Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.
— Fannie Lou Hamer

Ashleigh has been recognized as a leader in demanding radical change for Black queer and trans folks. In addition, she has been published in Wear Your Voice Magazine, The Washington Post, Black Girl Dangerous, Telesur English, Buzzfeed, For Harriet, and The Feminist Wire. Nominated for the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminists You Should Know Award, she has managed to be a catalyst for change in feminism and gender oppression. 

Ashleigh is dedicated to creating a Black future in which healing and community are central to creating safety and humanity for all. In demanding fat/ body positivity and Black feminist frameworks, Ashleigh remains cognizant of her power and magic to challenge and question everything within a system designed for her people to fail.



Ashleigh Shackelford is a Black queer, nonbinary, fat femme writer, artist, and cultural producer. As a Black hood feminist, she has utilized activism to ignite consciousness raising and political coversations around the issues of fat positivity and anti-Black misogyny. From protesting, to direct action shut downs on highways - Ashleigh has sparked revolution from her home base in the urban South and beyond through global recognition via social media.

Utilizing blogging, social media, and popular culture as a means of accessibility and nuance around issues of injustice and systemic violence has allowed for Ashleigh to maintain the bridge of academic scholarship to trap theory to ratchet feminism.

If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.
— Audre Lorde
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Speaker & Trainer

Ashleigh has been asked to speak at multiple universities, conferences, events, and panels to discuss the topics of radical self love, body positivity, #BlackLivesMatter organizing, and body politics. In training, she has led sessions for black community engagement, intersectional feminism, and body positivity workshops.

She has developed intentional and powerful content to lead speaking engagements and trainings. Additionally, Ashleigh builds a personal and accessible rapport with all audiences in order to create the most empowering, comfortable, and efficient space. The goal is always to meet uncomfortable with possibility.


Community Organizer

From highway shut downs, to community outreach - Ashleigh has cultivated radical spaces and led direct actions. She is a co-creator of a Black feminist organization, Black Action Now, during the #BlackLivesMatter uprising in 2014, subsequent to the murder and injustice of Mike Brown.