1st ANNUAL SLAYFEST ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2018 PROGRAM LINEUP Festival Celebrating Black Queer and Trans, Arts and Culture

 

SLAYFEST 2018, presented by SLAY TV., announced its official program lineup for their 1st Annual SLAYFEST. SLAYFEST is a celebration of Black queer and trans artistic excellence and aims to bring together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, artists, and the overall LGBTQ community in the new Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Building (BAM). SLAYFEST will occupy 4 floors of the building and will screen short films and a feature film, along with special artists performances, panels and festivities. SLAYFEST will take place Saturday, July 21st, 2018 with a pre-party on Thursday, July 19th in partnership with Trappy Hour at Harlem Nights.

SLAYFEST is bringing a new platform for filmmakers and artists to celebrate diversity,” said Sean Torrington, SLAY TV’s Co-founder and CEO. “We feel it’s more important than ever to promote, support, and protect our own narratives. From handpicked screenings, to dope performers and amazing panelists, we are proud to present this 1s t annual program and honored to those artists who are making it possible.”

SLAYFEST 2018 is proud to present the following short films to play in its main program:

  • Gema – Directed & Written by Kenrick Prince | Starring: MJ Rodriguez & Ari Blinder
  • Missed Connections – Directed & Produced by Michelle Sam | Executive Producer: Angelic Ross | Starring: Angelica Ross & Jermell Smith
  • Finding Home – Director & Cinematographer: Abraham “AB” Troen | Producer: Marc Mounier

SLAYEST 2018 will feature panels that extend the festivalgoers experience beyond the cinema screen, offering opportunities to listen and discuss topics that directly affect the LGBTQ community. This year panels will feature:

  • Holistic Wellness – On this panel, we’ll dive into a NEW vision, where we consider our entire health and wellness- mind, body and spirit.
  • A Discussion on Representation in Media – We will discuss the advances being made to take ownership of our own queer and trans narratives.
  • Money & Empowerment, SLAY.COIN – introducing the blockchain solution for funding queer people of color in media. A candid fireside chat about the sheer size of the global QPOC media market, and how using blockchain technology to create a new cryptocurrencies can help us fund the evolution of our authentic and unapologetic stories in mainstream media.
  • The Women’s Experience– Through a queer feminist lens, this panel will examine and discuss sexism, exotification, healthy relationships and partner violence as well as sex and mental health.

SLAYFEST will finish the day with a concert featuring New York City’s hottest queer artists. Headliners and performers include:

  • Headliner – Cakes da Killa
  • Headliner – Dai Burger
  • Mila Jam
  • Davi Akei
  • Bry’nt
  • Charlie Xile
  • Boy Radio
  • Punk Adams

Additional festivities will take place throughout the day including a VIP Rooftop Cocktail Reception and a streaming live podcast with guest hosts who will report events as they happen and interview festivalgoers.

Corporate and community support for SLAYFEST plays a dynamic role in the life of the festival and underscores SLAYFEST’s commitment to quality and distinction in the art of queer and trans culture. SLAYFEST is privileged to collaborate with renowned consumer, health and entertainment brands including Gilead Sciences, Aid Health Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Hornet, Black Gifted and Whole, Personal Data, Keith Institute and Tenz Magazine.

About SLAYFEST

SLAYFEST is an annual celebration of queer and trans arts and culture presented by SLAY TV. Showcased through independent films, shorts, documentaries, music videos and other creative works, SLAYFEST aims to promote awareness, foster dialogue and build community by celebrating and bringing visibility to queer and trans artists and themed work.

About SLAY TV.

SLAY TV. is a global media network that creates and curates queer and trans digital content. Unlike other applications, SLAY TV. is a suite of applications covering multiple platforms including mobile and TV. SLAY TV is one of three entities under the SLAY. media umbrella. Other entities include SLAY STUDIO, a production company of actors, writers, directors, and producers who develop quality content and SLAY AGENCY, a full-service digital agency able to support small and large-scale campaigns from concept-to-production. SLAY. conceptualizes, produce, manage, and distributes. For more information, please visit www.slaytv.com

Contact: Winstina Dakers
Director of Public Relations & Communications
SLAY TV.
(240) 715-7579
[email protected]

Mahogany’s Chokers gives a new meaning to “neck pieces” by introducing handmade chokers that represent the elements that make girls of any age feel POWERFUL!

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Today marks the release of a brand that makes it a goal to provide quality handmade chokers and jewelry for the everyday girl. Each choker is handmade in order to insure that each customer feels special; these pieces speak to the individual in all of us.

