dapperQdapperQ http://www.dapperq.com transgressing men’s fashion Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Protected: Because We're Magic: Healing and Resilience Through Daily Adornment http://www.dapperq.com/2016/07/magic-healing-resilience-daily-adornment/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/07/magic-healing-resilience-daily-adornment/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:35:07 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28129 There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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10 Black Owned Queer Style Companies to Support! http://www.dapperq.com/2016/07/10-black-owned-queer-style-companies-support/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/07/10-black-owned-queer-style-companies-support/#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:26:59 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28106 To kick off dapperQ's 100 days of #blaQueer style, our team is showcasing 10 Black queer style companies you should know about and support....

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To kick off dapperQ's 100 days of #blaQueer style, our team is showcasing 10 Black queer style companies you should know about and support. Know of any other Black owned queer style companies that are not featured on the list? Please list them in the comments.

1. Stuzo Clothing
Owned and operated by QPOC couple Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme, Stuzo Clothing is a line of androgynous, athleisure, and Cali-casual-cool style. Stuzo only produces a few pieces per design in order to provide quality, limited edition products.

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2. Style Is Freedom
Entrepreneur and designer Toni Branson is the creative mastermind behind the gender-less fashion line Style Is Freedom. Their accessories and footwear are definitely Hypebeast-level dope.

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3. Jag & Co.
Boardroom meets vintage chic at Jag & Co., a clothier that creates custom and ready-to-wear formal and business attire for all genders. CEO and designer Jaguar Beckford curates shopping experiences - from pop-ups to one-on-one consultations - without the traditional “men’s” and “women’s” categories. It’s just all about the clothes here.

Jag and coModel Millz in Jag & Co. Photo by Oscar Diaz.

4. Ambience Couture
Silki Harris, owner of Ambiance Couture, designs bow-ties made from the finest textiles, prints, and accents. Standout products: Ambiance’s chain and jeweled adorned bow-ties.

Ryley After PartyRyley Rubin Pogensky (right) in Ambiance Couture bow-tie. Photo by Grace Chu.

5. Haute Butch
Owned by Karen Roberts, Haute Butch fashion collection is a vibrant outward expression of dressing that represents the core of a butch woman’s gender presentation. From unique blazers, color contrasting dress shirts, sleek and highly tailored vests, preppy pastel polos – butch style seekers can consider this label a “go to destination for all things butch.”

Haute ButchModel at dapperQ's CalAcademy show in Haute Butch. Photo by Miki Vargas.

6. Burkinabae
Sick accessories, period! Why dish out your cash on boring shades with some industry designer's name on them (probably made in a factory), when you can adorn your face (and serve) with these Burkinabae sunglasses made by Karen Chatelain? Burkinabae also offers necklaces, rings, and other goodies that are just as beautiful and intricate as their shades.

Photos via Burkinabae.

7. Show & Tell Concept Shop
Owned by Alyah Baker, Show & Tell is an Oakland-based boutique that serves as a retail store, gallery, and small events space. Show & Tell offers sustainable and socially responsible apparel, accessories, and gift items, both in-store and online.

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8. Coco & Breezy
Stylish twin designers Coco & Breezy create "you can't sit with us" cool eyewear that has received praise in Essence, Vibe, Glamor, InStyle, and other high-profile mainstream publications. It doesn't get any more swag...

coco and breezyPhoto by Sidney G.

9. Apule Town
Apule Town is a luxury street wear brand that brings it with sexy hard femme steez. Though Apule Town owner LaRayia Gaston is originally from NYC, her line is undoubtedly inspired by LA's vibe.

Apuke+TownPhoto via ARSENIC.

10. Trans Is Beautiful Apparel
Transgender advocate and blogger QuingNorelle recently launched the Trans* Is Beautiful t-shirt collection, a fashion-forward and philanthropic endeavor that leverags sartorial smarts to create positive change in the lives of trans individuals. A portion of each sale will go towards the Werk Those Pecs Fundraiser, which helps fund surgeries for trans people in need of financial assistance.

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[VIDEO] Androgynous Model Rain Dove Featured in Dove's New #MyBeautyMySay http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/video-androgynous-model-rain-dove-featured-doves-new-mybeautymysay/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/video-androgynous-model-rain-dove-featured-doves-new-mybeautymysay/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:09:50 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28089 Inspiring women to celebrate beauty on their own terms, Dove launched #MyBeautyMySay, a NEW FILM that profiles the unique stories of 9 real women,...

