In celebration of Women's History Month and the launch of HUES programming in March, HBGC has released "Ladies First" a video highlighting the poise, power, pains and pleasures of contemporary LGBTQ women of color. The video is available to view online at http://youtu.be/wbIji3n6v6Q.
Inspired by and co-produced alongside Washington, D.C.-based artist, activist and radio personality Aiyinah "Simply Nay" Ford, the video features interviews with four queer brown womyn who explore topics ranging from sisterhood and the meaning of Women's History Month to workforce equality and advice to their younger selves.
Throughout Women's History Month, individuals, groups and organizations across the country celebrated the beauty and bravery women of all creeds and colors have exhibited in the past while contemplating how to make the world a safer, healthier and more equitable place for women and girls at present and in the future.
One of the most significant movements to address the identities, needs and strengths of women of African descent was the Combahee River Collective, a group of Black and Latina women, many of whom identified as lesbians, who developed and documented theories a out Black women, feminism and social justice work.
Established in 1974 in Boston, over the course of six years, the collective, which included such notable members as Audre Lorde, Barbara and Beverly Smith, and Cheryl Clarke, published the seminal black feminist work The Combahee River Collective Statement, opened a battered women's shelter and participated in numerous organizing and advocacy efforts to fight for equity for women of color and marginalized people. The legacy of Combahee's work lives on in Black and Latina feminist and social change groups and movements today.
With projects and programs like the"Ladies First" video and HUES, HBGC hopes to re-establish Boston as a breeding ground for Black and Latina women activists, organizers, artists, intellectuals, professionals, and academicians who use creative, culturally grounded, community-based approaches to address the inequities that affect LGBTQ women of color.
For more information about "Ladies First" or HUES, contact Corey Yarbrough email@example.com or 617.417.5779.
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