The Use of the Erotic x Audre Lorde
graphic by Elroy and Jean-Louis
THE UNAPOLOGETIC QUEERNESS OF HAITIAN VODOU x Shanna Collins
"Vodou has become increasingly attractive not only because it connects a person directly with West African heritage and is dangerous to the status quo, but also because of its gender-variant and sexuality-variant deities. While my coven of witches and I concur that Jesus was a definitely a radical Black queer femme (peace to Krupa P. for putting us on), Vodou maintains a specific appeal: it directly challenges heterosexist and cissexist claims that queerness is incompatible with Blackness. Vodou is not only unapologetically Black--it’s also unapologetically queer, as the lwas (spirits) express a range of sexualities and gender nonconforming identities. Under Vodou, poorer, darker-skinned Haitians become free to express their queerness in a manner that might not be readily accepted in a country that is now primarily Roman Catholic."
The Bridge Called My Back is a collection of writings and reflections by radical women of color in history. Many of which have been fundamental to the roads we walk on today. This has been considered the Bible to transnational feminism- a feminism beyond borders and incorporating all experiences under the imperialist world order.
In this piece- I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities, Audre Lorde focuses on the connections women and femmes have across experiences in sexuality, and how it can be utilized as a critical point in liberation.
Alice Walker's fictional tale brings together the experiences and realities of black women in the South and tells the once-untold stories of our ancestors.