Daniel Holtzclaw and the routine sexual assault of Black women by police

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI will look at the case of the Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, accused of assaulting 8 Black women by using using his power as an officer of the law to threaten and coerce women into sexual compliance with his wishes. He chose victims who were vulnerable and who often had police records, threatening legal retaliation if they did not comply and knowing that their word would not be believed over his if they spoke out.  The women knew this also. Holtzclaw faces 32 criminal counts including rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure.

Those who work closely with poor black communities say that this case only hints at what is a vast underbelly of routine and systemic police sexaul assults on Black women. They are demanding that this issue be included in current demands for justice for Black communities, being made in the wake of the spate of recent murders of black men by police.

The Black Feminist group Black Women’s Blueprint decided to take this case and issue of police violence against Black women to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva this past November.

Our guests will be: 1) Andrea Ritchie a police misconduct attorney whose legal practice, and advocacy work focuses on the profiling and policing of girls, women, and transgender people of color. She coordinates Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and is on the steering committee of Communities United for Police Reform and 2) Netsanet Tesfay, a human rights attorney at Black Women’s Blueprint, where she provides legal assistance and is also working on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focuses on black women in the U.S. and their experiences with rape and sexual assault. She recently was part of a delgation to the U. N. Committee Against Torture, in Geneva Switzerland, where she and other members of BWB presented a report entitled: INVISIBLE BETRAYAL: POLICE VIOLENCE AND THE RAPES OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES to the Committee.

We will be discussing the extent and character of police sexualized violence against Black women in the United States, its invisibility and its “routine” nature as well as why Black Women’s Blueprint found it necessary to take their “case” to the U.N. in November. We will start with the Daniel Holtzclaw case and move outward to its significance, its historical precursors and the future of justice for women victims of police violence.

We will be taking listener phone calls at (212) 209-2900 in the latter part of the show. If you have experienced sexual harassment by police, we would be particularly interested in hearing your story.

The show will also include feminist news stories and music. Host: Fran Luck

FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL NYC: Five Fridays in the Fall, Sept. 26 to Oct. 24

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio is thrilled to announce that we will be presenting the FIRST EVER Feminist Film Festival at WBAI! It will take place on five consecutive Fridays this Fall, starting on September 26 and running through October 24 (Sept. 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24).

We’ll present “feminist classics”–the defining feminist films of many eras–and some of the directors will be present in person or via Skype. We’ll also show rare documentary shorts, feminist comedy, and have some live performance.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (check wbai.org for updates):

Sept. 26. Jennifer Lee‘s 2013 release “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” , getting rave reviews as it is shown across the country; Jennifer Lee set out to tell her generation the story of the feminist movement by interviewing its pioneers–includes Betty Friedan‘s last interview; covers the 1940’s, 50’s, the fight to get women into the Civil Rights Act of 1964; how women’s liberationists put a “Women of the World Unite” banner on the Statue of Liberty (1970)–The Civil Rights Movement and feminism–and much more. The director will speak with us via Skype. Bev Grant‘s ‘Up Against the Wall, Miss America!’, a documentary short of the Miss America Pageant Protest of 1968 (where women are rumored to have burnt their bras!). Bev Grant will join us in person to introduce the film.


October 3. “With a Vengeance: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom” by Lori Hiris (1989)–a gutsy fast-moving film influenced by 60’s Avant-Garde director Emile D’Antonio, it shows the history of abortion in this country, jump-cutting between movement activist-theorists,street clashes with the Right, early meetings of Black women formulating what would become “The Reproductive Justice movementand much more. Cameo appearance by the great Flo Kennedy. Followed by: “I Had an Abortion” by Jennifer Baumgardner and Jillian Aldrich. From a “celebrity feminist” to an 85-year-old Harlem woman who describes conditions in the 1930’s, women of many ages and communities tell their personal stories of having had an abortion.

