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July 6, 2011

THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT Featuring Jazz/R&B/Soul Singer and Live Band RAJDULARI


Contact: Toni Smith

Tel: 646.389.9790

Email: info[at]





Creatively helping New York’s longest standing Black LGBT film festival provide a platform for gay and straight filmmaker of African descent to showcase images about the Black LGBT experience.

New York, NY – Queer Black Cinema Institute (QBCI) will hold a Garden Party Benefit on Saturday, July 16, 2011, to raise funds for its fourth Annual QBC Film Festival in Brooklyn.  The Garden party is Co-hosted by Reginald L. Barnes, former winner of NBC’s, “Weakest Link” and host of viral comedy/news show, “Pop Media” along with Davone “Bosslady” Madison, TLC’s, “Say Yes To The Dress” first African-American out lesbian on the show. She is also CEO of Dollhouse Enterprise. Musical performances for the evening include Apollo winner, Moses Harper, Michael Jackson Male Illusionist; Abby Dobson, R&B sensation; Blanco, the silent celebrity R&B/Hip-Hop singer and Buttaflysoul, Def-Jam Spoken Word Artist, playwright and singer. Special Guest feature, phenomenal Jazz/R&B Soul singer and band RAJDULARI. Upcoming independent movie trailers will also be screened throughout the evening. A pre-reception for supporters of the event will take place at 6 PM. Tickets are on sale now at for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing

The Garden Party Benefit is the first of QBCI founder, Angel L. Brown outreach to the community for financial assistance. She aims to raise funds for the festival and continue the mission of supporting independent filmmakers of color. “ I was saddened when I received the phone call, earlier this year that I will not a recipient for one of my major grants to maintain QBCI. However, I was hopeful, the five year old organization would not end due to the lack of funds.”  As the call ended, Angel recalls a burst of energy coming over her, focusing on how she was going to seek funding. She was also thankful the foundation funded QBCI for the past three years. “They were one of the first funders to believe in my organization back in 2006/2007 and awarded QBCI with its first grant. I will never forget their generosity. As I move to the next phase of QBCI, I am confident the Annual Film festival will continue. I am hopeful I can bring some of year-round programming as well. I hope the community will see the importance of the festival by attending the benefit or donating.”

Featured Jazz/R&B vocalist, Rajdulari Barnes of RAJDULARI states, “Queer Black Cinema provide a necessary view into our community. We are thrilled to be lending our music and support to such a worthy organization. For me, growing up, there were no femme lesbians in mainstream media, this is why, I personally do all I can to support Queer Black Cinema. It represents me.” Davone “Bosslady” Madison, CEO/Founder of Dollhouse Enterprises Inc. states, “this benefit is especially important to me because it is a “need” in our community to showcase the work of black, queer filmmakers. Without this festival, some of us will not see “our” faces on the big screen.” Dollhouse Enterprise is a unique and exclusive group designed for professional and like-minded women with alternative lifestyles hosting distinguish safe space events throughout the city.

Industry Media Professional is expected to be in attendance including festival curators local politicians and community leaders. Long-time supporters, straight allies of QBC/advisors, Moikgantsi Kgama and Gregory Gates, Executives of Imagenation will be donating equipment.  They will also be in attendance.

The Benefit will take place at the historical beautiful mansion, the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture – 53 Prospect Park West 2nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Guest will enjoy a delicious assortment of complimentary tasty, sweet treats and specially blended cocktails.


Donated items will be auctioned off, and a sneak peak of the upcoming “QBC Celebrates 5 Years” – Multi-media/Photo Exhibition will be displayed.  QBCI Founder/Artistic Director will announce the latest news of the state of QBCI.

The night ends with music by legendary DJ MK, spinning classic house, old school R&B blended with new school R&B and hip-hop.  Tickets are on sale now at for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing tickets[at]

This event media sponsor includes Dollhouse Media Group and, the only 24/7 Urban LGBT Radio Station online.


If you’d like more information about QBC / THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT, or to schedule an interview, please call 646.389.9790 or e-mail info[at]

CALL FOR FILMS to this year QBC film fest is currently open to both gay and straight filmmaker to submit. The deadline for submissions is July 3o, 2011. Go to to download the form.

QBCI is fiscally sponsored by GMAD, a 501c-3 not-for-profit. Donations can be made out to GMAD with QBC in the memo section of the check. Please mail it to QBC Film Fest P.O Box 1251 LIC, NY 11101. Donations are also accepted on line at

QBC Film Fest, is an entity of QBCI created by Angel L. Brown-Ross in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing the work of both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent groundbreaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with a prestigious Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers. This year festival takes place October 14 -16, 2011 at the Helen Mills Theater.

