By Glennisha Morgan
With so many Black queer women flourishing in entertainment, ELIXHER decided to bring you a weekly round up. Every weekend, you can find out what’s happening on television, in music and everywhere in between. This week’s installment features photographer and reality TV star Chenoa Maxwell, Ariane, Ari Fitz, Queen Latifah and more.
Chenoa Maxwell Searches For a Wife
Actress, photographer and OWN’s Love in the City star Chenoa Maxwell went in search of a wife on this week’s episode of the New York City-based docu-series. Maxwell and the other cast members Kiyah Wright, Bershan Shaw, and Tiffany Jones went to NYC’s longest standing lesbian bar, Henrietta Hudson. Maxwell and her husband had been going through marital issues due to her fertility difficulties. So Maxwell, who shared that she likes women, suggested that her and her husband find a wife who can give birth and do domestic duties. While in search for this wife at the lesbian club, Maxwell ran into a woman who made her realize that she doesn’t really want a wife, she wants her husband. Check out a clip of her discussing it with Gabrielle Union before going out.
Black Feminist Film School Seeks Applicants
The Black Feminist Film School is seeking applicants for its 2014 summer session. The school prides itself on being the answer to “a prayer whispered by storytellers, film school students, healers, artists, closet queer preachers and others who believe another world is possible as long as we can imagine it.” Applications are due May 15 and the first in-person session is the weekend of June 6-8, 2014. The BFFS acknowledges the legacy of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. Applicants can apply here.
Ariane Finds a New Lady Love
Last season on Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, Ariane came out and this week on the season premiere, she revealed that she’s found a new love. During lunch with her friends Erica Dixon and Mimi Faust, Ariane shared that her new lady love is a DJ named Toni. Check it out below at the 14:00 mark.
Orange Is the New Black Wins GLAAD Award
The highly praised original Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, which features our beloved Laverne Cox, won a 2014 GLAAD Media Award. The show was named “Outstanding Comedy Series.” Netflix has also renewed the award-winning series for a third season. On May 5, Laura Prepon who plays Alex Vause on the show, shared a photo of a dry-erase board with possible Season 3 titles and the caption: “It’s official!!”
Queen Latifah Gets Casted As Queer Blues Singer Bessie Smith
Pariah director Dee Rees is set to direct and write an HBO biopic about queer blues singer Bessie Smith, starring Queen Latifah. In addition to HBO, the Atlanta-based production is backed by The Zanuck Company, Shelby Stone Productions and Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. According to Indiewire the film is still in the development stage, but production should start mid-June. The movie is titled Blue Goose Hollow, after the area in Chattanooga, Tennessee that Smith was born and raised in.
Ari Fitz Talks Why She Did Reality Television
In an interview with AfroPunk, model, filmmaker and MTV’s The Real World: Explosion star Ari Fitz discussed why she decided to do reality television. The Oakland native initially had reservations about being on reality television, but she thought it would be great for visibility and possibly other opportunities for herself and other queer women of color. “I had some hesitations about throwing myself into the depths of reality TV because I take issue with how it often portrays people of color and queer people,” she explained. “But I’m the kind of person that likes challenges; I throw myself into a lot of uncomfortable situations. So, perfect or not, the show would be a great platform to help spread my work and open some doors for other people who look like me who want to break into the horror genre. It was a good opportunity to tell my story and connect with other people who resonated with me.”
Glennisha Morgan serves as ELIXHER’s Entertainment Editor. She is the founder of The Fembassy (a blog that is solely dedicated to women MCs), a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. During her career she has interviewed people like Russell Simmons, La La Anthony, MC Lyte, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.’