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Ericka Hart

Activist, Cancer Warrior & Sexuality Educator

Activist, Cancer Warrior & Sexuality Educator

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Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Ericka Hart Biography

A kinky, poly, cancer-warrior, activist, and sexuality educator with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University, Ericka Hart has taught sexuality education for elementary aged youth to adults across New York City for over 10 years, including serving as a Peace Corps HIV/AIDs volunteer in Ethiopia from 2008 to 2010. She has also shared her expertise as an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Social Work, where she taught human sexuality.

Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in May 2014 at the age of 28, she realized that neither her identity as a queer Black femme, nor her sex life as a survivor, was featured prominently in her treatment. She decided to do something about it: going topless (and viral) in public, bearing her double mastectomy scars to end the lack of Black, brown LGBTQIA+ representations, and visibility in breast cancer awareness. Her activism extends to attending Afropunk topless and posing topless for Paper magazine, Out magazine, and on the runway of Chromat's Fall 2018 show.

Dismantling the ways that systemic patriarchy and anti-Black standards of beauty affect our everyday lives, Hart is shifting ingrained cultural modes and attitudes on chronic illness and posits visibility as vital to any radically inclusive movement toward equity. She co-hosts the podcast "Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast" to further amplify marginalized voices. Recognized on the Root100 in 2018 for her work as an advocate for post-cancer body positivity, Hart continues to influence with her advocacy and activism.

Audiences around the world admire Hart for her ability to challenge anti-Blackness everywhere it rears its head–from the front pages of magazines and fashion week runways to the lectern. She is dedicated to empowering students to make a difference in the world and with each other, opening up a robust discourse that connects sexual health and wellness to systemic issues at the root of social injustice. Alongside her partner, Ebony Donnley, and their child East Francis Coltrane Hart-Donnley, Ericka resides in Brooklyn, continuing her fight against social injustices and for representation.

Ericka Hart Speaking Topics

  • Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention: For Festivals, Organizations, and Individuals

    Consent is more than sexy, it’s necessary. Oftentimes when we talk about sex, the focus is on pleasure but we forget that there are steps way before pleasure is achieved. This interactive, gender inclusive workshop explores consent as a necessary aspect to any encounter, challenging the socialized myth that when it comes to sex, consent is confusing, awkward and optional. In this training, participants will have the opportunity to parse how we as a society relate to consent, learn and be able to list the elements that are necessary for sexual consent to be present and gain a new freedom in navigating sexual experiences that always include consent as the foreplay (and lube, if you will) of life.

  • Where Are All the Black People?

    WAATBP, is a multimedia interactive storytelling experience that opens up a larger conversation on the deeply human, nuanced facets of the macro issues that black queer and trans people face, particularly as survivors of trauma, and the ways in which we can use our own personal narratives to identify, and then divest from systems and institutions that impact our ability (and means) to heal.

  • Sexualizing Cancer Pt.2 (for Medical Practitioners and Cancer Patients)

    A breast cancer diagnosis alone can impact an individual’s sex life. Sexualizing Cancer has also been created for breast cancer patients at diagnosis, during treatment, and post-treatment who are looking to reclaim pleasure and have sex and sexuality availed to them as a powerful resource, whether single or in partnership. This talk and accompanying curriculum is designed to support medical providers, medical school students in residency, front line staff of hospitals to be inclusive in their services to diverse populations. This talk is tailored to medical providers working with breast cancer patients, but is applicable to practitioners specializing in any chronic illness.

  • Sexualizing Cancer

    Sexualizing Cancer was created for anyone living with chronic illness who is interested in learning about the integral role of pleasure and sexuality particularly for breast cancer patients at diagnosis, during treatment, and post-treatment. ‘Sexualizing Cancer’ is also designed to support medical providers/front line staff of hospitals to be inclusive in their services of LGBTQIA+ people. By examining the historical roots of the medical industry, this talk also draws attention to the lack of black and brown narratives in mainstream breast cancer awareness campaigns and advocacy, leading to higher rates of mortality among these communities. This workshop will also expose expose the ways in which black bodies have been used for experiments in the past and the lack of awareness in breast cancer campaigns targeted to Black and brown bodies leading to higher rates of mortality in present day.

  • Sexual Health

    In this series of age-appropriate comprehensive workshops and lectures, participants will learn the following various topics: sexual anatomy, gender, pleasure, sexual identity, healthy relationships, reproductive health/justice and more.

  • Social & Racial Justice

    This participatory talk acts as an educational resource for allies, organizations and individuals working with and/or on behalf of marginalized communities seeking to deepen both their professional and personal practices toward centering those who navigate society from its margins. Ericka will galvanize audiences to explore their own biases, share in their experiences of identity and offer actionable steps on how each individual can integrate a social and racial justice ethic in their own lives for a more equitable and just world in this crash course on systems of oppression.

Ericka Hart Videos

  • Ericka Hart in conversation with Dr. Jae James and Professor Pia Raymond
    On May 10, 2021, NYU Silver's Graduate Student Association (GSA) presented Ericka Hart in Conversation with Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Jae...
  • 2019 Hampshire Commencement: Keynote Speaker, Ericka Hart
    A lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Hart has helped change the face of sexual health education for children and adolescents...
  • Ericka Hart @ The Women's March on Philadelphia
    Ericka Hart speaks at the Women's March on Philadelphia on January 21, 2017

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Ericka Hart is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention: For Festivals, Organizations, and Individuals, Where Are All the Black People?, Sexualizing Cancer Pt.2 (for Medical Practitioners and Cancer Patients), Sexualizing Cancer, Sexual Health and Social & Racial Justice. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ericka Hart for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Ericka Hart generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Shekinah Elmore, T.J. Hills, Arlan Hamilton and Christine Handy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ericka Hart for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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