Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance // July (2013)

QUEER REBELS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE (2013)

Back by popular demand, Queer Rebels presents the Harlem Renaissance – provocative performance and films.

From Langston’s dreams deferred, to La Bentley’s gender bending Blues, we celebrate traditions of dissent and Queer Black Aesthetics. Join us as we reclaim history and the urgency of our voices.

SHOW INFO

PERFORMANCE DATES
July 5th – 6th, 2013 // 7:30pm

LOCATION
African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC)
762 Fulton St. SF, 94102

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Performances: $15-25 (No one turned away for lack of funds)

FILM DATE
July 7th, 2013 // 12:30pm

LOCATION
New Parkway Theater
474 24th St. Oakland, 94612

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Films: $7-10 sliding (No one turned away for lack of funds)

CURATORS + ABOUT THE SHOW

About Queer Rebels: Formed in late 2008 by KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, Queer Rebels showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. www.queerrebels.com and www.facebook.com/QRProductions

KB Boyce is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Queer Rebels. With more than 30 years of performance experience spanning both coasts, s/he is also known as TuffNStuff : Drag King of the Blues. TuffNStuff is a Two-spirit inspired by African American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art. www.kingtuffnstuff.com

Celeste Chan creates work born from Queer Diaspora through wit, words, and film. A Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) fellow, she has studied under revolutionary writers. Her films have screened across North America at MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, Frameline Intl LGBT Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, and National Queer Arts Festival, among others. She’s honored to be the Co-Founder of Queer Rebels. www.celestechan.com

ARTIST BIOS

Anthony Williams | Photo by Eplimade.com

Anthony Williams | Photo by Eplimade.com


Anthony Williams’ life and work was transformed by his first appearance with Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance at NQAF 2012. He’s the Artistic Director of The Iruke Project, a multimedia theater production company devoted to exposing and exploring issues of human potential and social justice. The Iruke Project’s “SHAFTED: The Blaqxsploitation Project”, an interactive variety show about Blaxploitation films, “urban renewal” and self-love, also debuted at this year’s NQAF.

Campbell X

Campbell X

Campbell X is a pioneer filmmaker, curator and artist whose work has been seen all over the world including in film festivals such as the MIX Experimental Queer Film Festival in New York; Frameline, the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and others.

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Carrie Leilam Love

Carrie Leilam Love

Carrie Leilam Love has an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University and has been published by Diner Journal and Intersection for the Arts. She blogs about fashion and culture at Ironing Board Collective, and works as a teaching artist for WritersCorps, a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. In her free time, she plays roller derby with the Bay Area Derby Girls and curates her soon-to-be renowned 80s boot collection.

Chris Evans


Chris Evans

Chris Evans is a multidisciplinary artist with an emphasis on sound and dance. Her interest is in interdisciplinary collaboration and improvisation and the potential for these collaborations to create artistic spaces for the play of imagination between artist and audience. Recent collaborations include Skin Talk, Skin Mood with Byb Chanel Bibene, Soil with Randee Paufve, Freedom Study with Sheena Johnson, Community Property with Ernest Jolly. She also plays cello with Ark of Bones and WaterSaw.

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Crystal Mason

Crystal Mason

After living in Berlin, Germany for 9 years, Crystal Mason returned to San Francisco to work for 11/2 years as the Executive Director at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts. In 2008 she co-produced and did the video for the multimedia theater piece Hey, Sailor. Her last project in Berlin was a two-year long European Union funded film project dealing with multi-dimensional discrimination faced by lesbians of color and immigrant lesbians in Berlin. From 1997-2001, Crystal co-owned and operated Schoko Café, a women’s art and culture center. In San Francisco from 1989-1995 Crystal was an AIDS activist and organizer working with ACT UP and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in the Women’s and Children’s Program. From 1993-1995 she was the co-founder and co-artistic director of Luna Sea Women’s Performance Space. Crystal was also a regular behind the scenes and in front of the camera on Electric City Queer TV for several years. For the last 3 years Crystal has managed the art gallery at Black and Blue Tattoo.