“ What makes Mahogany’s Chokers unique is the fact that I bring a individualistic twist to a trendy but timeless piece. This choker line was created to help add sass to any girls wardrobe, all while making a statement that gives you the freedom to express YOUniqness,” said Mahogany, the CEO of Mahogany’s Chokers.

 

Each collection is sub-categorized granting the customer the option to choose which piece suits their fancy. Inspiration for these various collections stems from the numerous aspects of Mahogany’s personality, which speaks to the core essence of the brand. The transability of these creative pieces makes it possible for girls of any age to relate to these collections.

At this time there are four collections (The RESIST, Black Girl Magic, Earthly Love and The Coruscating collection) available which include between one to three designs. Custom orders can be emailed to [email protected]. Content pertaining to any new releases will be posted to Instagram @mahoganyschokers, Twitter @MChokers and mahoganyschokers.com. Become a Rebel and join the rebellion!

 

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Cardi has been on the rise in the hip-hop world for the last two years. After her astronomical success with the breakout hit Bodak Yellow everyone paraded for Cardi and mutually agreed that we wanted The Bronx native to win.

Her highly anticipated debut is set to drop in the beginning of April, and in the wee hours of March 29th, she released a new single.

Be Careful astonished many for several reasons. For one the lyrical content and production of the record is a different route for Cardi not to mention the always calculated bad chick persona is out the window in the duration of the track.
Cardi is emotional and sounds extremely distressed about the status of her relationship with fiance Offset.

Infidelity rumors have been on the surface since the beginning of the rap duo’s relationship. Cardi is always dismissive towards the situation. The artist has never gone into depth about the allegations of foul play until now.

She opens the track  saying “I wanna get married like the Currys, Steph and Ayesha sh** But we more like Tommy and Keisha sh** gave you TLC you wanna creep and sh**t”

Is this the same Cardi who schooled us about cutting a negro off if he got too comfortable? Apparently, Offset has grown comfortable and Cardi may be tired of his behavior. She expressed how she feels foolish for going through milestones in a relationship where she feels taken for granted.

Social media ripped her to shreds indicating that this isn’t the self-assured, confidant Cardi we all grew to love. This track displays to me that no matter who you are you are never exempt from experiencing heartbreak from the one you love.

No amount of status or money can stop the pain, though no one deserves to get played it happens. I’m wishing the best for Cardi and alarming Offset that maybe he should sleep with one eye open, because as the old saying goes “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.”

Say it ain’t so. Listen to women! TMZ has obtained a video of Fabolous threatening Emily B and her father. Earlier in the week rumors hit the net that Fabolous had allegedly knocked her teeth out which was reported by TMZ as well. Now the video has surfaced some are believing the incident may have happened.

The video was shot on Wednesday evening in the driveway of Fab and Emily’s Engelwood, NJ home — and the rapper’s bodyguard is attempting to hold him back as he yells at Emily and her father. At one point he asks Emily why her dad is even there — her dad yells back, “That’s my motherf***ing daughter” and calls Fabolous a coward.

This is the incident that prompted police to respond to the home, and Fabolous to turn himself in Wednesday night. TMZ broke the story … he was arrested and booked for aggravated assault and making a terroristic threat. TMZ

Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself.

 

Fabolous was cheered on while performing at a Lil Kim concert in New York. Considering Kim has had a violent relationship with Biggie one would think she wouldn’t be as supportive during this time but I digress.

 

 

TRASHHHHHHHH!!!!!

 

Showing Business in the Black documentary is touring the country, April 19th Toledo, OH, April 26th, New Orleans, May 1 Cincinnati, OH, May 3 Louisville, May 17th Kalamazoo, MI, May 18th Chicago, IL.

Business in the Black-The rise of black business in America, 1800’s-1960’s is a documentary. So finally that there’s a film that looks at the achievements of African Americans in the arena of business starting with slavery times.  This film is special because little is talked about the accomplishments of slaves and African Americans in the area of business.

Business in the Black-The rise of black business in America, 1800’s-1960’s  has 3 main segments:

How did slaves go to college?  

What racist did to destroy black business districts across the country?

A look at what we accomplished

The first segment examines how blacks were educated enough to attend college, what the qualifications were to be accepted and which colleges allowed blacks to attend.

The second segment looks at various business districts across the country and how they were affected by race riots, bombing, and government action.

