/newsfeed right now posting publicly and adamantly about conspiracies that the government conspires to emasculate “our” men by poisoning our drinking water with the big ‘Gay’ to destabilize our households. Do you see this changing the way I approach my love life and sexual exploration? Do you see this affecting any queer person to stop loving and fucking who they want? To the first question, Hell No, but to the second question is an overwhelming Yes. Conversion therapy exists, and the folks receiving that treatment heard that their sexual identity was wrong, dirty, that their desires were unthinkable and blasphemous. To them, being “normal” is the goal, and normal historically is straight, white, and thin. I am none of those things, so why fit into a box that was never made for you? No fear, shame, or guilt. You can also find that by embracing your identities and finding a tribe of people who accept you for not only your confidence but for your bravery. No one said it would be easy, but it damn sure is brave.
Advice about embracing your sexual liberation:
Last week, month, year when you thought about the future you were thinking about today: Decide for yourself what your future looks like. I say to myself, “What the future has for me is all I’m really here to see.” Try to interact with folks and your body like you already know your future, and free yourself of the burden of “What if?, the guilt of “Should I?”, or shame of “Why not?” Do for you.
Discussion Topic: 1 thing you want people to think about for the holidays?”
“What do you notice yourself thinking about when you are completely still?” In December, we are able to recognize the stillness that we miss running from errand to errand. Snow and the cold force folks to find shelter and unity, everything seems picturesque and frozen in time, all the clichés. This is about finding that unity within yourself. My images tend to be very documentary of queer black folks and fractured, split with layers, or divided into two frames, a frame with action and a frame of stillness. Here, this is about finding the stillness and effortlessness of this time of year when toys and familial expectations are packaged and wrapped up in a big red bow. Interesting story, after getting my palm read earlier this year, they told me to adorn myself and my things in red. It will remind me of the power and grace one can find in stillness. Reminding me and those who witness that this right here is urgent and needs attention, like the red bubbles that pop up on your app to show your notifications. There are two months in which we see red the most: February for Valentines (also my birthday month) and December. I want you to focus on stillness. Ask yourself, What do I notice myself thinking about when I am completely still?
If I Die I'm A Legend: A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo, and #BlackLivesMatter | Pittsburgh
"If I Die I'm A Legend: A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo, and #BlackLivesMatter
A historical diagram of afro-futuristic existence, this immersive theater work provides a look into Street Deities and their relationships to the lineage of diasporic people. Audiences will witness the creation of a #blacklivesmatter #shrine after traveling through #blackpower portals. Portals that provide a space where marginalized voices can respond to corporate white supremacist efforts of gentrification, erasure and appropriation.
Corey J. Carrington
If I Die I'm A Legend: A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo, and #BlackLivesMatter was the winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival "Best in Show Selke Award" and is supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments through the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund.
This series is very experimental and powered by local artists collaborating on their art. Each Friday of July we, two artists, a digital artist and a photographer, are collaborating with local artists (photographers, musicians, models, poets, sculptors, and on and on) in order to do live illustrations and photographs for these upcoming summer Fridays. Its more of art-trade so unpaid.
Each Muse In this Series takes Four Portraits: During the session, nature portrait, mango nudity, and the final digital portrait. (Why choose 1? Discipline? Nah.)
(Album also includes photos that I just liked from the day)
If you're in Boston/Cambridge and interested in being involved, comment or message me your availability✨
More from her: Follow Naijah Nin (same on IG) More from me: AfroCentered Medi (same on IG)
Muse/Stylist: Jessica J. (Soundcloud @ jesscx / IG: @jesscx_) Dorchester, Boston, MA April 23, 2017
Artists Taking Action | Photo Campaign
This is a project that has been spearheaded by me, as the summer 2016 Assistant Curator at the Inner City Sanctuary for the Arts. Through this project, I sought to uplift and highlight the voices of some of the talented artists that have come to share their positive energy in the Inner Sanctum. This gave them an outlet to express themselves about the state of the world and how we as artist can take positive action. The backdrop of each photo is especially important because it is a communal art piece that has turned into a lovely collage of color and love. Each artist displayed here has shared their contact information and are open to collaboration, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you see someone with similar interests. Thank you to those who participated and will in the future. Much much love.
This month I celebrate black boys and men. This is meaningful to me and my muses. They feel and show joy and love. Thank you <3
alternate names for black boys
1. smoke above the burning bush 2. archnemesis of summer night 3. first son of soil 4. coal awaiting spark & wind 5. guilty until proven dead 6. oil heavy starlight 7. monster until proven ghost 8. gone 9. phoenix who forgets to un-ash 10. going, going, gone 11. gods of shovels & black veils 12. what once passed for kindling 13. fireworks at dawn 14. brilliant, shadow hued coral 15. (I thought to leave this blank but who am I to name us nothing?) 16. prayer who learned to bite & sprint 17. a mother’s joy & clutched breath -by Danez Smith
April 1: Samuel Victoria (IG: @ sv_theradical) April 2: Tyson Thomas (IG: @ tysonnewmanthomas ) April 3: Kenyah Browne (IG: @ thelastgekko) April 4: Myles Pratt (IG: @ colefromboston / @ starfoxsixtynine) April 5: Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah (IG: @ leunamme.y) April 6: Fake Winston (IG: @ fakewinston) April 7: Shawn (IG: @ spicedman) April 8: Jae Blake (IG: jae.tgk) April 9: Marvin Baldío (IG: Badio88) April 10: Ronald Coren (email) April 11: Kenyah and Myles (IG: @ thelastgekko / @colefromboston) April 12: Daouda Seck April 13: Cliff Notez (IG: @ cliffnotez) April 14: Jourdan Christopher (IG: jo.christopher) April 15: Cagen Luse (IG: @ cagenmiles April 16: Devon A. (IG: @ noved__ ) April 17: Marquis A. (IG: @ 91Midnight) April 18: Geordan Maxwell (IG: Brightside_max24) April 19: Deangelo J. (@ kasper_kole) April 20: Tony Emmanuel April 21: TJ and Carlisha (IG: / @big.beautyy) April 22: Billy Dean (IG: @billydeanthomas ) April 23: Jay )IG: @ king_jst3) April 24: James B. (IG: @ eudesejames ) April 25: Patrick Sylvain (email only) April 26: Sidney Lamage (IG: sidlimage ) April 27: Antonio Irons (IG: Tonytheguitarkid) April 28: Eddie M. ( @eddiemaisonet_storyteller) April 29: Baby Christian and Family (No IG, cause he's a baby but parents are Kerrilee and Romie) April 30: Radcliffe, Andrew, and Brandon Angus (my father and two brothers)
PC: Tyahra (IG: @afrocentered / @afrocenteredmedia) Massachusetts April 2017
Fully Unbalanced | Pauline Kaba
Title: Fully Unbalanced pt.1 + 2 Description: understanding the uncertainties of life and how often awkwardness and confusion are direct results from these inconsistentes.