Foward by Briq House -
When you gaze upon our skin and revel at our undeniable beauty, don't forget that once we leave that stage, we go back out into the real world. It is not enough to love us only when we are entertaining you. We need you to love us when it's time to vote; bills and legislature are being passed that will directly harm our communities. We need you to love us at your local community housing meetings when you have the chance to fight for and create affordable housing; millions of artists are being displaced because of gentrification.
We need you to love us when we speak out about the ways we are being harmed in the world, and believe us the first time we say it.
Police brutality, environmental racism, and institutional racism are still major problems we deal with every day, even if when you don't see it in the headlines. We need you to love us as whole people because it is as whole people we present ourselves to you.
Creator/Producer of The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq: An All People of Color Burlesque Revue