The third segment names black millionaires in the 1800’s, the growth of black business districts, names of businesses and organizations who helped foster the business communities and interviews with people whose family owned a business in the early 1900’s for example, the sons of the founders of a black-owned hospital founded in 1917 or descendants of the founders of a cemetery started in 1925. The film has 67 interviewees. 75 minutes runtime.

Production took 2 years.  It premiered in Detroit May 31st at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History then at toured to 13 US cities and Toronto, Canada.

Business in the Black is available on Amazon.

Anthony Brogdon is a Detroit, Michigan based filmmaker. This is his second film project, his first was the documentary The Great Detroit-It was-It is-It will be, released in 2014.  Up next for Mr. Brogdon is Foot Soldiers a drama that examines the relationship between a mentor and his mentee due for a summer 2018 release.

To complement this special film, Anthony’s message focuses on how great we are, even today.

 

Contact: Cora Glenn at 313.704.5612

 

A GrapevineTV clip of Seren (Sensei Aishitemasu on YouTube) speaking about cultural appropriation and pop music went viral because she said most things people were uncomfortable with acknowledging. People were too afraid to tackle the true implications of what a Bruno Mars means. I think it’s personally reasonable to enjoy someone’s music yet hold them accountable. Most of the responses to what she was saying ranged from reminding her that Bruno is ‘still talented’ to calling her angry.

People were missing the point. Seren and many other people on that Grapevine panel were mainly critiquing the system at large. Labels push certain sounds only if they come from people who look a certain way. This is obvious and it is a problem.

There are some who argue that Bruno Mars isn’t responsible for a system that favors him vs the Black artists who created the genres he borrows from. I would agree. I would also say that Bruno Mars is responsible for being complacent while it’s happening. He has worked with and credited Black artists but I would like to see him speak more about the system that is so obviously swinging in his favor. Seren called him a karaoke artist and I find it hard to disagree.

Having real conversations like that would encourage other people to take a good look at themselves. It would also give hope to the up and coming artist who may feel discouraged because their work seems to fall on deaf ears. Consistently acknowledging that there is a problem in this country where black art seems to only be supremely valued when it’s coming from non-black artists would be a step in the right direction. Awareness and action are some of the only things that can fix this huge problem in our music industry.

Watch the GrapevineTV episode about Bruno Mars + Appropriation that For The Culture had a chance to be a part of below:

Written by Chelsea D 

Last week, journalist Jawn Murray dragged Monique for filth about her comments on the inequality of black women in Hollywood.

Murray stated during previous interviews, that Monique blackballed herself by being unprofessional and difficult to work with. He recently posted an email on his Instagram between Hick’s and Packer that seemed more like a shade room screenshot.

This drama seems like a blast from the past!

Murray and Monique have been going back in forth via twitter since their confrontation on Café Mocha radio back in 2015. I don’t know what ‘s worse, Murray’s constant aim to hold Monique accountable, or Sidney’s passive aggressive responses.

Of course, this prompted Monique fans to question Murray motives. Therefore, he posted a follow-up video last week reliving his experiences with Monique and how it has led her to not receiving any work in Hollywood.

Allegedly, Monique told Oprah she was watching Curious George and eating chips in bed, instead of going to the Toronto Film Festival to do press for “Precious”.

Some comedians seemed to think that she should have re-negotiated her contract or find another place to do her comedy special.  Sheryl Underwood stated, “Sometimes you just have to apologize”.

However, Monique’s is not here for the “submissive behavior,” she has her own receipts.

 

Although Monique’s $500,000 deal with Netflix was unreasonable, her social media outbursts for the past three weeks has become exhausting.

What are your thoughts, does this change your view on Monique’s boycott against Netflix? If resumes don’t matter, why did DeRay Davis allegedly receive 5 million from Netflix?

I mean, he really got on instagram so quickly to give us more ammunition. He couldn’t wait to set himself up (as usual). Look at this foolishness here:

It’s ironic that he looks like he’s about to go hunting because this whole month, he and his career have been looking like a deer stuck in headlights. But that’s beside the point.

There was one instance in which Prince was interviewed and he dragged holograms before they were even a thing. He said “That whole virtual reality thing…it really is demonic.” If you’re claiming that you want to honor an artist, why not also honor what they stood for. Although, I know for Justin Timberlake, standing up for something might be something foreign to him–especially with the way he DIDN’T handle the Janet backlash as well as how he talks about Woody Allen. This man has proven over and over that he has a garbage way of thinking. The only reason people are noticing so much now is because society is progressing and it seems like he really isn’t.

