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QBC BREAKING NEWS: HELPING HAITI

January 14, 2010

Greetings Everyone,

It was brought to my attention, sending packages to Haiti through UPS for free is not exactly true. I just got off the phone with Jennifer, a representative from UPS foundation. She states, the disaster is so bad that it is NOT possible for UPS to send packages in this matter. Please take the time to read the press release below directly from The USP Foundation. It clearly states what they are and have done to date. Jennifer informed me that the USP is working very closely with American Red Cross and other organizations who deal with crisis as such. The stated, they are aware about the mis-communications facebook users are referring people as to sending free packages directly to Haiti. The best thing to do is send out a letter to your groups and friends clarifying the situation and informing them how UPS is helping and how they can help.

If you have any questions etc. the number to The UPS Foundation contact info. is listed in the press release.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please continue to keep Haiti in your prayers. PLEASE just do something even if you pass this information along or add to the list of organizations they are DIRECTLY helping the people.

In peace,

Angel L. Brown

Executive Producer/Director

www.QueerBlackCinema.org

THE UPS FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE:
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0577032.htm

here are ways you can assist. PLEASE fill free to add on to the list of organizations you trust:

The Batey Relief Alliance (been helping people in poverty for over 20 years in Haiti)
www.bateyrelief.org

WYCLEF JEAN Foundation
Text YELE to 501501 for WYCLEF JEAN DONATIONS
$5 will be charged to your cell phone.

http://www.yele.org/

QBC BREAKING NEWS: Pioneer Filmmaker, Cheryl Dunye returns to her film roots!

January 12, 2010

Cheryl Dunye at the African Diaspora Film Festival '08

Check a brief interview and raw footage of  Cheryl Dunye speaking on the early 90’s when the queer people of color movement in (experimental) cinema was born: http://www.vimeo.com/8687438

1.11.21|New York|QBCNYC.org| Queer Black Cinema’s Fades of Black Womyn 2008 honoree Pioneer lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye return with her fourth featured film, The OWLS.  THE OWLS is an experimental thriller about four older-wiser-lesbians who accidentally kill a young lesbian and try to get away with it. The film is off to a great start. It was just officially selected for inclusion in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Festival 2010. OWLS was also awarded finishing funds from FRAMELINE.

“THE OWLS does a rare thing: representing lesbian life post baby-dykedom and with no sugar-coating. The film follows four women in long-term relationships trying to make sense of the weight of alcoholism, infidelity, infertility, aging, and murder. “Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)

Some of The OWLS cast includes:  Skyler Cooper (Butch Mystique – Dir. Debra Wilson, Don’t Go – Amber Sharpe), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish- Dir. Rose Troche, Watermelon Woman – Dir. Cheryl Dunye, Don’t Go – Dir. Amber Sharpe), Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole.  According to The OWLS facebook page, it looks like the crew is predominantly professional women and trans filmmakers which is always great especially when women directors only make up less than 6% including co-directors. However, this does not include indie directors (for the most part.) Where does that leave indie women, queer and women of color filmmakers?

Cheryl Dunye, director of The OWLS  returns to her roots by bringing back the traditions of old school filmmaking. As I write this, I remember a  conversation, Cheryl and I had earlier last year. On our way to a panel discussion in Los Angeles, I manage to capture Cheryl talking about  the queer people of color in cinema movement during the early 90’s.  The time when indie artist were supported and greatly valued.  Cheryl pretty much uses the same method of filmmaking – a collective of artist to make her 4th featured film.  “THE OWLS is being made by a small group of film makers from the glory days of new queer cinema, that have formed a film collective, by the name of Parliament Film Collective, and that have all committed to work for basically free. The Parliament Film Collective re-explores the possibility for enjoying the collective/lesbian creative processes and queer community, and making art together outside the mainstream.

Can we go back to old school values of community and commitment given what (and who) we’ve done and learned? THE OWLS will gracefully (if sometimes gruesomely) mix the stories of its thriller characters with those of its behind-the-scene makers to create an end product that complicates easy images of contemporary lesbian identity, cross-generational interaction, and queer media.” Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)

For more information on Cheryl and The OWL project go to: The OWL 2009 on facebook | OWLS Parliament

Additional footage: One on One with QBC: Cheryl Dunye

About Fades of Black Womyn

ABOUT
Queer Black Cinema presents: Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase, an annual womyn’s month event that pays tribute to Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent who are establish and pioneers in the media industry. The showcase is a one day event screening film works of the honoree along with trailers and shorts from emerging Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent filmmakers. The film showcase is followed by an award ceremony then Q&A discussion with the honoree hosted by One on One with QBC, part of QBC TV Network.

