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QWOC+ Boston is a group that promotes diversity by creating and sustaining safe spaces for LGBT people of color in the Greater Boston area.
Posted By QWOC+ Boston on April 19th, 2012

Submit! Nearly There is a zine project meant to address the serious absence and silencing of stories about the experiences of queer people of color.

 

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What Does It Take to be Black, Female and Healthy in America?

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on February 29th, 2012

What Does It Take to be Black, Female and Healthy in America? Let’s talk about it!

Tuesday, March 13
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Simmons College Kotzen Center
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Join Black Women’s Health Imperative and Smiley Books for a book signing of Health First — The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, a publication of the Black Women’s Health Imperative.

The book signing will follow a discussion with:

  • Book Author Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, President and CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Byllye Y. Avery, Founder, Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Dr. Paula Johnson, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dr. Renee White, Simmons College
  • Cassandra Clay, Boston University

Note: Refreshments will be provided.

Parking and Transportation:

  • Very limited parking is available at Simmons for $6 with a Visa or Mastercard
  • Take MBTA green line E train (Heath Street) to Museum stop. Turn right onto Louis Prang Street, from here you can see Simmons’s green cupola. Walk past Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on left and Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, is on the left.

Sponsored by Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Science

Co-sponsors include:
Boston Black women’s Health Institute, ABCD Health Services, Hologic, Inc., National Council of Negro Women, Boston Alliance for Community Health, Boston REACH Coalition, Boston Public Health Commission, Our Bodies Our Selves, Encuentro Diaspora Afro, Fenway Health, Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service, Inc., Kelley Chunn & Associates, Union of Minority Neighborhoods, Young Black Women’s Society, Women of Color Roundtable

For more information, visit www.BlackWomensHealthFirst.com.

 

RENAISSANCE — Women and Trans People of Color in Hip Hop & Slam Poetry (11/30)

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on November 28th, 2011

Spectra Events presents 

RENAISSANCE, a monthly performance revue, is a night of elegance infused with stunning musical performances from seasoned women of color performing artists and musicians. Each month, the event kicks off with a networking event for women of color and allies, followed by a live concert that features a wide variety of musical genres: big band blues, vocalist trios, classical jazz quartets, soulful R&B, and more.

For the month of November, we are proud to feature women and gender non-conforming people of color artists in Hip Hop and Slam Poetry.

Wed November 30th |
Networking at 7:00pm, Show at start at 8:00PM
Church | 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston MA
21+ (w/ valid ID, no exceptions)
Dress Code: Hip Hop Renaissance, Go Wild ;-)
Ticketshiphoprenaissance2011.eventbrite.com

Facebook: RSVP Here

Twitter: Tweet about this event @spectrasevents using the hashtag #hiphoprenaissance 

Register for RENAISSANCE LIVE Performance: The Slam Poetry and HipHop Edition in Boston, United States  on Eventbrite

 

Featuring the talents of the following artists (bios below):

  • Micah (Queer MC, Conscious Hip Hop)
  • Porsha O (Hip Hop Feminist, Slam Poetry)
  • Janae Johnson (Lyrical Nerd, Slam Poetry)
  • J Mase III (Nerdy Humor, Slam Poetry)
  • GaBrilla Ballard (Lyrical Songstress, Renaissance HipHop)
  • Villa Tali (Female MC, Sisterhood Hip Hop)

This show is for everyone ages 21+

Stay tuned for more Spectra Events at http://www.spectra-events.com/

Email info@spectra-events.com if this incredibly detailed event listing didn’t answer all of your questions

 

INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS OF RENAISSANCE

MICAH  is a hip hop artist, and transman from Massachusetts. He has been writing and performing for the past 4 years around Boston, NY and LA.

He writes from his own experience in an attempt to show that regardless of all those differing identifiers, human beings have much in common, and much to learn from each other. He just released his first single, the queer anthem “Did it On Em”, and is in the process of recording his first mixtape through Base Trip Records.

Follow Micah on Tumbler and on Twitter, and of course, like his Facebook page!

