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Equity in a Non-Profit Organization by Kim Crosby

Students, check out this fantastic Prezi presentation produced by Kim Katrin Crosby(@KimKatrinCrosby) that explains gender, racial, sexual, transphobic, and ableist institutional violence; gender, racial, sexual, cisgender, and able-body privilege; the lifelong labor of being an ally; and how non-profit organizations can and need to embody this type of critique rather than merely speak about it.



Agnès Varda in Philly!!!

Agnès Varda is coming to Philadelphia!


The only female director of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda has been called both the movement’s mother and its grandmother. The fact that some have felt the need to assign her a specifically feminine role, and the confusion over how to characterize that role, speak to just how unique her place in this hallowed cinematic movement-defined by such decidedly masculine artists as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut-is. Varda not only made films during the nouvelle vague, she helped inspire it. Her self-funded debut, the fiction-documentary hybrid 1956’s La Pointe Courte is often considered the unofficial first New Wave film; when she made it, she had no professional cinema training (her early work included painting, sculpting, and photojournalism). In 1962, she released the seminal nouvelle vague film Cléo from 5 to 7. Over the coming decades, Varda became a force in art cinema, conceiving many of her films as political and feminist statements, and using a radical objectivity to create her unforgettable characters. She describes her style as cinécriture (writing on film), and it can be seen in formally audacious fictions like Le bonheur and Vagabond as well as more ragged and revealing autobiographical documentaries like The Gleaners and I and The Beaches of Agnès.

Series of events:

Monday February 25, 6 pm

Wednesday February 27, 6 pm

Monday March 11, 7 pm

Wednesday March 13, 7 pm

Thursday March 14, 1 pm

Thursday March 14, 7 pm

Event: Al Vernacchio on Sex, Social Justice, & Pleasure

Sex, Social Justice, & Pleasure

with Al Vernacchio

When: February 20, 7 pm

Where: Houston Hall, Hall of Flags, University of Pennsylvania


$5 suggested donation at the door – All proceeds go to WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape) and the V-Day International Campaign

Can sex make the world a better place? Is pleasure a social justice issue? What does socially-just sex look like and feel like? Sexuality educator Al Vernacchio returns to Penn for a discussion about harnessing our most incredible source of power, our sexuality and using it to reshape the world into a more peaceful, loving and orgasmic place.

Al Vernacchio, a Penn alum (GSE ’93), has been a human sexuality educator and consultant for over 20 years. He has lectured, published articles and offered workshops on sexuality topics throughout the country. His work was featured in “Teaching Good Sex,” a November 20, 2011 cover story in The New York Times Magazine. In addition, Al is a TED Talk speaker and his blog, “For Goodness Sex,” can be found on the Psychology Today website. 

Event: Street Movies!

Street Movies!

presented by PNC Arts Alive at The Paul Robeson House


Paul Robeson House
4951 Walnut St

Philadelphia, PA, 19104

See map: Google Maps

Sunday, February 24, 4:30PM
The Paul Robeson House
4949/4951 Walnut Street
Free & Open to the Public

Opening performance by the Paul Robeson Ensemble

The primary mission of The Paul Robeson House is to heighten awareness of the life, legacy and philosophy of Paul Robeson and his historical significance to the Philadelphia region, the state of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

This Street Movies! program features short films about the relationship between art, artists, and social change.

Street Movies! presented by PNC Arts Alive

Events: Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series!

I’m excited to announce the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series!

PQMAS LogoPlease spread the word, follow us on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, tell all your friends, and most of all come to the events!


Series description:

  • What is the relationship between queer media and queer activism? How have queers, trans* folks, feminists, people of color, poor people, and people with disabilities harnessed media production practices in the service of social justice activism? How have local Philadelphia artists, activists, and academics mobilized to create films, video artworks, performances, training workshops, and courses that stretch beyond the local context and into the transnational public sphere? The Queer Media Activism Series examines the relationship between queer activism and queer media production through film screenings, lectures by transnational video artists, roundtables on social justice media making, live performances, and discussions about oral history media projects. The Philadelphia Queer Media Activism series explores these questions through a multimedia, multidisciplinary, and multi-sited series of events around Philadelphia during March and April 2013.


Drag Activism: Performing the Revolution!

