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Akio Maroon

This conversation looks to create space for sex workers to debunk some of the myths around their profession, challenging the hyper-sexualization of Black bodies and examining how the stigma of the sex worker profession intersects with identities experienced by Black sex workers globally.

With Akynos, Akio Maroon and Mz Lady Ice. Moderated by Rania El Mugammar.

Co-curated by Brandon Hay (Black Daddies Club/Toronto), Twysted Miyake Mugler (Toronto), Michael Roberson Maasai Maison-Margiela (NYC).

Part of Journey to Black Liberation Symposium.

Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese artist, anti-oppression consultant and liberation educator based in Toronto. Rania's artistic and community work is deeply rooted in Black Liberation. She is a published writer, award winning organizer, speaker, arts educator and multidisciplinary performer. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Akynos is a migrant of Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York, where she has resided for more than 30 years. She is an award-winning international glorified stripper of burlesque showcases and the founder of the grassroots organization The Black Sex Worker Collective. She has performed in showcases in Canada, Berlin, Jamaica, Austria, New York, South Africa and Australia. She has recently been published in the Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research, where she co-authored a piece with long time mentor and friend PJ Starr titled: "I need $5 million dollars": What sex workers making media tell you that no one else can. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Akio Maroon is a dedicated single mother, educator, and international human rights advocate who identifies as a queer, gender-fluid Black Womxn. She has been a powerful and consistent voice on the topics of Consent Culture, Black Liberation, Equality, Workers & Sex Professionals Rights and Violence Against Women. Akio currently sits on Ontario's Permanent Roundtable on Violence Against Women providing innovative policy advice to the government on ongoing and emerging gender-based violence issues and assisting in the implementation of the It's Never Ok Action Plan. Akio is also an Executive Board Member at Pride Toronto and Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project. In 2016, Akio was recognized with the BCCA Human Rights Award and the Leading Women Building Communities award for exceptional leadership to improve the lives of women and girls. | Twitter | Instagram

Mz Lady Ice is one of the most becoming revolutionary urban exotic dancers in the Toronto adult entertainment industry. She has also featured in the short movie Stripped.

For the Love of Money: A Conversation Around Sex Work and Black Bodies


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