8 QUESTIONS WITH AMY SADAO, Executive Director of the Philly ICA
The Flaming Fury of Bayard Rustin the Queen at the End of the Bar, 2008 by Deborah Grant (Oil, paper, flashe paint and enamel on 24 birch panels - Full and detail)
Deep South, A film about the fight of HIV/AIDs in the (U.S.) south
A poetic and grounding exploration into the lives of those affected by HIV in the American South. After 30 years, the global epidemic has overshadowed the fight at home, where HIV has never looked like this before. Facing a broken health system and a culture of denial, Southerners must create their own solutions to survive.
A young, black gay man tries to escape the heavy judgment of the Mississippi Delta; two best friends prepare for their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana; and, an Alabama activist takes her campaign on the road. Intermixed in these main story lines are several mini-stories that reveal broader social and political themes across the rural South.
This looks absolutely amazing. I think we often forget that there are still people in the United States struggling and simply living with HIV & AIDS. We imagine that we’re past it and that it’s an “African” issue now, or “gay” issue, or even a “down low” issue, when the links to poverty, and the complexities of those living with, and fighting against the disease are not being understood.
Kudos to director Lisa Biagiotti for her in-depth research of the south, and for not just generalizing, but giving a human face to the different ways in which HIV & AIDS affect people in the south today. A GIANT hand-clap to Director of Photography, Duy Linh Tu also - the film looks beautifully shot.
Please support if this film is showing in your area.
Iona Rozeal Brown, “my e.a.s.y. (for Octavia)”, 2010, acrylic on wood panel,48″ x 60″
DJ Rizzla & D’hana. Outtakes from The Boston Phoenix Queer Cover shoot. 2012.
Shoot for a great article that talks to the Nu Queer Life DJ’s and their part in growing multi-gender, multi-race parties. Read it here.
DJ Rizzla and D’hana are DJ’s in Boston and you can check out their work and follow them here:
Dope pics, Dope DJs.
(Photos & Info via joshandrus)
THEESatisfaction - Sista Ya Been On My Mind & Enchantress (Live at Pickathon) (by kexpradio)
Incredibly dope a capella..
By Christina Ferraz
Q: There are people in the film that are from Philadelphia. Are you a native of Philly as well?
A.: “I’m not a native; I’ve been here six years. I moved here in 2006 from Atlanta and I grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. I’m a Southerner, born and raised.”
Q: Do you consider this home?
A: “Yes, I do. This is my adult, my decided home. This is a real decision to be in a certain kind of place and to call it home.”
Q: Tell me about the inspiration behind this movie. Where did that come from?
A: “It’s very much linked to a personal experience I had. Some elements of what’s in the film is very much my experience, but there’s other elements that are really based off of experiences that I’ve had with different people and different gay designated areas of cities that I’ve lived in and traveled to.”
Q: Were these the basis of your characters?
A: “In these spaces, what I always found consistent were these individuals that no matter what time of day, what time of year you went to these areas – you would always see them. It was interesting me; they were primarily older men, that became representatives of that area and could tell you the history of that area at the drop of a dime or engage you in a funny, intimate friend way. What I realized is that there was a range of backgrounds of who these people really were, ranging from sex workers, to those who were homeless, to those with HIV/AIDS. These were the conversations that I was having, so, I wanted to start by creating a character who is a representation of those men with a certain kind of dignity, but, have been through a lot but are still very caring. Jimmy is a representation of that.”
Truth Magazine featured myself and theGAQ in an interview for their new “Soul Shaker’s” issue. Check it out! Truth magazine is a publication that seeks to empower, inspire and celebrate the lives of LGBTQ people of color. Support the awesome Uriah Bell and this great publication by subscribing, HERE
Today BAYCAT youth release documentary shorts created for Zoom In: 24.
In this segment called, Finding Your Voice, they speak out about their opinions on LGBTQ issues, and a number of BAYCAT youth come out sharing their Pride in being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender.
This is an awesome an inspiring project by the youth of San Francisco utilizing the program services that BAYCAT provide. I love watching even the youngest participants in the documentary talk about their pride in themselves and in family members in the LGBT community. Take a look. And while you’re at it, check out their “Show Must Go On” campaign to replace laptops stolen from this program. Please help to donate whatever you can to keep dope films / documentaries like this one in production. The campaign runs until September 5th.
Teach the babies!