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Patrisse Cullors said "An abolitionist believes in a world where police and prisons are no longer weaponized as a tool f...
06/03/2020
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Calls for Defunding of Police Departments

Patrisse Cullors said "An abolitionist believes in a world where police and prisons are no longer weaponized as a tool for public safety."

Patrisse Cullors, a TV writer on Freeform's 'Good Trouble,' describes the ongoing protests as "a human reaction to a deeply unstable and dysfunctional relationship to a country that has dehumanized us for centuries."

It's been over 2 months since Breonna Taylor was murdered by 3 police officers who burst into her home-- and they're sti...
06/02/2020
#JusticeforBre: Police officers who killed Breonna Taylor must be FIRED.

It's been over 2 months since Breonna Taylor was murdered by 3 police officers who burst into her home-- and they're still on paid active duty in Louisville, KY.

Sign the petition to demand these officers be fired immediately: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforbre-breonna-taylor-officers-fired?source=sb_stage4_fairsteinparchmansigners_ads_fb

#JusticeforBreonna #JusticeforFloyd #JusticeforAhmaud

Sign the petition: Demand all three police officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove, to be fired and for all charges against Kenneth Walker to be dropped immediately.

‪ #blackouttueday #wecantbreathe #ICantBreathe ‬
06/02/2020

‪ #blackouttueday #wecantbreathe #ICantBreathe ‬

05/27/2020
TONIGHT!
05/15/2020

TONIGHT!

World Premiere of DRAG KING teaser TONIGHT followed by Q/A with myself and star Nina Bergman

DRAG KING coming soon to a device near you. Written and Directed by Rosser Goodman. Starring Nina Bergman
05/08/2020

DRAG KING coming soon to a device near you. Written and Directed by Rosser Goodman. Starring Nina Bergman

Wooohooo “Drag King” is back in action🖤I worked on this incredible project a couple of years ago based on a true story playing a #DragKing It was one of those stories that ripped my heart out. Being punished and killed in a hate crime, because of your sexual preference, the wardrobe and how you choose to live your life, really hit home for me..... Her name was Sasha... The project was paused but is now back in action💃🏼I just added a new song for the trailer! I can’t wait to share🖤 #newshow #goth #dragking #rockstar Nina Bergman

Check out this new platform out of the UK! Some of our films stream there.https://www.queerbee.org/catalog
05/07/2020
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Check out this new platform out of the UK! Some of our films stream there.

https://www.queerbee.org/catalog

Angie West is a life-long LGBTQI activist. She combines a finance management career in non-profit organisations with being a director and camera person of award-winning short films.

Women Occupy Hollywood
05/06/2020

Women Occupy Hollywood

#Equality
#ISupportTheERANow
#RatifyERA
#equalrightsforwomen #usa
@ivanamassetti @womenoccupyhollywood

Another movie to be made
04/26/2020
Women Occupy Hollywood

Another movie to be made

She discovered coronaviruses decades ago—but got little recognition
Scientific pioneer June Almeida is finally being acknowledged for virology breakthroughs she made a half century ago.
#science #women #coronavirus

We LOVE this!
04/15/2020
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

We LOVE this!

We love being part of this incredible show!
"Firefighters from Golden will be featured on the April 18 episode of “Mission Unstoppable,” which spotlights women doing extraordinary work in STEM professions.

The goal of the CBS Saturday morning series is to showcase positive role models for girls. Of the 77 firefighters in Golden, 21% are women."

https://lakewoodsentinel.com/stories/golden-firefighters-featured-on-cbs-series,297454?

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04/14/2020

Our very own Oneita Parker!

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04/12/2020
Upworthy

A Billion Stories

On New York's Ellis Island, 12 million people arrived in a new country, looking for a place to call home. (via Interesting S-Word)

Wow!
04/07/2020
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Wow!

Check this our next month May 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT!

"The CBS freshman series “All Rise” is preparing to produce an all-virtual episode as the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic continues to stymie physical production.
The legal drama starring Simone Missick will film its stars using FaceTime, WebEx, Zoom, and other available social media and online technology to produce an episode about how the pandemic and social distancing are impacting the criminal justice system."

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/all-rise-cbs-coronavirus-episode-1234572048/

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
04/05/2020
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

❤️Thank you Harriet for the work you've done, our heart go out to her friends and loved one.

"Harriet Glickman, who in 1968 persuaded Charles M. Schulz, the creator of 'Peanuts,' to add an African-American character to his roster of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang, died on March 27 at her home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was 93."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/arts/harriet-glickman-dead-peanuts.html?auth=login-google

The Hollywood Reporter
02/19/2020
The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter

Ja'net DuBois, who was best known for playing Willona Woods on 'Good Times,' was found dead on Tuesday at age 74, according to reports.