 

PORSHA O Porsha Olayiwola is a self – proclaimed hip hop feminist.

Poetically, Porsha O. Intertwines the spirits of Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida. B. Wells Barnett and June Jordan with the bluntness of Hip Hop Feminism, creating poetry that speaks for itself. Porsha O. has opened for Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, MC LYTE, pioneering female hip-hop artist, Dr. Cornell West and Dr. Angela Davis. A founding member of the Chicago – based political performance group, “The Unwritten Amendment,” she uses poetry to create a dynamic flow of infra-politics that rebels against the norms and rigidity of society.

To follow Porsha, send her a friend request on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

J MASE III J Mase III is a Black, Trans, Queer, Rowdy-as-Hell Poet with a capital [P] based in Philly.

As a performer and teaching poet J Mase III has rocked venues from San Diego to NYC at colleges and radio stations to group homes and youth centers. An organ donor, J Mase is the author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around” and creator of the multi-city performance event “Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement”.”

You can stalk him at Facebook, Gigmaven and YouTube.

JANA’E JOHNSON “Jana’e Johnson is a “not so average” writer-turned slam poet originally from Sacramento, California.

After spending a year honing her craft, she is emerging in the Boston Poetry scene as a queer poet focusing on storytelling and political satire. You can find Jana’e performing almost every Sunday at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA.

Send her a friend request on Facebook!

 

GABRILLA BALLARD GaBrilla Ballard is a New Orleans native, singer, songwriter, mama and creator of urbanmamasong.com, a blog about balancing motherhood, artistry, wellness and love.

GaBrilla describes her music as ” Soul Roots Music”. She goes on to say “I wanted to acknowledge all the musical influences that inspire and influence me–gospel, blues, jazz, world; without having to say, you may hear a little this or that. By saying Soul Roots Music , I am acknowledging all those musical genres, but all within the context of soul music.”

 

 

Villa Tali  is a young, talented  single mother — a Boston raised (born and bred) positive influence to the youth looking to break into the industry and change the rap industry’s view of this “good ole boys club” or “brotherhood”.

In her words:  ”Too many sisters with powerful voices are waiting to be heard. It’s hard for a female to gain respect. But as long as we give it to each other they have no choice but to let us in!”

Check out her page on  Facebook and MySpace.

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Doors open at 7:00PM | Show begins at 8PM
  • Tickets are $8-10 Advanced / $12 on the Guest List / $15 at the Door
  • Group discounts available! Contact Spectra Events for more info

 

Press Inquiries
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Announcing Power Mingle 2.0: Networking Event for Awesome People

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on October 16th, 2011


You are invited to a social media infused social networking event (AKA Tweetup!) at MIDDLESEX LOUNGE, hosted by Spectra Events.

 

 

RSVP for FREE admission here:

 http://powerminglefall2011.eventbrite.com/
Otherwise, $5-10 donation suggested

 

WED Oct 19th  6-9pm
@ Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
Event Page | FB Page

Since Boston boasts a plethora of niche networking opportunities, this low-key for-the-fun-of-it fall mingle is for no other than generally awesome people, which means you! And, of course, in true Spectra Events fashion we’ll make sure this mingle is anything-but-traditional, non stuffy and most certainly “non-networky.” Show up right after work / the end of your day, grab some food, order a cocktail, meet, tweet, and greet!

Tweet all about it!

We encourage you to sign up for Twitter before registering.  Follow us at @spectrasevents and/or tweet about this event using the hashtag #powermingle.

NEXT STEPS 

Here’s what you should do now that you’re so excited about Power Mingle!

Hope to see you at the event!

Harvard and Wellesley Host Dance Party for Queer Women & Trans Students of Color and Allies

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on September 30th, 2011

Attention Queer Women & Trans Students of Color + Allies:
Wellesley blackOUT and Harvard GLOW invite you to our second annual LightsOut! party!

Saturday October 1st
10am-2am!

It will be a fun social/party held at Cabot House Dorm at Harvard College.

Come prepared to dance to reggaeton, hip-hop, and top 40 hits!

