By Teka Lark On August 14, the N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta of Compton,” will be released in theaters nationwide. It is being distributed by Universal Pictures, one of the largest film distribution companies in the world and which is owned by NBCUniversal which in turn is owned by Comcast/General Electric. I remember the casting call:…
Blk Grrrl’s AJ Savage Covers Clitoral Mass 2015!
By A.J. Savage “WHOSE STREETS?…OUR STREETS!” These words were chanted by 200 something riders on Saturday August 1st 2015. The event is called Clitoral Mass and it is hosted by Boyle Heights Latinx group Ovarian Psychos. This year I had the pleasure to volunteer and ride with them and see Women, Trans, Gender Non Conforming…
The Bare Minimum is Worthiness
There are many, who long before me, figured out that success is what you determine it to be. That worthiness is innate. I am a fat, middle-aged unemployed, “uneducated” Black woman and yes, I am valuable. You are valuable too, whether we have amazing careers, a fine pedigree, are the right skin color, body size, body ability, mental or physical health, gender, or not. That being said, I still must survive and deserve, more than that to thrive, because I exist.
The Blk Grrrl Show! with Linda Kite and Nana Gyamfi
The Blk Grrrl Show! with Linda Kite and Nana Gyamfi. A commentary on anti-black racism on the left or rather a challenge that the idea of racism is strictly a symptom.
I talk to civil rights attorney Nana Gyamfi about white supremacy, the 14th Amendment, the 4th Amendment and the importance of the law in getting justice for African-Americans. Then I talked to Linda Kite.director of Healthy Homes Collaborative who used Prop 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement of 1986) to clean up substandard housing conditions in Wyvernwood in the Eastside Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights 90s and the current fight to save Wyvenrwood.
Poll: Best Film Directors
When we do these polls people often say, “Hey, this is the best BLACK women, because that is not everybody.” And our response is, “On #BlkGrrrl we are everybody.” Stop worrying about being so damn fair, no one else is. Video clips beneath the poll. Julie Dash’s Daughter of the Dust Amma Asante’s Belle Dee…
The Consequences of Bringing Your Whole Self: The White and Black of anti-Street Harassment Organizingkkk
The members of Hollaback! Cleveland went ballistic. After nearly a month of planning and updates, they feigned confusion. They asked how the focus fit into our mission. They wondered about the role of white people in this. They expressed feelings of betrayal. A few days later, and a day before Pride, they sent a collective email asking for my departure from Hollaback! Cleveland.
Short Film: “Forced Entry” by Skryb Anu
Please note this clip contains violence and may be triggering.
Teachable Moments #GrowingUpWithMyName
By Teka Lark About 12 years ago me and and a bunch of poetry asshole types were hanging out after a poetry reading at Pete’s Cafe in downtown L.A. A person who constantly pronounced my name incorrectly overheard another person say my name correctly and in the ‘I’m just saying way’ asked me, “Am I…
Gangs, God and the Great Society
Never married women poverty rate in the U.S. is 21%. Married women poverty rate in the U.S. is 6%. You compare women without children the poverty rate for unmarried women in the U.S. is 18% and the poverty rate for married women without children is 4%.
That smells like sexism to me.
Short Film: Extinction by Skryb Anu
Film Avant Garde.
This piece was created to bring light to the presence of the power that created and is presently in Earth. For us as humans to also be a part of, and contain that same energy as well… Take a good look at our behavior, and how off balance things around us are becoming…
But then, that’s merely my perception, which inspired this composed piece, “Extinction.”
It contains mixed media, sequenced to the sound track, Reel Life Evolution II by The Cinematic Orchestra. ~ Skryb Anu
Crystal Valentine & Aaliyah Jihad – “To Be Black and Woman and Alive”
“They want me to be everything that I’m not.” #blkgrrrl @buttonpoetry Crystal Valentine & Aaliyah Jihad – “To Be Black and Woman and Alive”