Painted, Dark and Divine: The 2017 Summer Debauchery Ball-Winter Baby's Revenge

Created by Chicago artist, Khari B a/k/a Discopoet with sounds provided by DJ Bill Will and Craig Alexander, The Debauchery Ball, Winter Babies Revenge is an AfroFuturistic, fetish-themed summer party held in July.   This year’s theme was “Painted, Dark and Divine”.   The ball encourages patrons to delve deeply into themselves and pull out that fearless, sensual, uninhibited divine being that resides within and adorn accordingly.   In Khari’s own words, this production is part of a continued mission to inspire, educate and empower audiences as to their own greatness while adding to the spectrum of how the art can be expressed over multiple mediums for a more lasting experience.   The entire event is a tasteful, erotically themed event where music, movement, art and spirituality are synergized for a most memorable event. 

Patrons, inspired by African, Caribbean, South American Deities expressed themselves in the most unique of ways, some with the least amount of clothing, in fact they encouragedto be as creative as possible and use plenty of body paint!  Out of respect for the partygoers there are no videos and few pictures of this event but I can tell you that it was an incredible display of black excellence.  Goddesses such as Oshuns, Yemaya’s, Obba, Yemoja, and Oya were beautifully adorned next to Gods Ogun, Ori, Osanyin & Esu.   Others just channeled the richness that is our heritage.   A room full of partygoers completely drenched in our culture was such a beautiful sight.  The music matched the vibe of the entire evening; rooted in African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, laced with soul and funk.   The atmosphere was hot with sweaty bodies covered in body paint, glitter and other cultural adornments.

While everyone was beautifully dressed, they came to dance and danced they did.   This is a party for those who love to dance and express themselves freely.  There are no dance floor restrictions, no rules…this is a party where the music controls your body and you move accordingly.  It was my first summer debauchery ball but it will not be my last. I attempted to channel my inner Oshun but quickly realized I way too reserved in my dress.  I took good notes, and will be ready next year!   I’ll definitely have to step my game up!  In the meantime, I'm already planning my look for the Winter Debauchery Ball held in December!!!

A perfect evening full of culture, history, house music and beautiful people!

 Until next time,

See you on a dance floor! 

Black Widow

*For more information on the Debauchery Ball, check out https://www.facebook.com/DebaucheryBall/ **

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Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on www.blkwidowmusic.com and on her book’s website, www.thesumofmanythings.com.  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.