Enajite Pela

Enajite Pela

Enajite Pela is a Queer, Nigerian and Black, disabled, musician, filmmaker, and storyteller. While primarily a musician, she navigates art mediums to tell stories that break down systems oppression and show the beauty of black bodies, disabled bodies, and queer identities.

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Indira Allegra

Indira Allegra

A former Lambda Literary Fellow, Indira Allegra was recently interviewed by BBC Radio for a forthcoming segment on poetry in the Bay Area. Her work explores forms of queer intimacy, text, trauma and racial identity through performance, video works and handwoven textiles. She has contributed work to 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary LGTB Authors, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought and make/shift Magazine among others. Indira has performed and screened work with Queer Rebels, Mangos with Chili, The Yellow House Project and Peacock Rebellion. Her experimental videopoems have screened internationally. In the Bay Area, Indira’s textile works have shown at the Alter Space and College Avenue Galleries. She is currently completing her first collection of poems entitled Indigo Season. www.indiraallegra.com

Ahmunet Jessica Jordan

Ahmunet Jessica Jordan

Ahmunet Jessica Jordon is a queer poet, writer, educator, and performer from the east coast. She co-created the queer Black feminist story-telling group Griot Noir performing personal cultural narratives with a unique flavor of spoken word, lyricism and song. Ahmunet’s main focuses are punchy poetic prose narratives investigating the somatic experience of love, space, and spirituality, which can be found in her chapbook SALTY. She received her MFA in writing and consciousness from The California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Jezebel Delilah

Jezebel Delilah

Jezebel Delilah X is a queer, Black, femme performance artist, writer, filmmaker, and teacher. She is co-host of the East Bay Open Mic, Culture Fuck, a member of the story-telling performance troupe, Griot Noir, and one of the founding members of Deviant Type Press. She has been published in The Womynist, is a featured writer for Black Girl Dangerous, and has written/directed/produced two films that have screened in the Queer Women Of Color Film Festival. She uses a combination of performative memoir, theatrical poetry, and feminist storytelling to combat capitalism and patriarchy and advance her politix of radical love, socioeconomic justice, anti-racism, and community empowerment. She holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Mills College, where she focused on Young Adult Fiction and Memoir Writing.

Joshua Merchant

Joshua Merchant

Joshua Merchant is a writer, activist, and native of East Oakland. Combining a masterful eye for detail, startling vulnerability, and unflinching courage, Joshua explores queer issues, black identity, and the complexities of their intersection. In 2011, he won the title of Youth Speaks champion and represented the Bay Area at Brave New Voices. Later that year, he became the Berkeley Slam’s youngest Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representative. He continues to work with Youth Speaks, as well as “I Go,” a non-profit youth poetry organization, and has performed at the Davis Symphony Hall, the Warfield, and venues across the country. Joshua is one of the great young voices of slam. www.joshuamerchant.tumblr.com

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Kortney Ryan Ziegler

Kortney Ryan Ziegler

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an award-winning filmmaker and scholar. Their work has screened across the United States and in England, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, and The Netherlands. They also completed a dissertation in African American Studies from Northwestern University. Their film hokum: draws on ideas of sex, gender, and black masculinity and a soundtrack by queer Harlem artists such as Gladys Bentley and Ma Rainey, to ask of its audience: what does it mean to take pleasure when viewing the queer black female body?

Ms. Lady Vagina Jenkins

Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins

Since 2003, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been gracing stages from London to Paris, and Kentucky with her sensually charged brand of classic burlesque. The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins uses African American vernacular dance, the conventions of vaudeville and lowbrow theatre as well as feminist/ queer performance techniques to create art that defies audience expectations and re-defines the boundaries of the modern art making process. The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been called “Atlanta’s Best Burlesque Dancer”, a “big, bold and beautiful treasure.“ Critics have called her “Sophisticated,” “Complex,” and “Unique.” No matter the adjective, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins is sure to knock your stockings off! www.vaginajenkins.comwww.vaginajenkins.com

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Lambert Moss

Lambert Moss

Lambert Moss hails from New York, New York where he drew inspiration from his time in musical theater and from some of the fiercest drag queens ever. He is now happy to call San Francisco his adopted home. In San Francisco he has performed at CounterPULSE in “Precious Drop” with the Jaara Dance Project and sung back up at The Rrazz Room for a wide range of acts including Justin Bond. You can see Lambert on select friday nights at “SOME THING” belting it out and making his drag mom David GLAMAMORE proud.

