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REVOLVE Art and Film Festival Kicks Off August 24th

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The 3rd Annual Spectrum Queer Media “REVOLVE, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and allies, Pride creative Arts and Film Festival” will be held in Oakland from Aug. 24th to Aug. 30th.

REVOLVE 2014 is a week of cinematic and artistic celebration of LGBTQ artists as a precursor to Oakland’s Pride celebration.

Spectrum Queer Media will be presenting award winning LGBTQIA movies each night. The festival takes place in the arts community of downtown Oakland and encompasses exhibition, gallery and theatre venues throughout the city, including Oakland City Hall and ends with the R/EVOLVE Bay Cruise.

Logo_Revolve“I am An Artivist: Social Activism through Art” is this year’s theme. The festival kicks off with a gala at “Oakland Venue at 420 14th St.

The opening will be hosted by gay funnyman, Grammy nominee Sampson McCormick, and Melanie DeMore a vocal activist. Both have documentaries that will be shown.

Monica Anderson, also known as Kin Folkz, founded Spectrum Queer Media in 2009 to honor and highlight LGBTQ media representations that promote authentic visions, voices and viewpoints.

Each night will bring something new starting on the first night with “Visionaries Won,” a digital exhibit highlighting LGBTQIA artists who are redefining the meaning of self with sound and sight as their conduit.

There will be artwork on display, with several exhibiting artists in attendance to curate their pieces and share their thoughts.

Day 2 will be at Imagine Affairs Art lounge at 408 14th St. with performance and films. Performances will include singer/songwriter, Gina Breedlove dubbed as “the vocal priestess” and local celebrity musician, “Black Berri,” whose music recordings were placed in The Smithsonian Library of music 10 years ago.

Black Berri will be honored along with director/writer/actor Maurice Jamal for activism through film. Jamal’s film credits include, “Dirty laundry,” a 2006 film that he wrote, directed and starred

Songwriter Gina Breedlove who will be performing at the festival.

Songwriter Gina Breedlove who will be performing at the festival.

in alongside actresses Loretta Divine and Jennifer Lewis.

The movie about a gay Black man who comes out to his family and meets a son he might have fathered years prior.

Day 3 will move to Joyce Gordon Gallery, which will feature such artists as “The Literary Masturbator,” a local gay poet and artist Kermit Amenophis.

The Oakland Eastbay Gay men’s chorus will also perform at Joyce Gordon’s Gallery.

For the complete schedule go to www.SpectrumQueerMedia.com

 

 

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary Flyer

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Building Bridges Beyond Bias in Marin

Registration is required. Sign-ups are available on the MCFL website. For more information and to register to this event, go to marinlibrary.org/blogs/post/building-bridges-beyond-bias/

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From left: Tahirah Dean, Jason Lau, Ph.D., Laura Eberly, Alejandro Lara

The Marin County Free Library (MCFL) and Age Forward Marin is presenting a four-part, on-line series “Building Bridges Beyond Bias” which is designed for Marin County residents from all backgrounds to gain understanding and foster awareness about each other through conversation and connection, and to confront and explore beyond our biases.

Tahirah Dean will be speaking on Wednesday, October 20, and Jason Lau, Ph.D. will be speaking on Wednesday, November 3, for the two remaining programs. The programs will be online via Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dean is an Afro-Latina Muslim woman and a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Marin, pursuing her passion for housing justice, and has worked as an immigration attorney assisting asylum seekers and those seeking work visas. She holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of North Texas, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Lau traveled to the U.S. from Hong Kong in 1997 to further his education. Today, he is the interim associate dean and senior business officer for the School of Extended and International Education for Sonoma State University and chairs the Marin County Child Care Commission and the Marin YMCA Volunteer Board of Managers.

The speakers for two previous programs in the series were Laura Eberly, who spoke on September 22 and Alejandro Lara, who spoke on October 6.

Eberly is the founding director of Mountaintop Coaching & Consulting, which provides diversity, equity, and inclusion services. She holds a B.A. and M.S.W. from the University of Chicago and is ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. She is a proud alum of Catalyst Project’s Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizing Training Program.

Lara is a first-generation Latino college graduate from UC Davis, and currently works as the communications coordinator for the Canal Alliance in San Rafael.

MCFL has supported equity measures in the county, offered enlightening educational programming, and has enthusiastically endorsed the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ prioritization of social equity and the creation of the County’s Office of Equity. County departments are working to dismantle inequities and transform systems inherited through centuries of racial, social, and political injustices.

The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spearheaded the Age Forward Marin. It is a collective effort between County departments and local government, community leaders, and residents including in Marin’s unincorporated areas.

Gloria Dunn-Violin, a resident of Novato, approached HHS Director Benita McLarin with a concept that evolved into the special speaker series. Dunn-Violin teamed with the Corte Madera Library and the Age Forward initiative to design the Beyond Bias program’s purpose and format, to assist in finding speakers, and to share the event with community partners focused on diversity and inclusion.

Registration is required. Sign-ups are available on the MCFL website. For more information and to register to this event, go to marinlibrary.org/blogs/post/building-bridges-beyond-bias/

The Marin Post’s coverage of local news in Marin County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California

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Ella Baker Center Turns 25

Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

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Alicia Garza

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Alicia Garza and Michelle Alexander, acclaimed author of “The New Jim Crow,” will join youth justice leader Xochtil Larios to discuss a collective vision for liberation at the Ella Baker Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27.

After 25 years of working to empower Black and Brown communities and fighting for a world without prisons and policing, the event will seek to inspire organizers, community members and changemakers to reflect on past victories in the movement for social justice and imagine how to continue moving toward a world based on justice.

The event will include entertainment by musicians, poets as well as comments by founders of the Ella Baker Center, Dianna Frappier and Van Jones. Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

The in-person event will be held outdoors and available to vaccinated guests only. 

To RSVP for the virtual event, please email ashley@ellabakercenter.org by Oct. 14 

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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