Supporting Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

I’ve been struggling to find an organization on the ground in Puerto Rico that I can trust with actually helping victims in real time. Over the past few years we have seen failed relief projects from international non profits like the Red Cross; black and brown bodies lost in Haiti and New Orleans because of poor leadership and the mismanagement of funds. When I donate I want to make sure the cash doesn’t get chipped off into some millionaire’s pocket.

I’ve finally found an organization that is vouched for by Ms. Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico who has been in the trenches since the beginning. Operation Blessing has come up often during her interviews about first responders and in the video below she confirms it. Let’s all continue to donate goods, services and funding to the local orgs on the island and other teams that are really trying to make an impact down there.

Furthermore, its important that we check on the checks we write, lets not lose sight of these relief programs 6 months from now. We should all try to check in and see if organizations are making an impact and how we can continue to help.

More details on supporting Operation Blessing > https://www.ob.org/disaster-relief/

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#Blkgrlswurld featured in Tom Tom Magazine :D

Yassss! Tom Tom is a magazine for female drummers and musicians, and we’ve been featured in their 31st issue! It’s based in NYC and it does so much great work inspiring women musicians and kicking serious ass in the rock scene. We are so honored they took an interest in our Black Girls Dreaming Coloring Book and chose to feature a review of that work by writer, Lola Johnson. Thank you Tom Tom Mag 😀

You can order their latest issue Online HERE

Print versions are available across the nation in shops like Barnes and Nobel. Check out more of the funky femme talent they’ve been dishing at http://tomtommag.com/

BlkGrl Book Tour

Paper Jazz Small Press Fest @ Silent Barn, Sept. 30. Bushwick, NYC. Details

Boston Center for the Arts, Art Book Fair. Preview Party on Friday, October 20 2017, and is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. Details

Betty Zine Fest at Paul Robeson Galleries in Express Newark from 11am-4pm on October 7th, 2017. Newark, NJ. Details

Not just A Boys Club fest. November 4th, 2017 at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ. Details

SGC International Conference 2018, which will take place between April 4 – 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  https://sgcinternational.org/conference/lasvegas/

LWT Summit 2017

Oh yes, that’s right- Lesbians, Queers and Allies gathered in NYC this September to share and celebrate our passion for technology innovation and professional development.

These are a great moments to bask in the hundreds of women pushing to shatter the glass ceiling towards true equality with their male counterparts in the workplace. We love the work we do and its amazing to be exposed to companies out there taking a pledge to be more inclusive in their hiring standards, office culture and benefits practices.

Women in tech fields continue to deal with so much resistance and sexism from society and we still have a lot of work to do for women of color as well. Each of us have experienced being belittled, laughed at or denied opportunities we qualified for, simply on the premise of gender and/or race. (That goes for universities and corporations participating in daily microaggressions.) It’s important to come together as peers and allies to uncover where and how these barriers continue to be systemic, and also how queer women of color can continue to navigate the industry with strength and courage. We are not afraid of being ‘the only one’, but it shouldn’t be that way in years to come. We are not afraid to take maternity leave at the height of our careers, but we shouldn’t be penalized for that choice. We are engineers, entrepreneurs and inventors who deserve respect.

I was pretty tired during this even and wasnt able to network as much as I’d planned. it was still refreshing to see us all combing through the NYU School of Law building to discuss our future in the industry. One peice of advice that stood out to me is how critical it is for women to ASK. Ask for that raise, ask for the promotion, ask for opportunity. Too often folks think working hard with your head down will eventually be rewarded, but I’ve rarely witnessed success from this. Your managers need to know you want more and care about growing with the company, its not always obvious. Show them HOW you can take the company’s goals to the next level.

Also, soft skills are critical to leadership growth. As important as it may seem to know the latest coding language or where machine learning is headed, nothing beats the ability to influence a team of peers. Building relationships and trust with clients and colleagues is so important and a known weak point for many young professionals. This is a world where the computer programmer has to market products and interface with clients. So practice!