NEON
02/13/2020
NEON

NEON

"Like a lost work of 18th-century literature, it is at once ardent and rigorous, passionate and philosophical."

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a New York Times Critic's Pick. Now Playing in Select Cities.

OUTMemphis
01/31/2020
OUTMemphis

OUTMemphis

How early is too early to preorder a book?

"When I tell people that I’m writing a book about the life of a former slave who reigned over a secret world of drag balls in Washington, DC, in the 1880s, the looks of shock, delight, and even confusion on their faces tell me all I need to know."

The ABSOLUTE worst.
10/29/2019
West Adams Avenues

The ABSOLUTE worst.

The explosive opening in the first episode of HBO’s “Watchmen,” with citizens of a black Tulsa, Okla., neighborhood being gunned down by white vigilantes, black businesses deliberately burned and even aerial attacks, has brought new attention to the nearly buried history of what the Oklahoma Historical Society calls “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.”

Though it looked like something made up for the series inspired by Alan Moore’s original “Watchmen” stories for DC Comics, the Tulsa race massacre of 1921 was an all too real incident that decimated 35 city blocks, including the business district of Tulsa’s Greenwood community, which Booker T. Washington once called the “Black Wall Street of America.” The official death toll was 36, but more recent estimates say that as many as 300 may have been killed; 800 were treated for injuries and more than 6,000 black citizens were interned at the city’s convention hall and fairgrounds for up to eight days. A search for mass graves has been undertaken in recent years.

The incident began with an encounter between 19-year-old Dick Rowland, a black shoeshiner, and elevator operator Sarah Page, who by some accounts was as young as 15. For reasons that are still unknown, Page screamed when Rowland entered the elevator. Police were called and Rowland was arrested for attacking Page, though later accounts say Rowland may have simply tripped and fell onto Page. An inflammatory newspaper account stirred up the white community and crowds gathered outside the courthouse. With thoughts of protecting Rowland from lynching, members of the black community also appeared but were outnumbered and after fights broke out retreated to the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, where most black businesses and homes were located. The mob followed, and the massacre began in full force, aided by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Vigilantes ... under the color of law, destroyed the Black Wall Street of America,” said former state Rep. Don Ross in the 2001 “Tulsa Race Riot: A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Race Riot of 1921.” “Some known victims were in unmarked graves in a city-owned cemetery and others were hauled off to unknown places in full view of the National Guard.

In the aftermath of the killings, attempts were made to cover up the events. Stories were removed from newspaper archives, and some official accounts were destroyed. It took decades for historians and Oklahoma officials to unearth the history and begin to teach it in schools. But the years of silence took a toll on the truth — and even on how to label the incident. Many, for instance, question whether to call the events a “riot” or “massacre.” “Designating it a riot prevented insurance companies from having to pay benefits to the people of Greenwood whose homes and businesses were destroyed,” said a report by the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum.

High school history teacher Seymour Williams, explaining why there was largely silence in the black community following the violence, told Ross: “Blacks lost everything. They were afraid it could happen again, and there was no way to tell the story. The two Negro newspapers were bombed. ... [People] were too busy just trying to make it. ... The killers were still running loose, and they’re wearing blue suits as well as Klan sheets.”

For more reading on the Tulsa race massacre:

The overdue state report: Many credit journalist-turned-politician Don Ross with bringing attention to the events of 1921. He wrote three Oklahoma Eagle columns in 1968 about the riot and in 1971 published an account of the violence in an issue of Impact magazine, where he was then the editor. “Both blacks and whites got on my case for causing trouble,” he told the Kansas City Star in 1999. “I had violated the conspiracy of silence going on for 50 years.”

Ross went on to become an Oklahoma state representative and was on the commission that in 2001, 80 years after the destruction of America’s “Black Wall Street,” produced “Tulsa Race Riot: A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.” It includes a discussion of the disputed death toll, the use of airplanes to drop bombs on civilians, and the still unresolved issue of reparations.

The nearly forgotten initial Red Cross report: The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum has a section of its website devoted to the Tulsa race massacre. Among its archives are audio recordings of survivors, photos and one of the first historical documents on the violence, a Red Cross report issued December 30, 1921, by Maurice Williams, the director of relief operations in the area of destruction. “Disaster Relief Report: Riot 1921" begins with a clipping of the Tulsa Daily World article blaming the “battle between the races” on the arrest of shoeshiner Dick Rowland. Williams, however, writes, “The consensus of opinion, after six months intervening time, places the blame upon ‘the lack of law enforcement.’ ‘Race riot’ it has generally been termed, yet whites were killed and wounded by whites in the protection of white property against the violence of the white mob. The elements of ‘race rioting’ were present from all evidence ... but the wholesale destruction of property, life and limb in that section of the city occupied by [blacks] ... testifies to a one-sided battle.”

