Black Erotic Sovereignty

Nicole Nawaz
Nicole Nawaz

Nicole Nawaz (she/her)
Nicolenawaz.com
@darlingnicky
@thesomasutras

Nicole Nawaz is a healer, sex educator, intimacy coach, sacred sex worker, sexual revolutionary and pleasure activist. She is also known for her erotic art as Darling Nicky, an independent adult content creator. Nicole has committed her journey to remodeling the bridge between spirituality and sex work. She believes in the power of intimacy, love and freedom and how they facilitate healing on individual and community levels.

 

Cruel Valentine
Cruel Valentine

Cruel Valentine (they/them)
cruelvalentine.com
@cruelvalentine on IG

Cruel Valentine (they/them) is an award-winning, international burlesque entertainer, adult performer, dominatrix, stripper, public speaker, and artist. They serve as a board member and consultant for alternative, creative, and adult companies and organizations throughout Chicago and beyond. Valentine holds a BA in Musical Theatre Performance and an MA in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago, a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, and they’re currently pursuing their JD at DePaul University College of Law. Their teaching credits include many university workshops and panels, spanning topics such as performance, business, sexual health, sex worker rights, and more.

Shakti Bliss
Shakti Bliss

Shakti Bliss (they/them)
Roperituals.com
@theropedoula on twitter

Scout (also known as Shakti Bliss) is an intuitive, somatic healing guide, full spectrum doula and indigenous witch from the unceded lands of the Apache and Kickapoo (colonized as: Austin, TX). Bliss guides other soul forward humans toward radical self acceptance, trust and love throughout transitions in their life through a trauma informed lens. Bliss is passionate about alchemizing + ritualizing life experiences, emotions and our innate intuitive wisdom into empowerment and a deep sense of self trust – because she truly believes in rebirthing, reparenting and reclaiming our wellness, liberation and authentic self expression as our birthright and as a form of activism and social justice.

Goddess KoCo Meow
Goddess KoCo Meow

Goddess KoCo Meow (they/she)
Koco-meow.net
@goddesskoco_

Coriama aka Goddess KoCo Meow is a sexuality professional & cultural worker whose practice explores the ABCS (art, beauty, culture, & sexuality). As a multimedia artist, pleasure activist, and erotic healer she founded sex KiKi, a Chicago based sancturary that utilizes the arts and dialogical education to support sexual liberation. She’s a Decrim IL Committee member and the policy advocate for SWOP Chicago (sex workers outreach project), advocating for full decriminalization of sex work.