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  • 22nd September
    2014
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MTV And Logo To Premiere 'Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word'

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MTV and Logo will premiere Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, a documentary following seven transgender youths and the issues they face.

On October 17, MTV and Logo will simultaneously premiere “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” a documentary produced by “Orange Is the New Black” cast member Laverne Cox. The hour-long documentary follows the lives of seven transgender youths. They hail from New York, New Orleans and Baltimore and range in age from 12 to 24 years old, but they share common obstacles and joys.

Cox, an activist for transgender issues as well as an actress, also acts as host for the documentary, walking viewers through the difficulties of coming out, how race plays into the equation, bullying, violence and familial and social support.

Viewers will meet Kye, a Brooklyn man who was the first transgender Division I basketball player ever, as well as college freshman Ari, an 18-year-old man taking his first steps into campus life. Zoey, a 12-year-old navigating life at her new school in California after school administrators refused to acknowledge her as a girl, is also featured, among other true life stories.

After the documentary’s premiere, Logo and MTV.com will host an hour-long “Trans Forum,” hosted by Cox and SuChin Pak. Alongside the subjects of the documentary, Cox will field questions from audience members and those tuning in via social media.

The documentary was produced as part of MTV’s Look Different campaign, a multi-year initiative to identify and fight biases, whether they be based in gender, sexual orientation or race.

“Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word” will air on October 17 and 7 p.m. ET.

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  • 22nd September
    2014
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from this Variety article, along with some initial thoughts

Although her highly-anticipated Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” doesn’t bow for another three months, Angelina Jolie already has another true story in the works. Jolie has been tapped to direct “Africa for Skydance Productions from a script by Eric Roth.

white american women set to direct a film called “Africa”. we’re already off to a bad start.

The pic is based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers, who threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing.

i’m very interested in knowing what these people know about the “very soul of Africa”. Also the conservation work in question occurred in Kenya, as in ONE OF THE MANY NATIONS OF THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA. Would you call a movie about the French Revolution “Europe”???? NOPE

“Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told,” Ellison said. “It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”

though Richard Leakey (a white man of british parentage) has no doubt led an interesting life and done a lot of important work and made a lot of wonderful contrubutions… is his biopic REALLY the story about Africa that “deserves to be told”???!?!?!?!! Off the top of my head i can think of about 20 that i’d rather see on the big screen.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” said Jolie.

I was actually really disappointed by Jolie for this. As a former Goodwill Ambassador who has visited several different African regions and nations in her humanitarian work, she should really have a better perspective on how Africa is NOT A MONOLITH. What is this single African culture that you feel so deeply connected to? What is this “soul of Africa” that you somehow think you know? And why does the story of Africa that “deserves to be told” have a white face plastered on top???

  • 22nd September
    2014
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womenwhokickass:

Koko Jones: Why she kicks ass
She is a super‐skilled and charismatic percussionist and band leader based in New Jersey, whose music is deeply trained in R&B, Afro‐Latin, jazz and traditional African percussion.
 She studied music at the University of Massachusetts and Jazzmobile simultaneously until 1979 when her Professor, saxophonist Archie Shepp, took her on tour to Europe where she recorded her second album. Just months later she was hired by The Isley Brothers and toured and later recorded a host of records with them. The association with The Isley’s led to numerous opportunities one of which was several tours with Whitney Houston.
Her transition from male to female took place in 1991 which left a gap in her musical work history until 1999 when she was forced to present as a male in order to have full custody of her child. She transitioned back in 2008.
She has also toured with  Jermaine Jackson, Archie Shepp, Charles McPherson, Winard Harper, Ray Copeland, Talib Kibwe, Babatunde Lea, James Weidman, Clifford Adams, and Malaki Ma Congo Drum and Dance Ensemble.
In 2013, Koko will release her fourth album as a leader, her third on the Motema label and her very first recording made since she transitioned.
Her talents as a percussionist, songwriter and producer are revealed on her  new CD and stage performance program with a cycle of songs that trace her physical, spiritual and musical journey towards her new life as a ‘liberated, Transgender woman percussionist of color.’ 

womenwhokickass:

Koko Jones: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a superskilled and charismatic percussionist and band leader based in New Jersey, whose music is deeply trained in R&B, AfroLatin, jazz and traditional African percussion.
  •  She studied music at the University of Massachusetts and Jazzmobile simultaneously until 1979 when her Professor, saxophonist Archie Shepp, took her on tour to Europe where she recorded her second album. Just months later she was hired by The Isley Brothers and toured and later recorded a host of records with them. The association with The Isley’s led to numerous opportunities one of which was several tours with Whitney Houston.
  • Her transition from male to female took place in 1991 which left a gap in her musical work history until 1999 when she was forced to present as a male in order to have full custody of her child. She transitioned back in 2008.
  • She has also toured with  Jermaine JacksonArchie SheppCharles McPhersonWinard HarperRay CopelandTalib Kibwe, Babatunde Lea, James WeidmanClifford Adams, and Malaki Ma Congo Drum and Dance Ensemble.
  • In 2013, Koko will release her fourth album as a leader, her third on the Motema label and her very first recording made since she transitioned.
  • Her talents as a percussionist, songwriter and producer are revealed on her  new CD and stage performance program with a cycle of songs that trace her physical, spiritual and musical journey towards her new life as a ‘liberated, Transgender woman percussionist of color.’ 
  • 22nd September
    2014
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  • 22nd September
    2014
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thewitchesofmisspelled:

You guys! We still have 7 days to go left on Kickstarter. That is a short amount of time but we can make ANYTHING happen on Kickstarter!!! POTATO SALAD WAS FULLY FUNDED FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

Our project has been shared over 3,000+ on FB! That is HUGE! Look at other fully funded kickstarter campaigns asking for more than 100K! Our project has been shared way more than theirs! We’ve gotten over 1K new subscribers!! And over 1K NEW TUMBLR FOLLOWERS! We can’t believe all of your willingness to tell others about our project! Thank you guys so much!