If you get lost or need directions please contact the host, Miguel Garcia at 313-421-1959 or garcia9@fas.harvard.edu.

Celebrando Nuestro Orgullo, Celebrating Latino Pride (9/28-10/2)!

Posted By Yarimee Gutierrez on September 27th, 2011

Organizer’s Note:

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) and in the spirit of supporting our LGBTQ Latin@ brothers and sisters, please join us in celebrating  another Latino Pride!

You can show your support by attending as many of the events below as possible. We know first hand the amount of work that goes into organizing even one event, and it takes the support of our entire community to make sure they are successful. We applaud Boston Pride for supporting this segment of our community and doing their part to provide spaces we can celebrate all of our identities. Of course we also applaud the hard work and dedication of the individual organizers who put in their time, including one of QWOC+ Boston’s own,  Zulma Acosta!

Happy Latin@ Pride! ~ Yari

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Opening Event:  Latin@ Night at Rumor
Get the party started early with Boston’s longest running Latin night.

Rumor Nightclub
100 Warrenton Street, Boston
10pm-2am
$10, 21+

A portion of the door benefits Latin@ Pride.

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

GENERACIONES: Nuestro Pasado, Presente y Futuro
[GENERATIONS: Our Past, Present & Future]

In collaboration with the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.

Un panel de discusion sobre la ubicacion de lo que la comunidad Boston Latino/Latina LGBTQ fue, lo que es hoy, donde lo vemos mañana y lo que podemos hacer para seguir adelante.

[A panel discussion about where the Boston Latino/Latina LGBTQ community was, where it is today, where we see it going tomorrow and what we can do to move forward.]

Harriett Tubman House
Lincoln House Room
566 Columbus Ave., Boston
6-8pm
Free and open to all

 

GlamLife @ Estate
Presented by Chris Harris Presents and Rafael Sanchez/Gay Mafia.

Boston’s #1 Thursday night Hosted by JuJuBee with special guest star Jessica Wild, from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Estate Nightclub
1 Boylston Place, Boston
10:30pm-2am
$10, 21+

A portion of the door benefits Latin@ Pride.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Movie Night
In conjunction with the Boston Latino International Film Festival.

Fenway Health
Ansin Building Theatre Auditorium
1340 Boylston St, Boston
6-9pm

All ages.
$5 @ the door. Youth under 18 get in FREE!

Stay tuned HERE for the movie listing!

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

Latin@ Pride Community Awards Reception
Join us for the annual celebration to honor outstanding contributors to the Latin@ LGBT community.  Mix, mingle, and party while paying tribute to our do-good community members and allies.

Honoring The Hispanic Black Gay CoalitionBoston GLASS, and activist Alfredo Hernandez with the 2011 Latin@ Pride Awards.

The Foundation Room
15 Lansdowne Street, Boston
7-10pm

Tickets are $35 in advance ($50 at the door)
-includes light fare and complimentary admission to EPIC Saturdays at the House of Blues directly after the event (21+)

To purchase tickets: http://latinoprideawards.eventbrite.com.
-please indicate guest names so that we can add you to the prepaid guest list at the door

All proceeds benefit Latin@ Pride.

 

Epic @ the House of Blues
Presented by Chris Harris Presents and Rafael Sanchez/Gay Mafia.

House of Blues
15 Lansdowne Street, Boston
10pm-2am
$10, 21+

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

Family Picnic and Potluck in the Park
Bring your friends, families, loved ones, games to play, and good food to share!

Let’s celebrate our fabulous and diverse families and food while having some outdoor fun.
Some games will be provided for the little and not-so-little kids. Plus, there’s a playground and basketball court there too!

Southwest Corridor Park at the Stony Brook T stop, Jamaica Plain
12-4pm
All ages

 

Miss and Mister Latin@ Pride of Massachusetts Pageant
Hosted by Boquita with music by DJ Double D.

Plus special performances by Alexis J-Matrix, Matt Leonard (Boston Pride King 2011), Lakia Mondale (Boston Pride Queen 2010) and many more.

