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Pick Up the Mic Film Screening + Post Screening Discussion
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.
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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The Infamous T examines an intimate year in the life of Jonathon, a young gay man finding himself while living at the intersection of queer and black identities and struggling with a lifetime of homelessness. As he struggles to balance his family of origin and family of choice, stay in school, and be his most authentic self, Jonathon discovers that home is more than four walls, and friendship can transform us. Director Melissa Koch’s award winning film deftly examines the complexities of race, class, and the power of love of all kinds.
“SAY MY NAME!” is a contemporary Black British Gay Love Story set amidst a gritty grimy urban backdrop of ‘street’ reality. The story kicks off when ‘rude-bwoy’ Ricky ignores his undercover lover Chris while hanging ‘on road’ with his crew because he is afraid being ‘outed’. This single act hurts, humiliates and infuriates Chris triggering a raging, brutally explicit, and frank row in which conflicting issues about masculinity, sexuality, race, self definition and love are confronted. With their relationship in the balance Ricky is forced to confront his deepest darkest most inner feelings. “To be or not to be”….OUT! That is the question. Chris, through his own trials and suffering now reconciled with his gayness, believes he has found the answer, but does Ricky love him enough to break taboo and go against community, tradition and the laws of the ‘street’? “SAY MY NAME” is in fact a love story in the truest sense as it tells the story of self love and what must be sacrificed in order to achieve this ultimate state of being.
The film has ignited a celebrity-led campaign promoting awareness, acceptance, tolerance and respect within the Black British community towards Black British gays. The campaign film will be posted on the internet i.e youtube, myspace, facebook and the “SAY MY NAME!” website, to generate conversation and awareness within the black community and the wider world. What is dramatically significant and different about the “SAY MY NAME!” campaign is the fact that it is fresh, raw, relevant Black, British, and Gay led. It is not a campaign which says “please love me even though I’m gay,” but one that says “I’m Black, British and Gay, I’m here, I’m not going anywhere and it’s time for me to be acknowledged as a vital contributing member of the Black community too.” Indeed SAY MY NAME! and Say it PROUD!
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