Brown Girls Burlesque

Brown Girls Burlesque (BGB) is a women of color collective dedicated to creating their own reflection in the art form of burlesque. BGB takes their rightful place on the stage to celebrate our cultures and sexuality with fierceness, artistry and humor.

The ladies of BGB are exHOTic Other; jazabel jade; Chicava HoneyChild; Essence Revealed; sister selva; and Aurora BoobRealis.

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Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou

So many people to be thankful for this year,  to celebrate, draw strength from, and make proud of us who remain on the journey and the struggle.
Live in Light a Million Years!
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BGB’s new show at Joe’s Pub May 31st @ 11:30PMLAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE!
The DJ is The Illustrious Manchild Black!The theme is DISCO!!!
Burlesque Danseurs - Chicava HoneyChildSweet LorraineDT UndaCovaCeCe BrownSugahMandarine MoonflyCome in you Studio 54 finest!!!
Tickets $20
Permalink Chicava’s @sacredburlesque heads to HARLEM Friday Night for madfree / madfreetv @bgburlesque! 7-8PM $10 cash or credit at the door!Directions -
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If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon
I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.
In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.
I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.
Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.
And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.
Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.
Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.
Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.
Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.
The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.
That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.
The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.
Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.
As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

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Permalink THIS WEEKEND!!! 
I become KenRu, the lovechild of Kenya Moore & RuPaul…
You must meet her!
I’ll be posting some process photos here later today!
Permalink Flashback Friday to last week’s road trip to Vassar college, such fun with the students! Bring us to your college or university next semester, reach out to browngirlsburlesque at gmail dot com 💋 #theater #education #burlesque #art #dance
Permalink Who needs #RHOA or #LoveAndHipHop when you’ve got us? “Making Reality” takes on #realityTV with a twist (and some shimmies). April 18 & 19th at Kumble Theater in #Brooklyn, come see what happens when we stop being polite & start being “real”. #nyc #burlesque #bk #art #theater #dance #media
Permalink We are ready to BLOW your MIND!!!Next Friday & Saturday, April 18th & 19th!
Permalink Vamping backstage at the @FeministPress #feministball at @joespub. 😘 #nyc #burlesque #feminism #art #theater
Permalink Miss AuroraBoobRealis and sister selva cheesing backstage at the @FeministPress #FeministBall at @JoesPub. 💋 #nyc #burlesque #art #feminism
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An awesome find from Elephant Journal!
Permalink Wisdom from last night’s #Grammy winner @Pharrell on creative collaborations. He definitely knows! #art #creativity