A Benefit Performance to Support Collaboration and Prevention Programs on Sexual Assault In Communities Of African Descendants.

AISHAH SHAHIDAH SIMMONS, Black Lesbian Feminist, Filmmaker & Activist

STACEYANN CHIN, Spoken Word Poet, Performing Artist and LGBT Rights Political Activist

THE COALITION OF AFRICAN LESBIANS, human rights defenders representing 11 countries in Africa.

Celebrating the bravery, tenacity, outspoken and fierce activism of U.S. based human rights defenders Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Staceyann Chin on issues impacting survivors of sexual violence, women and members of LGBTQ communities. In making the connection between the local and the global, there will be special acknowledgement of the work of the Coalition of African Lesbians representing 11 countries in Africa.

Conceived By Farah Tanis
Co-Founder, Black Women’s Blueprint | Founder, Museum of Women’s Resistance

Event Co-Chairs:
DR. BEVERLY GUY SHEFTALL, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College.

DEEPA SOUL, Chairwoman/CEO of LARA (The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts)

DR. ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS, Ph.D., Queer Black Feminist Media Activist, Founder, Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist .

TIONA MCCLODDEN, Award Winning Filmmaker, Artist, Executive Producer/Director, Harriet's Gun Media

JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR, Award Winning Choreographer, Founder, Urban Bush Women

Lori Payne and Pope Jackson

“It is not difference which immobilizes us but silence. And they are so many silences to be broken.” ~Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider.

Mother Tongue: Monologues for Lesbian Ancestral Wives and Revolutionary Women Speaking the Unspeakable will draw you into deeper conversation about one of the most taboo subjects in Black sexual politics—same sex love and gender nonconformity. With beautiful imagery, evocative music and bold movement and choreography, poets, drummers, dancers and actors dramatizing and performing community will speak of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities of people in Black communities that remain intensely controversial, and/or dismissed as an insignificant aspect of their lives. READ MORE

The Langston Hughes Theater
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Saturday, February 16, 2013
6:00PM Reception | 7:30PM Performance
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York 10037
Tickets $25/$35/$50
Purchase Your Tickets
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    New York
  • Saturday Feb 16, 2013
  • Event on Facebook


More events in New York