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Get Familiar With New Jersey’s Finest Female Rapper: pineappleCITI

We got a chance to chat with the fierce female rapper pineappleCITI before she took off to this year’s SXSW in Austin. With a full schedule and roster of appearances to make, we were thrilled she was able to make the time to speak to us about her career as a rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur. She was really excited to be able to represent herself to our community of readers and to be allowed to be authentically herself in her own words. How did you get the name pineappleCITI? I’m from north New Jersey which is known as Brick City… Keep Reading

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lady Midnight and DJ Keezy

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lady Midnight and DJ Keezy Written and Interviewed by Amelia Davis. Minneapolis songstress Lady Midnight and DJ Keezy recently visited Los Angeles to perform along with the hip-hop group Atmosphere’s latest “Mi Vida Local Tour”.  These powerhouse women have created a feminine wave of musical experiences in Minneapolis and brought that same energy to the sold-out show at The Novo on February 7. This is what they had to say about their music. How would you describe your music? DJ Keezy: “People that inspire me: Salt and Pepper, more of the women’s’ groups.  I have a little set… Keep Reading

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Why LGBTQ+ children’s books are so important.

If you ask any LGBTQ+ adult today whether they believe their childhood consisted of stories that fairly represented them, the answer would most likely be a resounding NO. Today’s children’s literature has made tangible progress in promoting diversity through numerous LGBTQ+ characters, themes, and storylines. However, the struggle to find ample representation continues, largely owing to the backlash that many believe LGBTQ+ content to be “inappropriate content”. The reality is that inclusive children’s books play an incredibly powerful role in cultivating an accepting and progressive mindset for our youth. When reflecting on my own childhood, I spent countless hours questioning… Keep Reading

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Review written by Amelia Davis

The new year has already jumped off to an interesting start as Lifetime released a the new docuseries titled “Surviving R. Kelly”. With a title like that you know that this is going to be a story that probably dives into whatever deep dark closet that the entertainment industry was hiding R. Kelly in. This documentary mini-series features interviews from brave women who have come forward to share their traumatizing personal experiences with R&B superstar R. Kelly. Many celebrities make appearances to talk of what they know or things they have seen working with R. Kelly; even his own family… Keep Reading

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FALLEN ANGELS: The Runway Show that Gives You the Trans Inclusive Fantasy That Victoria’s Secret is Missing Out On.

FALLEN ANGELS: The Runway Show that Gives You the Trans Inclusive Fantasy That Victoria’s Secret is Missing Out On. I talked to Lucia Blake, founder of TRANSMISSIONS, a radical trans activist group based in London (UK), about the fashion show and resistance campaign she created as a big f**k you to Victoria Secret’s trans exclusive vision. If you have ever walked down Stoke Newington Road in Dalston (East London), you probably have passed a nondescript doorway several times without giving it a second glance. From the outside, it looks like an average retail space, maybe an old storefront or a… Keep Reading

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How to be #GENDERWOKE” in 2019:

A Basic Guide for Allies Dedicated to Supporting Gender Diversity Phew! We made it to 2019! 2018 was an iconic year for transgender rights and generally elevating the visibility of gender diversity. We have a brand new year ahead to tackle trans and broader LGBTIQ+ rights and we need you allies to become more involved in educating folks more than ever. We need you to tackle the prejudices you hear and see on a daily basis. There is no reason for allies to NOT be up to scratch with the latest issues related to gender. After perusing the internet looking… Keep Reading

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Community Nest Foundation’s First Annual Black Tie Red Carpet Gala Honors LGBT Philanthropists

LOS ANGELES, December 19, 2018 ( – On Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, The Community Nest Foundation (CNF), hosted the first annual Black Tie, Red Carpet Gala at Echo’s in Pico in Los Angeles. The elegant Gala honoring the LGBT community’s finest philanthropists far surpassed peoples’ highest expectations. CNF, a Southern California based non-profit dedicated to uplifting the LGBT community, awarded two prestigious awards to two LGBT philanthropic champions, jump-started Amber’s toy drive, and raised funds for the LGBT Center, Lunch on Me, and CNF. During the Gala, the foundation awarded Amber Lee Whittington the Humanitarian of the Year award, and… Keep Reading

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A Blank Canvas: Notes on Fashion & Gender Nonconformity

I have a red plaid shirt that I cannot get rid of. It is buried in a storage container filled with clothes that I will never wear again, yet, I cannot find the will to toss any of it away. Especially within the fibres of that plaid shirt, holds early memories of my coming out days. Around six years ago, I found myself in a sweaty club twirling on the dance floor, exchanging partner dance moves between two women who invited me. Excited and nervous, I already knew how the night would end. As we were about to leave, I… Keep Reading

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Strength – Poetry

Have Strength, Pull Through You’re Strong Enough For It. When You Break Down Those Are The Words You Will Hear Each And Every Time. How Strong Can You Be When You Just ….Keep Falling? How Can You Stay Strong When You Just Feel Like You Don’t Have It In You No More? Strength In Life Can Be Used In Many Different Ways But When You’re Alone. Nobody Around, In The Dark, Alone With Just Your Thoughts. Where’s The Strength Then? When Every Part Of Your Body Is Telling You No, When You’re Losing Yourself And Can’t Seem To Find The… Keep Reading

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Thank You For Voting-Highlights of the 2018 Midterm-Elections and Why Your Vote Matters

The 2018 midterm-elections became the focal point for American politics this past November as we experienced an impressive nationwide push getting citizens inspired to exercise our right to vote. Major governmental issues have been at the forefront of of conversation when it comes to the political stance of candidates such as immigration, gun laws, gay rights, environmental needs, abortion laws and women’s rights, and policies on state and federal levels. Another major issue that came up this year was a brand new law that was passed creating voter suppression in rural communities, such as my home reservation of the Turtle… Keep Reading

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