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Inspiring women to celebrate beauty on their own terms, Dove launched #MyBeautyMySay, a NEW FILM that profiles the unique stories of 9 real women, including androgynous Rain Dove, on how they overcame the beauty limits that were placed on them.

Each story tackles the psychological warfare against women that is leveraged to degrade, oppress, control, and police women's bodies. The reality of such warfare is reflected in statistics indicating, among other things, that 9 in 10 (85%) women and 8 in 10 (79%) girls with low body-esteem are more likely to stop doing the things they love, including opting out of sports activities, if they don’t feel good about the way they look.

Click here to view all 9 stories.

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Digital Casting: Call for dapperQ NYFW Models http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/digital-casting-call-dapperq-nyfw-models/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/digital-casting-call-dapperq-nyfw-models/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:58:22 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28093 dapperQ will be hosting our third annual New York Fashion Week show at Brooklyn Museum on September 8, 2016. The show, titled iD, will...

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dapperQ will be hosting our third annual New York Fashion Week show at Brooklyn Museum on September 8, 2016. The show, titled iD, will feature 8-10 designers whose work is systemically rooted in gender non-conformity. Designers are responsible for casting their own models. However, dapperQ is currently hosting a digital casting until July 18, 2016 to assist with the casting process. All submissions will be shared with the designers who will have the final say in their own casting for their respective collections. Prospective models must submit the following to dapperQEvents@gmail.com to be considered:

  • Head shot, portfolio, or high resolution head-to-toe body shot;
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body measurements including neck, chest, arm length, hips, and inseam in inches or centimeters

All shapes, sizes, and gender presentations and expressions welcome!

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Models must be able to arrive to Brooklyn Museum no later than 11:45am and stay until the end of the show (approximately 10:00pm) on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

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[PHOTOS] Redefined and Redesigned: Defying Gender Norms in Fashion Panel http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/photos/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/photos/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:41:02 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28069 On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Brooklyn Historical Society presented Redefined and Redesigned: Defying Gender Norms in Fashion, a panel featuring pioneering designers, models, and...

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On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Brooklyn Historical Society presented Redefined and Redesigned: Defying Gender Norms in Fashion, a panel featuring pioneering designers, models, and bloggers that explored the intersection of gender, identity, and fashion. Led by moderator Anita Dolce Vita of dapperQ, the panel included Rae Tutera of the new HBO documentary Suited, as well as Brooklyn-based bespoke suit company Bindle & Keep; Zahyr Lauren of queer collective bklyn boihood; Peche Di, model and founder of Trans Models, one of the only transgender modeling agencies in the world; and fashion designer Andre Landeros Michel of LANDEROS NEW YORK. Photos by Tanja Vesna Vulin 

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[Photos] dapperQ + HBO + NewFest Private Screening of Suited http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/photos-dapperq-hbo-newfest-private-screening-suited/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/photos-dapperq-hbo-newfest-private-screening-suited/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:08:52 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28022 On Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7pm, dapperQ, HBO, and NewFest co-presented an advanced, VIP invite-only screening of Suited, a new HBO documentary, which...

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On Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7pm, dapperQ, HBO, and NewFest co-presented an advanced, VIP invite-only screening of Suited, a new HBO documentary, which will air Monday, June 20, 2016 on HBO. Suited, produced by Lena Dunham (Girls) and Jenni Konner, and directed by Jason Benjamin, tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that makes custom suits for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients. Among those sharing their unique stories are a trans Bar Mitzvah boy, a New York City cab driver, a young southern law student and a transgender man preparing for his wedding. The film spotlights the intimate journey of coming into a new identity, accepting differences, and living bravely in one's own skin.


 
A post-screening Talkback with director Jason Benjamin and Bindle & Keep's Daniel Friedman was moderated by the Editor-in-Chief of dapperQ, Anita Dolce Vita, and was followed by a reception on HBO's Terrace. The event was attended by prominent members of the community, including celebrity models Rain Dove, Elliott Sailors, and Casey Legler; Alex Berg of the Huffington Post; designers Auston Bjorkman (Sir New York), Angie Chuang, and Daniel Friedman (Bindle & Keep); and fashion bloggers Sara Geffrard (A Dapper Chick), Danielle Cooper (She's a Gent), and Gabrielle Royal (dapperQ and Brown Boi Images). Photographers Doreen Pierre of DapperPenniless Photography and Tanja Vesna Vulin captured this star-studded evening.

