Black Resistance Screenings: #SetItOff

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In 1996, the LGBT community was still somewhat marginalized in popular culture. Black lesbians in particular, were barely shown. The movie Set It Off, directed by F. Gary Gray, was not a movie about Black lesbians at all; it was a heist movie. An anomaly then and now, Set It Off showed Black women planning, pulling off, and [almost] evading the consequences of criminal activity. Cleo, played by Queen Latifah, was the Black lesbian in question and the casting was certainly intriguing.
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A Quick Look at All-Women Rap Trio Las Krudas Cubensi

Image of Krudas Cubensi courtesy of Hip-Hop Congress.

Image of Krudas Cubensi courtesy of Hip-Hop Congress.

Out of a woman-formed and led artists movement in Cuba comes Las Krudas – a rap trio, formed of 3 Cuban women.

Krudas is a derivation of the Spanish word “cruda” meaning crude, raw, unrefined, real; Cubensis is a Latin word for those of native Cuban descent. Cruda is precisely what these women are: they are raw, unrefined, and real. They celebrate and defend diversity, while actively engaging in a counter culture. Las Krudas practices what they preach.

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Girls for Gender Equity

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Photograph courtesy of Girls for Gender Equity, Inc

As we celebrate the month of Black Women’s History, we would like to showcase Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a Brooklyn, New York based intergenerational grassroots organization that develops feminist leadership among teens. Founded in 2001 by a first generation Haitian American social worker and activist, Joanne Smith, GGE has been working towards engaging communities of color to improve gender and race relations and socio-economic conditions for vulnerable youths and women.

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