Hello Sistah Vegans and allies. A fellow Sistah Vegan and contributor to the Sistah Vegan anthology is in desperate need of help. She and her son have lost their home in the USA and need assistance so she can return back to her home continent where she as a place to stay. Her name is Angelique Shofar and many of you may know her as the Sexual Griot. She and her son are now homeless and she is asking for donations so she and her child can go to Africa via plane. Please go here for more information: ecoyogaafrica.org/
Taryn L. Crenshaw
Leana A. Cabral
Dianna D. Houghton
Synopsis of Project:
This documentary is meant to expose the pervasive and seemingly escalating homophobia within Black communities, using the Atlanta University Center as a microcosm. We hope to reveal how overwhelming the culture of intolerance is and how it largely goes unchallenged in all levels. In turn, homophobia is condoned within students, faculty, administration, and the greater society outside of the university setting. We also wanted to show how hateful this “community” could be and the way it affects LGBTQ identified students and their allies. In the larger examination of the black community, we explore how this intolerant attitude has become perpetuated and embraced through the church, general cultural norms, and family. In addition, this documentary addresses notions of expected gender roles, hetero-normativity, and definitions of black masculinity and manhood.
Point of View and Intended Goal:
The filmmakers felt that it was important to make this documentary because of the necessity to spark dialog on the subject matter of homophobia. It was important to make visible the unfortunate silences that surround the Black LGBTQ community and to address the deeply imbedded ideologies that encompass heterosexism. Wanting to speak to the culture that often exists at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, “No Hetero” aims to create a discourse that can also be applicable to the wider societal discrimination and oppression of queer people of color. Ultimately, this documentary shows what it means to differ from what is considered to be the norm and the social punishments that are institutionally practiced because of this difference. Fear and discomfort drives people to establish constructs of exclusion, which cause “the others” (those that do not fit within normative standards) to be mistreated, misjudged, and marginalized to the status of second- class citizens. Everyone, no matter what their personal identity, should be respected in all aspects, treated like human beings, and have equal opportunities in society. It is the hope of the producers for as many eyes as possible to see this documentary. We believe it has the power to be a catalyst in changing minds and hearts and helping to establish a foundation of understanding. For, it is through understanding that we can all begin to live more cohesively and peacefully in this world.