PLUS: LIVE THEATER PERFORMANCE! Stacey Linnartz, a NYC actor who has worked on Off Broadway and TV, will perform a piece about the harassment, by the far right, of abortion provider Dr. Susan Wicklund, entitled “The Siege.” She will also do a comedy piece: “Laws We Want.” Stacey is part of the Reproductive Justice Players of Words of Choice.

Short films, from 6-7:30 PM, will include: We Always Resist/Trust Black WomenSusan Brownmiller on her three illegal abortions, The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour; and video from the recent Abortion Rights Freedom Ride (organized by Stop Patriarchy) .

October 10th. An evening in Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day (aka Columbus Day) consisting of films and live performances, with a focus on women.

6:15: “Chicana” by Sylvia Morales (23 minutes) traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present

6:40La Operacion” by Ana Maria Garcia–the historically important documentary that broke open the scandal of one third of Puerto Rican women having been sterilized in the 1950s/60’s because of U.S. population control policies–it covers the implementation of these policies from Puerto Rico to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx

7:20 Live performance by Mahkame Theatre, featuring veteran native American actresses of stage and screen, Hortencia and Elvira Colorado.

7:40: “Salt of the Earth”  (classic, feature length film) 1954 movie that was banned by the House of Un-American Activities Committee, about a strike by Mexican workers, within which women rebel against their husbands in order to be able to participate. The film will be introduced by feminist activist/history Professor Carol Giardina of Queens College.

Live performance by acclaimed singing/spoken word group Mahina Movement (Gabriella Callender, vaimoana litia makakaufake niumeitolo and Lorena Ambrosio)

If time permits, audience discussion.

On the walls: Photos by Bev Grant of: The 1968 Miss America Pageant Protest; W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) and  a demonstration for The New Haven Panther 14.

October 17. Films of transgressive/militant/direct action feminism

Lizzie Borden‘s cult classic “Born in Flames”, a sci-fi journey into a post-revolutionary New York City where a Women’s Army, led by Black women, has formed to fully bring women into the revolution. With Flo Kennedy in a featured role! Must see!

“Left on Pearl” A documentary by Susie Rivo and Rochelle Ruthchild about the 1971 takeover of a Harvard building by women’s liberationists, who declared it a Women’s Center! Cuts across many issues (how women were treated on the Left; Harvard as a landlord in a Black community; police treatment of protesters–and more), with tons of great blow-by-blow footage of the occupation–it gives a real sense of the excitement of the period. Must see!

Plus video of the ‘pharmacy invasions’ by the ‘Morning After Pill Conspiracy’, that took place over the last two years


October 24. Fundi: The Story of Ella BakerJoanne Grant‘s brilliant film on the not-well-enough-known woman who formulated and led many of the great campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Features Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Ella’s Song,” Also Sweet Honey in the Rock/Raise Your Voice Stanley Nelson‘s award-winning exploration of the world-acclaimed a capella singing group; it will have you singing as you leave! (Plus films TBA.)

All screenings will take place at “The Commons,” at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 1st Floor (between Hoyt and Bond streets–A, C or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn/#2 or 3 to Hoyt Street). Doors will open at 6:00 PM for short films, with main features starting at 7:30 PM. This is a benefit for WBAI: Suggested donation is $20, but a sliding scale of $10-20. will be in effect (larger donations, of course, appreciated). Wine and popcorn will be available.

For further information and updates check our Facebook Events Pagewbai.org, or joyofresistance.wordpress.com. To get on our email list and receive updates on the Feminist Film Festival, go to feministfilmfest@gmail.com

October 17: Lizzie Borden‘s cult classic Born in Flames“. A sci-fi journey into a post-revolutionary New York City where a Women’s Army, led by Black women, has formed to fully bring women into the revolution. With Flo Kennedy in a featured role! Must see!

