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    Meet the 2012 Calendar Bois...



    We've all been waiting for so long! Welp, this is the week. For some of you across the country it won't be released until the 13th of Jan. It's coming!!

    If Pariah is NOT in your city and you'd like for it to be: REQUEST THAT SHIT!! Demand it!

    We gave away as many passes (courtesy of Focus Features) to the last screening before the premiere on December 27th in NYC. If you weren't able to get an opportunity to see it then Click HERE for a list of THEATRES all over the country playing Pariah, starting Dec. 28th 2011...

    Check out Moya B.'s review coming to the blog soon!



    Winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director, the contemporary drama PARIAH is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film Pariah.  Spike Lee is among the feature’s executive producers.

    Alike, a 17-year-old African-American woman lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.  Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina, Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.

    Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.


    Seen the trailer? Want to? SEE IT HERE!

    <3, the bois




    LISTEN: BBH's Interview w/ Issa Rae and Tracy Oliver, creators of AWKWARD BLACK GIRL

    by Morgan W. (Mo)

    Weeks ago, I had the opportunity to kick it with Issa Rae and Tracy Oliver, writers and creators of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. We were at my alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College, where they had just screened their work and done a pretty rousing q & a. Students and staff from all backgrounds were there (to a surprising degree, frankly) and it was great to get to talk with these two brilliant, beautiful women.


    Dislikes | Viewers | White Jay | "Nina" | The Web vs. TV | Real-life ABG Moments | Co-writing | Fly Guys | Expectations | ...




    A Note from Mo.

    ...Since my interview with them everything was cotton candy and unicorns (some of us didn’t like/get the use of ‘no homo’ in the first episode, which we talk about in the interview and you get to hear my SUPREMELY TBG (The Bad Gay) position on the issue) until bam.

    TRANNY. Episode 11. Jay said it. Issa and Tracy wrote it. A fucked up word with fucked up connotations dropped (as a point-of-comedy-no-less)...

    Shit blew.

    I semi-watched social networking spaces explode with feelings. I even fielded some emails and a couple of tweets. Passions swelled. I read Moya’s extremely well-written letter and people’s ‘FUCK ISSA RAE’ chants on tumblr. I am an active part of a collective whose core seeks to promote the empowerment of masculine of center queers of color, which certainly includes trans people (duuuh). Why then, wasn’t I hurt and pissed in the same way? ...I sat back with some scotch yesterday evening and asked myself the same question that I ask myself about 24 times a day:

    Am I trippin’?

    The answer I provided myself (which you can already guess is not simple) is below. Below that, is the awesome interview. 


    One of the hardest things about being a writer/performer of color is the temptation to sneak into and/or embrace spaces of universal representation. It’s a paradox. The better you are as an artist, the more the world thrusts you into the limelight as THE artist, as the golden megaphone for well-rendered creative work for a certain group of people. And we, the viewers can’t help contributing to that challenge. We’ve never seen anything like ABG; the miracle of it, truly, is the reflection it casts. We see ourselves. We are laughing at Jay’s bitch-nigga bomb drops, her light-skin siddity attacks, her multi-racial co-workers, all the naughty, nasty things we low-key identify with--and dance to at parties and secretly harbor--and then when a hurtful thing that we would never, ever say drops, the record scratches. 

    Jay, the character said something incredibly awkward and ignorant and hurtful. She said it out of insecurity and jealousy, as people often do. The problem is that she said and it was ignorant and unfair and she said it to a quarter million (or more) people. But there’s another problem: she’s been saying fucked up shit since like 20 seconds into episode approximately the same time we fell passionately in love with her. The other, other problem is that “she”, the fictional character we know and love said it, not Issa, not Tracy and we have to acknowledge that. 'She', Jay, has never pretended to be an appropriate or pc person. But because of many -isms and -ations (tokenism, underrepresentation, etc) the space for artists of color to create characters of color who are both problematic and representational is almost absent. I feel fucked up about this whole situation as an artist who renders problematic characters all the time. And when I feel fucked up, I like to enumerate my thoughts...

    Problem 1: She said something incredibly hurtful to a whole lot of people.

    Dear Issa Rae and Tracy Oliver,

    If I loved you anymore it’d be creepy. Please be aware that Jay using the phrase “tranny” is actively derogatory and feels really uncomfortable to hear being used on such an amazing platform. Here's a great resource for you to learn more. 

    Personally, I think the other jokes are fucking hilarious. 


    Mo’s Bottom Line


    Problem 2: Communication

    Dear Us,

    Ignorance is not the same thing as hate. When the two become synonymous we lose so much. Say what you say but why are we hurling words reserved for people who hate at artists who wrote a character who said something hurtful/problematic? Where are our communication skills? Why are we calling anyone in this situation transphobic? Homophobic? Ableist? Do we HONESTLY believe communication/transformation/education occurs by labeling the entire show the worst type of bad? I resent that.

    I appreciate holding ABG and our larger community accountable for the things we say/do but some of the voices that came bubbling to the surface as a result of this were irresponsible and as hateful as any slur and I’m not with it. As a movement, we have to understand the value of building bridges and making room for tension without our feelings determining any exchange as the end-all. ABG is not a platform for any of our individual priorities or causes. Keeping that in mind, it should also not be a platform to promote actively harmful language.  Bam. Simple. Keep love at the center, you dig?


    Mo’s (Other) Bottom Line

      That’s about as far as I can count right now.


    To listen to my dope-ass interview with Issa Rae and Tracy Oliver as we talk about a little of everything, click here or download the link below.


    (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD) If youwant to skip to the part where they flatter me by using all types of nice adjectives, that's totally fine too...(I'm being completely serious. It all happens about 27.5 minutes in.)






    Mo (@momannwill)


    PS - me. I’m saying this. No one else.