  • March 30, 2013. 6-9 pm
  • William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce Street)
  • Come hear from and watch some of Philadelphia’s Icon Ebony Fierce 3most fabulous drag performers! Exploring how live performance and gender-bending play can enable social bonds and contribute to political transformation, the performers will discuss how activism is at play in their work and the important work that drag communities and cultures do in Philadelphia.
  • After the discussion, stick around for a performance by: THE DUMPSTA PLAYERS, ICON EBONY FIERCE, CHARLES COHEN, and THE LIBERTY CITY KINGSDumpsta Players 4Liberty City Kings logo

Social Justice Media Making: A Conversation with Aishah Shahidah Simmons & Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez

  • April 1, 2013. 12-2 pm. Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall (Women’s Studies Lounge)
  • This event brings together two contemporary activist-artists whose multimedia and multifaceted work demonstrates the best that social justice media making can embody: Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez and Aishah Shahidah Simmons. These two vibrant artist-activists will discuss their own multimedia work as well as the importance of media production for marginalized communities, examining how marginalized communities have and can mobilize media making tools in the service of social justice.Aishah & Moni
  • AISHAH SHAHIDAH SIMMONS (@Afrolez) is an AfroLez®femcentric Cultural Worker who for over twenty years has been both motivated and engaged as a cultural worker because she believes each one of us has the birth right to live in a world where oppression and exploitation based on gender, race/ethnicity, national origin/citizenship, sexual orientation, class, and/or religion of anyone is non-existent. Aishah is the director of the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed documentary film NO!: The Rape Documentary, which explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans.
  • MÓNICA ENRÍQUEZ-ENRÍQUEZ is a queer Latina, born and raised in Colombia, who migrated to the U.S. in 2001. She received her M.F.A in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz, where her work Fragments of Migration explored queer asylum and constructions of citizenship in the U.S. She is currently based in New York, and her artistic and activist projects focus on the deportation, detention, and criminalization of communities of color. Mónica’s video art installations include Escrito, Un/binding Desires, Intimate Margins, and Reclaiming Spaces. Mónica’s political and ethical commitment to making her art relevant and accessible to the communities she is in conversation with guides her production and exhibition practices.

Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez: Film Screening & Director’s Talk

  • Monday, April 1 from 6-8pm
  • The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street)MonicaEnriquezEnriquezPic
  • Queer Latina, Colombian-American video artist MÓNICA ENRÍQUEZ-ENRÍQUEZ will be screening several of her recent multimedia works that focus on queer asylum, migration, and citizenship, as well as giving a lecture on the issues her work raises in relationship to queer media activism in a transnational frame.
  • Screenings will include:
  • escrito, 2007, 2 min: poetically gestures to the contradictions of what it means to be a queer immigrant in the U.S.bodyrope1
  • entre nos, 2012: queer migrants survivors of violence speak amongst themselves (“entre nos”) about what being undocumented in the U.S. means and the devastating impact of law enforcement and immigration enforcement collaboration.
  • un/binding desires, 2011: develops the idea of “marginal desires” and displays images of bondage as an expression of queer difference. These images accompany the audio based conversations with queer migrants and queers who explore their parents’ histories of migration while speaking about their own desires. By destabilizing the accessibility of U.S. history of migration through making a space for these marginal desires and literally re-reading such history, this piece invites you to question the ways in which migration and desire are usually represented
  • fragments of migration installation, 2008: This piece interrogates the institution of asylum in the U.S. based on sexual identity and gender identity.
  • intimate margins installation, 2007: By interweaving intimate conversations among undocumented lesbians, we reclaim political spaces in the margins.
  • work in progress: fragments of conversations with a queer migrant as she journeys back “home” horizontally juxtaposed with the words of a queer young person of color speaking about homelessness, criminalization and sex work.

Archives, Affects, & Activism: Preserving Queer & Trans Histories

  • April 20, 2013. 7-9 pm
  • Giovanni’s Room Bookstore (345 S. 12th Street)
  • Come learn how Philly bookstores, libraries, zine fests, archives, and media artists are creating and preserving Philly queer and transgender histories, and making them available to the public in creative ways. Presenters include:
  • HELYX CHASE, Director of the Philadelphia Trans Oral History Project. Hailing from Philadelphia, Helyx is a gender queer dyke video artist, activist and media literacy educator. Ze is a Hampshire College graduate with a degree in Video,

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    Social Justice, Youth Empowerment and Global Power Dynamics. Hir work focuses on extending tools and promoting media creation, specifically for those who are systematically excluded from methods of media production.

  • SARAH ROSE, Co-Director of the Philly Feminist Zine PFZF LogoFest. The Zine Fest showcases some of the awesome zines Philly folks are making, and explores how zine making and DIY media in relation to social justice.
  • CHE GOSSETT, writer and activist who is a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (eds. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith), Trans Studies Reader Volume II (eds. Susan Stryker and Aren Aziura) and the forthcoming anthology Queer Necropolitics (eds. Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kuntsman, Silvia Posocco).  Che is currently working on a biography of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.
  • BOB SKIBA, Archivist at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The William Way Archives are Philadelphia’s most extensive collection of rare books, periodicals, video and audio tapes, periodicals, personal correspondence, and other ephemera documenting the rich history of our LGBT communities.