The eyewitness: “I could see planes circling in mid-air. They grew in number and hummed, darted and dipped low. I could hear something like hail falling upon the top of my office building. Down East Archer, I saw the old Mid-Way hotel on fire, burning from its top, and then another and another and another building began to burn from their top.” These are the words of Oklahoma lawyer Buck Colbert Franklin, from a 10-page typewritten manuscript that was discovered in 2015 and donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Smithsonian magazine details the story and excerpts parts of the account: “The side-walks were literally covered with burning turpentine balls. I knew all too well where they came from, and I knew all too well why every burning building first caught from the top. I paused and waited for an opportune time to escape. ‘Where oh where is our splendid fire department with its half dozen stations?’ I asked myself. ‘Is the city in conspiracy with the mob?’”

This excites us! And, we congratulate LaCora Stephens!!!!!
10/23/2019

This excites us! And, we congratulate LaCora Stephens!!!!!

God is GREAT!!!
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Reminder: Check out the kick-ass panel today that our director Rosser Goodman is on with 7 other AMAZING womxn who direc...
10/12/2019

Reminder: Check out the kick-ass panel today that our director Rosser Goodman is on with 7 other AMAZING womxn who direct. SEE YOU THERE 230P @ https://www.facebook.com/ComicConLA/

No marginalized group left behind:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!                                           October 4, 2019Media ...
10/04/2019
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No marginalized group left behind:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! October 4, 2019
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Where are the Women of Color in the New #WomenforConsideration Campaign?

Women of Color Unite (WOCU) founder, Cheryl L. Bedford, is calling “Foul” on a new campaign led by CherryPicks and partnering organizations to help end underrepresentation of women in annual awards season nominations and wins. The initiative supports women, however, misses the mark of including organizations that advocate for women of color.

Out of the six organizations partnering in the campaign, none represent women of color. This is a problem. It means that although there is an inclusionary push, the inclusion they are seeking is that solely of gender. This means the Oscars can increase the number of women recognized and not include 1 minority and that would be acceptable.

Bedford has gone head-to-head with individuals who claim to advocate for the underrepresented, yet have no person of color on their boards.

“As the industry gets closer to gender parity, WOC are falling behind. San Diego State’s newest report says that in the entertainment industry white women have gained 4%. Black Women have fallen 2%. Asian women are up 1% and the largest minority, Latinx Women, have fallen 1%. Initiatives like #womenforconsideration without a WOC-led group being involved is part of the systemic problem of racism. And the fact that this plan is being led by Miranda Bailey, a woman who called me, a black woman, “racist” is extremely problematic,” said Bedford.

The incident that Bedford is referring to happened during a panel discussion at Sundance where -Bailey of CherryPicks called her a racist. As you will see from the clip below, Bailey continuously tried to speak over Bedford until a reporter asked her to allow Bedford to speak without interruption.

View Video: https://youtu.be/uLcPIiY60FA

“I have either personally met with or had phone conversations with many of the leaders of the organizations partnering on this campaign and it’s disheartening to know they don’t see a problem with the lack of color involved with this campaign,” said Bedford. She went on to say, “I don’t understand how leaving WOC out of the conversation continues to happen in 2019. It is disappointing and frustrating, to say the least. To a larger point, they also leave out Disabled Women. I am frustrated when you consider that WOC-led nonprofits only receive 2% of all foundation/grant money. I suspect those donating think that these groups will also help WOC and other marginalized women; I beg to differ. “

Recently a story was written in the Hollywood Reporter regarding “Crazy Rich Asians” co-screenwriter, Adele Lim. According to the story, Lim left the forthcoming sequel when she found she was making nearly eight to 10 times less than her fellow co-writer, Peter Chiarelli, a white man. This is a grim reminder of Hollywood’s inferior view of women, especially women of color.

Bedford and her organization have drawn a line in the sand. They acknowledge that there are white women and organizations that advocate for women of color above and below the line; they are just very hard to identify when it’s time to take a stand against less inclusive organizations.

The question still remains. Where are the Women of Color in the New #womenforconsideration Campaign? Can someone please tell Cheryl L. Bedford and Women of Color Unite (WOCU).

If you would like to learn more about WOCU, visit https://wocunite.com/home/.
To schedule an interview with Cheryl Bedford contact, Amy Malone, GICPR, 323-972-4081 or [email protected].

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