This essay sketches the parameters of black/queer/diaspora ethics, aesthetics, and methodologies vis-à-vis conjunctural moments in black queer studies, women of color feminisms, queer of color critique, queer theory, and on-the-ground expressive practices. This genealogical matrix of the present moment argues that black/queer/diaspora work's love ethic, and radical roots in black and women of color feminisms, uniquely constructs it as an organic project of multivalent and multiscalar reclamation, revisioning, and futurity toward producing deeply humane and capacious analyses that both reflect “real life” on the ground and speculate on liberatory models—projecting our imaginations forward, toward possible futures.

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