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BeBe Zahara Monet /Nea Marshal Kudi : A Fierce & Fabulous Force

by Nuestra Hermana

You may know BeBe as “America’s Next Drag Superstar” from season one of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Show. Fierce, bold & beautiful on the runway and bestowed with a stellar personality, she won the love of the show’s viewers. 

BeBe is also Nea Marshal Kudi who describes BeBe as “a strong and beautiful character illusion created for entertainment and the artistic expression of the feminine.”

Nea was born in the West African Republic of Cameroon. He lived in both Cameroon and Paris before moving to America. He came to Minneapolis where some of his family lived and once his career hit it off he moved to New York where he currently resides.

His first steps in drag were when he was asked to step in and replace missing models while he worked for a Perisian runway. From there, BeBe was born. After winning the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar”, BeBe went on to produce music which fused her Cameroon roots with R&B and hip hop.

Nea also created a theater piece titled Queendom which featured live original music that fused African rhythms with R&B and hip hop. The piece tells the story of his journey throughout Africa, Paris and America. The message Nea hoped to put out with this theater piece was for the audience to learn to find their inner Queendom/Kingdom and embrace it.

BeBe has continued to work on music, has hosted the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Celebration of Courage, worked as a model & is most recently working on a documentary about her life. It is titled simply BeBe: A Documentary.

Want to see more/know more?

  • Watch her ad campaign for International Drag History Month HERE
  • Find out more information about her documentary HERE
  • See her website and write in her guestbook HERE

(Please do not remove this article/bio attached to this photoset. This series is written specifically to promote & educate about POC/QPOC issues & people.)

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[Trigger Warning: Racism] If You Are An Ally, Advocate & Hold A Position of Power Don’t Do This:

nuestrahermana:

An Open Letter To Buck Angel:

The fact that you are in a position of power because you are so well known and regardless of whether you like it or not, you have media attention and people look to you as an important voice for the queer community. I am stating this because this is vital to what is happening right now.

It’s offensive and extremely disappointing to watch someone who calls themselves an advocate and ally state some pretty disgusting sentiments.

Before you dismiss this call out like you have to others, Buck, take a moment to really listen to critique’s and don’t lump anyone with a minute amount of dissent as hating you. Especially when it comes from within your own community.

You are pissed. It’s pretty obvious, even though you have a lot of supporters who would jump in immediately to state that you are in no way wrong, even some people of color saying that you aren’t racist or classist. I am here to remind you that one or a few people of color giving you a free pass does not equal a literal all clear free pass.

Having watched the critiques and then arguments unfold, I can’t help but have to call you out as well.

If you identify as an ally, advocate and educator. It is important that you do the internal work of being an ally and educate yourself properly. Listening to people of color when they tell you what you are doing is hurting them and is racist is a part of this. Listen. Instead of letting your anger come first over everything, if you truly are an ally, Listen to the people you are offending. Check your privilege & the fact that the statements you make that are racist, classist or misogynist will be called out and it isn’t as simple as “this person hates me” because you are being called out.

That’s the easy selfish way out. You have feelings yet, if you are an ally, you learn to deal with the anger you feel when being called out and you listen. You read the critiques and you work at changing what you are doing.

What You’re Doing Wrong & Are Being Called Out For:

  • Taking critique as personal insult
  • Not listening to people of color when they call you out on racism
  • Not listening to people in general when they call you out on racism & classism
  • Not being an true ally
  • Instead of discussing or walking away, retorting to classist & racist statements like “Maybe that’s why you’re poor and need to beg for money” to insult a queer person of color who said they hated you. On top of it, posting their blog on your twitter so people would attack said queer person of color.
  • Using tactics of oppression against people within your own community
  • Not owning up to the statements you make and pretending that they are somehow loving and peaceful
  • Threatening queer people of color for calling you out, more specifically threatening a queer woman of color

Also, there is no such thing as a “race card” Buck:

Buck Angel® BuckAngel Buck Angel® @   @danny_waters @RyanStGermain what does color have to do with anything-using the race card is a bit racist don’t you think?

6 hours ago

If a person of color tells you you are being racist, they don’t just say it for shits and giggles. In fact, as a queer person of color, I can say this is my life and I have the most knowledge when it comes to it and if I call someone out for being racist, it’s because they’re being racist. Because “color” may have NOTHING to do with your life and how people treat you, how they judge you, what jobs they may or may not hire you for, does not mean it is universally true for all.

You cannot call yourself an ally when you are using your own fame and privilege to hurt those within your own community.