October 24:Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker,” Joanne Grant‘s brilliant film on the not-well-enough-known woman who formulated and led many of the great campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Features Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Ella’s Song,” Also “Sweet Honey in the Rock/Raise Your VoiceStanley Nelson‘s award-winning exploration of the world-acclaimed a capella singing group; it will have you singing as you leave! (Plus films TBA.)

All screenings will take place at “The Commons,” at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 1st Floor (between Hoyt and Bond streets–A, C or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn/#2 or 3 to Hoyt Street). Doors will open at 6:00 PM for short films, with main features starting at 7:30 PM. This is a benefit for WBAI: Suggested donation is $20, but a sliding scale of $10-20. will be in effect (larger donations, of course, appreciated). Wine and popcorn will be available.

For further information and updates on additional films to be shown each night of the festival, check wbai.org, or joyofresistance.wordpress.com. To get on our email list and be sent updates, go to feministfilmfest@gmail.com. And also check out our Facebook Events page!

Wed., Sept. 3, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance presents: Sterilization and Police Abuse–The Faces of State Violence Against Women of Color

 Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM (Tri-Sate area, East Coast, USA); streams at stream.wbai.org and is archived for 90 days at archive.wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. To pledge support for WBAI: give2wbai.org

With all eyes on the tragic murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some activists are, in addition, calling attention to the fact that Black women are also the targets of police violence–yet their names are not often at the center of the conversation. What are the names of the Black women who have been murdered by police? And how do the kinds of daily attacks on Black women–for instance being stopped by police while driving and then being sexually harassed, including being “policed” for gender-role conformity–differ as well as converge with the way Black men are harassed and attacked? Fran Luck speaks with Andrea Ritchie, author of Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color (from the INCITE Anthology: The Color of Violence) and who works with Streetwise and Safe.

After a long campaign by grassroots groups, California recently passed SB1135--a law that sets new standards of consent before women prisoners in that state can undergo sterilization. But why did such a law need to be passed? Lorena Ambrosio will speak with Misty Rojo of Justice Now and look at the history of sterilization of Women of Color in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We’ll also play clips from the landmark film on the subject of the sterilization of Puerto Rican women: La Operacion.

The show will include our Feminist News Roundup and music.

JOY OF RESISTANCE ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL @ WBAI! Five Fridays in the Fall, from September 26 through October 24. You can find out more about what will be shown, at http://tinyurl.com/q2vd7yq and email feministfilmfest@gmail.com to get on the mailing list for updated schedules.


Wednesday, August 20, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance presents: “PROMISE AND BETRAYAL, VOICES FROM THE STRUGGLE FOR WOMEN’S EMANCIPATION, 1776-1920″

Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of women winning the right to vote on August 26, 1920–and the 154th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention which started the women’s rights movement in this country–by listening to this excerpted play by Women’s Liberation Movement pioneer Carol Hanisch. The play features the fiery speeches and debates of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and many more. It focuses on how the powerful alliance that had grown up between the Anti Slavery and Women’s Rights movements during the Civil War was split asunder when the debate became centered on which was more urgent—enfranchising Black men or white women (with Black women not even in the picture). It presents the arguments that ensued–with many of the activists taking surprising positions; some advocating that the vote for Black men be granted immediately and others wanting the movement to hold out for Universal Suffrage–as well as the racism, sexism and class elitism that came out in the sometimes bitter struggle.

The play also features the modern debut of a song by 19th century feminist and author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, written in 1898, for which the music had been lost until singer/songwriters Bev Grant and Carol Hanisch created an original new melody for it–which Grant performs for the first time, as part of this play. Gilman wrote the song as a response to the bitter irony of the men of her time using the argument that women “did not really want the vote” as a reason for denying it, while claiming that they were doing this for the “good of women.” This ploy eerily reflects today’s rightwing arguments that women do not really want to have freedom and choices.

