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.



More coming soon…

“Crazy Things White People Say”

Introducing our three volunteer student filmmakers (Emerson College)…

600_9113892Christina Campbell was born and raised in New York City. Coming from immigrant Jamaican parents has had great influence on the style of her personal work.Growing up in NYC, the city that never sleeps, she developed an interest in photography and film. From the corner bodegas of the Bronx, to the glass skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan, she saw captivating images in all things.  However, in time, she chose to pursue an acting career . After many years of acting, she accepted that despite the thrill of the stage, she would much rather work her magic behind the camera. As a sophomore she transferred to Emerson College in Boston, where she is now majoring in Cinematography.  She is also currently working on a series of oil paintings, as well as, the QWOC+ documentary. For her, QWOC+ represents a blending of culture and people in an accepting environment, aligning perfectly with the way she envisons the world should be.  To see what women as individuals accomplish in QWOC+ has been a very empowering experience for her.

SharifSharif El Neklawy was born, strangely, in Salt Lake City Utah on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) to his Filipino mother and French/Egyptian father who immigrated and met in that city of all places. For as long as he can remember, Sharif has been fascinated by the images on the silver screen and at home, but it wasn’t until he was introduced to movies like The Usual Suspects and Fight Club in the seventh grade that Sharif knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. He didn’t really know what that meant at the time, but after years past and hundreds upon hundreds of movies were watched, it was the director’s chair that seemed most appealing. So that is the goal for Sharif as he goes into his final year at Emerson College and into the real world. He grew up with movies and now that he’s grown up, it seems fitting that he start making them.  When asked about his decision to make a film for QWOC+ Boston, he stated, “When Tikesha [the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Emerson and a QWOC+ organizer] brought forward the idea of a documentary I didn’t hesitate in trying to involve myself. My partner in crime, Christina, and I are looking to do a lot of our own productions this summer, constantly practicing and getting better at our craft, so this was the perfect opportunity to work on a documentary, which neither of us have really done before. I’ve learned that you always learn something new in filmmaking and making this documentary for QWOC+ Boston should only reinforce that notion.”

film lisaLisa Frye is an undergraduate at Emerson College where she double majors in Video Production and Creative Writing. Originally from Springfield, MA, Lisa is well travelled outside of the US, having been to 14 countries in Europe as well as Japan, but hopes to explore the US in greater depth when she graduates. Lisa identifies as writer and has been writing everything from fiction, to editorials, to screenplays since she was old enough to hold a pen. She has since upgraded to her beloved macbook, on which she continues writing shorts for the screen as well as longer works of fiction. She developed an interest in video production in high school, but quickly learned that she would rather be behind the scenes, but not behind a camera. She began editing short films in high school and declared a concentration in Post Production when she arrived at Emerson College. When asked to participate in the QWOC+ documentary she was very excited to take on a project that will work towards shedding new light on a diverse group of women and cultivate a more diverse and open minded environment in the Boston area.