As a industry 9 to 5iver, I can honestly say it is hard for me to be excited about fashion nowadays. In a world built on superficial beauty, it is easy to get caught up in the polish without any purpose. So when I was introduced to the crew at Spring Up Bow Ties, I was psyched. Any group whose vision is violence-free campus communities in which students have equal access to higher education, as well as resources that reflect and respect their experiences, I support.
Over cocktails and kabobs at February’s LOC dinner party, I met a young lady named Kerra. As is normal with our crew, we slipped pretty quickly into a conversation about lesbian life, specifically black lesbian cinema. Before I could go into my “Why I USED to Support All Black LGBT Films” rant, she mentioned she was friends with Deana Williams, the director of the award winning short film Tracks.
Deana, a native of New Orleans Louisiana found her calling at the age of 12. After studying some of her favorite childhood movies, Deana turned to her mother and simply said “I want to do that for the rest of my life” From there, Deana begun writing scripts and acting them out with her family members in front of an old camcorder that she received from her mother. Making short movies was a way to let her imagination soar and soon the magical world of film became her passion.
She followed her dreams all the way to Miami Florida where she studied film at Ai Miami International University of Art & Design.
Deana is the winner of numerous awards for filmmaking and community achievement, including the “Have a Heart Award” and the “Ai MIU Most Outstanding Filmmaker of 2003”. Deana continues to be a student of the craft. While gaining more experience in writing, producing and directing, Deana strives to make new films that explore the lives of women in leading roles.
As a fan of her work, I couldn’t wait to get her on the K Word. Even though she is in pre-production for her new movie Torn, she graciously agreed to be a part of our 10 Things to Know About Series. She is definitely someone to keep your eye on.
The K Word is in full Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival effect again this year. There are a lot of great films and documentaries showing this year but we are extremely excited about the MGLFF premiere of the short film Clean Hands.
“Clean Hands,” a dramatic short film about a marriage tested by a dying parent and conflicting beliefs, debuted at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival and is currently making the festival rounds. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to chat with Director Caryn K. Hayes.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets before they are sold out here. We are actually meeting for drinks after the viewing for some Cinco de Mayo drinks. Meet us there? Continue reading 10 Things To Know About: Director @CarynGotThis #MGLFF edition
Kat recorded her first EP “Seoul Music” independently, produced by Kameron Pearson and Terrell King while on tour in Seoul, South Korea. It is a compilation of blues covers and original songs she wrote dating as far back as 2008. With this and albums to come, her’ focus is to be a part of this musical revolution that aims to awaken the masses and introduce them to the sincerity behind true music.
In her own words…
“It’s about the raw emotion in every note”, Kat says. ” If I can move someone to feel what I feel when I sing a song, then it’s all worth it”.
On a personal note, Kat is one of the genuinely nicest people I know. On behalf of the South Florida lezzies (and some boys too), we are so happy to have her back from her tour. And it’s not just because she makes the best drinks…. EVER.
If you know anything about the poetry scene, whether it is on the east coast or the west coast, downtown or midtown, you should know the name Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns.A Grammy nominated spoken word artist, Butterfly has been a K Word favorite for quite a while.
Happy to get a chance to e-chat with her!
Check out the Q&A after the jump…
As you can see the K Word is in full Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival effect. There are a lot of great films and documentaries showing this year but we are extremely excited about the MGLFF premiere of Stud Life directed by Campbell X.
We were honored to be able to e-chat with the director and cast of this amazing film for our latest edition of 10 Things to Know About.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets before they are sold out here. We are actually meeting for drinks after the viewing for an impromptu roundtable. Meet us there?
Continue reading 10 Things to Know About (@MGLFF edition) :Director Campbell X (@CampbellX) and Cast of @StudLifeMovie
Enter Najja Moon of the Andy Moon Collection.
A few weeks back, I was sent a video of The Andy Moon Collection, and although there are no celestial references on the clothing itself, there are plenty ethereal unisex pieces that will have you seeing stars.
I immediately reached out to the owner/designer Najja Moon about the line and her philosophy of fashion. This is what she had to say…
With the Andy Moon Collection I wanted to address what, outside of functionality, it is about clothing that speaks to a more masculine or feminine aesthetic. I wanted to design a collection that was completely void of influences based on preconceived notions about gender. This collection is about a lifestyle. I’m wardrobing professional, creative, ambitious individuals. – Najja Moon
Check out the Q&A after the jump, plus images and a video of the new collection.