Come out and watch the crowing of Miss and Mister Latin@ Pride of Massachusetts and, when it’s all over, stay to dance at Fran’s long-running Latin Night.

Fran’s Place
776 Washington Street, Lynn
8-10 pm
$10, 18+

It’s not too late to become a contestant. Just complete and return the application athttp://www.bostonpride.org/pageant or contact pageant@bostonpride.org for more info.

All proceeds benefit Latin@ Pride.

 

Hot Mess Sunday- Latino Style!
Presented by Chris Harris Presents and Rafael Sanchez/Gay Mafia.

Close out the week with Destiny and DJ Richie LaDue at Underbar.

Underbar
275 Tremont Street, Boston
10pm-2am
$10, 21+

A portion of the door benefits Latin@ Pride.

 

 

 

RENAISSANCE: Women of Color in Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Poetry (Wed 9/28)

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on September 19th, 2011

Spectra Events presents…

RENAISSANCE: A Night of Elegance with Women of Color in Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Poetry

Spectra Events hosts RENAISSANCE, a showcase of brown women musicians, featuring sounds from big band jazz to soulful ballads to spoken-word. This show is for the grown ‘n’ sexy, the street artist, the bohemian, and music lovers everywhere. RENAISSANCE is more than a live music show. It’s a slow dance, a passionate love affair, red silk sheets, pulsating hips, heartbreak, love, fire. It is sweat, soul, and movement. Renaissance is black feminist sex!

Wednesday Sep 28th | Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM

18+ (no exceptions)

Church | 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston MA

Tickets: http://spectrarenaissance2011.eventbrite.com/

Facebook: RSVP Here

Featuring the talents of the following artists:

  • Amelia Sophia Ali
  • Katt Webb
  • Tavonna Miller
  • Porsha O.
  • Poetic Devotion
  • MC-ed by Idalia

Dress Code: First Date at an upscale Jazz Bar, Keep it spiffy ;-)

This show is for everyone ages 18+

Stay tuned for more Spectra Events at http://www.spectra-events.com/

Email info@spectra-events.com if this incredibly detailed event listing didn’t answer all of your questions

 

INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS OF RENAISSANCE

Katt Webb  Born and raised in Austin, TX, Kat Webb came into singing very early, listening to the music of her parents’ generation. Unlike most children, however, her parents’ music remained near and dear to her heart, along with contemporary artists who also borrow from vintage genres and styles.

Since moving to NYC, she’s become a strong presence in the music scene, performing at many venues including the legendary Lenox Lounge, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Mile’s Jazz Cafe. Her debut album, “An Old Soul” consists of jazz standards and soul classics re-imagined for the modern listener, in keeping with her musical influences, and has received great reviews.

Her career as a vocalist is just beginning and it’s clear the best is yet to come.. You can follow her work  by liking her page on Facebook or by visiting her website KatWebbMusic.com

 

Poetic Devotion  is a Boston based poet who boldly weaves the truth of her experience and the many struggles she’s faced – with sexuality, spirituality, rejection, depression and “acceptance” – into her poetry.

She says,  ”The best friend I ever had/have was and is my pen. For 9 years I have been dedicated to speaking what it is I write. “I am not here to Entertain I am here to Inform”. My mission is touch the heart of the unconcerned.”

Follow Poetic Devotion on Facebook or on Twitter

Tavonna Miller encountered her greatest learning experience studying the discipline of classical voice at Fullerton College (California) before furthering her pop/jazz vocal studies at Berklee College of Music.

Tavonna is known for her moving musical expression in the gospel genre and now branches out to sing not only gospel/christian, but also r&b, jazz, soul, and classical. Her education in music and art has completely enhanced her view of all forms of art. She graduated with a degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and performs nightly at many local live music spots in Boston.

She is currently finishing up work on her first album. You can follow Tavonna on her Facebook Page.


Porsha O Porsha Olayiwola is a self – proclaimed hip hop feminist.

