Black History Month
Black History Month –
February is Black History Month, and we are excited to share with you some educators, creators and activists we absolutely love. The representation and visibility of black experience matters all year long, not just in February, so please go check out their work, follow them on social media, and join us in supporting their messages!
Erika Hart – http://ihartericka.com/
Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in May 2014 at the age of 28, Erika Hart realized that neither their identity as a queer black femme, nor their sex life as a survivor, was featured prominently in their treatment. She decided to do something about it: going topless (and viral) in public, bearing their double mastectomy scars to end the lack of black, brown LGBTQIA+ representations and visibility in breast cancer awareness. Dismantling the ways that systemic patriarchy and anti-black standards of beauty affect our everyday lives, Ericka is shifting ingrained cultural modes and attitudes on chronic illness and posits visibility as vital to any radically inclusive movement toward equity.
Martha S. Jones – http://marthasjones.com/
Dr. Jones is a writer, historian, and public speaker from Central Harlem, New York. Today, she teaches African American history at John Hopkins University, inspired by her early career as a public interest lawyer, where she represented homeless people, people with mental illness, and women living with HIV and AIDS. After earning a history Ph.D. from Columbia in 2001, her scholarship and public speaking has focused on black women in law, culture, and inequality. Her published books, such as All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 and Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All examine black debates about women’s rights.
Sinnamon Love – https://www.singleinbrooklyn.com/
Sinammon Love is a writer, content creator, sex worker, cannabis advocate, and founder of The BIPOC Adult Industry Collective. Through this collective, social media, and their private platforms, Sinnamon contributes to a conversation that runs the gamut from cannabis licensing, sustainability and the historical intersections of cannabis justice, and the criminalization of sex workers.
Brandon Kyle Goodman https://twitter.com/brandonkgood
Brandon Kyle Goodman is an educator, actor, writer and activist. They were part of the team behind Netflix’s Big Mouth, have a popular Instagram live series Messy Mondays, and appears in Amazon’s series Modern Love, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and several other films. Their first memoir, You Gotta Be You, will be published this fall.
King Noire https://www.kingnoire.com/
King Noire is a writer, porn performer, artist, Master Fetish Trainer, MC and global activist using the proceeds of his album ‘Music Is My Weapon’ to build a school, fresh water well and medical clinic in Guinea Bissau, West Africa. He has used his position in the adult industry to develop an ethically-sound molded toy, raises consciousness around kink safety for people of color, and offering sex education to audiences ranging from college students to medical providers.
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