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Dr. Bronner - Castile Soap Almond, 1

Invocation and Welcome

Inej herak (show your face) Bodeme, Ancestors, Spirit Guides, Divinities, The Supreme Mother, we invite you to enter into this space and caress us with your beauty, your love, and your many blessings. Help us to heal old wounds and build new bridges. Ache

Welcome to Black Funk.org, the online presence of Black Funk, a sexual cultural center focused on Indigenous/Pan African Disaporic/Native/Global South approaches to sexuality. This web site is a portal and community space for people who are interested in learning more about sexuality from an Indigenous, decolonizing, culturally-affirming perspective.

The web site is a tool:

Blackfunk.org also serves as an information resource for researchers, social service providers, funders, and other opinion leaders who are interested in sexuality topics and themes among people of color.

The content on this site is sexual, political, and spiritual in nature.

Black Funk was founded based upon the work of Dr. Aih Djehuti Herukhuti Khepera Ra Temu Seti Amen, a sociologist, sexologist and relationship coach, traditional/urban African shaman, educator, cultural animator, social theorist, and community activist. Black Funk draws upon Heru's philosophy and theories of human development, systems, and social transformation.

We wish you peace, pleasure, and passion as you explore our web site and our cultural center.


FYI: Mandrake Society Radio Interview w/ Dr. Herukhuti

FYI

J. W. Richard of Mandrake Society Radio interviewed Dr. Herukhuti recently.

Dr. Herukhuti

Here is the interview in two parts: PART 1 and PART 2.


Posted by heru on Tuesday, March 17 @ 22:05:49 PDT (2763 reads)
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FYI: Tea Bag The White House

FYI

At about 2 mins into the segment, the reporter refers to people ready to "tea bag the White House." For those that don't know, teabagging has a sexual connotation that--according to Wikipedia--means "the act of a man placing his testicles in the mouth or on or around the face (including the top of the head) of another person, often in a repeated in-and-out motion." Are the Obamas into teabagging?


Posted by heru on Tuesday, March 17 @ 20:27:35 PDT (1708 reads)
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Essential Questions: Ifalade Ta'Shia Asanti

Essential Questions

Sometimes we hear about people who we sense are our kindred spirits. People will say, "Oh, you have to meet so and so. You do similar things." Well, that's what has been the case with our sister, Ifalade Ta'Shia Asanti. She's the co-founder of and visionary behind the World Pride and Power Conference.

Ifalade Ta'Shia Asanti

Read what Ifalade has to say about the relationship between her spirituality and sexuality as she answers Essential Questions.


Posted by heru on Thursday, February 19 @ 01:07:27 PST (1714 reads)
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FYI: Ayi Kwei Armah - On Awakening

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PART ONE through PART EIGHT


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FYI: Spoof Commercial Takes on Fast Food and Queer Appetites

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FYI: Oh Really? How you doin' Mr. President and Madam First Lady?

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FYI: Occupation

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Guest Columnists: Debanuj DasGupta

Guest Columnists

Post Election Hullabaloo over Gay Marriage:
Responses from a Brown-Immigrant-Queer

by Debanuj DasGupta

I am finally recuperating from the 2008 elections, my tired brown body has slept long hours, gorged on junk food and watched endless Lifetime movies. My brain is finally beginning to rewire itself. The Obama hats, badges and campaign materials have been neatly packed away, and I am getting ready to work with fellow progressive activists and policy makers to ensure we can hold the Executive Office accountable to economic and social justice issues. I had been working tirelessly in the swing state of Ohio side by side local unions, church moms, progressive priests and vegan queers to turn the state blue. And on the night of November 4th, surrounded by over 500 democratic minded activists from Ohio and across the world, I drank to the state turning blue and Barack Hussein Obama’s overwhelming victory. We were lush with the taste of victory; our painstakingly detailed field strategy had finally paid off, and a multi-racial, progressive-sounding man was now going to move into the White House. It was truly a celebratory moment.