Poetically, Porsha O. Intertwines the spirits of Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida. B. Wells Barnett and June Jordan  with the bluntness of Hip Hop Feminism, creating poetry that speaks for itself. Porsha O. has opened for Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, MC LYTE, pioneering female hip-hop artist, Dr. Cornell West and Dr. Angela Davis. A founding member of the  Chicago – based political performance group, “The Unwritten Amendment,”  she uses poetry to create a dynamic flow of infra-politics that rebels against the norms and rigidity of society.

To follow Porsha send her a friend request on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

 

Amelia Sophia Ali hails from the city of Boston and and is a talented songwriter currently studying Berklee College of Music.  This young American songstress has ethnic roots in Trinidad, Syria & India and recently performed her original song “Blind Citizens” for Governor Deval Patrick’s Commonwealth Corps award ceremony at Fenway Park. \

In her own words, “weather we’re talking about Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Makeebah Riddick, Emir Cerman, Annette Phillips, Neil Degrasse Tyson  or me, there is a common denominator that connects all of us.  It is the consistency of our actions and the strong self-belief  to keep pushing upward. ”

Follow Amelia Sophia Ali on Facebook or preview her music on YouTube.

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS

•Doors open at 7:00PM | Show begins at 8PM

•Tickets are $8-10 Advanced / $15 at the Door

•Group discounts available! Contact Spectra Events for more info

Limited number of PRESS PASSES available; please contact Spectra Events for more information and/or to be placed on the VIP Guest List.

Stay tuned for more Spectra Events: http://www.spectra-events.com/

QWOC Week Closing Ceremony and Spectra Events Dance Party w/ DJ RIZZLA and DHANA (8/6)

Posted By Lina Torres on August 6th, 2011

Saturday, August 6th @ 8 p.m | The Midway Cafe

Register for OUTSPOKEN -- The BLACKOUT EDITION: Queer Women and Trans People of Color Spoken-Word Showcase in Somervillae, MA  on Eventbrite

 At the end of a week filled with new friends, great performances and important discussions, it’ll be time to let loose at the QWOC Week Closing Party!  We’re eager to have you join us in recognizing the hard work of everyone who made yet another QWOC Week a thriving success. All of our volunteers, organizers, and collaborators will be there, ready take off their thinking caps and simply enjoy the night with the rest of the community. And this year we double the reason to celebrate!

We’re Turning FIVE Years Old!

Not only has the team of organizers outdone themselves again with such an eclectic calendar of events, but QWOC + Boston is turning FIVE YEARS OLD this year! An organization that started because of one person’s vision to connect a community has turned into a loving family that continues to grow stronger and larger every year.

But none of that work would be possible without all of you, the members of that family – friends and supporters who keep us going- so we are excited to share this big birthday with you. In honor of these momentous occasion, we will be hosting an early reception to say THANK YOU to all of the individuals that have made these milestones possible. There will be some reflecting and sharing of (tear-jerking) words from volunteers and organizers and a roster of great speakers.

Who Will Be Speaking?

Poet and friend Letta Neely whose ingenious work inspired our founder to start QWOC+ five years ago will be making the closing remarks. We’re delighted that Keri Aulita, and Sylvain Bruni from Boston Pride will be present (as they have been these past five years) to support and celebrate with us. Our 2010 Summer Intern, and Point Foundation scholar, Erika Turner, will share a few words about her personal journey with QWOC+ Boston before she heads off to Japan for her year long study abroad. And, last but not least, we will hear a few words from QWOC+ Boston organizers themselves.

When Does the Party Really Get Started?

Once all the tears have been shed, and the tissues handed out, the closing party hosted by Spectra Events will be in full effect, with music from DJs Rizzla and D’hana playing international house, African rhythms, reggae, soca, and latin music. And if that wasn’t enough to get you going, you can look forward to a mind-blowing closing performance from MICAH!

You won’t want to miss any of this.
The Midway Café on Saturday, August 6th at 8 p.m. Get there early!
Get your advanced tickets here!