MISSION
Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase (FOBW) mission is to pay tribute to pioneer lesbian and bisexual professional filmmakers of African decent in the media industry who have paved the way for emerging filmmakers. The mission is to not only to acknowledge the honoree but also bring together a group of underrepresented women and their stories to network and build a stronger support system in a challenging field for all women, specifically women of color in celebration of Womyn’s Month.

Fades of Black Womyn is Queer Black Cinema.org project and is fiscally sponsored by 501c3 non-profit organization, MIX experimental Film Festival. We continued our programs thanks to Astrea Lesbian Foundation, Gay Men of African Descent, Women Make Movies, online advance ticket sells to QBC events, and supporters like you!

Help make Fades of Black Womyn Film Awards/Showcase 2010 happen – DONATE TODAY or become a sponsor!

QBC Film Fest. pays tribute to LGBT youth of color hate crimes victims w/ performances by the Lavender Light Gospel Choir 10/17/09

October 11, 2009

As a space that is intended to give voice to the queer black community, this year the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival will also being shedding light on issues directly effecting the Queer communities of color. On Saturday, October 17th 3:005:00pm film festival will be having a tribute rally to remember queer youth of color who have been killed as a result of hate crimes throughout the country, as well as to shed light on the impact of hate-based violence in our community. The rally will take place in the center of Harlem at Maysles Cinema (Malcolm X Blvd/ Lenox Ave. between 127th & 128th Street – Harlem, NY) and will include queer youth of color organizations in the New York area, tribute performances, speakers, multimedia presentation and a march around the Block in remembrance of the Fallen Angels. Following the Tribute is a Queer Youth of Color Screening of Christopher Street by Dwight O’Neal & Steven Emmanuel.

Directions: Take the 2 or 3 to 125th street. Walk two short blocks on Malcolm X to 127th street (across from Syliva’s Restaurant)

QUEER BLACK CINEMA PRESENTS THE 2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES…”

September 19, 2009
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

New York, NY, September 15th, 2009 – October is not only coming out month for gays and lesbians but also the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival presented by Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD). The festival will be held at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.) The four-day festival consist of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed by a Gala in honor of Stonewall Activist, Singer and Legendary Male Illusionist, Storme De Laverie. The Gala includes performance by Paris from the classic NYC Ballroom film, Storme De Laverie by Jennie Livingston, Freddy Wright, Melvin as Billie Holiday and introducing Stefon Royce as Storme in “The Jewel within the Box Revue: Harlem Style” directed by Angel L. Brown.  Storme De Laverie will be in attendance. Portions of Gala tickets sells will go towards an organization to be announced that serve women (both gay and straight) and their children victims of  domestic violence.

Since 2006, Queer Black Cinema gives establish and upcoming talent(s) both filmmaker and musicians a plateau to have their craft displayed to the public and this year is no different. Festival favorite R&B recording artist, Tyran Gem will be in attendance as well as Debra Wilson, Co-producer of award winning films: Mississippi Damned (Opening Film), classic film, “Jumping The Broom: A New Covenant” and “Butch Mystique”.  Out Music Executive Director and award winning singer, Deepa Soul will be in attendee as well.   You can currently see Deepa Soul music video in rotation on Logo online Pop Lab. Other guest includes Zulema Griffin (Project Runway Season 2) presenting her fashion to film line live action multimedia piece, “Revelations” and a sneak peek at new Documentary, “Ink Bleach” a film about Black designers followed by centerpiece film, “Family” by Faith Trimel.

This year’s festivities will be filled with some new additions including The Black LGBT Film and Book Market: NYC in conjunction with Our Stories Productions, The E. Lynn Harris Living The Dream Literary Award giving to an emerging published author, and Tribute/Remembrance to LGBT Youth of Color featuring community guest speakers. With special performances by The Lavender Light Gospel Choir, spoken word artist/playwright, Nykieria and a host of others.  The festival will be summed up with Brunch with Queer Black Writers Panel discussion with special invited guest, closing film followed by an Award Ceremony at Maysles Cinema.

