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    vol. ii

    Reclaiming Pleasure

    — vol. ii



    Freedom in self, body, and spirit.

    on
    Liberation

    Written · September 30, 2018

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    Ibeji

    Two breasts
    And a hole for each of you
    One left for muffled curses
    This is what it’s like to pray
    Building altars
    Leave your offerings all over me
    Let me show you God

    Selection from “smut: A Collection of Erotic Notes,” by Zenobia

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    As told by

    Zenobia

    Zenobia is an artist and fine jeweler living in Los Angeles.



    This story is part of Reclaiming Pleasure, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

    Transcending Time

    “Transcending Time” is a voyage into a future where Black identity is unfettered by a predetermined architecture. It is a visualization exercise exploring the texture, pattern, sound and rhythm of Black possibility. Who do we become when healing from trauma is decentralized? We are creating a ceremony of self-authorization. We are giving ourselves permission to reimagine what was, what is and what can be.

    Our Stories(3)

    Events (2)

    Conversations (2)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Sunny Cheeba

    vol. i — Celestial Hues

    Resident DJ: Sunny Cheeba

    vol. ii — Phoenix Rising

    Reclaiming Pleasure

    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

    Our Stories (2)

    Events (1)

    Conversations (1)

    Community (1)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Alfafa Brown

    vol. i — Trunode

    Resident DJ: ON MOMMAS

    vol. ii — In Practice of Being

    Returning Home

    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

    Our Stories(3)

    Events (7)

    Conversations (1)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Poetic

    vol. i — Coming Home

    Resident DJ: Diva

    vol. ii — Congo Calypso