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March 22, 2006

B-Girl Be 2006 CALL FOR ARTISTS

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B-Girl Be 2006 happening June 29 - August 19, 2006
INFO HERE

Join the BGB myspace - http://www.myspace.com/bgirlbe

Call for Dancers -Download THIS

Call for Rappers, Poets, Beatboxers, Vocalists - Download THIS

Call for Visual Artists, Photographers, Filmmakers - Download THIS

March 7, 2006

RIP Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks: "I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty."

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Just read that Gordon Parks passed today at the age of 93. Most probably remember him for "Shaft" and "The Learning Tree" but I remember his photos.

This is my favorite photo of the champ:
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Photos are borrowed from this beautiful online gallery. They have many more you should check out.

What do you think?

So many people keep asking me about the Three Six Mafia Oscar performance. I've had a stomach ache since I saw the film. Even the pimp who struggles doesn't have it as bad as his hoes.

Watch the Oscar performance:

They shout out Gil Cates who used to be the Chair of my film school. I never thought I'd hear a rapper say his name. My stomach really hurts.

I'm gald the guerilla girls exist.

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From their website:

THE GUERRILLA GIRLS AND MOVIES BY WOMEN UNVEIL A NEW BILLBOARD AT SUNSET AND CAHUENGA IN HOLLYWOOD, FEB 1-MARCH 5, 2006

We took Kong, gave him a sex change and a designer gown, and set her up in Hollywood, just a few blocks from where the Oscars will be awarded March 5, 2006.

Why? To reveal the sordid but True Hollywood Story about the lack of women and people of color behind the scenes in the film industry:

Only 7% of 2005’s 200 top-grossing films were directed by women.

Only 3 women have ever been nominated for an Oscar for Direction (Lina Wertmuller (1976), Jane Campion (1982,) and Sofia Coppola (2003). None has won.

More embarrassing Hollywood statistics:

Of 2004?s top-grossing films:*

5% had female directors
12% had female writers
3% had female cinematographers 16% had female editors

Only 8 people of color have ever been nominated for an Oscar for Direction. None has won.

Hollywood guilds are 80 to 90 % white.

Only 3% of the Oscars for acting have been won by people of color.

In the 21st century, low, low, low numbers like this HAVE to be the result of discrimination, unconscious, conscious or both. Hollywood likes to think of itself as cool, edgy and ahead of its time, but it actually lags way behind the rest of society in employing women and people of color in top positions.

There may be women heading studios these days, but what are they doing for women and people of color? Why do they keep the white male film director stereotype alive? Here’s an easy way to change things: open up that boys' club and hire more women and people of color. It worked in medicine, business and law. It worked in the art world. Now it's Hollywood's turn. Rattle that cage, break those chains! LET WOMEN DIRECT!

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I don't think that pimps have it so bad. It's time for a lyric rewrite:

"You know it's hard out here for a ..."

WATCH: weapons of mass destruction

The video is a Windows Media File. You can download it HERE

This video is from Bulb Magazine::bright ideas from the underground
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March 2, 2006

Call For Entries

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LADYFEST BERLIN (4.-13.august 2006)

Is looking for YOUR movies/shortfilms/documentaries/splatters/pornos/lovetragedies/everydaylifes
/that's-the-way-I-ams/that's-the-way-it-schould-bes!!!

Diy, veryvery diy, semiprofessionell, autodidactic or so called professional films can be submitted!!!

This is your chance for political statements, crossdresses, utopian sciencefictions, reclaims, daydreams, caught in actions and actual reflections!!!

VERY WELCOME are submittings by females,lesbians,feminists,transgenders,intersexes,queers.

CREATE YOUR OWN GENDER SPACE

And send your previewtape (vhs, mini dvd or dvd-pal) to
Ladyfest @
Kinzigstr.9
10247 berlin

or email to
film@ladyfest.net

DEADLINE is:
15.june.2006

Ladyfest Berlin
Will keep and archive every previewtape at bildwechsel (Dachverband für
frauen/medien/kultur) which is in Hamburg.
It has one of the biggest European archives of fem/les/trans videos.
www.bildwechsel.org
If you do NOT want to donate your film, please please let us know!

www.ladyfest.net

March 1, 2006

B Connected

Taking deep breaths today. Reflecting on what's passed, where I'm at and what's headed.

Feel blessed. Got this in the mail today -

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Good lookin to Panek who dropped an xtra on me. LOVING IT! Missing Bahamadia. My favorite track is B Girl Session. Listen Here. I'm shouting out, Dia, where you at lady?