Debanuj DasGupta
Debanuj DasGupta is an internationally renowned gender, sexuality and human rights activist.


Posted by heru on Tuesday, December 02 @ 16:38:49 PST (1812 reads)
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FROM THE CAVE: Downsizing and Simplifying In Your Life

FROM THE CAVE

by Herukhuti, PhD, MEd
Founder and Executive Director
Black Funk: The Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality
Editor-In-Chief
http://www.blackfunk.org

We are not going to invest in the scarcity or poverty consciousness that has gripped people around the world in response to the downturn in the capital, stock, and other financial markets. We understand the power of consciousness, particularly collective consciousness, to create realities that have tangible, material consequences in people's lives. We do believe that we are in a season that is, among other things, challenging the hyperconsumerism, excess, and indulgences that have characterized the consciousness of many folks in the Westernized world as well as those Westernized folks living outside of the Westernized world. This season offers, therefore, an opportunity for each of us in those two groups to think about how we will make use of the opportunity.


Posted by heru on Sunday, November 23 @ 20:21:28 PST (1645 reads)
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Call to Action: Seeking Writers, Web Content Producers, Artists, and Photojournalists

Call to Action

Are you looking for a venue for your creativity, funkiness, and conjuring?

Do you love to talk about culture, sex, and/or spirituality?

Do you want to share your ideas with folks of like mind and spirit?

Blackfunk.org is looking for writers, web content producers, artists, and photojournalists who are interested in culture, sex, and spirituality topics.

We are looking for people who can add to the perspectives on our site to provide compelling, provocative, creative, thoughtful, and engaging content that educates and empowers people on cultural, sexual, and spiritual issues. We are looking for people of all levels of experience with online content. We will provide mentorship to beginners. We want a number of forms of content including but not limited to:

  • journalism/blogging
  • investigative reporting
  • reviews (books, film both pornographic and non-pornographic, visual art, etc.)
  • commentary and social/cultural criticism
  • scholarly essays
  • auto/ethnographies
  • creative non-fiction
  • short stories
  • animated and short videos

If you are interested, CLICK HERE or send us an email at info [at] blackfunk [dot] org.

Contribute to the Black Funk movement.


Posted by heru on Wednesday, September 24 @ 22:51:31 PDT (4365 reads)
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FYI: Conjuring Black Funk - LESSON PLANS - Now Available

FYI

Lesson plans and reading activities for people interested in using Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality, Volume I by Dr. Herukhuti for educational purposes are available for use, here.

Book club and readers' group leaders, community-based organization staff members, and college/university faculty members will be able to get and share ideas for using the book.

You may also contact us to book a reading or appearance by Dr. Herukhuti by emailing us here.


Posted by heru on Thursday, July 24 @ 17:05:17 PDT (1275 reads)
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FYI: THE BOOK IS HERE! IT'S REALLY FUNKY!

FYI

Destined to be a book that will be discussed, admired, quoted, cited, and taught for decades, Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality, Volume I (Vintage Entity Press), is finally available for purchase with two hot as hell covers. Check them out below.

This is the first book by Dr. Herukhuti and a fiery collection of essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, and experimental writing that challenges conventional thought, offers alternative perspectives, and suggests ways of practicing Afrocentric, queer liberation/transgression. This book is an important contribution to Black Queer Theory, Black Feminist Thought, and Afrocentric Thought. Noted writer, social critic, and queer theorist, Samuel R. Delany contributed a great foreword to the book.

To buy the book, click here.