QWOC Week International Film Screenings: Spotlight on LGBT AFRICA (8/5)

Posted By Lina Torres on August 5th, 2011

Film is a powerful form of media that allows us to connect with the personal stories of those we may otherwise never encounter. They often highlight important issues and struggles that mainstream media practically devotes no attention to. For this year’s QWOC Week Film Night, we have chosen some fantastic films to do just that. As queer and transgender individuals living in the United States, many of us have privileges that are rare worldwide. We can reach out to resources and communities within the country that allow us to freely express ourselves without fear of harm. This is certainly not the case in the majority of the world. In our crazy and hectic everyday lives, it can be easy to put this out of our minds.

What are the experiences of queer and trans individuals in remote communities in South Africa? How does the LGBTQ community overcome their persecution in Kenya? As part of QWOC+ Boston’s mission to create a diverse social space, we believe it is important to give a voice to those that are rarely heard. The goal of this event is to honor the struggles and experiences of our siblings abroad and to recommit ourselves to learning about and helping these movements. With this goal in mind, we are bringing you two short films and a feature, all of which shed light on the lives of queer or transgender people in African nations.

7 Years
Country: Kenya
Sponsor: NCDO, Hivos and Youth Incentives, 2007, 26 min.

Borders do not bound homosexuality, this is a fact of life that every community has to deal with. Kenya’s rapidly modernizing society is still heavily influenced by tribal, religious and neo-colonial values and practicing homosexuality is punishable with 7 years of imprisonment.

7 Years explores the realities and history of this punishment and provides a glimpse into how gays and lesbians manage to live in this hostile environment. Finding a job, family relationships, going out and sex are daily issues Kenyan gays and lesbians must work through. From a pastor to a male sex worker, 7 Years gives a voice to a group of people who are accustomed to keeping quiet.

Check out the trailer!

Night Star (Inkanyezi Yobusuku)
Country: South Africa
Dir. Kekeletso Khena 13 min.
(Zulu w/English Subtitles)

Traditionally, Zulu woman were barred from household chores during menstruation, and the maidens were isolated in the girls hut, a time for rest and contemplation called Ukuya Enyangeni, “going to the moon.” Lindiwe’s dreams are disturbed by her desire for the Amamqhikiza, her “guide” during this time.

The Sisterhood
Country: South Africa
Dir Roger Horn. 2010. 72 min.

Hazendal Wine Estate farmhands Pietie, Hope, and Rollie are not your typical South African vineyard workers. Hope aspires to winning the local drag queen pageant, Rollie dreams of a husband and retaining the local drag queen crown, and Pietie struggles with his religious upbringing while obsessing over his roses, chickens, and pigeons. These trans gender vineyard workers confront prejudice at every turn, from their own farming community, city trans genders, and the world at large, yet Roger Horn’s film manages to find the fabulous in the fraught and offer a portrait of triumph in togetherness rather than loneliness in victimization.

Check out the trailer!

So join us for a Friday afternoon of relaxing with friends and supporting great causes. The event is free and open to everyone!

EMERSON College

150 Boylston Street (Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor)
Boston, MA

OUTSPOKEN: Queer Women of Color & Trans POC Spoken-Word and Live Music Showcase (8/4)

Posted By Lina Torres on August 2nd, 2011

OUTSPOKEN is HERE! Art is a fundamental part of  LGBTQ communities of color and certainly always present when it comes to QWOC+ Boston. In the words of a QWOC Week collaborator, “expression through art allows us to overcome barriers by communicating in a different and powerful way.” Spectra Events is excited to bring you a fantastic lineup of talented black performers. All of their work touches on feelings and thoughts we can relate to… the good, the bad and the ugly. So join us for this great night full of soul and creativity!

After the show, DJ LadySpindrift (yes, she actually spins) will bring down the house with old school R&B, hiphop, house, and top 40!

MEET YOUR HOST: HIPHOP MC MICAH!

MICAH is a hip hop artist, and transman from Massachusetts. He has been writing and performing for the past 4 years around Boston, NY and LA. He writes from his own experience in an attempt to show that regardless of all those differing identifiers, human beings have much in common, and much to learn from each other. He just released his first single, the queer anthem “Did it On Em”, and is in the process of recording his first mixtape through Base Trip Records. Follow Micah on Tumblr and on Twitter, and of course, like his Facebook page!

