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EVENT: PICK UP THE MIC (GAY Hip-HOp) 2006

 

Pick Up the Mic Film Screening + Post Screening Discussion

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Pick Up The Mic is a 2006 documentary by director Alex Hinton exploring the underground world of homohop, where queer artists have made hip-hop their own.

The post screening discussion will be led by LGBT Muscians, DJ’s, Promoters and Rappers.

Panelists Include:
Screen Shot 2017-05-13 at 14.07.25Karnage
Screen Shot 2017-05-13 at 14.06.58DJ Kaspa [@KaspaRankz] 
Screen Shot 2017-05-13 at 14.06.42IcyKal (@Icykal] 

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Pick Up The Mic film screening and panel event is held in partnership with “Batty Mama”. The Batty Mama is a Queer Black and Brown organisation which aims to financially support Black and Brown Queer artists and promote their works. They host and curate performance, mixed media and multi media events and club nights for Black and Brown, Queer, QTIPOC and LGBT identifying people.

For more information or to submit your work email: TheBattyMama@gmail.com and find @TheBattyMama on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat and various other social media platforms.

For £7 Early Bird Tickets Book before April 13th. £10 after, £12 at the door.


Screening as part of “Here, We Stand” our Black LGBT Film Programme. Screening films For, About, and By Black LGBT people every second Saturday of the month.

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub

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#Documentary: Out and Bad – London’s LGBT Dancehall Scene [@NoiseyMusic]

Noisey Films presents a new documentary about the LGBT Dancehall scene in London. In the early 2000’s the UK saw an influx of young gay Jamaican’s fleeing their country’s anti-gay laws. They would either have to hide who they were or risk abuse and in some cases death, yet on their arrival in the UK they found home and family in each other, throwing the best underground Jamaican dancehall parties this side of the Atlantic in the homeless hostels they sought refuge in.

Despite the homophobic lyrics within the songs, dancehall is a huge part of their culture. The underground events originally took place in hostels attracting hundreds of black and gay partygoers and quickly grew in size, exploding into church halls in Brixton and the Old Kent Rd, South London. With so many people attending the bashment parties, promoters had to take notice, eventually taking residence in nightclubs in Vauxhall, joining long-standing nights like Caribana and Bootylicious.

For so many, the scene created a space and support network where young people could come to terms with their sexuality and identity in their own culture whilst struggling with issues of racism, homophobia, transphobia and immigration. With exclusive access, Noisey along with Kartel Brown, chronicle the history of London’s growing LGBT dancehall community. We are proud to present Out and Bad

 

#Documentary: @NoiseyMusic ‘Out and Bad’ London’s LGBT Dancehall Scene (Trailer)

In this forthcoming documentary, Noisey gained exclusive access to explore the history of London’s vibrant LGBT Dancehall Scene and it’s incredible characters.

For so many, the scene has created a space and support network where young people can come to terms with their sexuality and identity in their own culture whilst struggling with issues of racism, homophobia, transphobia and immigration.

Watch the full film on Noisey on Friday 11th December – http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/noisey-specials/out-and-bad-londons-lgbt-dancehall-scene-trailer

#ShortSeries: #TheBlackLesbianHandbook #USA *4oD

The second series Channel 4’s “The Black Lesbian Handbook” was shot during this years Atlanta Black Gay Pride. Consisting of 6 episodes, this series visits the no holds barred US LGBT scene and covers the following topics.

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1. Pulling (vb.): attracting a person you desire

2. Celesbian (n.): lesbian famous in the LGBT community

3. Hersband (n.): woman who adopts the masculine role in a lesbian marriage

4. Pride (n.): sense of your own dignity and value

5. Transgender (adj.): gender identity differs from that assigned at birth

6. White Piece (n.): white partner of a black lesbian

Check out the complete series via the following link – www.channel4.com/programmes/the-black-lesbian-handbook

Our resident presenter/Host and Special events Co-Ordinator Nims featured in the series and gave us the lowdown on her experience. Read our aftermath interview with her below.

Q1 – So the handbook looked like a lot of fun, was filming at Atlanta Pride what you expected or were there any suprises?

Nims – Fun doesn’t even come close to describing my Atlanta Black Pride experience. Let’s say I felt like one of the lucky golden ticket holders from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 😂😂 Now this was not my first time in the US but it was surprising to see how receptive they were to having a film crew filming them. Seems as if once again our American brothers and sisters are just that little bit more liberal than us and don’t mind being on camera. Also I take my hats off to the US femmes….jheeze. Now we all know Nims loves her a stud, but the femmes really dressed to impress. It was a beautiful sight I tell ya.

Q2 – If you could have brought one aspect of your trip back home with you, what would it be?

Nims – Now this one is hard. There’s so much I would bring back over here, narrowing it down to 3 is the best I can do!
1: Their openness
2: Their success (there were a lot of successful lesbians who own their own businesses)
3:  Big BOOTY strippers 🙈❤ (I kid you not…. I don’t know what they are eating).

Q3 – What parts of ATL would you recommend to a first time visitor wanting to explore the scene?

Nims – For a first timer in Atlanta, for Pride I’d say don’t limit yourself to just LGBT events. Venture out maybe check out “Six Flags” amusement park, and definitely go to “Hooters“. Oh Hooters. There are plenty of comedy clubs to check out such as “Kia Comedy” which hosts a weekly comedy set. Clubs like “Phaze One” that offer open mic sets for up and coming artists. Our very own Deanz was one of the performers there during Pride.

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Q4 – Has your trip changed your point of view on any of the ‘usual’ rules that apply on the UK LGBT scene?

Nims – Oh most definitely. We as a community need to let go and be free and come together as one. Drop the labels and the judgment. Studs on studs, femmes and femmes, are we not all lesbians? And shout out to all my trans brothers and sisters..

Q5 – Describe your ATL experience in 3 words.

Nims – TAKE ME BACK!