We’re back after a long break! Did you miss us? We missed you! In this week’s episode we discuss Season 3 of the brilliant series, Insecure. We also get into the importance of Black History Month – in the UK – and more generally the challenges of the broad and somewhat generic term diversity. In our second segment Denise offers her take on how she experienced the 3rd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe one-day symposium that took place this year on Saturday, September 29th in Berlin, Germany. And we end with the things we’re looking forward to. Listen in!
In this episode we discuss the brilliance of Samirah Raheem’s clapback against Rev. Jesse Peterson as well as Angela Rye’s willingness to defend Charlamagne Tha God more than he defends his own damn self. In our second segment we talk the inability of the mainstream to give Black women their credit using examples of Pat McGrath Labs, now valued at over US $1 billion, as well as Buki Ade’s fashion line BFYNE. We end with the things that we’re looking forward to. Listen in!
In this week’s episode we talk about the newest challenge circulating the interwebs, #InMyFeelings, and more generally what Black folks love about them. We also get into the cognitive dissonance that is social media vitriol against Black women living their best lives. In our second segment we discuss the TERFs who hijacked Pride in London, and we hear from some folks at UK Black Pride why it is an important event for the diaspora. We end with the things we’re looking forward to. Listen in!
Speaking with Veza is like an uninterrupted stream of consciousness with an artist that is committed to being intuitive as she is analytical. Denise had a chance to speak with her after her performance at the SPIT Vienna Queer Performance Festival.
Veza María Fernández Ramos is a choreographer and performance artist who lives in Vienna. Her work is a constant dialogue between dance, theatre, performance and text creation. She studied English and Spanish Philology in Spain, Scotland and Austria, and dance in various professional training courses, workshops and laboratories in Austria. After three years of teaching in a secondary school, she left her job to dedicate herself fully to her artistic career.
This week we give you a gay wrap up discussing Lakeith Stanfield’s so-called offensive, speak homophobic, ‘freestyle’, 50 cent getting shredded for his Instagram post on Terry Crews as well as Damon Dash demanding his money after loaning Lee Daniels $2mill for an indy film. In our second segment CC is in conversation with some of the Kenyan artists behind the queer exhibition, To Revolutionary Type Love. And we end with the things we’re looking forward to. Listen in!
Denise sat with Maurício Ianês in a cafe in Vienna and spoke about a range of topics including evolving in queerness, the importance of language, examining one’s position and more. This discussion critiques the commodification of queerness and its implications for queer people throughout the world. Maurício Ianês performed as part of the S_P_I_T Queer Performance Festival Vienna.
Maurício Ianês (born in Santos, São Paulo – Brazil, in 1973), currently works and lives in São Paulo. Ianês graduated in Fine Arts at the Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado – FAAP – in 1998. Ianês’ works focuses on questioning the limits and possibilities of verbal and artistic languages, its social and political functions. By opening many of his works to the active participation of the public, thus creating situations of social exchange where language and its social developments come into play, Ianês tries to bring to surface the established functioning of the system of art and its ideological undercurrents. Through this open dialogue with the public proposed in his actions, Ianês proposes a dismantling of the hierarchic power relations that are at play in the relationship between artist, public and art institutions. This is a central issue in his recent work. Ianês has presented his works in important local and international exhibitions, such as “Il cotello nella carne”, PAC Milan (2018), “Terra Comunal”, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo (2015), “Des Choses en Moins, Des Choses en Plus”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014), France; “Avante Brasil”, KIT – Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany (2013); “O Nome”, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2013), “Chambres Sourdes”, at the Parc Culturel de Rentilly, France (2011); the 28th and 29th International São Paulo Biennials (2008 and 2010), São Paulo, Brazil
Gingehou Abrogoua aka Eric Abrogoua is an actor, dancer and community organizer who lives in Paris France. Gingehou was featured at The S_P_I_T Queer Performance Festival in Vienna, Austria to perform in a spellbinding piece that incorporated video, movement and music to create a tapestry of raw emotion. Denise got a chance to speak with Gingehou as part of our Special Edition series featuring artists from The Queer Festival
They discuss topics ranging from Gingehou’s ability to own their gender and sexuality, how to transform violence and how performance functions in queer spaces.
Eric Abrogoua (FR)
“I am not your negro”, said James Baldwin
“Fuck all the things I have to do to please you”, may answer VBSS
“Cause actually … I am not your queer, your man or your woman: I am not your object.
I never wanted in your box. Who did create it? Something about this violence we endure, what it does, how we fall into each other’s representations. VBSS is the name of an ambivalence and a sex node. The very term expresses the lack of communication in our society. Sex is the place where everyone has the opportunity to free oneself. It’s a shout. A way to the universal. Everyone has something to address, a message for all sexuality, gender, race, class… Diva is many sould, voices, bodies.
Photos below are of Gingehou Abrogoua and were taken by Denise
In this week’s episode we discuss Michael B Jordan’s statement about only wanting roles written for white males, Ellen DeGeneres’ photo op while in Kenya and Rwanda as well as the release of Alice Johnson. In our second segment we give you a taste of the many interviews to be released in their full length over the course of Pride Month. And we end with the things we’re looking forward to. Listen in!
In this week’s episode we discuss the limitations of the #metoo movement and its repercussions as well as the red table talk that led to Jada Pinkett Smith and Gabrielle Union squashing their beef. In the second segment we talk Starbucks and the possibilities of anti-bias trainings in large corporations. We end, as always, with the things we’re looking forward to. Listen in!
In this week’s episode we discuss apologies to and within the queer community, namely made by Kehlani and Joy Ann Reid, as well as Women of Color Times Up Now joining the protest #Mute RKELLY. In our second segment we discuss if it’s okay to process the consequences of Kanye West’s words with humor and to what extent West is helping destigmatize mental illness. As always, we end with the things we’re excited about and looking forward to. Have a listen!