Hermit's Retreat
We don’t talk enough about the difficulty of
   staying in the closet,
of disowning the only part of you that knows
   how to say your name.
Mindy Nettifee, ”Ultra Violet,” from Rise of the Trust Fall (via lifeinpoetry)

wocinsolidarity:

Who is Tonilyn? 

I am a graduate student in the Theater Arts/Film Track MFA at Stony Brook University, Southampton in New York. I am a proud genderqueer filipin@ singer, performer and filmmaker born and raised in San Francisco.  I have spent the last 10 years employed by SF Bay Area non-profits, in which I worked closely with queer and transgender youth of color and adult queer women and transgender people of color as an arts as activism/media project program coordinator, facilitator and workshop instructor teaching queer history, media and film with an anti-oppression and healing framework.

What is LOVE FLARE?

I have spent the last 5 months in pre-production with Stony Brook University, Southampton and Killer Films for my short film LOVE FLARE. Along with 9 other filmmakers, we will make 10 films in 20 days in July and I am super excited! 

LOVE FLARE will be my latest short narrative film about two queer women of color students (Kaila and Heather) trying to hold onto their love amidst the distance created by being in separate cities. However, an unexpected desire and phone call has the power to push them even further apart. Will memories and hope be enough to fill the space between? 

What Are The Funds For?

  • Food for our cast and crew - sets are difficult (and horrible) places to be without food and water. 
  • Props - there are a few things to be purchased to create the world of our characters Kaila, Heather, Jason and Professor Pitts!
  • Travel - people of color actors are very difficult to find on the East End. My cast will be traveling from Brooklyn and getting here is about 2 hours away and costs $$$.
  • Stipend - I am a big, big believer in honoring an artists’ craft. I would like to pay my actors for bringing my vision to life!
  • Film Score - I would like to have a score created specifically for this film. I have a few extremely talented musicians of color that I’d like to bring on board.
  • Distribution Plan - I want to make sure that I will have the resources to apply to film festivals so I can increase its viewership. Along with festivals, I hope to create print material and a new website where people can access my films, as well as link up with queer people of color organizations and college campuses to screen LOVE FLARE and speak on queer people of color and film production.

The Impact

I want to see more people like me represented in film, behind and in front of the camera. I am determined to create work that is relevant to my experience and reflective of the experiences of queer and transgender people of color. I know now that it will not be created for us…but that I too have to write and produce the stories I want seen on the big screen.  After Sleeping Through the Gospel and ToothbrushLOVE FLARE will be the third short film I have written and directed that places queer people of color at the center of the story. I know that this film will be the very best it can be, having strong collaborators on board and the ability to travel further and reach more audiences with your backing and support!

Other Ways You Can Help

Know of anyone who would like to support queer people of color storytelling? Please help me spread the word about LOVE FLARE and signal boost my campaign to get it out into the universe!!!  
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What You Own - Broadway opening of Rent (1996)

You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.

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fuckyeahfamousblackgirls:

Unlike the beautiful 6-year old Jonbenett Ramsey who received coverage all over the media - every tabloid, newspaper, news channel, talk show, 7-year old Aiyana Stanley was killed by a police officer during a raid while she was sleep and her murder received very little coverage.
Police, searching for a murder suspect, threw a flash grenade through the window of her family’s apartment around midnight. According to Aiyana’s father, it landed on the couch, setting Aiyana on fire. A police officer’s gun then went off, and shot Aiyana in the neck.
Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.
Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.
“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told.
We haven’t forgotten about you baby. R.I.P.

Stop this, police forces. Stop this.

chickgonebad:

fuckyeahfamousblackgirls:

Unlike the beautiful 6-year old Jonbenett Ramsey who received coverage all over the media - every tabloid, newspaper, news channel, talk show, 7-year old Aiyana Stanley was killed by a police officer during a raid while she was sleep and her murder received very little coverage.

Police, searching for a murder suspect, threw a flash grenade through the window of her family’s apartment around midnight. According to Aiyana’s father, it landed on the couch, setting Aiyana on fire. A police officer’s gun then went off, and shot Aiyana in the neck.

Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.

Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.

“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told.

We haven’t forgotten about you baby. R.I.P.

Stop this, police forces. Stop this.

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methtacular:

race representation in american television

This post is spot on wow

saansastarks:

"Yellow fever is when the only prerequisite for me to become your potential partner is the colour of my skin. That’s cheap. That’s offensive. You’re an asshole, go away." (x)