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February 2004
This Month On . . .
The E-Zine And Web Portal For Lesbians Of Color
Last Updated Thursday, February 12, 2004

Celebrating Black History Month

Leaders & Legends

Mandy Carter

Mandy Carter is one of the nation's leading African American lesbian activists. An extraordinary political activist, Carter has organized the grassroots in almost every major region of this country over the last 30-plus years. 

Mandy grew up in upstate NY Born November 2, 1948, in Albany, NY where she was raised in orphanages and foster care. She arrived in NC via San Francisco.  Mandy's early political activism includes her work with the War Resistors League. Mandy was an early director of NCPRIDEPAC, and helped found SONG--Southerners On New Ground -- at the Durham Creating Change Conference in 1993. A noted speaker, Mandy has traveled extensively, educating audiences about LGBT rights in a broader social justice movement. A winner of the prestigious Stonewall Award, Mandy Carter has enough energy for an army of organizers, and she never fails to maintain her sense of humor. Mandy is an articulate and non-confrontational doer, who get things accomplished by her motivational mentoring and by exemplary and tireless activity. She has forged strong and indelible ties between the natural allies that exist in the African-American, religious, and LGBT communities. Mandy is unforgettable as a symbol of what organizational skill can mean to the development of a movement and the centering of a culture.  [Read More]


A.D. Odom

Butch Mystique


Some women come into "the life" through many doors.  She may walk through the doors of a gay and lesbian center, or a gay and lesbian organization while in college.  She may walk through the door of a lesbian club after circling the site for days or months before entering.  She may walk into the life of another woman and fall in love.  Later, when the heat of the relationship grows cold, realize she is who she is and will seek out other women like herself.  She may walk through the door of a good friend and find herself in her good friend?s bed, discovering her bisexuality and later, realize she is a lesbian.  She may walk through the doors of a swinger?s club where both men and women cohort together and soon discover she really does prefer women to men.  She may even walk through the door of an instructor?s office, like I did, and find herself being introduced to women who do not identify as lesbians, but as women who prefer the company of other women.  [Read More]



Gay Marriage and African Americans, Part 2

Wednesday, Massachusetts legislators debated whether to amend their state's constitution to ban same-sex marriages. NPR's Tavis Smiley talked to Jasmyne Cannick with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and Keith Boykin, a long-time gay rights activist and president of the National Black Justice Coalition.

»  Listen to Gay Marriage and African Americans, Part 2

» Gay Marriage and African Americans, Part 1

If the listening links above fail to work, go to site here: http://www.npr.org/rundowns/segment.php?wfId=1670553
Keeping History
The Black Gay and Lesbian Archive
by Sidney Brinkley (Blacklight Online)

Steven G. Fullwood is a collector of Black Gay history. He is the curator of the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive, developed for the sole purpose of documenting Black Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Same Gender Loving cultures. BGLA officially began in 2000 and presently holds hundreds of items. ?I have books, magazines, journals, flyers, music, film/videos, and other related files that so far measures twelve linear feet,? he said. ?Actually the archive started before I started it, meaning that much of what I owned as a collector inaugurated the archive.?  [Read More]

Love and Blessings:
A Moment with Me'Shell Ndege'ocello
By Ronda Racha Penrice (Swirl Magazine)

Me'Shell Ndege'ocello can not be categorized and the gatekeepers of the industry hate that. How many times have we read that Me'shell doesn't sell records because she is gay. This is despite the fact that she refuses to classify herself. "I don't really care," she says. "Whatever. I just like to go play, have a good time." And that's what pisses them off.

She's bold. Unlike other new artists, she came into the game irreverent. "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)," her first single from Plantation Lullabies, shocked many with its audacity. In 1993, affairs were discreet, especially on the part of women. Listening to today's records, female singers are still not in confrontation mode. Amazingly, over the years, Me'Shell hasn't lost that fire. She still does not buck down to anyone.  [Read More]

On The Web

Kimberly "Q"

Kimberly "Q", is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of ToDaz Woman Productions.  She is an actress, singer, writer, has performed in numerous award winning productions such as, The Children?of the Night, winner of 3 NAACP awards, and a GLAAD award; Shakin The Mess Outta Misery, winner of an OOBR; and is a six-time AUDELCO award winner, ?Best Supporting Actress? in 1998 for Gertrude Jeannette?s Gladys? Dilemma and ?Best Leading Actress? in 2002 for her one-woman piece entitled J?ai Deux Amours? A Journey With Josephine Baker and four AUDELCO's including Best Dramatic Production in American Menu.

"Q", as she is so affectionately called, has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a " high-steppin actress with drop dead looks" and by the New York Times as "a convincingly, satisfying actress". "Acting is life; life that changes and grows and if you don't live it?you're not in it!" Know your past, because it is the key to your future!"

Her most recent production, J'ai Deux Amours...A Journey With Josephine Baker was written and Performed by Kimberly "Q".
J'ai Deux Amours...A Journey With Josephine Baker, takes you through the life and career of Madame Josephine Baker. From her start as a street performer to her taking Paris by storm; her stance on civil rights, to her undercover days as a spy for the French Resistance; her motivation to adopt 12 children to her eviction from her precious Les Milandes and right back to her triumphant return to stardom! A spectacular and inspirational story that will leave you saying "For what I may have known of Josephine, I've learned even more."

Discover ToDaz Woman and other productions on their website at:  http://todazwoman.org/index.html

Playing This Month On Black Starz

Sisters In Cinema
Director: YVONNE WELBON 2003
Synopsis: Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon goes off to Hollywood in search of African-American women directors only to make some shocking discoveries along the way.
Copyright: © 2003 OUR FILM WORKS
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BUTCH MYSTIQUE gets personal and political with the stories of butch, black lesbians revealed in bold, lucid interviews.

