BlaQ(ueer) Magic: An Evening of Art, Prose, Poetry & Power Ft. Tabias Olaju...
"The tea is, blackness is the essence of creation, a potpourri of the creative ingredients of existience."
-Tabias Olajuawon in Godless Circumcisions
Black. Magic. We all know what it is. It is that cosmic power that hails from the ancestors and rebirths itself in those blessed with ample melanin, two-stepping through the funk of life.
This event will showcase the Black and/or Queer Magic within us all, that (open) secret weapon we've long groomed, through the presentation of our truths, our power, our "us" via art, prose, poetry and power. We will showcase local artists and make space for an open mic, before a reading and discussion of Tabias Olajuawon's book of essays, poetry and cultural critiques: Godless Circumcisions. There will also be a book signing for those interested in making a purchase.
About "Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows of Survivance"
"Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows of Survivance" is a witty and forceful study of race, sex and politics in contemporary culture. Personal and poetic, these essays, poems and biographical trysts disrobe issues central to the black, queer and working class existences. Wilson speaks fluently—fluctuating between academic authority, queer griot and matter-of-fact honesty—to issues of racial-sexual terror; masculine anxiety; how Black men learn the erotic, sex and vulnerability; the stereotypes of Black and BlaQueer people in the United States. Paying special attention to the costs of assimilation—or cultural circumcisions—Wilson invites the reader on his personal and political journey to a practice of critical love
Recent Reviews & Features
Healing, Haunting, and Survival: A Review of Tabias Wilson’s Godless Circumcisions
About The Author
Tabias Olajuawon Wilson (Tufts 13', Howard Law 17') is a 26 year old author, scholar and artist: a modern twist on the traditional black griot. Recognized in 2012 as one of the "Top 100 Emerging LGBTQ Leaders" by the White House Office of Public Engagement, their work focuses on the intersections and compounded effects of race, law, sexuality and gender in the United States. A zealous advocate for reproductive and sexual rights, Olajuawon-Wilson also speaks regularly about HIV criminalization, vulnerability, gender, critical love ethics, afro-pessimism, black queer theory, racial capitalism, masculinities, humanization and access to power within and across racial-sexual formations. Tabias' work and insights have been featured in publications and organizations such as: The Christian Science Monitor, Mic.com, TheBody.com, The Huffington Post, Harvard Law, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, The Critical Black Studies Reader, Harvard University, Columbia Teachers College, Tufts University, The University of California at Berkeley, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Morgan State University, The Potter's House DC, The Harriet Tubman House (Boston), The Art of Life After, Spontaneous Celebrations, The DC Public Library and Fire & Ink among others. Their blog, BlaQueerFlow: The Griots' Pen, features writers, artists and poets across the Queer, Latinx and African Diaspora as they delve into a communal process of knowledge production through storytelling, poetry and ongoing racial-sexual commentary. Tabias is currently a student at Howard Law (2017) and preparing to apply for African American/American Studies PhD Programs. Tabias' first offering"Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows of Survivance"--available on Amazon & Kindle--has been received or taught from spaces as diverse as DC queer collectives to Harvard Law, VCU, Syracuse and UC-Berkeley. Find out more at www.tabiasolajuawon.com.
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