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Special thanks go out to our presenting partners The Tenth and hello mr., as well as supporters Ace Hotel New York.

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Fashion Rocks: Music & Style with Madison Paige http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/fashion-rocks-music-style-madison-paige/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/fashion-rocks-music-style-madison-paige/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:22:58 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28003 Welcome back to Fashion Rocks, a series that celebrates dapper musicians across the globe. Today, we're featuring model and musician Madison Paige, who will be...

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Welcome back to Fashion Rocks, a series that celebrates dapper musicians across the globe. Today, we're featuring model and musician Madison Paige, who will be performing on Sunday, June 11th at Hot Rabbit's official Brooklyn Pride after party benefiting Brooklyn Pride, Inc. Festival & Parade. Madison is the Instagram "it" celebrity, complete with incredible sartorial smarts and badass musical talent to match. So, we decided to chat with Madison about her music and clothing style, and how each influences the other.

dapperQ: Tell our readers a bit about yourself.

Madison: What's good my friends? I’m Madison Paige. Colorado bred, California raised and residing back and forth from NY and LA, I spend a lot of my time with either a pen or a guitar in hand. I dabble on other instruments and art forms, but the simplicity of me, my voice, and my guitar is really all I need to keep me from feeling dry. I’ve been modeling on and off since I was 12 and have been acting for half as long, but recently I’ve added music into my professional resume. A lot of my lyrical inspiration comes from the years of traveling in the fashion industry and I feel honored to have the two combined.

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dapperQ: When did you start performing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Madison: I only just started performing earlier this year actually! In all honesty, the biggest influencers were my friends around me. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by talented artists and watching them go after what they love most is what pushed me to do the same. I’ve always had a passion for modeling and acting through my years of experience in the work field, but it took me a while to muster up the courage to start performing my music simply because it’s a pure representation of me and me alone.

dapperQ: How has your work evolved?

Madison: When I was 15, I walked into a guitar store with a piggy bank and a dream only to find that I was hundreds of dollars short of even the simplest of guitars. The man working the store took a leap of faith and cut me an insane deal on the Yamaha I’d been visiting all week. That inspired a long-lived acoustic journey in my work. Then, at 22, I was approached by some friends who work in the more ‘electronic’ route for music, asking if I’d be interested in creating a pop-inspired electro album. Since then, I’ve slowly combined the two, but I’m still ever-changing.

dapperQ: How would you describe your current musical style?

Madison: Currently I’ve been compared to artists like the Neighbourhood, Grimes, Panic at the Disco, etc. I feel like each song in my newest EP 444 could belong to several genres. However, generally speaking, my music is soulful electro pop.

dapperQ: Where are you based out of? Do you feel that your city/region influences your style? If so, how?

Madison: I like to keep myself relatively bi-costal from NYC to LA because it keeps my creative juices flowing. Most of my lyrics are written in the surprising solitude of the busy and at times dark New York streets. Whereas a lot of my musical composition has an upbeat vibe that I grab from the feel of driving down LA’s PCH.

dapperQ: What other artists are inspiring you right now?

Madison: I’ve been grabbing a lot of pointers from my friend Devmo who is an insane writer and rapper. I’m also very inspired by my friend Simone (Sicaso) because she plays her entire electronic set live, and my friend Lauren Marie has inspired me with her ethereal stage presence. I could list a bunch of Billboard artists who inspire me here and there, but it’s the homies that really get me going.

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dapperQ: Has your clothing style evolved over the years?

Madison: Unfathomably so. My style has, and still does, change virtually overnight. When I came out, I felt an extreme sense of fashion freedom - I could be the ‘boy’ I always daydreamed of. Growing up, I always kept myself in such a black and white social box of what was and was not okay to wear as a female in a small town, until I came to realize that I can represent myself however I want. That labels and cuts didn’t have to have a gender. That it was okay to say no to wearing certain things that were expected of me to be okay with wearing simply because I am a cis born female. Personal style is utterly liberating.

dapperQ: Who are some of your fashion icons?

Madison: I look up to all of the classic rock stars, especially Steven Tyler and his overly stylized looks. I also find inspiration from David Bowie's younger years, Kanye West’s current steeze, and George Clooney’s undeniable taste for a fitted tux.

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dapperQ: What is the one article of clothing you cannot live without?

