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The costume designed by #larrylegaspi for #nonahendryx 1975, the year #labelle took flight with #nightbirds. now owned by the #smithsonianmuseum #nationalmuseumofafricanamericanhistoryandculture #afrofuturism #afrofuturismo #afrofuturistwomen #spacechildren #blackfeminism #womanwarrior how extraordinary is this? ......👽🔥👩🏽🚀🔥👽
❤️ #nikkigiovanni Did I tell you I’m writing a book about Labelle (the BAND) for UT Press? I had the great pleasure of speaking with Nikki Giovanni about Labelle and the Black Arts Movement, to which, she tells me, “Labelle brought the joy”. Her newest book, A Good Cry is a beautiful meditation of kindness, for self and for the world. She ruminates on growing older. On the surrender to vulnerability that can take near a lifetime—the art of the open—and being as moved to tears as we are to laughter. What a gorgeous spirit. I’ve loved her work through the years, and then, to hear her music: her laughter: through the phone was such a boon. Thank you for your generous spirit, and for all the poems you’ve graced us with Nikki. Buy her book! #agoodcry 🗝
#tonimorrison. The gifts of her piercingly beautiful mind and heart remain with us in her words, her ghosts, her love for her people. In light of the white terror holding America in its grip today, the loss of her hangs that much heavier on the heart. May she fly free.❤️ Illustration by @katyhoran and text by #taisiakitaiskaia for the book #literarywitches
Just discovered this nugget from 1965 when Motown invaded Britain, courtesy of #dustyspringfield. here she is camping it up with her pal #marthareeves (and the van dellas) in a piss-take of feminine subjugation. despite the lyric, this is bacharach-david at their best. dusty and martha, having a ball! ❤️ thank you Gayle Wald. 👏🏼
TURN IT UP!!! @turnitupteam Come out to the Echoplex Sunday 7/21 to help us smash the crystal ceiling with sound! We will rock together toward parity for women in music. ✊🏽✊🏻✊🏿 Check out all the talent on the flyer and bring your bad-ass selves to the celebration! 🤩🤘🏾🧚🏼♂️👯♀️💃🏽🎩🙌🏼🌟🔥🌈🎸🎯🧨🎉💗🎶
If you haven’t already, meet @phranc.la #phranc PHRANC the All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger. There’s so much I want to tell you about Phranc… I’ll begin with a quote from Vaginal Davis writing about her for Slash: "On stage, Phranc looks like a 14-year-old runaway from a boys' reform school." Phranc is kindred to me. I met her around 1980 when she was playing in a band called Nervous Gender. Other bands she’s graced with her talent; Catholic Discipline and Castration Squad. No assimilation for THIS lesbian folksinger! My own band, the Bloods, were out lesbians in 1980 along with Phranc, and the early 1980s were different days for we gays. Look back with me if you will, to a time when squads of red-pill bullies attacked girls like us, waving their fists upon discovering we weren’t really boys—we were something better. Nervous Gender indeed! Phranc was among the very few out lesbians in the punk and no wave music scenes of both coasts, and she has never EVER been inauthentic. This confers upon her the status of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟General, serving us all on the front lines of the early LGBTQ music movement with her bravery and her persistence to NOT be erased by a culture that loves to diminish us. IMHO, I believe lesbians of ALL COLORS remain on the bottom ring of the totem pole. And yet, they cannot silence us. They didn’t back then, and they will not NOW. Phranc is a GEM. Her music is political, compassionate, and funny AF! As funny as Phranc is charming. Phranc will join us on stage at the Echoplex, July 21st, for our very first fundraiser for TURN IT UP! Come join us for the party as we TURN IT UP and TURN YOU ON to the brilliance that is PHRANC!! Ticket link in BIO.
Come out to this show at the Echoplex and be ROCKED. $10 online tix, $12 at door, 2-6PM. ALL AGES. great line-up for our collective #TURNITUP!
#TURNITUP! Come out come out on SUNDAY JULY 21 to the ECHOPLEX for a day of ULTRA-FEMALE-FEROCITY on stage! #alicebag🌟and I will be sharing the stage with some of the HAWTEST women in LA MUSIC! We will BRING IT, so you need to bring your mamas, daughters, sons, brothers and righteous selves for a day of RAWK as we RAISE OUR ELECTRIC VOICES to demand parity for WOMEN in MUSIC. All ages! 2-6 PM, you heard that right you wild-ass grannies, this song is for YOU TOO! performers will include: #thegroans🌟 #phranc the lesbian folksinger! #solvejschou. Lisa Kekaula 🌟from #thebellrayssoundcontrol #kristinenevrose (the Tissues) #drewarriolasands (Trapgirl) 🌟 #ninadiazmusic (Girl in a Coma) 🌟 and da kickass TIU HOUSE BAND: #abbytravis 🌟 #toshajonesdrums🌟. and two badass bitches on guitars from #bettyblowtorch, 🌟🌟 Sharon Needles 🌟 and Blare Bitch!🌟Alice, Abby and I will sing for you too! .PLUS dj sets by #radiorealness DJ DiA🌟and DJ Mukta!🌟. . 👻🦹🏻♀️💃🏽👩🏻🎤👩🏾🎤👨🏿🎤👨🏻🎤👯♂️👽🧙🏼♀️. Don’t miss the partay of the summer... #fearofafemaleplanet🌟 tee by the one and only #hotheadpaisan #dianedimassa 🌟!
Of all the horrors we’re being forced to live with under this cruel administration, this crime against humanity is by far the worst. When Twitler and his monsters are banished from power, those who support the diabolical policy of traumatizing children in concentration camps (and YES Bill Maher, it IS the correct name for the child camps) will wear the permanent brand of iniquity on their foreheads. We will not forget who you all are and how you allowed this to happen. For those willing to help the children, PLEASE support this organization. These kids are in desperate need of help. Who are we, America? If we don’t stand up now, then we deserve every injustice they pile on. There have been deaths in the camps. Children are being traumatized, their health and well-being neglected. Sleeping on cement floors with nothing to shield them but space blankets. Moved around under secrecy to avoid identification... and Twitler continues to do interviews yet no brave journalist will step up to ask “What if this happened to your children? Why do you think this is ok? What group is next on your internment agenda?” Please see the link in my bio. Please support the resistance to the child concentration camps.
ah, childhood. for all who know this particular heartbreak. for all who couldn’t pass or refused to despite the consequences. i love you. 💕 #gentlemanjackhbo
#gwenverdon #debbieallen In my early twenties I literally danced through the streets of New York. I adored watching the magical Gwen Verdon. Seeing Michelle Williams dance her/portray her exquisitely in Fosse/Verdon took my breath away. Another reminder that until I find the perfect dance partner, #cicciolinathedancing dog will have to suffice. 🐕⭐️💜 #fosseverdonfx
#mariacallas in concert. last night. w/LA Opera Orchestra, conductor Eímear Noone. Entranced, wondering if she was a hologram, or the fantasma della diva. time is a circle. grazie Nat.
It only took 8 years, but I have finally succeeded in teaching #cicciolinathedancingdog to sing. Sometimes she and I lock pitch, or do harmonies. Obviously not today. oh how I LOVE this little diva! 💕👏🏼🐺💘🎶