Gay Men of African Descent organization will also be providing free and private HIV/AIDS testing Saturday, October 17 starting at 2 PM. All youth who get tested will receive free entrance to the special youth shorts screening happening at Maysles Cinema. GMAD HIV/AIDS Awareness Public Service Announcement Campaign will be screened before every screening. “There are over 300 seats per screening that will be filled between both theaters, I wanted to take this opportunity to enlighten people on HIV/AIDS and that the fight is far from being over particularly within the Black community. The movement continues…”, states Angel L. Brown, Festival producer/programmer. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival began October 15 – 18, 2009 at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.). For more information go to www.queerblackcinema.org | info@queerblackcinema.org

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For more information or to schedule an interview/write up please contact QBC Press at the above address.

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Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema. Since the 2006 launch of the film series, the organization has expanded into several projects:  QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Women. For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: http://www.queerblackcinema.org

Award Winning Phenomenal Author E. Lynn Harris died at 54

July 25, 2009

In this July 7, 2008 file photo, author E. Lynn Harris poses in the living room of his home in Atlanta.

On behalf of myself and the Queer Black Cinema team, condolance  and prayers goes out to the family of E. Lynn Harris.  Lynn will be missed. I am truly happy E. Lynn Harris was blessed enough to do what he loved to do and that is write. He went after his dream and was a great success. Thank you for leaving your mark on this earth! Thank you for writing about the Black gay culture in one of the most true lights I have every read. Rest in peace. You are missed already.

In peace,

Angel L. Brown

Executive Producer/Programmer

Queer Black Cinema

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E. Lynn Harris Died At Age 54

ERRIN HAINES (Huffington Post)

Harris, 54, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, after being stricken while at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills,Calif., and said a cause of death had not yet been determined, according to his publicist Laura Gilmore. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, file)

Long before the secret world of closeted black gay men came to light in America, bestselling author E. Lynn Harris introduced a generation of black women to the phenomenon known as the “down low.”

Harris endeared such characters to readers who were otherwise unfamiliar with them, using themes and backdrops familiar to urban professionals, conditioned by their upbringings, their church leaders or their friends to condemn and criticize homosexuality in the African-American community. A proud Razorback cheerleader at the University of Arkansas who struggled with his own sexuality before becoming a pioneer of gay black fiction, Harris died Thursday at age 54 while promoting his latest book in Los Angeles.

Publicist Laura Gilmore said Harris died Thursday night after being stricken at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, and a cause of death had not been determined. She said Harris, who lived in Atlanta, fell ill on a train to Los Angeles a few days ago and blacked out for a few minutes, but seemed fine after that.

An improbable and inspirational success story, Harris worked for a decade as an IBM executive before taking up writing, selling the novel “Invisible Life” from his car as he visited salons and beauty parlors around Atlanta. He had unprecedented success for an openly gay black author and his strength as a romance writer led some to call him the “male Terry McMillan.”

In 15 years, Harris became the genre’s most successful author, penning 11 titles, ten of them New York Times bestsellers. More than four million of his books are in print.

McMillan had just spoken to Harris about a week ago, to tell him she would pay tribute to him in her upcoming book by having a character read one of his titles, “And This Too Shall Pass.”

“He was thrilled,” McMillan said. “I loved his spirit and generosity. I loved that he found his own niche in the world of fiction, and I’m grateful to have known him. This just breaks my heart.”

He went on to mainstream success with works such as the novel “Love of My Own” and the memoir “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”
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Harris’ storytelling fell into several categories, including gay and lesbian fiction, African American fiction and urban fiction. But he found success in showing readers a new side of African American life: the secret world of professional, bisexual black men living as heterosexuals.

His readers, many of them young black, professional women of dating age, were fascinated and shocked to learn that the men in their lives could be attracted to other men. Harris’ vivid storytelling – at least somewhat grounded in his reality and of others whom he knew – pulled back the curtain for some and held up the mirror for others.

“He was a pioneering voice within the black LGBT community, but also resonated with mainstream communities, regardless of race and sexual orientation,” said Herndon Davis, a gay advocate and a diversity media consultant in Los Angeles. “Harris painted with eloquent prose and revealing accuracy the lives of African American men and the many complicated struggles they faced reconciling their sexuality and spirituality while rising above societal taboos within the black community.”

