Black Sex Matters is an event series and cultural campaign that explores how pleasure shapes visions of liberation and how artists and activists navigate sensuality in social justice spaces. We center the creative expression of Black, brown, queer, femme, nonbinary, and gender noncomforming folks. Events showcase narratives of sensual joy through spoken word, rap, song, comedy, and storytelling.
The Black Sex Matters event series generates resources for arts activism and awareness for reproductive justice. In 2016, Black Sex Matters benefited a production of good friday, a play about the intersections of millennial feminism, sexual violence, and gun violence for Oracle Productions, which provides free theater to make art accessible for all. In 2017, Black Sex Matters benefited The #LetUsBreathe Collective's Breathing Room - an arts, healing, and organizing hub on Chicago's south side. In 2018, Black Sex Matters launched Black Birth Matters, an event and campaign to uplift the life-giving power of Black women and people with wombs and raise awareness about racial disparities in reproductive justice.
Black Sex Matters has partnered with the AIDS Foundation and the Prep4Love campaign to present dynamic arts programming featuring free testing and healing services to Black and brown communities across Chicago. We offer performances, lectures, panel discussions, and production partnerships at universities, community centers, and other arts institutions.