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.
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.
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.
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!
The beat grabs you straight away and then you can’t help but listen to what L.U.S.T has to say. Always thought provoking . A must listen and watch.
A Short Film by L.U.S.T.
Black History, Popular Culture and Our Youth.
Historically, Hip Hop has been the voice of Black Culture. We are slowly losing that voice with the music that is being fed to the masses via mainstream media. Our youth have almost no clue what this music was created for and are being shaped with distorted views of violent, sex infused, materialistic content in large amounts. Many are not educated on the Civil Rights movements of the 60’s and 70’s, the sacrifices that were made and have no idea what a raised fist even means. They are not aware of the mockeries that began with Black Face Minstrel Shows that are still prevalent today amongst popular culture.
“Imaginary Ones” is a musical and visual depiction of the current social climate of Black Culture. It is a story told through Hip Hop, the way it was meant to be. The visuals are open to your own interpretation and some may be disturbing but so is the state of our society.
Please watch with an open mind, share and discuss. By all means BE and CELEBRATE who you are!
ShortFilm: “Tracks”[youtube http://youtu.be/5eJkpSdwJYk]
In Tracks, based on true events, a shy and lonely runaway falls for a flirtatious high school basketball player with an overbearing, church-loving grandmother.
Deana Williams 2010 25 min USA
Founded in 1977, Frameline is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the funding, exhibition, distribution and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media arts. Frameline Voices is a new digital initiative that showcases diverse LGBT stories and expands access to films by and about people of color, transgender people, youth, and elders. More information: http://www.frameline.org.