Justin Timberlake and the rest of your white faves don’t have to ditch the black elements of music that rocketed them to stardom once they start being held accountable for things they did/said. You can still be inspired by the art of black music. Instead of doing an expensive (and unsuccessful) rebrand, you could have literally apologized and showed us how you’re working to become better.

The problem is, most of your white faves aren’t actually inspired by black art, they utilize it like a cash cow and move on to the next thing they see as a trend. Justin and Miley thought that just because rednecks’ teeth are falling out at a bit of a slower rate, that they can throw a banjo on the track and ride another wave.

This is what happens when you are disingenuous. And honestly, Justin, this is how it feels to be dragged by the whole world like Janet was years before. When you do clownery, the clown comes back to bite.

[Click here for my video on this subject]

You can’t always count on a rapper to be talented but at least you can depend on many of them to be consistently problematic. And it’s not just Offset; it’s the much of Black community as a whole that needs a transformation. The only ones we’re putting at a risk with all this exclusion is ourselves, because it is easier to conquer something that is split than something that is whole. Can we try to be whole?

You all are so quick to tell us how much you aren’t like your ancestors when facing racism but expect black LGBT to cower in the presence of homophobia. You all are quick to pretend to boycott some product or some company because of your keen ability to sniff out racism, but somehow deadly homophobia flies across your radar undetected.

Hypocrites.

Racists hate black people whether they are gay or not, and here you are pushing their agenda along. LGBT black youth die homeless and alone in your streets and I’m supposed to smile at the bigotry (which is supported by the Book of White Jesus–which defended slavery in Ephesians 6:5-9).

Y’all are JUST like the racists you claim to hate and they LOVE it. They want to disenfranchise, discredit, ignore, harm and even kill other blacks just like you do. You all are actually one in the same.

Some Black trans women are scared to enter white spaces because of the risks that come with being black and trans. At the same time they can’t even rely on much of their own black community because of how ya’ll love to abuse and kill LGBT just like everyone else. This shit ain’t no family it’s a hierarchy. You’ve been dominated for so long that you think looking for some other group to conquer is the answer to our problems.

But it isn’t.

The longer you oppress the LGBT and act like they don’t and shouldn’t exist in your community, then the more things will be done in the dark. It will only lead to more mental illness and suicides destroying our families. It will lead to many more of your boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives hating LGBT in public but fucking us in private.

YOU decide which future you want.

Watch my video on this below:

 

Written by Jessica Rae

Somebody needs to come and look at this because 2018 is not supposed to go this way! We struggled through one year of Trump only to start with “shithole countries” and now Newsweek is tugging what’s left of 45’s wig. They’re reporting that Trump doesn’t know who reaps the benefits of welfare. Now its no secret that bigots love to quote false statistics to push their rhetoric, but what Donald thinks is just absurd!

Remember early 2017 when Trump decided to parade acceptable celebrities through his hotel in an effort to “please the blacks”? Well shortly after he welcomed the likes of Kanye and Steve Harvey, he met with the Congressional Black Caucus. During this meeting, a member made it clear welfare reform would be hard on their voters “Not all of whom are black,” according to NBC News. Trump replied, “Really? Then what are they?” He didn’t stop there. During this same meeting, Trump made it a point to ask the CBC if they knew a member of his incoming cabinet. Just one, I bet you can guess who – Ben Carson! 

If there’s one thing people of color have never needed its confirmation when someone is being racist. From refusing to rent to black tenants to advocating the death penalty for the Central Park 5, the New York Times has a short list of Trump’s misdeeds. In the past month alone, Trump has disrespected so many people it’s hard to keep track. Even still, controversy continues to circle the White House because now a sex scandal has surfaced.

Adult film star, Stormy Daniels, came forward with news that Trump offered her $10k and the use of his private jet in exchange for sex in 2006. This is just a few short months after he and Melania tied the knot. The actress alleges that not only did he cheat on his wife, it was supposed to be a threesome with Alana Evans, another adult entertainer. I’ll spare you the dirty details, but Daniels says Trump chased her around the hotel room in his fruit of the looms. So why is this surfacing now? Rumor has it Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was paid $130,000 to keep quiet during the 2016 campaign. The party of family values has a lot to answer for with their history of condemning lecherous men a la Bill Clinton. But one thing is certain, without the likes of Steve Bannon to defend him and the recent tell-all, Fire and Fury, more of this tea is sure to follow. 

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