THE BLACKOUT ARTISTS

JANA’E JOHNSON is a spoken word poet originally from Sacramento, California. She has performed in numerous slams in Boston, California, Delaware and Virginia; and has recently opened for poet & activist Andrea Gibson. Although she just finished her first year in Boston, she has been involved with the LGBT Community. In particular she is a member of the Boston Dyke March Committee and she was the EMCEE for this years’ Dyke March in June. Jana’e currently works at Simmons College as Assistant Athletic Director.

LETTA NEELY is a spoken word artist — and one of the original OUTSPOKEN Artists (2008) — who has authored two books of poetry, “Juba” and “Here,” and was named “Best Local Author 2001″ by a Boston Phoenix reader’s poll. Twice a Lambda Literary Awards finalist for lesbian poetry, Letta frequents poetry readings around New England and is a regular slam poetry winner. She is an ardent civil rights activist who has done anti-homophobia training and educational outreach. Letta has also conducted writing workshops privately, in public schools, and at juvenile detention. You can follow Letta’s work and words at her brand new blog and Like her Facebook page (and maybe she’ll update it)!

MOFROISM & THE FEEL will be representin’ at OUTSPOKEN with lead singer, vocalist, and slam poet Monique Jarvis, a transformative and compelling fusion of jazz, r&b, funk, and folk with a backdrop of spoken word that issues a soulfully urgent call for social change. Monique is now director of a national award-winning performance arts after school program in the South Bronx and founder of the uncompromising and compelling Spok’N Truth Trio, Mofroism and The Feel. At RENAISSANCE she will be performing with Kera Washington of Zili Musik and bassist extraordinaire Laurie Goldsmith. You can follow Mo’nique Jarvis on Facebook.

PORSHA OLAYIWOLA hails from the southside of Chicago. She is most aptly described as a woman, poet, lover, warrior, sister, and feminist. Porsha received her B.A. in African American Studies while dabbling in U.S. History and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Illinois. She spent the last year in service, helping to alleviate America’s poverty. Poetically, Porsha O. intertwines the spirits of Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and June Jordan with the bluntness of Hip Hop Feminism, creating poetry that speaks for itself. Porsha O. has opened for Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, Dr. Cornell West, professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, MC LYTE, pioneering female hip-hop artist and Dr. Angela Davis, activist. A founding member of the Chicago-based political-performance group, “The Unwritten Amendment,” she uses poetry to create a dynamic flow of infra-politics that rebels against the norms and rigidity of society. You might catch her generating a cypher that is all her own; a cypher that is uncontrollable, undocumented, and just plain ole dope. To follow Porsha, send her a friend request on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

ROBIN “BOBBIE” WHITE is the award-winning author of two volumes of poetry, and a forthcoming collection of short fiction, Intersections (Sunset Pointe Press). She is also the author of Omphaloskepsis Twelve Powers Journal a tool for focused transformational writing. In addition, Robin has pseudonymously authored seven children’s books. She is currently working on her third collection of poetry, When Love Departs: Writings of Transition and Loss (Sunset Pointe Press eBooks). She is a Chicago Literary Award Winner, an Urban Media Makers Winner, and is the recipient of the prestigious Lambda Literary Award for Independent LGBT Press as the founder/owner of Kings Crossing Publishing. Visit her websites to learn more about her work: www.robingwhite.com and omphaloskepsisbybobbie.blo​gspot.com

SAPPHIRA CRISTAL, 22, with her bubbly personality and killer smile, reigns from Houston, TX. Often called the “Gospel Diva,” she is a wild energetic entertainer who captures her audience with her “unflinching Focus”. She can be found locally at Jacques Cabaret and Machine Nightclub in Boston. This Fabulous Ebony Diva is a classically trained singer and actor and can also be seen in the Ryan Landry original, ” Peter Pansy,” in Provincetown, MA. She is also a regular featured performer at Spectra Events. Catch Sapphira online via any one of her web channels, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube!