Madison: Easy. Any other time I’d have said either a snapback or a simple black muscle tee, or even my knock-off vintage Sex Pistols band tee I basically sleep in. But recently, a friend of mine Rachel Rifkin created a hand crafted jewelry line called Eleven Eleven and made me a necklace full of monk-blessed drops and prayer beads. I feel out of balance anytime it isn't around my neck.

* For more on Madison Paige, follow her on Instagram or Soundcloud. To RSVP to see her perform live at Brooklyn Pride, visit Hot Rabbit's Official Brooklyn Pride After Party Facebook Invite

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Bois of Summer: bklyn boihood Announces Summer Lineup http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/bois-summer-bklyn-boihood-announces-summer-lineup/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/bois-summer-bklyn-boihood-announces-summer-lineup/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2016 01:54:58 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27997 bklyn boihood (BBH), our dapperQs of 2016, have released their summer lineup and we are excited and inspired by their comprehensive programming celebrating Black...

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bklyn boihood (BBH), our dapperQs of 2016, have released their summer lineup and we are excited and inspired by their comprehensive programming celebrating Black excellence, which includes events ranging from Pride parties, beach gatherings, conferences, model searches, book launches and more.

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BBH is a collective that has been spreading love through community-building events, music, and art, while sharing their journey as bois of color who believe in safe spaces, accountable action and self-care. They have been a vital resource for queer communities of color, advancing visibility and access through their LGBT-friendly parties, character-building workshops for healthier presentations of masculinity, and annual calendar highlighting local brown bois.

Follow BBH on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more info and updates.

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Fashion Rocks: Music and Style with TT The Artist http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/27985/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/27985/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 04:00:26 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27985 Welcome back to Fashion Rocks, a series that celebrates dapper musicians across the globe. This week we're featuring TT The Artist, who will be...

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Welcome back to Fashion Rocks, a series that celebrates dapper musicians across the globe. This week we're featuring TT The Artist, who will be performing on Sunday, June 26th at DJ Whitney Day's legendary "The Party," an annual multi-sensory, music-focused Pride event held at NYC's infamous Marquee nightclub.

From sketchbook to rhymes, performer, filmmaker, creative director, community artist and designer, TT The Artist creates a well-blended sound of Baltimore club, hip-hop and electronic dance music. Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL and residing in Baltimore TT’s influences of Miami bass, Baltimore club and dance music has djs across the globes tuning in and spinning her records.

In 2013, Grammy award winning dj and producer Diplo caught wave of TT’s sound and featured her on his single "Dat A Freak." On the heels of this achievement, Red Bull Music Academy took notice of TT’s musical talents and selected her as one of 20 artists to be a part of the Bonnaroo Music Bass Camp 2015. With two tours and performances at SxSW music festival and Coachella under her belt, TT's vibrant, party starting cross between melodies and provocative raps is sure to paint a new spectrum of colors to the music scene.

 

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dapperQ: When did you start performing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?

TT: When I was younger, I was always inspired by art. I used to sketch and draw every day after school. I was always a performer. It was in high school when I really begin to develop my artistic abilities. I joined the marching band and would have to perform in front of thousands of people. I also begin to write rhymes during my freshman year of high school. I use to rap everyday during lunch period with a friend of mine who was also my musical mentor at the time. What inspired me most to do music was I was respected through my voice. I am inspired by art and everyday life. The most ordinary thing can bring inspiration.

dapperQ: How has your work evolved?

TT: Touring and traveling to different countries and cities has really allowed my sound to diversify and evolve. I used to focus on traditional hip-hop rhythms at the beginning of my career. Today, I like to incorporate multiple genres of music in my productions. I also collaborate a lot more with fine artists, animators and producers from around the world. When I experience different cultures, I evolve as a person and that influences my creativity.

dapperQ: How would you describe your current musical style?

TT: I am a dance music artist well known for my bold and provocative club anthems. In the past, I was searching for my lane and voice. Now, I own my sound. I also rap and sing a little too. I don’t think an artist should ever limit their sound if they feel that there is potential to experiment with other musical genres. You never know what you will discover about yourself. Who you thought you were may not be who you really are suppose to be.

dapperQ: Where are you based out of? Do you feel that your city/region influences your style? If so, how?

TT: am presently based in Baltimore , MD. Baltimore is a major influence in my music. I do a style of music called "Baltimore club," which is a break beat genre of music derived from hip hop and house music. It’s also a big part of the city soundscape and community. It’s more than just music; it’s a subculture very alive in Baltimore and now around the world.

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dapperQ: What other artists are inspiring you right now?

