Jamilah King

Super stories

The Queer Women of Color Film Festival ferments change
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FILM It's film festival season, which means one thing: stories. Lots of them. And not just the ones that happen on film, but all the ones that happen before, during, and after the tapes get mastered and the crowds go home. While this is certainly true of all films, it's especially true for the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, held annually at Brava Theater Center in the Mission.Read more »

Funkonnection 5

Stuff black people like?
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PREVIEW A few months ago, I came across the popular blog Stuff White People Like, and loved it. Finally, there was a piece of online real estate dedicated to dissecting the bizarre interests of white people. I grew up amid the city's "we're so liberal!" facade that included Mumia rallies downtown, peace festivals in Golden Gate Park, and rainbow flags in the Castro District. Read more »

Afrolicious Anniversary

Gettin' down with the African diaspora
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PREVIEW One of my favorite movie moments involves a big-ass cup of orange soda. It's the opening scene of Undercover Brother (2002), when an Afro-clad Eddie Griffin navigates his drop top, burnt orange Caddy with one hand while holding his Big Gulp cup of orange soda in the other. He's driving with the confident swag of someone who cruises the strip, filled with fruit-inspired sugar water, often. Mid-cruise, he swerves to avoid hitting something and loses control of the car. Or does he? Read more »

Superlist: Youth record labels

Where local kids can make beats and rhymes
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Youth record labels are fast becoming one of the most innovative and effective ways to combine job development, skills training, and music production for many working-class youth of color. At these programs, there are no holier-than-thou "back when I was a kid" lectures from out-of-touch old fogies. Instead, kids study DJ'ing under DJ Quest and get stage-presence tips from Zion I. Teens also take an active role in the creation, production, and management of their projects and think about their work as something larger than simply entertainment. Read more »

"Speaking Fierce"

International Women's Day: Not just for white women who eat organic
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PREVIEW The first time I discovered feminism wasn't just for white women who ate organic produce, I was eavesdropping on one of my mom's phone calls. She was going off about some ex-boyfriend and a few "lazy-ass mothafuckas" before declaring that neither her mother, nor her mother's mother, nor her mother's mother's mother had taken any bullshit and she didn't plan to break the chain now. Put in those terms, my 10-year-old brain started to think that the word feminism might just apply to every woman I knew who had the nerve to survive in my Fillmore neighborhood. Read more »

Life during wartime

Brett Morgen on Chicago 10
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Engaging, even experiential, Chicago 10 eschews a traditional documentary approach to capture the playful exuberance of the yippie generation. Through animation and rare video footage, producer-director Brett Morgen brings Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and their experiences of the infamous Chicago 7 trial to life, in turn allowing them to bring a message of resistance that transcends decades. Read more »