Black Women: Sex, Health, Joy
A Conversation with Dr. Uchenna Ossai, sex positive pelvic health physical therapist, sex educator and counselor
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 6:30pm
2521 Holman Street
How can Black women do the radical, political, and creative work needed to battle for the betterment of Black lives while also caring deeply for ourselves?
Presented in conjunction with Round 46: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at Project Row Houses, the Houston chapter of the collective has organized a presentation and dialogue with Dr. Uchenna Ossai. Dr. Ossai will hold a public conversation addressing the many physical, mental and emotional challenges Black women can face when seeking to connect with their bodies and experience pleasure. Following her conversation, educator, writer and cultural critic Josie Pickens will lead a question and answer session connected to Dr. Ossai’s presentation and dialogue.
Black Women: Sex, Health, Joy is the result of and response to a recurring question and concept that arose in the Houston chapter’s collective meetings. How can Black women do the radical, political, and creative work needed to battle for the betterment of Black lives while also caring deeply for ourselves?
“We understand wholeheartedly that Black women cannot pour from empty cups, and as queer poet and activist Audre Lorde said herself: Self-care is ‘not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.’ Additionally, we recognize that Black women experiencing pleasure as an act of self-care is in itself revolutionary—as many historical and cultural norms force Black women to disconnect from their bodies and the pleasures their bodies produce.”
Through this dialogue, the artists hope to provide Black women of the community answers to questions that they may have on how to access pleasure through intimacy play and sex.
About Dr. Uchenna Ossai
Dr. Uchenna Ossai is a sex-positive pelvic health physical therapist, sex educator and counselor. Her sexual philosophy and brand, YouSeeLogic, center on pleasure and audacity while acknowledging the role that gender, race/ethnicity, and biology have on sexual development and expression. She spends her days treating people with both sexual and pelvic floor dysfunction, and her evenings educating the masses everything that has to do with “sexytime.” She embraces being unapologetically real, happily crunk, and deliciously kind. *Check out her wisdom and more Bourbon Talez on Instagram and Facebook @youseelogic.
About Josie Pickens
Josie Pickens is a professor, cultural critic and griot whose writing focuses on race and gender, and the varying intersections of the two. Her ultimate goal is to give voice to those often unseen and unheard through her gift of storytelling. Pickens regularly provides timely social commentary for Ebony Magazine and has been cited on The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian news sites. Follow her on twitter at @jonubian.
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter is a collective of Black women, queer, and gender non-conforming artists. We formed in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and believe that a unified and polyvocal front is a powerful agent of change in the fight against racialized violence. In coming together, we are committed to producing work that addresses Black care and self-determination.