TT: I am most inspired by hybrid artists who are creating brands on multidisciplinary platforms. Hip-hop icons such as Kanye West and Pharrell are building creative brands. They get it. They are not boxing themselves into one lane. Fine artists such as Jeff Koons and the late Andy Warhol are two very influential artists who mastered the art of business though making art. I want that for myself. I do music, but I am also an artist who works with a variety of mediums. I want to create films. I want to host my own art exhibits. I am working on expanding my market and getting into lifestyle branding.

dapperQ: Music and fashion have always been intertwined. Some of the biggest style icons have come from the music industry, from Gaga, Bowie, Madonna and Beyonce to Andre 3000, Joan Jett, Pharrell, and the Beatles. On the runway, the perfect song has the power to convey the aesthetic of a designer’s work. Alternatively, the perfect outfit or personal style has the power to convey the aesthetic of a musician’s work. How would you describe your personal style when it comes to fashion? Would you say it is influenced by your music? If so, how?

TT: Most recently, I have been created my own designs and customizing my own clothing to wear during my performances. I think it’s very important to find yourself in what you choose to wear. Image is everything in the entertainment industry and it’s one of the only industries where there are no rules or dress codes. My custom designed pieces are very colorful and inspired by pop art, culture, politics, advertising and messaging. I love to play with typography and word art.

dapperQ: Has your clothing style evolved over the years?

TT: I am beginning to understand the importance of style and how it relates to the way people perceive you. Earlier in the development of my career, I wasn’t as focused on my image. I was more concerned about making sure the quality of my music was good. So, now I am more into fashion and I think eventually that will be another market I will expand my brand to. My style has evolved in many ways. I have been all across the board in terms of trying new looks. I have done everything from short hair, tomboy-esque aesthetics to color wigs and spandex. I was never the type of artist to change my look up for the approval of others. I simply do what I feel.

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dapperQ: Who are some of your fashion icons?

TT: I love Grace Jones. Her personality and overall swag is everything. I lovc Rihanna's edginess. I fell in love with Lady Gaga in American Horror story. She was turning all types of slayed looks. I admire Jeremy Scott as a designer. Erykah Badu has such and amazing eccentric style. My friends also are my fashion icons.

dapperQ: What is the one article of clothing you cannot live without?

TT: I can’t live without My hats!

dapperQ: What can we expect next from you?

TT: I am gearing up for the release of my debut album Queen of the Beat. I am also heading on tour for the summer to promote the album. I am making new art, writing a film and designing clothes. More collaborations and creative visuals are on the way. It’s been a great year so far and I am just so humble and grateful for all the support!

Get tickets to see TT perform during NYC Pride here. Follow TT's work on Soundcloud, Instagram, and Facebook.

*Feature image by Tamia Caly McCalip. Wardrobe Joshua Holloman. Jacket painted by TT The Artist.

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Brooklyn Community Pride Center Hosts "SHE" Photo Series by brown boi images http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/brooklyn-community-pride-center-hosts-photo-series-gabrielle-royal/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/06/brooklyn-community-pride-center-hosts-photo-series-gabrielle-royal/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:23:32 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27949 We are excited to announce that selected photography work by dapperQ contributor Gabrielle Royal (brown boi images) will be presented at the Brooklyn Community...

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We are excited to announce that selected photography work by dapperQ contributor Gabrielle Royal (brown boi images) will be presented at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center Galleries.

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Join us at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center galleries to celebrate the launch of SHE, a visibility project featuring the stories of queer women of color. Featured artists include, brown boi images (selected work), Elise Peebles (artist + activist), and LGBTQ Americans (an Oral History Project: Exhibit and Panel). Free food and performances from local LGBTQ artists!

Program: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Brooklyn Community Pride Center, 4 Metrotech (Willoughby St. at the corner of Gold St.)

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About SHE: The two terms, blackness and queerness have historically been entangled in our culture, though segregated in practice. The production of SHE is the lens through which we might interrogate larger social critiques about Blackness/Brownness, sexuality, and gender nonconformity. SHE is used a medium to make meaning out of intersectionality in the day to day. In particular, SHE is concerned with women who identify as queer people of color, and how their lived experiences are informed by their gender presentations and performances across the spectrum. SHE pushes against gender norms and society’s beauty standards. It considers the complexities of otherness, and works to create a platform for QPOC who identify as women to share their narratives. Through film, SHE makes an attempt to re-shape our understanding of gender, sexuality, and racial differences.

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