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 Siya, Po Johnson, Sherri Saum and more.
Oxygen Releases Premiere Date For Sisterhood of Hip Hop
Oxygen has released a date for the premiere of its new reality series, Sisterhood of Hip Hop, featuring out emcee Siya. On June 10, Siya shared a promo tweet on Instagram with the official date. The wait will be over on August 12. Check it below.
Sherri Saum Discusses The Fosters
During an exclusive interview with GLAAD, Sherri Saum discussed her hit show, The Fosters. The highly praised show returned this past Monday, June 16. Saum revealed that she was on board with the direction of the show from day one. “I just put my faith in ABC Family. When I learned what the subject matter was, you know it told me on my appointment sheet basically what the role was, and then I saw who the network was behind it, I was like ‘wait a minute, how are they gonna deal with this?’ And then I read the script and I was just blown away by how serious they were,” she explained. “They weren’t trying to hide from anything or sugarcoat anything. They really let real issues through in a respectful and genuine way. So I was on board from the get-go and then when I met everybody who was behind the project I was doubly on board.”
Monifah’s Releases Exclusive Wedding Photos
This week, the R&B Divas star and singer released her wedding photos exclusively with Essence Magazine. Monifah married her girlfriend, Terez on February 8, 2014 and now the world can take a look at their beautiful union. The two reality TV stars wed during a beautiful oceanfront ceremony in Hawaii. Although Monifah initially had reservations about inviting all of her diva cast mates to her wedding, they were all in attendance. Monifah wasn’t really nervous before walking down the aisle because she was focused on Terez. “I was excited. I didn’t really have too many nerves. I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to be frazzled and crazy about stuff that was insignificant. Because the bottom line was as along as Terez was there, I was good,” Monifah shared. “That’s all I really cared about. Of course I wanted to be beautiful, but before we started planning I had already had in my mind that it’s going to be what it’s going to be, and I’m not going to fret over things that were not in my control. I just cared about my wedding dress, good food, hair and makeup. With everything else, I was fine. It could have rained…whatever, as long as I was marrying my best friend. Acceptance is key.”
Fundraiser Stars For New Lorraine Hansberry Documentary
Directed by Tracey Heather Strain, a new feature length documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun) is in the works. The film will explore Hansberry’s life as an activist, feminist and writer for the lesbian publication,The Ladder. Others involved in the project are Strain’s husband and producing partner Randall MacLowry, executive producer Chiz Schultz and filmmaker Jamila Wignot. You can support the documentary here via Kickstarter.
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.’