The performance is followed by Carol Hanisch’s original feminist song from the 1960’s movement: Fight On Sisters–and then excerpts from a passionate discussion that took place in the WBAI studios, after the play-recording, between the playwright and the actors (many of them also activists). In this discussion, Maretta Short questions the author about leaving out, in the condensed radio version, parts of her play that describe discrimination against Black women within the suffragist movement.Then everyone looks at the relevance–or lack thereof–of the vote today. “Promise and Betrayal” examines the question of whether the power of the ballot really changed what these freedom fighters thought it would–and what happens when political movements forfeit a larger vision of liberation for reform gains for a few.

“Right is of no sex. Truth is of No Color”: Masthead of the antislavery newspaper The North Star, edited by Frederick Douglas and Martin Delane

“Men their Rights and Nothing More; Women their Rights and Nothing Less”: Masthead of feminist newspaper The Revolution, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Parker Pillsbury


Creator/Author: Carol Hanisch; Producer, Casting, Editing: Fran Luck; Direction: Ethel Michelson, Fran Luck; Music: Carol Hanisch, Bev Grant; Singer, Guitarist: Bev Grant; WBAI recording Engineers: Tony Ryan, DeLise Lum


Narrator: Pawnee Sills; Sojourner Truth, boy’s voice in motherhood sketch: Maretta J. Short; Frederick Douglas: Will Sales; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony: Ethel Michelson; Lucy Stone: Julie Weiner; Nebraskan Anti-Suffrage male: Bobby Hieger; Frances Ellen Harper: Vicki Ridley; Gertrude Bustill Mossel: Marcia M. Walker; Matilda Joslyn Gage, Rev. Olympia Brown: Jennifer Fasulo; Robert Purvis, Charles Remond, Labor Union statement: Ngoma; William Lloyd Garrison, Parker Pillsbury, voice of Blackstone: Pete Dolack; Abby Kelley Foster: Fran Luck

On Wednesday, July 16, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present “Hobby Lobby: How Did We Get Here?”

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM (Tri-Sate area, East Coast, USA); streams at stream.wbai.org. Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. Archived for 90 days at archive.wbai.org To pledge support for WBAI: give2wbai.org

The two Supreme Court that came down in early June, popularly known as the “Hobby Lobby” and “Buffer Zone” decisions, respectively, have shocked many by their blatant disregard of women’s reproductive rights–particularly “Hobby Lobby”, which not only grants religious rights to corporations, but allows these “rights” to infringe on the rights of others to a point unprecedented in Supreme Court History. Justice Alito‘s majority opinion also carves out a special exception for women, when it comes to whether there is a “compelling government interest” in women’s equality rights and reproductive choice (hint: there isn’t).

While there has been a lot of media attention given the bizarre aspects of Hobby Lobby and the shock of the removal of “buffer zones” from around clinics, there has been very little historical context provided by any of the media that explains the singling out of women in this way and connects these blatant anti-woman decisions to the history of reproductive rights that preceded them.

On Wednesday, July 16, Joy of Resistance will present: Hobby Lobby: How Did We Get Here?

Our guests will be: Lydia Devine, Attorney and Coordinator of the New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation (the group that led in making the Morning After Pill available over-the-counter); Mary Lou Greenberg, who coordinates escorting patients (past the harassers) into Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens–and Sunsara Taylor, a convenor of Stop Patriarchy and the initiator of the Abortion Freedom Rides that toured the country last year and will travel to Texas this August. Guests will be interviewed by Lorena Ambrosio, Amanda Alcantara and Fran Luck.

The show will include our Feminist News Roundup; a special sound “collage” of recent creative responses by women to the Hobby Lobby decision and the attack on women’s reproductive rights–including the music of Lisa Koch, Nora Freeman and the hysterical youtube parody: “Hobby Lobby Crafts (Make Your Own IUD!)”

Guests and producers will share personal testimony about how the availability of birth control and abortion–or the lack of these same, has impacted their lives.

So please tune in to 99.5 FM this Wednesday, July 16, between 9 and 10 PMor stream us live on your computer at

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On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Joy of Resistance presents: Why were women included in the Civil Rights Act–and how did they make it real?

