The performing arts draw our attention to the body - inviting us to focus on "its" demands, its vivacity, and its vibrant place within a politics that tends to treat language and discourse as the be-all and end-all of how the world comes to matter. Part of the wisdom of the arts is, however, to disturb the body and its enacted boundaries, to stray from the edges allocated to it, to trouble its stability and security, and to allow for spills and new ethical formulations. In a time of racialized tensions when certain bodies, not-quite-human and nonhuman, are rendered incapable, disabled, beleaguered, insecure and inadequate by the intensities and libidinal forces of white modernity, what might the arts contribute to the desire for decolonial futures? In this talk exploring his concept of becoming black, Bayo Akomolafe suggests that the insecurity of minoritarian bodies - often rectified within a politics of inclusivity - are desirous overtures to other sites of power that exceed the algorithms of state-sponsored justice. If to be unsettled is to resist the intelligibility of the colonial and to be recalibrated to generative/hospitable depths, how might the arts teach us to become unsettled, to become black?