Karen Jackson onstage at BET Her Fights: Breast Cancer 2017 on October 13 at the Riverside EpiCenter in Austell, GA

Karen Eubanks Jackson

Karen Eubanks Jackson, Founder/CEO of Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI) is recognized nationally as a true visionary, leader in the African American breast cancer movement and a 23-year breast cancer survivor. Sisters Network is the nation’s only African American breast cancer survivorship organization. In 1994, Jackson founded Sisters Network Inc., during her personal fight to survive breast cancer Jackson recognized a lack of “sisterhood” in traditional organizations, a staggering breast cancer mortality rate for African American women and limited culturally sensitive material. Often referred to as a breast cancer champion, Jackson’s primary motivation was to break through the silence and shame of breast cancer.

Breast cancer fighters, survivors and allies photographed at BET's New York studio in 2017. (Photo: Jabari Jacobs/BET)

Ericka Hart

A kinky, poly, cancer-warrior, activist, sexuality educator and performer with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University, Ericka Hart has taught sexuality education for elementary aged youth to adults across New York City for the past six years. Her work in sexuality education was catalyzed by her service as a Peace Corps HIV/AIDs volunteer in Ethiopia from 2008-2010. Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in May 2014 at the age of 28, she realized that neither her identity as a queer black woman, nor her sex life as a survivor, was featured prominently in her treatment. Audiences around the world admire Ericka for her ability to use what has swelled to a cult following on social media among young, queer and trans people of color, cancer survivors, activists, artists, etc. to challenge systemic patriarchy and antiblack standards of beauty.