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM (Tri-Sate area, East Coast, USA); streams at stream.wbai.org. Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. Archived for 90 days at archive.wbai.org To pledge support for WBAI: give2wbai.org

The category of “sex” almost didn’t make it into the Civil Rights Act of 1964–and its inclusion was thought of by many as a “fluke,” a “joke”–a way to derail the entire bill. Yet despite the lack of a women’s movement at the time, it prevailed and became a critical step in the birth of a new women’s movement.

On Wednesday, July 2, 9-10 PM, we will explore the complex history leading up to, and emerging from, the inclusion of women in the 1964 Civil Rights Act: not only the relatively uneventful Congressional vote that got “sex” included as a category of discrimination in Title Vll (which dealt with employment discrimination), but the decades-long back-story that was behind this landmark step for women.

We’ll interview activist-historian Jo Freeman, who will take us back to important women’s rights activism that took place between the winning of suffrage in 1920–and what was to become a new women’s movement in the 1960’s. We’ll explore how, after suffrage was won, the movement split into two camps: those favoring “protective” labor legislation and those wanting an Equal Rights Amendment (which would have made such legislation illegal).

Using Freeman’s article: “How “Sex” Got Into Title Vll” as a reference, we’ll trace how the National Woman’s Party (NWP), formerly a militant suffrage organization, lobbied relentlessly for passage of the ERA, while their opponents–centered on the successive Women’s Bureaus of a number of presidential administrations since the Roosevelt Administration–worked just as tirelessly to pre-empt any possibility of ERA passage. Freeman will also make a compelling argument against the popular myth that women were included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in order to derail it

Then we’ll look at what happened after women won this fragile foothold in Title Vll–only to be met with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)–the agency created to enforce Title Vll–which ignored the 37% of complaints that were coming to them from women. We’ll speak with Sonia Pressman Fuentes, the first woman Attorney hired by the Office of the General Counsel of the EEOC, about the struggle within and without the agency that then ensued–and led to the founding of the National Organization for Women, which was created as an activist organization to pressure the EEOC to do its job, when it came to women!

We’ll also be playing clips from Jennifer Lee‘s powerful film: “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” and in it we’ll hear voices of others who were part of these events, such as that of EEOC commissioner Aileen Hernandez, as well as Betty Friedan.


Wed., June 18th, 9-10PM: What is Beyonce’s appeal to young women: is it power and fame or is it sexual agency which suggests that liberation can be achieved on an individual basis?

Joy of Resistance airs on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM (Tri-Sate area, East Coast, USA); streams at stream.wbai.org. Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. Archived for 90 days at archive.wbai.org To pledge support for WBAI, (212) 209-2950 or give2wbai.org

Beyonce has written about striving for gender equality (The Shriver Report) and said that she identifies as a feminist. The song “Flawless” from her latest album also includes a recording of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists . However, in another song on the same album, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z seems to mock domestic violence by repeating: “Eat the Cake, Anna Mae”–referring to a scene from Tina Turner’s autobiographical film What’s Love Got to do with It? , where Ike Turner forces Tina to eat cake, in a show of male dominance.

On Wednesday, June 18th, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will explore the following questions: What are the images of African American women portrayed by the music industry–and does Beyonce conform to or break that mold? What constitutes being a feminist and does this description fit Beyonce?

The show will also tackle recent highly debated critiques of the singer, made by reknowned feminist scholar-activist bell hooks, as part of a forum on May 6 at The New School which included hooks calling Beyoncé a “terrorist” (in the context of how the media terrorizes women into conformity).

Guests will be: Christa Bell, a member of the Real Colored Girls blog, who co-authored “The Problem with Beyhive Bottom Bitch Feminism,” (a critique of Beyonce’s media role); and Nikeeta Slade, a women’s and queer rights activist, grad student in Pan-African Studies and an editor of Red Wedge Magazine who has written on Black women and intersectionality .

