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 Tiona McClodden, Tyra Banks, Siya, and more.
Tyra Banks Takes On New Docuseries TransAmerica
Super model Tyra Banks is now set to produce a new VH1 docuseries on transwomen, starring
Carmen Carrera. The eight-episode docuseries titledTransAmerica, will follow a group of Chicago women who are living, loving and building their careers. The show is scheduled to hit television screens late 2014 or early 2015. “It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more,” said Susan Levison, executive vp programming for VH1. “This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates.” This series will be the VH1’s third show to either star or prominently feature a transgender cast member.
Tiona McClodden Discusses Her Latest Exhibit
In an interview with AfroPunk, queer multimedia artist Tiona McClodden discussed her latest exhibit, how she got into filmmaking, what most people don’t know about her and more. MCClodden stated that her latest exhibit Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement 1-The Visions was her most earnest project. “Be Alarmed is a project that I’ve been working on for about five years now. It’s my most ambitious project to date. It was also overwhelming production wise at times because I was approaching narrative fiction and non-fiction writing, photo appropriation, and sculptural work all at once to produce this new media form of what a film could be,” she explained. “I started with a script outline and historical outline of my family’s history. I had old family photos that served as aesthetic reference for the entire exhibit. I used music as a reference in a way I never had before. I had my sculptural portraits that I had to build which was a very intensive process that had me in my body in a way that I hadn’t experienced before in regards to the physicality aspect.” Read the full interview over at AfroPunk.
Oyxgen Releases Official Promo Photos For Sisterhood of Hip Hop Featuring Siya
In April, ELIXHER mentioned that out Brooklyn rapper Siya is a part of a new upcoming Oxygen reality TV series called Sisterhood of Hip Hop, also featuring Diamond, Brianna Perry, Bia and Nyemiah Supreme. The show is produced by Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. and chronicles the hip hop artists as they attempt to flourish in the music industry while living and loving. This week, the network released official promo photos for the show. Siya took to Instagram to share a few. Check out the group shot below.
The Schomburg Center Features Outing Lorraine
This week, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City featured a program called Outing Lorraine, an engaging panel discussion about imposing queer labels on public figures who never publicly identified as such. The conversation was centered around playwright, activist and intellectual, Lorraine Hansberry. The panelists included Joi Gresham, Alexis de Veaux and Shawn(ta) Smith, just to name a few.
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.’