Signed,

Nuestra Hermana

ps: You are all welcome to reblog to add in commentary.

You know, I thought it was bad when Buck was defending Dan Savage, but the responses he’s sending to people are absolutely horrible. How can he claim to be an educator and advocate if he’s intentionally attacking and targeting a part of the community that is only speaking against him because of his harmful and oppressive behavior. This really, this just makes me sick.

Love,

Taylor

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Nuestra Hermana’s WOC Photography Series: Zanele Muholi


In 1972, Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi Durban. After completing an Advanced Photography Course at the Market Photo Workshop in Newton, she held her first exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2004. She most recently earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Media from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in 2009.

She worked as a reporter and photographer for Behind The Mask an LGBTQI African magazine tackling queer community issues and visibility. In 2002, she began FEW (Forum For The Empowerment of Women), an organization providing a safe space for black queer women to discuss and organize.

Her photographic work is deeply rooted in both exposing the issues affecting the lives of African lesbians, African women and the black queer community. Her photographic art challenges the usual portrayal of black bodies. Her work has addressed and brought visibility to HIV/AIDS, assault and the violent crime of “curative rape” against black queers. 

Her work is intimate, honest, raw and emotionally charged.

She has held 6 solo exhibitions and has been part of several exhibits. One of her most well known being her first solo exhibit titled ‘Visual Sexuality: Only Half The Picture’. She has received 6 awards and contributions including the Tollman Award for Visual Arts and the Casa Africa award for Best Female Photographer.

You can learn more about her and her work by checking her website HERE.

Check out the archives here

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Queer woman of color seeks roommate for sweet duplex in Oakland

delisubthefemmecub:


Still on hiatus, but just back for a minute to signal boost my boo’s housing ad again.  She’s still lookin!

PLEASE PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST IF YOU CAN

My beautiful amazing lovely boo is still looking for a roommate ASAP and it’s getting really down-to-the-wire.  Anything helps.  Her ad is pasted below, more photos and info at the link at the bottom!

delisubthefemmecub:

Mixed race, queer artist/activist (writer, drummer, illustrator and filmmaker) looking for a clean, quiet, direct, but compassionate communicator to share an awesome 2-bedroom with near 13th Ave and E 33rd St. in Oakland.

Me:

  • I am clean, quiet and considerate. I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs.
  • I am 24 years old and currently work at a racial/environmental justice non-profit.
  • I spend a lot of time with my partner. He is a white 21 year old trans guy. We are very stable and have been together for 2 years.

The apartment:

  • $600, not including utilities.
  • One bathroom, eat-in kitchen, small laundry room and a bright and SPACIOUS living room/dining room.
  • Beautiful view of the sunset over the Bay on one side of the apartment and the Oakland hills on the other.
  • No smokers and no pets, sorry!

You can view the full ad with photos at this link

If you’re interested please send me an email with some info about yourself and why you think we’d be a good fit at qwocstar@gmail.com

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QUEER ROADTRIPPIN NETWORKING TIME!

delisubthefemmecub:

If y’all can signal boost this it would be super amazing!

So my partner and I are roadtripping from Boston, MA to Oakland, CA this December and we need a bit of help finding places to stay!  We need a place to stay in

  • FORT SMITH, Arkansas on Dec 29, 2011
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico on Dec 30th, 2011
  • LAS VEGAS, Nevada on Dec 31st, 2011

We are

  • a 21 year old white, genderqueer, femme trans guy who is a student/artist/activist
  • a 24 year old queer woman of color who is also an artist/activist

We’re both quiet, clean, and respectful.  We don’t smoke or drink and we won’t have any pets with us. 

Pluses! We would be stoked if

  • you are also queer and/or trans* and/or of color (+allies!)
  • you have a bed or couch to sleep on and not just a floor (we both have hella bad backs and will have been driving for a looong time)
  • you have a sober and/or smoke free household (neither of us drink, and my asthma is triggered by smoke)

If your house doesn’t fit that criteria, but you’re down to house us, feel free to message me anyway!  Those are just pluses, but our first priority is having somewhere to sleep :)

IF YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO HOUSE US (or know someone who might) PLEASE DON’T REPLY IN MY ASK BOX! I’m going to be off tumblr for a bit and I won’t have access to my askbox. 

Instead, you can email me at:  delisubthefemmecub@gmail.com

If you have a tumblr, feel free to link me to that as well!

Thanks for all your help <3

Signal boost.