For years, he was alone in exposing the “down low,” but the phenomenon exploded into mainstream culture in 2004, a decade after “Invisible Life.” That year, J.L. King’s “On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of ‘Straight’ Black Men Who Sleep With Men” hit bookstores and the author appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show.

Harris’ 1994 debut, “Invisible Life,” was a coming-of-age story that dealt with the then-taboo topic.

“If you were African American and you were gay, you kept your mouth shut and you went on and did what everybody else did,” Harris said in an interview last year. “You had girlfriends, you lived a life that your parents had dreamed for you.”

Harris was born in Flint, Mich., in 1955 and raised in Little Rock, Ark. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was the school’s first black yearbook editor, the first black male Razorbacks cheerleader and president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He graduated with honors with a degree in journalism.

Harris worked in corporate America for 13 years at IBM, Hewlett-Packard and At&T before quitting a career in sales to become an author. He was not living as an openly gay man when “Invisible Life” was published, and could not acknowledge the parallels between himself and the book.

“People would often ask, ‘Is this book about you?’ I didn’t want to talk about that,” he said. “I wasn’t comfortable talking about it. I would say that this is a work of fiction.”

Harris said that the courage readers got from the book empowered him to be honest about himself. He continued to tell stories dealing with similar issues, to tell black middle class readers about people they knew, but who were living secret lives.

Tilia Parks read “Invisible Life” as a 16-year-old and was moved by the struggle of someone so close to her own age.

“I loved the truthfulness of it,” said Parks, now 26, of Atlanta. “I’d never heard that point of view, of a guy finding himself and his sexuality at such a young age.”

Parks had looked forward to the next plot twist for the book’s main character, Raymond Tyler, who reappeared in subsequent titles has not been in Harris’ more recent works. With Harris’ death, Parks is saddened that his story may be gone.

“Loyal readers were looking for that,” Parks said. “I’m so sad. I was waiting for him to come back around and start talking about Raymond.”

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Associated Press Writers Bob Jablon and Solvej Schou in Los Angeles; AP Writer Michelle Locke in San Francisco; AP Writer Noah Trister in Little Rock, Ark.; and AP National Writer Hillel Italie in New York contributed to this report.

NorthEast Two-Spirit Society and Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project ejected from Pride March

June 30, 2009

LR: NYPD, Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project

LR: NYPD, Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project

NEW YORK – The NorthEast Two-Spirit Society (NE2SS) and Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project were forcefully ejected from this year’s annual Heritage of Pride March in New York City yesterday.

Just before 2PM, Lieutenant Connoly of the Midtown Taskforce demanded that the People of Color Contingent leave the parade. The reason given was that a delay of 6 blocks existed between the People of Color contingent and the contingent in front of them. NYPD raised the issue of the gap once and POC contingent marshals were in the process of closing the gap. Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project (ALP), and Loyda Colon also of ALP explained to Lieutenant Connoly, that they were in the process of closing the gap and Lieutenant Connoly refused to listen. Lieutenant Connoly then insisted that the POC contingent leave the parade, and attempted to arrest both Colon and Hayashi. Lieutenant Connoly then ejected Harlan Pruden, the driver of NE2SS’ support vehicle and co-founder of NE2SS, other members of NE2SS (who led the People of Color Contingent), and Hayashi from the parade. Hayashi was physically dragged off the parade route.

“It should have been a day to celebrate and have fun,” Harlan Pruden, Co-founder of NE2SS.

After being ejected, Pruden and Hayashi asked to get NE2SS back into the parade. Pruden was repeatedly threatened with a summons and towing of the organization’s vehicle. After 30 minutes, the official answer from the NYPD as communicated by Heritage of Pride was that NE2SS could continue to march as long as Pruden was not included. Without their support vehicle, of which Pruden was the only driver, NE2SS could not continue.

Kevin VanWanseele, NE2SS member, “This was supposed to be a proud day for LGBT Native American people in New York City and in the end it was not!”

About NE2SS: NE2SS works to increase the visibility of the two-spirit community and to provide social, traditional and recreational opportunities that are culturally appropriate to the two-spirit community of NYC and the surrounding tri-state area. According to the 2000 US Census, our area is the home to the largest urban American Indian population in the country. At the heart of NE2SS effort is community development for all our peoples.

About ALP: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. ALP coordinates the People of Color contingent at Manhattan Pride.

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