hey ya'll, edition viii of the brown pages is here. AND it is a super special edition because it ain't about ME. this edition is focused on the host of the next Open Forum, Coriama Couture! That's right this edition i am highlighting Open Forum and a super vibrant talented, intuitive black woman. now, just because this is a bit different (for the brown pages) doesn't mean you don't know what to do. engage. click. scroll. read. but mostly i just want you to ENJOY 'EM!

trust your intuition 

Reading uses of the erotic would be helpful to this edition of brown pages. 

 ed. viii vol. i

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CORIAMA COUTURE

jan 16 | Open forum host

CORIAMA COUTURE'S PROJECTS

Sex Kiki

Queer the Air

This docu-web series is centered around interviews with black queer folx. and is hosted by Coriama. Queer the Air focuses on spreading #blackjoy. 

"Coriama is also the founder of Sex Kiki, a Sex positive community forum that uses sex as a healing art." now i haven't been able to make it to a Sex Kiki (cause homebody + work) but Coriama has hosted Sex Kiki in a wide range of spaces from Humboldt Park's Reunion to the MCA. Below are some photos from the Sex Kiki @ the MCA where she worked alongside her mentor, Felicia Holman. Even from the photos Coriama's contagious light can be seen filling and changing the room.

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Queer the Air: Segment I

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excerpt from 'uses of the erotic'

let's reflect on the notion of "erotic"

 

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The very word erotic comes from the Greek word eros, the personification of love in all its aspects-born of Chaos, and personifying creative power and harmony. When I speak of th erotic, then I speak of it as an assertion of the lifeforce of women; of that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of which we are now reclaiming in our language, our history, our dancing, our loving, our work, our lives. 

this was one of the passages that we reflected on during the first Open Forum. defining and discussing lorde's definition of the erotic. this innately female and spiritual element. the erotic as creative energy. the erotic as joy. 

what is your definition of erotic?

what brings you joy? how do you harvest joy in your life? 

join the discussion. we have 3 more Open Forum's scheduled. mark those calendars. I look forward to connecting with YOU!

Open Forum Details

JANUARY 13 | Hosted by Jenn Freeeman | Po'Chop 

2-4:30 | Vaudezilla Studios (Reading, Discussion + Sensual Movement Workshop (PWYC)

JANUARY 16 | Hosted by Coriama Couture

6-8 | Chicago Art Department 

FEB 6 | Hosted by TBD

6-8 | Chicago Art Department

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shout out to tiff beatty. aka the people's champion of 2017. aka the pyro poet. for being a constant source of support and reflection. she is also a sister outsider. building healing worlds with Art is Bonfire!

okay ya'll, that wraps up this edition of the brown pages. i hope you enjoyed 'em. if you are in the chicago area please come out for an Open Forum. if the spirit moves you feel free to check out the online Open Forum! Thank you for reading and keep ya eyes out for the next edition. (i ain't even gonna play with a countdown)