5 Queer Black Women You Should Know

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Black queer women are gaining more and more visibility and are unapologetically taking up space in media, academia, music, and activist circuits. There have been several listicles naming powerful queer women of color who have become a staple part of our cultural imagination, but we have five we think are deserving of some extra attention.

1. Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Breeze Harpervia abreezeharper.com

Dr. Harper’s name will forever be marked in the historical legacy of intersectional activism. Cited byFeminist Wire as one of the “top intersectional vegan theorists” of our time, Dr. Harper is the the creator of the Sistah Vegan Project, editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society. and author of the new novel Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England.

Dr. Harper has a brilliant way of demonstrating how food politics, racism, sexism, ability, and sexual politics intersect. She has successfully organized two online conferences dealing with veganism and blackness. Last month she hosted one called The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter.

She is currently running a crowdfunding campaign for two new book projects Gs Up Hoes Down: Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix) and Black Lives Matter: A Vegan Praxis.

2 & 3:  THEESatisfaction

THEESatisfaction Band Photovia Subpop

THEESatisfaction is a hip hop/R&B duo composed of rapper Stasia “Stas” Irons and Catherine “Cat” Harris-White. Based in Seattle, the duo is known for “funk-psychedelic feminist sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brow, Ursula Rucks, and Q-Tip.”

THEESatisfaction regularly hosts epic Black Weirdo parties that serve as dance parties for the black queer community and allies. DJs and underground artists share their music in an environment that is warm and safe, unlike some nightclubs and bars. They also just finished playing a few dates with Sleater-Kinney.

In an interview with Bitch Magazine, Cat said:

“Queer and trans woman are doing amazing and groundbreaking work in the world of art. There’s more of a place for women in the arts now, especially for women of color and Black women to be free and to express themselves… I don’t feel like there will ever be a time where feminism won’t be needed. It is a proclamation of female empowerment. I think it’s a really amazing time to be a woman.”

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