2018 is the year of the Black woman. Well, really, every year is the year of Black women. Whether they are shifting electoral politics or catalyzing social movements or creating cultural trends, Black sisterhood is a force of good in the U.S. and around the world, even if so many of us in the world have yet to fully demonstrate our love for Black women.
For socialite and emcee Erica Bell, Black sisterhood can’t be lost at the expense of one’s sexual identity. Black lesbian women are often the targets of racism, sexism, and homophobia—some have even been killed, with their cases receiving little to no media coverage. She knows what it takes to survive the many arrows.
Erica understands the importance of Black sisterhood. It saved her life, literally. In the video profile above, she tells us why she continues to be visible and shares her story in an effort to build bridges with Black women across all gender and sexual identities.
Her life matters—as does her story. She is a Black lesbian woman doing work for all Black people. And CASSIUS is here to give her dap this Black History Month.