Title: The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

Founder/Editor: James C. Wadley, Ph.D.—Lincoln University


Guest Editors: H. Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality

Goddard College, and

City University of New York


Zelaika Hepworth Clarke, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.Ed.

Pluriversity, LLC

Deadline for Submitting Papers: October 1, 2017


The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is a refereed, interdisciplinary, scholarly inquiry devoted to addressing the epistemological, ontological, and social construction of sexual expression and relationships of persons within the African diaspora. The journal seeks to take into account the transhistorical substrates that subsume behavioral, affective, and cognitive functioning of persons of African descent as well as those who educate or clinically serve this important population.

Western philosophies, theories and perspectives of sexuality have dominated knowledge production with serious implications for black sexualities and relationships. Sexualities have been subject to colonial ideology at the expense of homogenizing, essentializing, and pathologizing black sexualities. Hegemonic sexuality discourses based on colonial ideology has marginalized decolonial perspectives. Diverse perspectives of sexuality, including decolonizing epistemologies, can enrich our understanding of sexuality. Black sexuality has the right to be understood in the context of decolonization and empowerment.

Colonialism has negatively affected the perception of black sexualities. Colonialism has subjected black bodies to misinterpretation, hypersexualization, and dehumanization. However, emerging discourse from African feminist scholars on gender (Oyĕwùmí, 1997, 2011), sexualities (Tamale, 2011; Nzegwu, 2010; Arnfred, 2004), and gender and sexualities (Stallings, 2015) can inspire a critical thinking that questions the colonial dominance of sexuality narratives. Decolonizing research methodologies (Smith, 1999; Chilisa, 2009;Wilson, 2008), decolonizing knowledge production(Diversi & Moreia, 2009) decolonizing epistemologies (Grosfoguel, 2007; Kuokkanean, 2007; Maldonado-Torres, 2006; Sousa Santos, 2010), decolonizing/critical pedagogy (Friere, 1970/2007), decolonizing spiritualities (Conner, 2004, 2003; Asanti, 2012; Hamilton 2012), decolonizing the mind (YellowBird, 2013; Thiong’O, 1986), decolonizing queerness (Farajaje-Jones,2000; Williams, 2006) and foundational postcolonial theorists (Césaire, 1950; Fanon, 1952,1963; Memmi, 1965; Nkrumah, 1970; Said, 1978), played a critical role in the decolonization project that can also inform scholarship on black sexualities. Discourse addressing decolonization and sexuality has emerged with publications such as postcolonial sexuality issue of Darkmatter (2008), decolonizing sexualities (Bakshi, Jivraj, Posocoo, 2016), and Decolonization Indigeneity Education and Society special issue ongender, sexuality and decolonization (Recollet & Ritskes, 2015). Although discourse on decolonizing sexualities has begun, contributions that focus on people of African descent remains virtually nonexistent. Critical scholarship that applies decolonizing perspectives to black sexualities are imperative to the healthy advancement of sexuality studies and sexual justice.

We hope to instigate, provoke and inspire the production of critical, powerful, and effective decolonizing interventions in the areas of Africana/Black sexuality, relationships, embodiment, aesthetics and erotics. To that end, we want to see work that stretches beyond the “master’s tools,” as Audre Lorde would say (Lorde, 1984, p.110), to reclaim, redeploy and reinvigorate indigenous knowledge practices for the 21st century as well as the conjuring of innovative approaches to liberating Black sex and bodies. We invite work that does a kind of violence to the hegemony of Western thought in academic spaces the likes of which Frantz Fanon described when he said “decolonization is always a violent phenomenon” (Fanon, 1963, p.1). We also want to make available to readers a collection of stories, tools, spells, and resources that can aid in the ongoing project of decolonization at the intersection of race, ethnicity, culture, and sexuality.

Possible Topics

Africana art aesthetics, erotics, and decolonization

BDSM/Kink as spiritual practice among African/Black people

Black bodies as sites of sexual resistance

Black sexual revolutionaries

Critical race theory and critiques of Western sexology

Decolonizing clinical practices for sex educators, counselors, and/or therapists

Decolonizing methodologies in sexology, sex-related public health, or sex education

Decolonizing sexualities in Africa and/or the Diaspora

Decolonial love

Efforts to decolonize the HIV Industrial Complex

Epigenetics, intergenerational sexual trauma from slavery/colonialism, and healing

Fanon and Sex

Freireian educational models in sex education

Funk as radical sexual politics

Indigenous Knowledge Studies (IKS) and Africana sexualities

Intersectionality, Decolonization and Africana sexualities

June Jordan and the new politics of sexuality in the 21st century

Lordean erotics and decolonization

Post-/Anti-colonial critiques of international development and their impact upon sex, family and erotic relationships in Africa and/or the Diaspora in the Global South

Post-/Anti-colonial queer studies of Africana sex, embodiment, family and/or relationships

Religion’s de/colonizing impact on Africana/Black sexualities, families, and/or relationships

Role of anti-colonial approaches to sex tourism and/or sex trafficking in Africa or the Diaspora

Sexual economy of chattel slavery and colonization

Sexual marronage

Sexual praxis

Sexual violence and the colonized mind

Sexuality in the Africana social justice, liberation and anti-colonial movements

Sex work decriminalization projects and African/Black sex workers

Submission of Manuscripts

Send manuscripts electronically using Microsoft Word to James C. Wadley, PhD at jwadley@lincoln.edu AND dr.herukhuti@gmail.com.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by: (1) a declaration of demonstrated personal and professional (i.e., clinical/scholarly/artistic) commitment to the decolonization and liberation of African people on the continent and throughout the diaspora that articulates how the author engages in decolonizing praxis as a person and a professional (2) a statement that the manuscript has not been sent for publication or published elsewhere. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. All figures should be camera ready.

Manuscripts should contain a working definition of decolonization. All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Quantitative manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Qualitative manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages. For papers that exceed page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper.

The manuscript files should be submitted in MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier “.doc” filetype). Include (1) the manuscript title and running head; (2) all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses (indicate who the corresponding author for the article should be); (3) any acknowledgments; and (4) brief biographical paragraphs (50 words or less) describing each author’s current affiliation and research interests.

Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text. Format for references and citations should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. This may be ordered from the Publication Department, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, phone (202) 336-5500, fax (202) 336-5502.

Books Reviews

Book reviews should be sent to the attention of the editor (address above). Review essays as well as bibliographic articles and compilations are sought. Potential contributors of such material are advised to correspond with the editor.

Peer Review Policy

All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two anonymous referees.


  • Deadline for submitting papers will be February 1, 2017
  • Guest coeditors and journal editor will send articles to peer reviewers by February 15th, 2017
  • Reviewers will submit reviews to guest co-editors by March 15, 2017
  • Guest co-editors will forward reviewer feedback to authors by April 1, 2017
  • Authors of accepted articles will send finalized articles to the guest co-editors by May 1, 2017


Please allow 3-5 months for review of all submitted articles.


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