About BGD

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Today, Vanessa told me,

“Yell it, scream it, shout it from theabout bgd

rooftops. Beat your chest. Tear your hair. Bite. Scratch. Be theatrical.

Go wild. The more you mourn, the less you  carry.”

I started to cry when she said that.

That’s really what this thing is about.

–December, 2011


Black Girl Dangerous is the brainchild of award-winning writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. BGD seeks to, in as many ways as possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans people of color.

Since its inception in December 2011, BGD has featured over 200 diverse writers from 3 countries and reached over 5 million readers from every populated continent on earth. With its focus on social justice from a QTPoC perspective, BGD is the only forum of its kind on the web.

BGD is a place where we can make our voices heard on the issues that interest us and affect us, where we can showcase our literary and artistic talents, where we can cry it out, and where we can explore and express our “dangerous” sides: our biggest, boldest, craziest, weirdest, wildest selves.


Board of Directors

CarmenLeah Ascencio, Chair

Jezebel Delilah X, Secretary

Anna Pia Rensi, Member



Executive Director/Creator/Editor-In-Chief

IMG_3727-1Mia McKenzie is a writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of vegan pomegranate ice cream and fake fur collars. She studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which are literary and lyrical and hella quirky, and which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award (‘09) and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award (‘11). Her debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. It has been described by author and critic Jewelle Gomez as “a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety”. Her second book, Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender is being taught at colleges and universities across the country. You can read her short stories in The Kenyon Review  and make/shift. She travels and speaks about race, queerness, gender, class, and the intersections of all of these. Read more about Mia at www.miamckenzie.net

(To book Mia or other BGD writers for an event at your university or other venue, to request an interview, or for republishing questions not already answered here, contact Malc Smith at malc.booking @ gmail.com–please address your inquiry to Malc Smith. Questions or feedback about articles will not be forwarded to Ms. McKenzie.)

Director of Programs

IMG_3847CarmenLeah Ascencio, LCSW, MPH, RYT is a public health social worker, community theatre facilitator, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor, educator and proud Boricua 2nd generation queer femme. Over the past 12 years her work has centered on partner abuse, sexual violence, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, LGBQT asylum seekers, refugee resettlement and positive youth development. She is currently the director of Get Free, a Black Girl Dangerous program, and is the creator of Freedom Labor Love, a consultancy business that helps organizations and schools be trauma informed, emotionally healthy and inspired social change environments. CarmenLeah also speaks and facilitates BGD Get Free workshops at organizations and schools.
(To book CarmenLeah at your organization or school, contact Malc Smith at malc.booking @ gmail.com)

Managing Editor

Chanelle Adams is committed to media platforms by, and for, QTPoC. As former Editor in Chief of bluestockings, she was highlighted by both Bust and Feministing. Her work has been in The Feminist Utopia Project, The Media, POC Solidarity Zine, Girls Get Busy Zine, Feminist Magazine, Options Magazine, and at the Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health. You will most likely find her talking frankly to strangers about the core issues at inappropriate times. Also, she is skeptical of people who don’t use lotion.  You can follow her @nellienooks.

Assistant Editor/Columnist

princessPrincess is an unapologetic trans afro-latina survivor, creator, and anti-violence activist. Her latest projects include a Title IX teach-in, a book by and for trans women in recovery, and a zine about heroin addiction. There’s no hope on dope and our disease dies in the light of exposure.



CarmenLeah Ascencio

Vianca Masucci

Princess Harmony Rodriguez