Thursday, August 4th
Doors at 7PM, Show Begins at 8PM
Club Choices
381 Somerville Avenue Somerville, MA

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Activism & Karaoke: The International Edition (8/3)

Posted By Lina Torres on August 2nd, 2011

At QWOC Boston, we understand the feeling of always wanting to do more but simply not having enough time or not knowing quite where to start, who to donate money etc… we’ve all been there! But look no further — Activism and Karaoke on a Wednesday night is the perfect antidote to your do-gooder paralysis. We’ve created the perfect combination — Sign before you Sing!

Back by popular demand… Activism and Karaoke: The International Edition. Join QWOC+ Boston, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Black and Pink, The Network/La Red, and SoulForce for a fun filled evening of activism and karaoke!

This year we’ll be highlighting international activism and raising awareness around issues impacting the rest of the world. As members of the LGBTQ community living in the United States, we enjoy a great deal of privilege. Although it is certainly not enough, we can find support and resources through community organizations and institutions dedicated to fighting for our representation and equality.

For instance, one of our feature organizations, Soulforce, a national agency that targets religious-based oppression impacting LGBTQ people, is organizing a two- month bus ride around the country (for folks 18-30) that stops at various religious universities and organizations that have anti-LGBTQ policies to host dialogues, trainings and information sessions on creating safer and more affirming spaces. (They’re still accepting applications by the way — pick one up at the event!)

But just as local advocacy is crucial to our safety here in the US — most of us enjoy the freedom of self-expression without fear of being in harms way –it is equally important to learn about, and learn from, those activists who have paved the way for LGBTQ communities around the world. Many have taken huge risks with the goal of achieving great strides. Activism and Karaoke will highlight some of this work and the great deal that still needs our support and attention.

There’ll also be an opportunity to donate items to a survivor kit drive for The Network/La Red!  This is a wonderful organization dedicated to providing support services and addressing partner abuse in LGBTQ and polyamorous communities. TNLR  seeks “to create a culture in which domination, coercion, and control are no longer accepted and operative social norms.” They do amazing work so please consider contributing one of the items listed below. Bring any of these items (roughly valued between $5-10 dollars) and you will be admitted to the event for free!

  • Food Gift Card (Shaws/Stop& Shop/Star, $5-10)
  • CVS/Rite Aid Gift Card ($5-10)
  • Charlie Cards with stored value ($5-10)
  • Movie Theater Pass (1)
  • Deodorant (at least 2)
  • Toothpaste (at least 3)
  • Lotion (Small Bottles/Travel Size)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Tote Bag
  • Umbrella

Once again, you will aso have the opportunity to check out the work of Black and Pink, an organization dedicated to the abolition of the prison industrial complex. Through Black and Pink’s Action Station at the event, you will have the opportunity to check out some great art created by members of the LGBTQ community in prison and to sign up for their pen-pal program. “ I am especially excited to see event attendees making connections with our LGBTQ family behind bars through the Black & Pink pen-pal program (www.blackandpink.org/prison-penpals)” said Dorsey, a member of the organization and QWOC Week collaborator. This is a great opportunity to learn about an important issue affecting our community and to make a tangible difference by establishing personal connections with individuals currently most affected by it.

And last but not least, learn how you can volunteer as an organizer for QWOC+ Boston in the Fall! We have lots of new events coming up and we need more hands. We are hosting several events in solidarity with Latino Pride this year as well as planning our 5th anniversary celebration and various projects to capture, document, and archive the herstory of QWOC+ Boston. As always, you can count on our continuing our Diversity Speaks discussion series, as well as our socials, movie nights, and much more. If you’d like to get more involved, you can email lina@qwocboston.org ahead of time and be sure to speak with an organizer at the event!

There’s so much do to and so much to sing! We are very excited to see you all there!

Wednesday August 3rd, 6PM-9PM
Club Cafe
Admission: Donation Item or $10
209 Columbus Avenue, Boston MA