Missed the QBC Party with a cause Fundraiser? Check out the photo’s!

March 10, 2010


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Thank you to all who supported QBC. Special thanks to Blondell and her assistant. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate to the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010.

PARTY WITH A CAUSE! Support QBC Film Fest 2010!

February 8, 2010


New York, NY ( Angel L. Brown, founder/Producer of Queer Black Cinema teamed of with promoter Ron to throw one of the biggest party of the year at Secret Lounge Friday, February 19. Doors open at 9:30 PM Showtime at 10:15 PM $5 before 12 AM but you must be on the QBC guest list. The musical acts is hosted by DJ Baker from Da Do Dirty Show (on Qnation.FM Monday – Friday 5 PM.)

Angel decided to turn her birthday celebration into a hug fundraiser for the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010. “I wanted to start early with raising funds for the festival. This year, I would like to help filmmakers who are exhibiting their work to be in attending which can be very difficult if they live out of state or out of the country. We are the only Black LGBT Film Festival in New York City. If everyone support, there shouldn’t be any reason why this festival can be one of the most successful well attended festivals out there.  If we don’t support our own images, you really can’t expect anyone else to” states, Angel L. Brown.

Back in December Angel attended a birthday party at Secret Lounge and had a blast! She enjoyed the music, the atmosphere and the excellent hospitality the promoter and his crew shown. Although Secret Lounge had prominently males in attendance, there was a nice group of ladies there as well. “Everyone was dancing to the music and having a wonderful time. The club is open to all LGBT and LGBT friendly people and had a great time and would attend any of Ron’s parties” states Angel L. Brown. Angel was introduced to Promoter Ron by Recording Artist, Jesse O. Jesse O will be in attending singing his version of “Happy B-day” to Angel.

The QBC Fundraiser is happening Friday, February 19 at Secret Lounge 525 West 29th Street (Btwn 10th & 11th Ave.) Doors open at 9:30 PM the exclusives festivities including musical performances starts at 10:15 PM. $5 before 12 AM but you must be on QBC guest list. RSVP via facebook or e-mail name at Subject: Party with a Cause!

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: |



May 7, 2009
Cheryl Dunye at the African Deopera Film Festival '08

Cheryl Dunye at theAfrican Diaspora Film Festival panel discussion '08

The Watermelon Woman written and directed by Cheryl Dunye screens Monday, May 11 at 8:30 p.m. at REDCAT, in Beta SP. A fundraiser will be held to release the original film negative of the film from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Phyllis Stein Art, 207 W. 5th St., L.A. Below is a wonderful article originally published on May 6, 2009 in the LA weekly by Earnest Hardyenjoy and support the cause!

Cheryl Dunye: Return of the Watermelon Woman

How the pioneering indie filmmaker got her groove back

By Ernest Hardy

Published on May 06, 2009 at 6:29pm

It’s fitting that Cheryl Dunye is discussing her new burst of creative energy between sips of iced tea at Mornings Nights. The low-key but bustling Silver Lake café nearly burned down a few years ago, then sat boarded up for a long time before its owner recently reopened it to a still-loyal clientele. Dunye herself burnt out on filmmaking after she cashed in her string of groundbreaking, experimental shorts (anthologized in the recent DVD release The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye) and two controversial but acclaimed features for the chance to direct My Baby’s Daddy (2004), an ill-conceived, poorly received foray into the Hollywood machine. The whole experience of making Daddy was so disillusioning for Dunye that it played a part in her decision to move to Europe for several years, where the Liberian-born director raised her daughter and reconnected with her own muse, before returning to the U.S., newly inspired.

Now Dunye, who teaches film at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts and at UCLA, is working on several fledgling film projects simultaneously — and she makes it clear that she’s steering wide of the Hollywood types who convinced her to abandon her own gifts and instincts five years ago. She’s also focused on a May 11 fundraiser and screening for the restoration of her debut feature, The Watermelon Woman (1996), and used the occasion to reflect on her career.

L.A. WEEKLY:Can you briefly describe the tenor of the early ’90s, when so many queer filmmakers of color were pushing the envelope in terms of form and content?

