15 posts tagged qpoc
THE REVIVAL: A SALON STYLED POETRY TOUR OF QUEER WOMEN ARTISTS
With dynamic performances from poets and musicians alike, THE REVIVAL weaves a salon-styled night of libations and genuine fellowship. Reminiscent of independent poetry tours like SisterSpit…Saltlines… the iconic Def Poetry Jam, The Revival is a unique arts experience as each concert takes place in an actual home. A collective of queer women artists on a national, 10 day expedition, The Revival caravan honors a queer tradition. They not only demand safe space, they create it.
A group of individuals connected not through sexuality, color, so-called gender identity— but through language. It’s poetry that dismisses our diﬀerences and shakes up the system. It’s music that opposes the regular, hip-hop rhetoric of what women are to do and be. It’s the word that came ﬁrst. And the women we celebrate the day after that, and the day after that forever.
This tour looks so dope. The traveling troupe features T’ai Freedom Ford (rapper / spoken word artist), B. Steady (songstress / filmmaker) and JONQUILLE “SOLSIS & DAPPHO THE FLOW-ER” RICE (Singer, bassist, poet and audio engineer, educator & more). The tour also joins hands with remarkable women across the country as hosts, performers, and collaborators including: Mobile Homecoming Projects’s Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Atlanta’s Fi Williams, Chicago’s EarthPearl Collective and more.
The tour will be in the following cities:
NEW YORK: OCTOBER 5 with Charan Morris
TORONTO: OCTOBER 6 with Kim Katrin Crosby
CHICAGO: OCTOBER 9 Special Guest Feature at Chicago’s historic POW WOW Black Lesbian Open Mic
ATLANTA: OCTOBER 11 with Red Summer
DURHAM: OCTOBER 12 with Cheryl Floyd Miller
DC: OCTOBER 13 with Rachel Eliza Griﬃths and very special guests, DC Youth Slam Team
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Transforming FAMILY is a ten minute documentary that jumps directly into an ongoing conversation among trans people about parenting. It is a beautiful snapshot of current issues, struggles and strengths of transexual, transgender and gender fluid parents (and parents to be) in North America today.
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
Film Trailer for “The Fire This Time”
Synopsis: On a hot summer evening in the gay-friendly West Village neighborhood of New York City, seven young women from New Jersey were verbally threatened and physically attacked by a twenty-nine-year-old man. In a not uncommon travesty of justice, the New Jersey Seven, as they came to be called, were sent to prison for defending themselves (sound familiar?)
The Fire This Time tells the story of the seven women’s trial and prison sentences, and the years-long fight by relatives and activists to get the women released. Along the way, the film reveals in devastating detail how the media, homophobia, and racism all work together in American culture to stigmatize and victimize gay people of color.
The Fire This Time spotlights the U.S. criminal justice system’s bias against women of color in general and against gender non-conforming, African American women in particular. In addition, the film demonstrates how the media perpetuates this bias through inaccurate and incendiary reporting. This kind of reporting contributes to an atmosphere that leaves LGBTQ youth vulnerable to harassment and assault because there are no genuinely safe spaces for them in American society.
This film is currently in post-production and looking towards completion in the Fall of 2012.
La Loba Loca Coxina is a series of untamed & un-rated short films that interweaves food, family, culture and story telling. In this episode Lea cooks some vegetarian gumbo, accompanied with some sweet potatoes and ensalada a la chilena made by La Loba Loca.
I like this series because through food it shows how one can keep the traditions of family and ancestors going, while still leaving room to adapt to new beliefs, traditions and ways of being.
La Loba Loca (aka Ana.Bel), is a Sudaca born in Peru and raised in Maipu, Santiago de Chile. La Loba Loca believes creates “improvised, reusabled art” with most of the materials being found or recycled. She is also a traditional tattooist, photo-documentarist, coxinera-cochinera-cocinera and is beginning to do documentary/film work.
I am extremely excited to present a GAQ feature interview and photo spread with incredible photographer and artist, Sophia Wallace. Wallace merges narrative, documentary, fashion, and performance strategies to create dialogue around notions of gender and identity. And it’s beautiful work. Perhaps the most striking thing about Wallace’s work for me is her ability to create imagery as crisp and fashion-forward as those in your latest issue of Vogue, while simultaneously offering cultural commentary and bringing thought provoking themes to the fore.
I asked Wallace some questions about her work, her process and the ideas behind it all. Click the photo for the entire spread, or click HERE to download.
Rotimi Fani-Kayode was born in Lagos, Nigeria in April 1955, the second child of Chief Babaremilekun Adetokunboh Fani-Kayode and Chief Mrs Adia Adunni Fani-Kayode, their third child was Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a Nigerian politician and who was the former Minister of Aviation for Nigeria.
This prominent Yoruba family moved to Brighton, England, in 1966, after a military coup and the ensuing civil war. Rotimi pursued his secondary education in England where he went to a number of private schools including Brighton college, Seabright College and Millfield then moved to the USA in 1976 to complete his education. He read Fine Arts and Economics, gaining a BA, at Georgetown University, Washington DC and gained an MFA at the Pratt Institute, New York in Fine Arts & Photography. Whilst in New York he became friendly with Robert Mapplethorpe and later admitted to Mapplethorpe’s influence on his work.
He returned to the UK in 1983. He died in a London hospital of a heart attack whilst recovering from an AIDS related illness on the December 12, 1989. At the time of his death, he was living in Brixton, London with his partner and collaborator Alex Hirst.
Although admitting to some influence by Mapplethorpe’s earlier work, Rotimi Fani-Kayode pushed the bounds of his own art much further, exploring sexuality, racism, colonialism and the tensions and conflicts between his homosexuality and his Yoruba upbringing through a series of images in both colour and B/W.
His work is imbued with the subtelty, irony and political and social comment that one would expect from an intelligent and observant black photographer of the late twentieth century. He also contributed much to the artistic debate around HIV and AIDS.
He started to exhibit in 1984 and was involved with nine exhibitions between then and his death at the end of 1989. He has since had his work featured posthumously in many exhibitions and retrospectives. His work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Italy, Nigeria, Sweden, Germany, South Africa and US. In 1987 along with Mark Sealy he co-founded AUTOGRAPH ABP and became their first Chair. He was also an active member of The Black Audio Film Collective.
He was a major influence on young black photographers in the late 1980s and 1990s. Following Alex Hirst’s death in 1992 there was some controversy over attribution of his work, a discussion that still continues.
“My identity has been constructed from my own sense of otherness, whether cultural, racial or sexual. The three aspects are not separate within me. Photography is the tool by which I feel most confident in expressing myself. It is photography therefore — Black, African, homosexual photography — which I must use not just as an instrument, but as a weapon if I am to resist attacks on my integrity and, indeed, my existence on my own terms.”
Episode 2.5 of “The Peculiar Kind” explores employment and discrimination within Queer and Trans communities of color. I’d highly recommend taking the time to watch this informative video of some wonderfully talented and creative folks who got tired of the bullshit and decided to to it their own way. Featured in the video are:
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