Meja Tyehimba

Meja Tyehimba

Meja Tyehimba began her theatrical career at the famed New LaFayette Theatre in Harlem and her experience spans from producer to stagehand. She has taught theatre arts to youth and adults in various cities across the nation. She is a published author and filmmaker. Her films have screened at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and the Boston LGBT film festival.

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Oriana Bolden

Oriana Bolden

Oriana Bolden enjoys most anything as long as there is a working camera in her hand. She has had the opportunity to shoot in the jungles of Panama, the parks of Cuba, the townships of Johannesburg and all over the Bay. From shooting live television broadcasts for Free SpeechTV to facilitating video production workshops in communities from Duck Hill, MS to Honolulu, HI, she has proudly captured and/or facilitated moving images for social and economic change. Until such time as there is an end to the oppression of all people, the vast majority of her work illuminates/broadcasts/highlights people trying to get free. www.projectprojecting.com

Sheena Johnson

Sheena Johnson

Sheena Johnson has presented solo, duet and ensemble work at various venues across the Bay Area since 2006. She earned her MFA in Dance from Mills College and conducted research on the connections between community-based arts organizations, movement and collective liberation. As Artistic Director of Rebel Home Dance, Sheena utilizes our embodied histories as the site of departure for her work and creates inquiry-based performance that incites courage, imagination and change. She has been a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art & Change grant and the Zellerbach Family Foundation grant. Sheena has also had the honor to be commissioned to create new work for the Black Choreographers Festival, Women on the Way Festival, and the National Queer Arts Festival.

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Star Amerasu

Star Amerasu

Star Amerasu This young, intelligent woman, started out telling stories, learning to read and write at just two years old. This child began her performing life, reading books aloud. Star began singing as a child, in primary school choir. She went to a Fine Arts Academy for her high school days, was able to skip some grades and graduate at seventeen. Star attended Cornish College of the Arts on a Scholarship. She has performed many different roles, crossing gender boundaries.

TuffNStuff

TuffNStuff

TuffNStuff: Drag King of the Blues is the stage persona of singer/songwriter Kali “KB” Boyce. KB is a Two-Spirit musician whose adventures have brought hir from teenage punk band appearances at CBGBs in NY, to B-grade horror movies in LA, and on to solo performance in queer San Francisco. As TuffNStuff, s/he composes and performs music that pays homage to African-American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art. S/he conjures the spirit of cross-dressing Blues performers – reflecting the history, creativity, and aesthetics of the ancestors. KB is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Queer Rebel Productions. www.kingtuffnstuff.com

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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Oakland Based. New York Gully. Nigerian Soul. Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video blogger and mixed media visual artist who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Etaghene has toured nationally and performed in over 30 u.s. cities. She was interviewed by and was a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of LGBTI Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. She has toured nationally with her multi-media one-woman show, Volcano’s Birthright{s}. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who has produced 4 solo art exhibitions. In May 2012, Etaghene founded Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop based in the principles of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. GUAVA, her second one woman show, a multi-media performance piece about queer African identity debuted in San Francisco, CA in June 2013.

Etaghene has written and directed 2 poem videos (“The First Time” [2010] and “i deserve somebody” [2011]) that marry film, poetry and music. Etaghene has self-published 3 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004) and tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006.) She independently released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) She has shared stages with Amina Baraka, Bonfire Madigan, Sharon Bridgforth, Staceyann Chin, Climbing PoeTree, Invincible, Las Krudas, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Lenelle Moïse, DJ Moni, Queen GodIs, Ongina Ryan, Hanifah Walidah & innumerable other brilliant magic-makers. www.myloveisaverb.com

Technical Crew

Oriana Bolden: see bio under artists.

Martin Bustamante: is a photographer, and drummer for the Go2’s, an alternative people of color band with KB Boyce and Star Amerasu.

EpLi: The search for love continues even in the face of great odds : Creating it. Documenting it. Living it. Bay area photo-documentarian and media-maker. www.eplimade.com

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