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    Jun192014

    bbh PRIDE Party! June 20 | Paperbox | bklyn 

    Thursday
    Apr172014

    we are writing history. literally. 

     

     

    bklyn boihood is curating an anthology that explores what it means to be living, redefining and embodying our masculinity outside of the world’s ideas of “typical manhood”. This collection will document our experience defining and un/doing masculinity for ourselves. It will be published by Magnus Books and will be available in print and as an e-book by mid 2015. 

    OUTSIDE THE XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity is looking for your nonfiction, interviews, rants, stories, essays, multi-genre pieces, poetry, fiction, sci fi, confessions, letters, moments, wisdom, his/herstory, prayers...your words, your truth, your queer, your brown, your feelings and ideas surrounding what your journey means to yourself and the world.

     

    (WE ARE SO HYPED ABOUT THIS!)

     

    If selected, you will get publishing credit (obviously), a copy of the publication, an honorarium and be featured on our blog.

    photo by bree gant


     

    In the words of June Jordan,

    We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

     

    Join us on this amazing adventure of sharing our stories and our work by submitting here!

    :) :) :) :) :) 

     

     

     

    Sunday
    Mar092014

    Dear Sebastian: [an open letter] 

    *this is our attempt to publicly name an incident that may impact other people and communities down the line.

    Dear Sebastian, 

    We're writing you an open letter because it's important for us to vocalize the ways we've been mistreated by you over the last several months. Silence, the desire to appear perfect or flat out pretending like things are okay when they aren't are not the way bklyn boihood has ever rolled through anything. So, we're taking a huge risk by publicly articulating where we're at with all of this because call out cultures are so damn messy. But then, so is life.
    Everyone deserves the opportunity to let their light shine. We're grateful bklyn boihood was that space for you. We're also sad (really more disappointed) that you shitted on our space and work for your own gain. This note is our attempt to be transparent about an experience that could impact other people and groups down the line.

    You stole (a lot of) money from us and that sucks.

    The money we use to travel, make merch, support other orgs/people's work, to feed volunteers, to deposit venues, keep our web presence going, to give honorariums to collaborators (notice how none of this involves our personal pockets)--all of it--gone.
    It wasn't until we tried to use our money that we found out it was all gone. Yes, you paid it back--mostly. But guess what? It wasn't a loan so the story CAN'T end there. 
    None of us are wealthy (or even stable half the time). We all "work" for bklyn boihood without getting paid and none of us are confused about how much energy, effort and time it takes to drive something that isn't built for profit--it's built because we all need to feel human, present, visible and not alone.
     
    We've talked a LOT in closed spaces with you. Together we shared our love, shared our disappointment and tried to make plans with you to correct your actions. You clearly didn't give a damn as you decided to not show up to the ONLY thing we asked you to do for free.
    So here we are. After the frustration, tears, efforts to cover your absence and our lack of resources, we give up. We'd rather struggle through the present with integrity than continue to try to excuse your actions in silence. 

    With that we'll say: Good luck Black man. May you course-correct, embody the REAL tenets of self-care outside of the clothes and bags of weed our money bought you. Most of all, we hope you learn to love yourself into being worth struggling honestly for.

    With love + a clear line drawn in the sand, 
    the bois
    Saturday
    Mar012014

    Bad Ass Bois: Meet X Powers

    One of the most important things we can do is uplift and share the word and presence of bois of color all around us. Meet X Powers. 

    I would like the world to know that the best is yet to come from me and that I plan to make history and make this world a better day every day of my life. -X Powers

     

    To be a boi to me is to be a woman who is a fighter, and, she may also be attracted to other women. She is a warrior at all times. She is a chief.  She is in touch with both her masculine and feminine side. She loves the motherland and tries to maintain family bonds. She is bold, black, beautiful and fierce. She is unapologetic but can smiultaneously admit wrong and apologize if necessary. She is true to herself.  A mother, father, sister, brother in one. She loves her people. She is a rebel. She is swag. She is a genius. She is love and brute at the same time. She is spiritual. She is powerful. She is human.

    Bois are complex, beautiful people with stories. So we thought it was important to continue sharing individuals who are redefining what it means to be a boi.

    About X Powers

    My life is in a very interesting time right now. I am evolving from a very life changing event and feel like this chapter in my life will be one of the best. Right now, I am a Business Development Associate for an independent film business that specializes in African American short films called CEI Media Partners which is affiliated with Clarendon Entertainment. 

    Film is my life goal and I am very fortunate  to work with a group of talented superviors who believe in me.  When I am not working on those projects work a variety of jobs to fill in when the projects are over. At this moment I am a consultant at the Sauti Center for African Women. For much of my life I have been active in organizations that promote the rights of people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.  As an activist, I have been involved in many different movements as a marcher but mostly documenting the  Occupy Wall Street movement, Stop Stop and Frisk, The New Jim Crow End to Mass Incarceration and Think Outside the Cell and I have attended actions for Ramarley Graham, Slutwalk and other actions regarding law enforcement.

    I am a member of the People's Survival Program, African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change, Black Women's Blueprint and the Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai International as a Young Women's Division member. I am a friend to many activist organizations including People's Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability and the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition  ( A. N. S. W. E. R. ) and Women Organized to Resist and Defend (W.O.R.D.) Last year I organized a LGBT stop and frisk discussion at City college.

    My desire for social justice is my passion and my poetry-much of it that deals with social justice will be featured in the October 2014 publication Sinister Wisdom Lesbians in Exile thanks to Joan Nestle, the co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory archives. My work can also be found in a book published in December of last year called No Limits: A Book of Poems on Life's Lessons, Changing the World, Love, Loss, Spirituality and Self Esteem and my photos have been recently covered by photographer Kristy Boyce and will be featured in her What Dyke Look Like portrait anthology exhibit and book. 

    Having a supportive community means the world to me. I have found that the organizations that I have teamed up with in the fight for the liberation of disenfranchised people have very supportive. I especially thankful for the support of The A.N.S.W.E.R.  Coalition, A.A.L.U.S.C. and People's Justice. The members of all of those organizations have been very supportive of me. Additionally, my mother and father have always been supportive. Protective of me, but supportive. I have a wonderful family that has my back and for that I am very fortunate and thankful. --

    We're so grateful to have met with X Powers, to work with them on our 2014 bklyn boihood calendar and to be a part of such a dope-ass community of bois. 

    Know someone who should be featured here? Email us: info@bklynboihood.com.

    Saturday
    Mar012014

    Our L.O.C.S Symposium Presentation

    For the 3rd year, bklyn boihood went up to Harvard Law School to participate in the LOCS Symposium (Lesbians of Color Symposium). Since our first presentation there, our work and vision has tremendously expanded. This year our focus is on sharing the work we're involved in shaping, including our ideas of masculinity, self-care and personal redefinition. Check out our prezi below.