You've got Images in the River: Black Girls Dialogue on your calendar right? Love Isn't Enough and a few of our crunk feminist friends are getting together at 9 am ET, TOMORROW, right here in this space, to discuss how to introduce feminism to black girls. I'm telling you, you don't want to miss this. Here are just three of the amazing women that will be a part of this panel:
Love Isn't Enough contributor Bianca I. Laureano is a first generation Puerto Rican sexologist living in NYC. Raised in the Washington, DC area in an activist environment, Bianca is the daughter of an artist and educator and a product of the public school system. In the field of sexuality for over a decade, Bianca has worked with and taught youth of Color, working class communities, speaks at national and international organizations advocating sex-positive social justice agendas. She has presented both locally and internationally on various topics concerning activism, Latino sexual health, feminisms, youth and hip-hop culture, Latinos and race, Caribbean cultural practices and sexuality, dating and relationships, curriculum development, reproductive justice and teaching.
She's a board member at the Black Girl Project, doula with The Doula Project, editor of film and music at VivirLatino.com, and co-founder of The LatiNegr@s Project. Bianca is an instructor and a freelance writer and was awarded the 2010 Mujeres Destacadas’ Award (distinguished woman) from El Diario/La Prensa for her work in sexual health. She hosts the website LatinoSexuality.com and identifies as a LatiNegra, media maker, radical woman of Color, activist, sex-positive, pro-choice femme. Find out more about Bianca by visiting her website BiancaLaureano.com.
Sheri Davis-Faulkner is a doctoral candidate in American Studies in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. Her work calls for a humanities-based intervention and response to health issues articulated within social science and popular medical discourses. Specifically she looks at the depiction of the “childhood obesity epidemic” within televisual media, attending to the treatment of black girls categorized as obese. A Spelman College alumna, she completed her Master of Women’s Studies degree in May 2001 from The Ohio State University. In 2010 she conducted a participatory action research project in West Atlanta called Camp Carrot Seed, an action oriented research project focused on engaged-pedagogies that explore food literacy, body literacy, and media literacy with youth through organic gardening, shopping, food preparation, arts and literary enrichment, environmental education, and community building. In addition to being a blogging member of the Crunk Feminist Collective, she is also a proud spouse and mother living in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Mashadi Matabane: I have been a seriously awesome black girl since 1977. I have been a self-identified feminist since 1995. I dig iconoclasm, starbursts, transformative agency, earned solidarity, blues, rock & black feminisms; and I am a big fan of making room for squares, and other mainstream misfits. I HEART black girls!!!! I graduated from The Madeira School, Spelman College, and NYU; escaped from the editorial staffs of national women's magazines in NYC and now I kick it extra as a PhD candidate of American Studies at Emory University, where I am writing a cultural history of black women electric guitarists in U.S. popular music. I do not traffic in victimhood nor do I believe in wallowing in pain, except when it comes to the fact that I will never be an Ailey dancer or a B-girl! I am almost always HappyBrownGirl on Twitter, and I haphazardly write on steelydames.blogspot.com and rightonbefree.blogspot.com.
Did I not tell you? Bios for our remaining panelists, Asha French and Ruth Nicole Brown, to come.
Please plan to spend some time with us tomorrow morning having a very important dialogue.