We need the extra push in order to bring you guys MORE MisSpelled! Please continue encouraging your friends and family to donate and pledge their rent money to a great project that you want to see more of!

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  • 21st September
    2014
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  • 21st September
    2014
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reclaimingthelatinatag:

Artwork by artist and writer, Cristy C. Road.

Courtesy of Road’s official website, art as it appears above clockwise order:

  1. Raza Encendida. Ink, Marker, Fluid Acrylic, 6x11. 2009
  2. Another weekend . Ink, Marker, Fluid Acrylic, 9x12. 2009
  3. SIN VERGUENZA. Ink, Marker. 2014

Road, a queer Latina of Cuban descent, creates art based on social justice, queer counterculture, and punk rock. Aside from drawing and painting, Road is a performer with the all-queer spoken word road-show, SISTER SPIT: The Next Generation. 

above picture of Road courtesy of Third Woman Press.

To learn more about Road and her work visit her official website.

(via reclaimingthelatinatag)

  • 21st September
    2014
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Thank you so much for including Asian women in your blog!! I've grown up internalizing the idea that asians aren't people of color. Even after accepting my identity as a woman of colour, I've had difficulty embracing the idea. It makes me happy that you guys are internsectional as well! :) Bascially, I love this blog, keep on keeping on!!! <3

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  • 21st September
    2014
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  • 21st September
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reclaimingthelatinatag:

asexualthings:

Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction to any sex and/or gender. They do not feel an intrinsic desire to make sex a part of their relationships with other people. However they may still be able to experience other types of attraction, and desire relationships with other people.
Check out the following websites to learn more about asexuality, join in on the community, and/or help increase asexual visibility and education.
Asexual Visibility and Education Network
International Asexuality Conference(Worldpride Toronto 2014 Affiliate Event) (June 28, 2014)
Asexual Things (asexual vis/ed tumblr blog)
Frequently Asked Questions
Asexuality Websites/Blogs/etc


Asexual Latin@s for the win! :D

reclaimingthelatinatag:

asexualthings:

Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction to any sex and/or gender. They do not feel an intrinsic desire to make sex a part of their relationships with other people. However they may still be able to experience other types of attraction, and desire relationships with other people.

Check out the following websites to learn more about asexuality, join in on the community, and/or help increase asexual visibility and education.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network

International Asexuality Conference
(Worldpride Toronto 2014 Affiliate Event) (June 28, 2014)

Asexual Things (asexual vis/ed tumblr blog)

Asexual Latin@s for the win! :D

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  • 21st September
    2014
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http://lavienoire.tumblr.com/post/98082299841/iridessence-i-really-fucking-hate-when-spanish

lavienoire:

teclita:

lavienoire:

iridessence:

i really fucking hate when spanish teachers or students say that mexicans have bastardized spanish when spain fucking destroyed so many countries. having their language “ruined” is one of the easiest consequences for their bullshit

*tilts head* That’s pretty funny, most people actually speak the “bastardized” version of the language.

Also. Like any fucking language int he world, spanish also adapts to environment. When people talk about a “bastardized” version you know they are full of shit.

I find very peculiar the wording choice here. A “bastard” is a child born out of wedlock and in its historical origins was halfway between “your mom is a whore” and “you are born with nothing and will die nothing.” A big part of colonization was the systematic rape of women to create a mixed race (considered in many letters as “bettering the race” *p u k e*). Furthermore, women have always been left to be the main care-takers of children in the early stages of language development. We’re all descendants of rape and rapists and, more to the point, bastards, and so is language. Have you ever thought about the differences between, for example, american english and british english, and the differences between spanish in spain and spanish in latinamerica? One seems a more paced evolution where latinamerican spanish is downright rebellious. There’s even a funny song about how spanish is different everywhere.

In short, Spain forcefully created these bastards and their bastards language. And, well, bastardized means, according to cambridge, “to change something in a way that makes it fail to represent the values and qualities that it is intended to represent.” So.

(I want to add that the “quality” of a language can be measured, totally, in how it serves its purpose, which is not sounding pretty or marking you as ~high-class and cultured. LANGUAGES ARE AWESOME.)

^^^^ These are amazing points. We should never forget spanish was forced around these places, to the point were speaking anything else was not only frowned upon (as in, indigenous languages spoken by lower classes) but actually banned. Here guaraní was banned for a long time even if it was still widely used by most of the population and managed to survive because it was actually spoken more than spanish.

So talking about “bastardization” of spanish is not only ignorant and ridiculous, but actually oppressive since these same Spaniards made people here use it against their wishes and assimilate it with their own languages.

  • 21st September
    2014
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  • 21st September
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Please check out Misspelled on YouTube and tumblr. It's a show about women of color that are witches. The show needs 75k to continue making episodes and they need it by sept 28. Please check it out and spread the word. Thank you.

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  • 21st September
    2014
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  • 21st September
    2014
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angryasiangirlsunited:

The actresses from our show did a segment on their casting experiences in Hollywood. It’s eye opening and I’m hoping people see the need to donate to this project if they haven’t already!

MisSpelled is about five girls who mysteriously acquire magical powers and how they learn to deal with them and one another. It’s a dramedy and mostly just a fantastical adventure featuring an all women of color cast and a variety of body types.

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