This year’s event had some great talks, including conversations with:

Megan Smith and Pearl Means of Standing Rock Initiative

Megan Smith luncheon discussing Tech leadership

LWT Breakout Sessions about pushing your career forward as LGBTQA+ professional

Stacey Abrams, candidate for Gov of Georgia

Jenna Wortham and Lydia Polgreen talk journalism and leading your career

The Acacia Strain Deliver A Properly Heavy Summer

If you ever catch us on Instagram, you’ll know we’ve been headbanging at the heaviest NYC metal shows all summer. Much of it having to do with saying goodbye to our fav venue, Webster Hall, set to close for the next 18 months and less likely to book heavy music when it reopens. Another safe haven for new metalbands lost to corporate takeovers, grr.

I’d been patiently waiting for east coast band, The Acacia Strain to finish up the Vans Warped Tour this year and bring on the jams to NYC, when I heard about a new album they were dropping in late June. Yassss. Idunno what it is about doomy metalcore music, but what I like most about their style are the playful moments in their songs when the time signatures get screwy and unpredictable. This doesn’t happen as often as say, a composition from The Dillinger Escape Plan, but I enjoy the surprise when Acacia Strain explores this.

 

I found their newest album, Gravebloom to be their most polished project so far. A quality to the recording and mastering that leaves previous works like Coma Witch sounding more scratchy unfinished somehow. Not that there’s anything wrong witha rougher sound but, its nice to hear an artist tightening up their craft and focusing on the best elements of their songwriting.

Nothing trumps hearing their songs live, but Gravebloom has some great moments – enough to be added to our #blkgrlswurld Spotify playlist.

Songs we enjoyed from this album include, “Bitter Pill”, “Abyssal Depths”, and “Cold Gloom.” They each have a churning heaviness in their rhythm, the sort that makes you wanna stomp around the mosh pit like some 100ft Godzilla…or you know, in your living room wearing pajamas while growling at your cat. For me, this sort of metal is cathartic, calming and allows me to rest. I realize others have more stimulating reactions, lol- the point is, The Acacia Strain’s latest work is quite satisfying and a great soundtrack for our summer in this big ‘ol city.

I look forward to catching them touring this live.

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Books and Conversations

 


Zine Event June 27th @ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Ahhh! Our fav Harlem spot to uncover Black history is hosting a zine event this week and we’ll have a table 😀 😀 😀 Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Zine Fair from 4-6pm followed by Panel Talk at 6:30 p.m.

We love every chance to expose young brown folks to alternative music and media that represents and validates our shared quirky, sometimes geeky interests. #PUNXSOFCOLOR

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Zines: Elaborate Disruption and Black Creativity

“The resurgence of zines—self-published limited-distribution works—is stemming the tide of erasure, disrupting publishing, and offering creative spaces for diverse voices within marginalized communities. Remembering zines like FIRE!!, created in 1926 and “devoted to the young negro artist,” author Steven G. Fullwood will join in conversation with contemporary zine creators Devin N. Morris (3 Dot Zine), Nontsikelelo Mutiti (Nontsi), Kevin Harry (KHzines), and Jermel Moody (maple:koyo) to elaborate on their zine-making practices and impact on publishing and creativity. The program will also feature a marketplace of zines selected in collaboration with Morris, Moody, and the Schomburg Shop.

FIRE!! contributors included Harlem Renaissance figures Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Aaron Douglas.

@SchomburgCenter #SchomburgZineFair

First come, first seated

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.”

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | 515 Malcolm X Boulevard | New York, NY 10037

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BABZ Fair 2017

Yaaasss, we’ll be tabling at this fair, stop by for our newest custom zine edition debuting this month 😀

BLONDE ART BOOKS

BABZ Fair (formerly known at the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair) is a weekend long event that features small press art and poetry publishers, and individual artist projects, alongside a program of performance, readings, and workshops.

The 5th annual BABZ Fair, the first at Knockdown Center, will be taking place Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Over the years the BABZ Fair has grown dramatically and this year the fair will feature art books and zines by over 100 publishers and artists from across the country.

This year we are collaborating with artist Andrea Arrubla to produce the weekend programming. The full program schedule can be found below – including the new expanded program series, and two days of workshops for writers, artists and KIDS!

FACEBOOK INVITE

FAIR DATES & TIMES:
Friday, June 2, 7–9PM: by invitation only
Saturday, June 3, 1–7PM: free &…

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