This series is generously supported by Giovanni’s Room Bookstore; the Rotunda; the William Way LGBT Community Center; Temple University’s Film and Media ArtsLatin American Studies, Tyler Visual Studies, and Women’s Studies departments; Temple University’s Queer Student Union and General Activity Fees; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alice Paul Center, Art HistoryCinema Studies, Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s StudiesHistory, Latin American & Latino Studies, and Visual Studies departments as well as the Penn Humanities Forum.

Want to get involved with the series? Have a question? Want fliers to help publicize events? Check out our website (phillyqueermedia.com), or email the Director Cathy Hannabach at phillyqueermedia@gmail.com.

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Event: Social Justice Media Making with Aishah Shahidah Simmons & Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez

Social Justice Media Making:

A Conversation with Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

When: Monday, April 1, 2013 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Where: Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall (Women’s Studies Lounge)

This event brings together two contemporary activist-artists whose multimedia and multifaceted work demonstrates the best that social justice media making can embody: Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez, a Queer Latin@, Columbian-American video artist with a long history of work in the community arts movement, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist.

These two vibrant artist-activists will discuss the importance of media production for marginalized communities, examining how marginalized communities have and can mobilize media making tools in the service of social justice. Each speaker will also discuss their own media making practices as well as tactics for using media to fight violences of capitalism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, sexual assault, and the prison industrial complex.

Enríquez-Enríquez has made a number of award-winning multimedia video installations including Un/binding Desires, Escrito, Intimate Margins, and Reclaiming Spaces, and Simmons is the director of the award-winning film NO!: The Rape Documentary.

Event: Why Black Media? panel discussion

Why Black Media? A Panel Discussion

When: Wednesday January 30, 5pm

Where: First Floor Atrium of Annenberg Hall, on 13th street between Norris and Diamond Streets. Temple University

Sponsored by: Department of Journalism of the Temple School of Media and Communication

Over 100 years ago Ida B. Wells, one of the first investigative journalists and one of the first black women to edit and own a newspaper, earned the nickname “Princess of the Press.” She said: “The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.” The Black Press was important at the turn of the 20th century, what is its significance at the turn of the 21st century.

Lori L. Tharps (Moderator) is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University, an award-winning author, freelance journalist and popular speaker. Tharps was a staff reporter at Vibe magazine and a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly, she has written for Ms., Glamour, Suede, Bitch, Caribbean Life, Grid Philadelphia and Essence magazines and for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Root.com and Ebony.com. Her work is included in Young Wives Tales: Stories of Love and Partnership, Naked: Black Women Bare All About their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts, Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine and Women: Images & Realities. A Multicultural Anthology.

Kierna Mayo is the Editorial Director, Digital for EBONY.com. She is the former Editorial Director of Tyra.com, where she developed a cutting-edge, online women’s magazine for Tyra Banks’ Bankable Enterprises. She is former online editor at Cafemom.com. Kierna has written about culture and lifestyle for over 20 years. Her critically acclaimed writings have appeared in major national magazines including Essence, Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen, Vibe and Uptown among others. Kierna’s work has been featured in several books including And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years.
Irv Randolph is the managing editor of the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest continuously published African-American newspaper, a position he has held since December 1994. Under Randolph’s editorial leadership, the Tribune has been named “Best Newspaper” by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) in seven of the last 14 years. During that time the Tribune has won more than 80 national awards. As managing editor, Randolph oversees the daily operations of the Philadelphia Tribune and its many editorial products, including a weekly educational supplement for Philadelphia public schools, a quarterly lifestyles magazine and Sojourner, a quarterly visitor’s guide to Philadelphia.

Stephanie Renee is a host (Mid-Morning MOJO -10am to noon) and Program Director on 900 AM WURD. “it has been a great joy to bring news, information and all kinds of music to my audience. I happen to be the only woman with a daily show in the station’s lineup, so it’s also fun to bring my effervescent estrogen onto the airwaves! It seems that it is my destiny to be the “pet girl” in most of the endeavors I undertake, but I don’t mind. There is great flexibility and necessity in being the “only” in such situations, of which I take complete advantage.

Vernon Odom has been a reporter with WPVI-TV’s Action News for over a quarter of a century. He was also the host of the station’s weekly Public Affairs program, “Visions,” telecast on Saturday evenings. While working for Channel 6, Odom has covered every major story of our time in the Delaware Valley region, plus all the Presidential campaigns dating back to 1976.

Part of the Ida B. Wells, Lynching & Trayvon Martin project – February 22 to March 3, 2013 produced by Moonstone Arts Center

 for information www.moonstoneartscenter.org/idabwells or 215-735-9600