Butch Mystique
Debra Wilson,
34 min, dv, color

Playing On Showtime's Black Filmmaker Showcase: Butch Mystique
February 4, 2004

Butch Mystique a film by Debra Wilson (USA)

BUTCH MYSTIQUE is a documentary by Debra Wilson that exposes the rules, thoughts, passions, and concerns of African American butch-stud, identified lesbians. Women from varying backgrounds-as mothers, activists, and artists - share raw, powerful and intimate thoughts on being outside the norm, being powerful butch identified women and being themselves. 

Air Date:  Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase:  February 4, 2004 @ 8:00 p.m.
Butch Mystique (Color/34:52)

Other Sheduled Showings: 
February 14, 2004:    12:15 p.m.    Showtime Too
February 15, 2004:    12:00 p.m.    Showtime
For more info, visit Showtime

Ms. Wilson is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent work, Butch Mystique, opened to critical acclaim at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

Butch Mystique
Debra Wilson,
34 min, dv, color


Saturday, January 31, 2004

Eva Yaa Asantewaa


Eva Yaa Asantewaa's Channeling Workshop–Saturday, March 27, 5-7pm.  Hosted by Moonfire Women’s Empowerment and Spirituality Network at LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (near 7th Avenue),  Manhattan, New York City. All women welcome.  Beginners welcome.  Admission: $6. No reservation necessary.  Information: 212-222-2467.

Special Note: Workshop begins promptly at 5:15pm, and there will be no admission after 5:40.

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Sunday, January 25, 2004

Pan African Film Festival
FEBRUARY 5-16, 2004

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Largest African American Film Festival and the Largest Black History Month Event in the USA

(LOS ANGELES) – KEVIN’S ROOM 2: TRUST, MADAME SATA, PUNKS, South African documentary FOUR RENT BOYS AND A SANGOMA, BUTCH MYSTIQUE and other films that celebrate the lives and diversity of  black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities are featured in the 12th Annual Pan African Film and  Arts Festival (PAFF), at the Magic Theatres, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, February 5-17.  Highlights also include the panel “BLACK GAY IMAGES IN FILM AND TELEVISION” with Paris Barclay.  (Saturday, February 7) and the “LUV IS THE MESSAGE GRAND BALL” (Sunday, February 8) presented by the House of Rodeo in conjunction with National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day.  [Read Press Release]

At The Festival:  Check Out

Butch Mystique a film by Debra Wilson (USA)
BUTCH MYSTIQUE is a documentary by Debra Wilson that exposes the rules, thoughts, passions, and concerns of African American butch-stud, identified lesbians. Women from varying backgrounds-as mothers, activists, and artists - share raw, powerful and intimate thoughts on being outside the norm, being powerful butch identified women and being themselves.

Saturday, February 7, 2004
11:30 a.m.

Monday, February 16, 2004
6:45 p.m.

Presented in collaboration with United Lesbians of African Descent and Cabrini Presents!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

National Black Justice Coalition

Valentine's Day Parties

The National Black Justice Coalition will hold Valentine's Day parties in several cities. Valentine's Day is Saturday, February 14, and the events will take place that weekend.

We would like to set up Valentine's Day parties throughout the country that can be fundraisers for the National Black Justice Coalition. We have already made plans to hold a fundraiser/party on Valentine's Day in New York.

We are still looking for people to host or organize parties in their own communities. They don't have to be big fancy events. They can be simple house parties. And they don't have to take place exactly on Valentine's Day. Anytime that weekend would probably work. It's a great way to introduce the Coalition to the community and to merge the social crowd with the political crowd.

Some of the cities we're looking at right now are:

Los Angeles
New York
North Carolina
San Francisco/Oakland

We would also like to do one in your community too. Please contact us (via website) if you'd like to help.  

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Friday, January 9, 2004

7th Annual Herstory Conference

African Asian Latina Lesbians United

Proudly Presents our

7th Annual Herstory Conference
"Loving Living Embracing Our Relationships"

February 14th - 15th 2004
Rutgers University, Newark NJ

This two-day conference will provide enlightening workshops that will address our intellectual, emotional, and spiritual being. It will focus on the essence of love within our diverse relationships, life topics that define and affect our daily lives, cross-cultural community relationships and issues and finally activities that will help us further embrace our loving and sometimes difficult relationships that we as lesbians of color share together. The days will include several empowering workshops addressing these topics of interest and concerns for womyn, entertainment, arts and so much more.

Workshop topics will include sex and sexuality, spirituality, labor issues, legal concerns, racism or sexism among women, bi-cultural relationships, community violence, mental and physical health & well being, parenting/adoption/family issues, finance and real estate.

What better legacy of love to give this Valentine's Day - whether single or partnered - than the gift of a nurturing, passionate and self-fulfilling experience of the "herstory" conference for the "loving womyn"
in you?

Each registered participant will receive free valuable give-a ways just for attending this event.
Complete hot gourmet breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each registered participant will receive valuable give always free of charge just for attending this historic event.

Advance Tickets: $75.00 if purchased before 1/31/04 $95.00 after 1/31/04


For more information contact Tiye at 732 679 - 7687 or e-mail at

Vendor space limited! Contact Talethea at 856 874-1268 or e-mail

Volunteers Needed!! Contact Sheila at 973 375 - 5843 or email

For More Info, Visit Their Website at:  http://www.celebratesisterhood.org/aallu_herstory.htm
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