CHERYL DUNYE: You know, I was doing this lecture at UCLA for the Queer Studies Conference last October and the Queer Studies Program gave me a plenary to present whatever I wanted from the Legacy Collection that Outfest started at UCLA for film preservation. [The Legacy Collection] is massive, almost overwhelming, so the one thing I could do was to look for myself, look for how I started, and that led me all the way back to [Shirley Clarke’s] Portrait of Jason. I started to remember how [as a film student] I was searching for myself in work, and how I was learning about form and putting myself in the picture and all that, and I ran into Jason in some doc film class at Temple [University]. Watching it again in October, the same feelings happened — painful anger, weird pride. I did a little bit more research on Jason Holliday and that led me to look at what we were doing in the ’90s as this seminal moment. From Jason until the ’90s, there was only Michelle Parkerson, Isaac Julien and Marlon Riggs, and then came this explosion in the ’90s. I think what we all got to do in our own way was look at our own Jasons, our own media, from television commercials to what we were starting to see as young queers of color at film festivals, to what we were reading — Kobena Mercer, Audre Lorde, etc., and put that into action.

It’s disappointing how that experimentation gave way to conservative filmmaking from queers of color (e.g., Noah’s Arc). Now the overwhelming bulk of it is boilerplate in terms of form, materialistic and formulaic in content.

Part of the problem is that Clinton and the Bush administration both wiped out public funding for the arts, the NEA’s funding of independent art, so we don’t see that [kind of] work much anymore.

Any younger filmmakers that inspire you?

There’s Kortney Ryan Ziegler’s work, which content-wise is very strong, so kudos to her. There’s a short called The Young & Evil by Julian Breece, I don’t know if you’ve seen it.

Yes, it’s fantastic.

Woo! When I saw that at Fusion [Film Festival, last year] nobody in the audience knew what to do when it was over. Nobody went up to him. They didn’t know what to say. Aaliyah Williams, his producer, is doing the new project I’m working on, Watermelon Woman 2.

This is on the record?

Ummmmmm…yes, it’s on the record. We’re trying to figure out what this project should be, how to get up and running very quickly with the same kind of spirit [as the original].

Tell me about this fundraiser and how it came to be.

It’s sad to say that we have to do this to make The Watermelon Woman survive. The negative is sitting at DuArt [film lab in New York], where it’s been since the original theatrical run, and it’s scratched up like a cat got to it. They want $4,000 to release it to us, and neither my producer nor I have the money, so. . . . The fundraiser is at Phyllis Stein Art, downtown. The woman who runs the gallery was actually my props manager on Stranger Inside (2001). We’re bringing all the memorabilia out for auction. Once people found out about it, they dug through their own stuff to donate. There’ll be a little burlesque going on, a DJ and some emcees, plus some surprises. I’d questioned heart in this city a little bit, but I now have to look at the city a little differently. People really came through and wanted to help.

The Watermelon Woman screens Monday, May 11 at 8:30 p.m. at REDCAT, in Beta SP. A fundraiser will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Phyllis Stein Art, 207 W. 5th St., L.A.

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This is a wonderful article Ernest. I remember seeing the Watermelon Woman many years ago. A gay boy friend of mine actually taped it off of a TV show that aired on PBS. I was amazed. I was new and fresh out of the closet. I haven’t heard of Cheryl Dunye until that day. Once I saw the film, I immediately begin my quest to find more films, books and images of Black lesbian women, images of myself. Of course, at that time(late ’90s to very early 2000) there were a few or at least VERY hard to find Black LGBTQ theme films. Like Cheryl I began making my own media and archiving it.

I am very excited that Cheryl is working on getting the original film negative of Watermelon Woman out of storage. I am very interested on what take she is going to do with Watermelon two. It’s funny because the film message can still apply to today. There is still far few film works and images about lesbian women of color being made and even more less with experimental.

We screened Kortney Film at our first Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music Festival October 2008. Kortney film was one out of two experimental films we screened. In fact, Kortney film, STILL BLACK: A PORTRAIT OF BLACK TRANS MEN film work is very few and beyond. I believe this is the first feature length work particularly with an all people of color cast. Kortney was honored with The Isaac Julien Experimental Award and Dee Rees with The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award for PARIAH.

In 2011 Queer Black Cinema will celebrate our 5th anniversary. We aim to have a grant in place to give to a Lesbian filmmaker of African decent funds towards making a narrative film. In the meantime, we will continue to honor pioneer Lesbian filmmakers of African descent and their work during our annual Women month program, Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase. We will also launch ONE ON ONE with QBC show produced by Our Stories Productions with interviews with Cheryl Dunye,Dred, Thomas Allen Harris, Rose Troche and many leading LGBT/LGBT Friendly Filmmakers, producers and curator.

Archiving and making our own images through our eyes is so important to the history of the Black LGBTQ experience. Not for nothing, having funds to do it and the support around you is just as important otherwise, our legacy will be lost.

In peace,
Angel L. Brown