Reverend Lacette Cross
Reverend Lacette Cross, or “Rev. L,” is a womanist and sex-positive Christian who has dedicated her life to serving her community. She is pastor of Restoration Fellowship RVA, and she has co-founded Black Pride RVA and founded Will You Be Whole, which discusses faith and sexuality for Black women and LGBTQ+ people. She is an advocate for sexual wellness and the LGBTQ+ community in Richmond, VA.
Dr. Jamila Perritt
Dr. Jamila Perritt is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist and physician activist. She uses her background in reproductive health and family planning to advocate for and speak on reproductive health, rights, and justice at conferences, panels, nationally, and more. She is also a writer with Echoing Ida, a network of Black women and non-binary writers.
Alexsis is a passionate leader and a staunch advocate for “economic security, voting rights, college affordability, and quality health care in Virginia.” She has worked to expand Virginia Medicaid and increase birth control access during her time with Planned Parenthood and is currently director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance – Virginia.
Krysta is the author of A Seat at the Table and has committed her life to public service. She has advocated for gender and socioeconomic issues, worked for two Congressional members, and currently hosts her own show, also titled A Seat at the Table. She strives to inspire women and people of color get their seat at the table in politics.
Chelsea Higgs Wise
Chelsea Higgs Wise is an equity consultant and racial justice, marijuana justice, and gender equality advocate. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Marijuana Justice, an organization devoted to creating racial equity in the marijuana industry. She created Race Capitol, a Black feminist radio show, uncovering racial and political narratives in the South.
Black Feminist Rants
LaKia Williams (she/her), a South-based Black feminist and reproductive justice advocate, talks about the gender and repro issues on her mind. She covers topics like imposter syndrome and reproductive justice and interviews other activists and public figures.
Fresh Out The Cocoon
Hosted by Joy Cox, PhD (she/her), Fresh Out the Cocoon is all about being “Black, being fat, and being fabulous all at the same damn time!” The mainstream body positivity movement often centers white women, but you won’t find that here. FOTC is about liberating fat Black bodies.
Co-hosts Camilla Blackett (she/her) and Priyanka Mattoo (she/her) discuss beauty, skincare, and more as women of color in a world of Western beauty standards. They’ll give you tips for “becoming your most beautiful self, inside and out!”
You’ve probably heard the term “intersectional” a lot lately. Hear it in practice with the critical race theorist and Black feminist who coined the term, Kimberlé Crenshaw (she/her)! In conjunction with the African-American Policy Forum, she discusses topics such as white supremacy, misogynoir, politics, and public health.
Co-hosts and organizers Naomi Isaac (they/them) and Kalia Harris (she/her) discuss race and history in the former capitol of the Confederacy: Richmond, Virginia. Each episode is broadcast live at 10 am on WRIR LP 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio and recorded.
by Tressie McMillan Cottom, PhD
2019 – In this collection of essays, Dr. McMillan Cottom touches on topics such as race, reproductive justice, desirability/respectability politics, and more. These sharp and insightful Black feminist critiques will make you think twice about the social norms that we take for granted.
Zami: A New Spelling of my Name
by Audre Lorde
1982 – In Lorde’s biomythography, she weaves her life stories and experiences into a compelling but sensual narrative. Blurring the lines between myth and biography, her memories of family, relationships, Blackness, and queerness flow from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood.
Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own
by Joy Arlene Renee Cox, PhD
2020 – Dr. Cox, host of podcast “Fresh Out the Cocoon,” explores what it means to be fat and Black in a world of fatphobia and misogynoir. She pushes against these systems and “explores how to reclaim space and create belonging in a hostile world,” truly creating communities of fat Black girls’ own.
The Body is not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
by Sonya Renee Taylor
2018 – “World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies.”
The Combahee River Collective Statement: Black Feminist Organizing in the Seventies and Eighties
by the Combahee River Collective
1982 – The Combahee River Collective Statement is a brief but key piece of Black feminist/womanist thought. In detailing the multiple systems of oppression Black women face, the Combahee River Collective calls for transformation of and equity within the feminist and anti-racist movements.
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
by Mikki Kendall
2020 – “Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?”
by Jamaica Kincaid (fiction)
1985 – This coming-of-age novel depicts Annie’s childhood and adolescence in 1950s Antigua. As she ages out of her idyllic childhood and reaches adolescence, Annie realizes the world around her, down to her own family, views her differently as a young lady than as a child. She navigates mother-daughter relationships, cultural norms, and sexuality in short stories puzzled together.
Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler (fiction)
1993 – “When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, fifteen-year-old Lauren suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions.”
Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood
by Michele Goodwin
2020 – If you’ve read Dorothy Roberts’ Killing the Black Body, Goodwin’s book is a must-read update. Examining reproductive politics across the US, she details the ways that fetal personhood laws and state distrust of pregnancy in poverty has lead to the criminalization of pregnancy and parenthood.
Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Y. Davis
2003 – “Davis has put the case for the latest abolition movement in American life: the abolition of the prison. As she notes, American life is replete with abolition movements, and when they were engaged in these struggles, their chances of success seemed almost unthinkable. Davis seeks to illustrate that the time for the prison is approaching an end. She argues forthrightly for ‘decarceration’, and argues for the transformation of the society as a whole.”
Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought
by Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Editor), Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Epilogue)
1995 – “From the work of abolitionist Maria Miller Stewart and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells to contemporary feminist critics Michele Wallace and bell hooks, Black women have been writing about the multiple jeopardies―racism, sexism, and classism―that have made it imperative to forge a brand of feminism uniquely their own.”
Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism
by Bushra Rehman (Editor), Daisy Hernández (Editor), Cherríe L. Moraga (Foreword)
2002 – “Daisy Hernandez of Ms. magazine and poet Bushra Rehman have collected a diverse, lively group of emerging writers who speak to their experience—to the strength and rigidity of community and religion, to borders and divisions, both internal and external—and address issues that take feminism into the twenty-first century.”
by Brittney Cooper
2018 – “Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one’s own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.”
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
by bell hooks
1999 – “A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the relations between various forms of oppression. hooks examines the impact of sexism on Black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of Black womanhood, Black male sexism, racism in the recent women’s movement, and Black women’s involvement with feminism.”
Quoted descriptions are from Goodreads.
Baltimore-based Marcia Bass works with paint and photography to create magically dimensional and otherworldly body art and photos.
TT The Artist
Executive Producer of Club Queen Records and self-described RAD (rapper-artist-director), TT is on a mission to produce and share Black women’s art–both musical and visual.
tubbiana the artist
Shayna’s art is a celebration of Blackness and queerness, centering bodies and sexualities. From prints to jewelry, their work crosses art styles to give bodies a soft, pastel touch.
Kev Marcus and Wil B met in a high school music class and chose to “disrupt people’s impressions of what classical music should be.” Blending baroque classical and hip-hop styles, their Grammy-nominated work does just that.
Anaïs is a self-taught artist, working in digital and physical mediums. She incorporates larger-than-life styles, details, and color schemes into her finely-detailed work.
Fat Femme Fatale
Courtney Shove incorporates body positivity into her love for roller skating, creating prints and stickers featuring bodies of all races, genders, sizes, and personalities.