The Trans Cover

The Sister Cover
Cover Art by Charly Dominguez
Cover Design by Flat Foot Designs

Praise for the book:

“What a book! Hugely informative, often surprising, consistently thought-provoking and completely lacking in shame or pretense, it's the kind of book you wish you'd written yourself but are very, very happy to have read.” - Robert Fullilove, EdD, Professor and Associate Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

“I am engaged by the compelling insights of this feminist/womanist pomo afro homo on the intentional practice of sex, culture, and spirit. Whether you be bisexual, versatile, gay, top, trans, man, woman, str8, bottom, on the DL or an old black dyke like me, you will want to get into Conjuring Black Funk.” - Cheryl Clarke, PhD, Director of Office of Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University and Author of The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry, 1980-2005

“Dr. Herukhuti uses ingredients to prepare a new recipe for the 21st century diet. If they hunger for something more than the typical fast food served as Black thought, it is a meal that Afrocentric beings will find very nourishing. His advocacy for the complete and total sexual freedom of consenting human beings has the taste of a new epistemology. He is a gatekeeper to a sacred banquet of sex, sin and Spirit that few are ready to acknowledge; let alone eat.” - Ron Simmons, PhD, President/CEO, Us Helping Us, Washington DC

Conjuring Black Funk is an intricate and frank collection of essays by a scholar bravely defining an experiential modality for black liberation that does not extract our bodies and pleasures from the revolutionary equation.... Herukhuti's adherence to asserting his voice, his experience, his generously non-gym conformed sexy body, front and center to his "conjuring," is what makes Conjuring Black Funk a critical Queer Theory and Cultural Studies text.” - Tim’m West, Author of Flirting

Conjuring Black Funk stands as the funkiest piece of writing on Black sexuality and sexual cultures to come out in the last ten years....[it] attempts to take on the restrictions of academic communities and cultural communities that could potentially impede sexual decolonization, as well as create a bridge between the two communities’ discourses....Conjuring Black Funk brings a spiritual intonation to the concept of theory and offers an intellectual categorization of conjuring.” - LaMonda Horton Stallings, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Florida and Author of Mutha is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture

“...delivers a fresh, uncompromising critique of dominant Black attitudes and behaviors as well as the institutions that shape them. But the juicy fruit is the assortment of tools it bears for our liberation through self affirmation and our resistance to oppressing each other as we have been oppressed.” - Craig Washington, Activist and Editor of www.craigwerks.com

"...engages gender and sexuality while providing the critical race critique I need.... [Dr. Herukhuti] figures out the trick that most queer lefties don’t—how to write critical work about sex that still arouses sexual desire and imagination in the reader (I was turned on several times while reading it)." - Kenyon Farrow for The Indypendent

"Few books are willing to take African-American/B/black people on the spiritual/sexual journey that this book does...[Conjuring Black Funk] beckons the reader to celebrate the raw, physical presence of Spirit in our queer lives. Whether describing spiritual sex with African deities, the question of monogamy, BDSM, or scorning the industry of HIV/AIDS maintenance....This is unflinching sensuality for the sake of better mental health for us, queer people of color." - J W Richard for Mandrake Society Radio

The message is clear: It's time for a change. And a change has arrived.


Posted by heru on Wednesday, July 25 @ 12:19:42 PDT (16106 reads)
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FROM THE CAVE: Top 10 Contemporary Obstacles to Social Justice

FROM THE CAVE

by Herukhuti, PhD, MEd
Founder
Black Funk, a sexual, cultural center
http://www.blackfunk.org

I've been chided lately about not posting an article to the column in a long time. I apologize to those who read these columns with interest and who look forward to the next installment of the column.

So in the interest of getting come thoughts out there within the hectic schedule that I currently have, I have created this list, Top 10 Contemporary Obstacles to Social Justice. Over the next several weeks, I will add a paragraph or two of discussion for each item on the list.

I hope you enjoy.

#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 HAVE BEEN UPDATED


Posted by heru on Sunday, June 04 @ 19:38:50 PDT (6219 reads)
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Latest News

PUBLIC APPEARANCES of Dr. Herukhuti - APRIL 2009

Dr. Herukhuti will be on the Sippin On Ink Internet radio show April 8th, 8pmET. Call-in Number: (646) 378-0402

Dr. Herukhuti will be reading from his book Conjuring Black Funk and signing copies of the book at the First Annual Rainbow Book Fair on Saturday, March 28th, 11am-6pm at 208 West 13th Street, New York, New York, 10011


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