Hey Queen,

Today and every day we celebrate you! You come from a legacy of beautiful and strong women that can thrive and survive.

We celebrate Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey whose bodies were used to create modern gynecology.

We celebrate June Dobbs Butts whose research emphasized communication and having real conversations about sex in the Black community.

We honor the work of Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, and the many others whose writings celebrate and tell stories of Black women and their sexuality.

We celebrate and acknowledge the seen and unseen work of those who came before, those present, and those to come in acknowledging the sensuality and sexiness of Black women.

Today is the day to embrace your curves, your breasts, your thighs, the marvel of your skin, and, should I dare say, clitoris.

It is time to embody our pleasure, our sensuality, and sexuality in ways that our ancestors could not.

Today we celebrate you!

Renée Burwell

Renée Burwell

LCSW, MPA, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Renée Burwell, LCSW, MPA, CST is a skilled psychotherapist and educator with specializations in sex therapy and trauma. Her practice, Pandora's Awakening, offers services and educational outreach that help destigmatize mental and sexual health services. She is a skilled facilitator offering trainings and workshops to healthcare and social services professionals on mental health, sexual health, and reproductive justice. In addition to her work at Pandora's Awakening, she is also the executive director of the Tennessee Alliance of Sexual Health, AASECT’s Mid-Continent Representative, an active member of the Association of Black Sexologist, and is a writer and educator for various mediums including Bedroom Kandi and CNN.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Post Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy and Education from the University of Michigan, and is AASECT certified as a sex therapist.