Black bodies. This is a phrase we have come to know too well in association with words like “killed,” “beaten,” and “hurt.” It is a phrase that causes our hearts to stop and our minds to rail against the all too frequent uttering- “Black bodies…” This phrase took on a very different meaning in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood this month, as Black bodies bumped, grinded, shimmied, and shook at Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Review, produced by Jeez Loueez. This annual all-Black Burlesque review is more than just a burlesque show. It is an explicit commentary and reclaiming of the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the Black community.
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