The segment will be co-hosted by Amanda Alcantara* and Lorena Ambrosio**, Joy of Resistance members who are making their debut producing a featured segment for this show. Fran Luck is the Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance.

The program will also contain our worldwide feminist news roundup, clips of the May 6 forum Are You Still a Slave: Liberating the Black Body and Beyoncé’s music.


On May 6, “Ain’t I a Woman?” author Gloria Jean Watkins, who goes by pen name ‘bell hooks’, was at a New School Forum discussing the subject: ‘liberating the black female body’. There she tackled the subject of the famous singer and her effect on young girls. “Would we be at all interested in Beyonce if she wasn’t so rich? Because I don’t think you can separate her class, power, and the wealth from people’s fascination with her, that here is a young black woman who is so incredibly wealthy,” she said.

Then she added “wealthy is what so many young people fantasize, dream about, sexualize, eroticize, and one could argue that even more than her body, it’s what that body stands for…The body of desire fulfilled, that is, wealth, fame, celebrity, all the things that so many people in our culture are lusting for.”

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM. We cover the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality and human rights. You can follow us on twitter at twitter.com/joyofresistance or @joyofresistance. You can follow or read out blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com.

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Footnotes: bios of guests and producers

*Amanda Alcantara is a writer, a journalist, and a community organizer. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies and Political Science from Rutgers University where she helped relaunch the Latin American Womyn’s Organization. She writes at her personal blog RadicalLatina.com. Amanda grew up in the Dominican Republic and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

**Lorena Ambrosio is a former activist with Occupy Wall Street and was one of the organizers of its Feminist General Assemblies; she is a member of the radical singing/spoken word group Mahina Movement and has worked with National Women’s Liberation. She is an activist on Peruvian issues and lives in New Jersey.

***Fran Luck is Executive Producer of the Joy of Resistance radio show. She founded The Street Harassment Project in 2000 and the Joy of Resistance in 2002. She has worked with National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings Allies and Veterans. She is a lifelong feminist and a former housing activist on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

***Christa Bell is an award-winning spoken word poet, performance artist and feminist culture creator from Seattle,Washington. She is an MA candidate in Cultural Studies with a designation in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, a member of the Women Who Rock and Fembot collectives and a founding member of Real Colored Girls. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion and her work includes the one-woman show CoochieMagik: A Spoken Word Musical Comedy, commissioned by the National Performance Network, 1001 Holy Names for Coochie, a 24-hour endurance mantra and performance art installation, which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum as part of the opening events for Elles: Women Artists From The Centre Pompidou; and SHEism: The Woman Worship Workshop, a performance- lecture and workshop that explores the spiritual politics of female bodies. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, as a TEDx Talk, and on afterellen.com and she has performed, by invitation, at over 100 universities, colleges, festivals and performance venues internationally. Her performance work is primarily concerned with feminist imaginings of the divine as well as how women’s spiritual self-esteem impacts their participation in the political processes that govern their lives. Her research interests include black feminist theory and genealogies, feminist cultural production, performance studies and cultural intersections of race, gender, culture and theology. Her current performance work is scheduled to be included in the Whitney Museum of American Art: 2014 Biennial as part of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, a global collective. Her essay “Shall We Begin, Then?” a meditation on future/present ancestral bodies, will be featured in the 2014 Biennial catalogue.
*****Nikeeta Slade attended the University of North Texas where she majored in Anthropology and minored in African-American Studies. She is a currently a graduate student in the Pan-African Studies Master’s program at Syracuse University where her research interests include neoliberalism, specifically de-industrialization’s impact on black queer communities in Syracuse. As an undergraduate student, Nikeeta was actively involved in environmental activism with Rising Tide against fracking in North Texas. As a graduate student she is involved in an array of struggles in the Syracuse area but her main areas are women’s rights and queer rights. Nikeeta is also an editor for Red Wedge Magazine.