Is there power in disrupting state violence with ownership over ones sexuality?


A music video by Khaleb Brooks

This year we have seen the reignition of a global movement fighting for the survival of black lives. Countless deaths, inequality and continued silencing has led to monuments falling, masses taking to the streets and the beginnings of defunding the police. Visual artist and performer Khaleb Brooks uses comedic satire to investigate queer masculinity and ass shaking as a technology of power in their new music video "Booty". Over the last few months several videos of black women twerking at the police during protests have gone viral. Is there power in disrupting state violence with ownership over ones sexuality? Many see this response as "embarrassing" and deem twerking during a protest as a sign of "mental instability". Recent responses to the new music video release "WAP" further this idea that a black woman's sexuality is only deemed appropriate when controlled by men. Through awkward dance moves, Soultrain footage, blaxploitation clips  and archival images of the artist's hometown Chicago in the 70's, Khaleb attempts to subvert the typical image of the black male figure in music videos. 

What is the Meaning of Justice?

Run time: 01:31

A part of an ongoing series, Khaleb Brooks explores aspects of his identity and family history through personas. Robin, a young black man from the Southside of Chicago makes a Public Service Announcement.


Run time: 03:40

Destroy the State

Run time: 02:50

Janet Cooper is a 27 year old black woman who just moved to Berlin from Queens, NY. After hearing her brother overdosed from a long time heroin addiction she takes the state into her own hands. 

The War on Black Folks

Run time: 02:56

Through a compilation of found footage from the US and the UK, the war on drugs and it's affect on the black community is interrogated.