brown girl burlesque uses one-of-a-kind cabaret to encourage self-empowerment and expression

August 8, 2016

Since its inception in 2007, Brown Girl Burlesque has been an empowerment movement seeking to “entertain, educate, and liberate” with one of a kind cabaret performances that challenge gender, race, class, and sexuality social standards by reclaiming culture, personal stories and love of one’s body. In addition to performing world-class burlesque shows, the women behind the BGB movement offers local and online workshops designed to help others rediscover and unleash their “inner diva” and join a network of supportive, confident, and collaborative women. Looking towards the future, BGB hopes to grow into a chapter-based community effort that will facilitate the aforementioned goals and hold discussions about womanhood and sexuality in a safe space for women of color. BGB is based in Brooklyn.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Photo by Nisha Sondha

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