AfroPunk And Its Devotion to Queer Identities

AfroPunk And Its Devotion to Queer Identities

As the festival continues to grow, it continues to reevaluate its own identity, as well as its place as a black queer mecca.  Since some of its earlier booking choices, the festival has adopted the slogan “No Sexism, No Racism. No Ableism. No Ageism. No Homophobia. No Fatphobia. No Transphobia. No Hatefulness” and made it a point to openly stand against intersectional oppression.

Justy, Staten Island Music Artist, Creates Songs With Positive Representation

Justy, Staten Island Music Artist, Creates Songs With Positive Representation

Twenty-three-year-old independent singer/songwriter, Justy, from Staten Island, New York began writing music at 12 years old. In 2016 she released her debut EP Saudade V1 which garnered press from lead singles such as “Can’t Explain It.” Her unique blend of R&B, Jazz, hip-hop, on songs like “Feelings” have given listeners a perfect blend of nostalgic and contemporary rhythm and projects such as 1995 (2017) and Soul Food (2017) contributed to her growing buzz. The young artist has recently released her first single, Insecure, whic

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

I bought a ticket to see 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody somewhat apprehensively. Though I was originally elated at the prospect of a Queen biopic, I’d heard rumors that the film denied any mention of frontman Freddie Mercury’s sexuality or his Parsi ethnicity. These assertions were so widespread that back in June I’d witnessed a woman at WeHo Pride yell at a street team promoting the film.

LGBTQ+ Social Media Influencers to Watch

LGBTQ+ Social Media Influencers to Watch

Besides basic communication and connections, social media has also become a tool for artists to effectively express their art and share their talent with the world.  Coupled with its reach, social media propels creatives and artists to higher heights and the status of Social Media Influencer.

ClexaCon hosts East Coast “Make It Queer: LGBTQ Web Series Workshop”

ClexaCon hosts East Coast “Make It Queer: LGBTQ Web Series Workshop”

The hands-on style workshops taught by industry professionals are focused on the pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution phases of web series creation. Event attendees can also participate in speed pitching sessions where creators will get the chance to pitch their concepts to a series of industry members for feedback, exposure, and the potential for development opportunities.

The Irresistible Queerbaiting of “A Simple Favor”

The Irresistible Queerbaiting of “A Simple Favor”

After learning about the movie online and hearing that the two main characters Kendrick and Lively kiss, I was worried that the writers and the director were queer baiting their potential audience. I was also concerned that they were going to play into the lesbian villain trope, where a queer woman appears to be unstable and only there to antagonize.

The Future of Hip-Hop is Woven into its Past: An Interview with Chicago Artist FURY

The Future of Hip-Hop is Woven into its Past: An Interview with Chicago Artist FURY

It’s not uncommon to come across an artist who’s lyricism reveals vulnerability with the candor of a diary, yet Chicago hip-hop artist FURY manages to do so on her own terms. FURY stands out from contemporary mainstream hip-hop with her positive message, live band, and dedication to the old school 90s hip-hop sound. She agreed to talk to The 26 to discuss her stand-out brand of music and upcoming album, Black Magic.

Short Film “One Of The Flowers” Is An Ode To Bisexuality

Short Film “One Of The Flowers” Is An Ode To Bisexuality

One of the Flowers is essentially an ode to bisexuality. It compares human bisexuality to the bisexuality found in nature, more specifically to flowers, and calls for people to stop treating bisexuality like a made-up or unworthy concept.
“Since coming out as being bisexual, I have met many who have insisted, both directly and indirectly, that bisexuality doesn’t exist,” Moira notes.  “However, to concede to that point would be to deny the feelings I have had for both men and women— love has no gender.”