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Spirituality and Sexuality Through a Black Woman's Lens
How Can We Use Our Spirituality and Sexuality to Reclaim Our Bodies?
Tonya Pinkins presented Through A Black Woman’s Lens—Spirituality and Sexuality livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 30 September 2021 at 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).
Black women are often over sexualized/demonized and made into “magical negroes” all in the same breath. How can we use our spirituality and sexuality to reclaim our bodies?
Kat Niambi, aka The Hungry Medium’s practice is rooted in an African spiritual tradition for which she is grateful. Without this tradition, she wouldn’t be where she is right now. For many, the “gift” of hearing Spirit doesn’t present itself in a way that’s easily recognizable. “I was either lucky or my soul has been around the block a few times and has navigated this mindbody iteration (aka me) to where I am today; a clairaudient spiritualist who’s able to make connections between spirit and the physical world” She likes to think of herself as a “spiritual activist”; using her mediumship to help others find direction, clarity and focus in their lives. The goal is to help YOU help yourself. By tapping into your own power to problem solve and to work towards achieving actionable goals, you’ll feel more empowered to design a life shaped by you and endorsed by the Soul. We’re not seeking perfection. Does that really exist? What does that even mean? Instead, she likes to think that we’re seeking the awareness and the understanding. Do you know what she loves more than the seeking? It’s the learnings along the journey. Of course, the lessons are tough! But the joy and confidence you feel making educated decisions as a result of those hard lessons? Like WOW!
Kaja Dunn, is assistant professor and the Head of Acting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Department of Theatre and affiliate faculty for Theatrical Intimacy Education, and consults with Actor’s Equity on issues of race and theatre. Kaja is an actor, director, and activist with performances in 5 countries. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center’s National Medallion for her work on theatre and race. She has performed nationally and internationally in over 40 productions most recently the title role in Pearl at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit. She has published in the US and has a co-authored a chapter in Arden Research Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance as well as a forthcoming co-authored chapter on Black Motherschooling in Black Women and The ‘Rona (2021).
She has presented on issues of Equity and Diversity for Actor’s Equity as their racial consultant, The Women’s Theatre Festival, Blumenthal Performing Arts, MICHA, North Carolina Theatre Association (Keynote Panelist), Children’s Theatre Charlotte, Anti-Racism and Decolonization at University of London Goldsmiths, SETC and SETC Theatre Symposium, KCATF and The Association of Theatre in Higher Education, among other places. She is on the Executive Board of the Black Theatre Network. She teaches workshops and consults for universities and private corporations She was most recently interviewed in American Theatre Magazine around issues of Race and Theatre education. You can find out more at her website kajadunn.com
Beatriz Westby (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based General Manager and Event producer. Originally from Brazil, prior to her current position as the General Manager at the Broadway Podcast Network, she has worked with various NYC theatrical companies, including Foresight Theatrical as the Management Associate, and the Associate General Manager at Brierpatch Productions. In addition, she has two years of experience as the Company Manager of "Fuerza Bruta" at the Daryl Roth Theater and was the General Manager at NYMF (New York Music Festival). She has worked on off-Broadway shows like "Cagney" and "Handle with Care".