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, her girlfriend Renaye, the Soul of Brooklyn Festival and more.
‘Sisterhood of Hip Hop’ Airs Featuring Siya
On August 12, Oxygen’s new hit reality series, “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” aired featuring out lesbian rapper Siya and her girlfriend Renaye. The show chronicles Siya, Diamond, Brianna Perry, Bia and Nyemiah Supreme during their budding hip hop careers. In addition to Siya fighting to be heard in the mainstream music industry she is also figuring out how to make her relationship with her girlfriend, Renaye work while pursuing her dreams. The debut episode of the show, zones in on Renaye’s move to New York City from California to be with Siya and also pursue her career goals. As an effort to show Renaye the city, Siya took her to a Queen of the Ring battle rap fight in the Bronx, where Renaye showed a bit of jealousy because Siya’s friend Nyemiah Supreme came. Instead of being honest about being a tad bit jealous of Siya holding a conversation with her friend and fellow cast mate, Renaye told Siya that she was just homesick and wanted to go back home to California.
To coincide with the show’s premiere, Siya released her new video, “One Hunnid,” which features Renaye. Her longtime collaborator, Mike Ho directed it. Check it out below. You can also download the single on iTunes.
You can tune in next week on Tuesday, August 19 at 9pm ET to see what happens next.
Soul of Brooklyn Festival Celebrates Queer Black Women In Film
On August 20, “Set It Off” takes place during the Soul of Brooklyn Festival. The series celebrates queer Black women in film and our beloved Alexis Casson, director of “The Peculiar Kind” will be speaking on the panel. There will also be a special sneak preview of The Revival Movie and Cheryl Dunye’s Black Is Blue.
View the flier below.
ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ Heats Up
On August 11, ABC Family’s “The Foster’s” episode 9 of season 2 aired. Some of the siblings in the family attended a Mexican street fair, which started out as fun until things heated up with emotion. Callie learned to confront her anxiety attacks by trusting her gut, with the help of Wyatt. As soon as she feels that she has it under control, someone from her past derails her progression. Jesus attempts to impress Hayley, but she wants him to prove to her that he’s not just with her for sex. In the midst of things, Ana and Mike attempt to forgive and forget.
Check out the next episode on Monday, August 18 at 9pm ET.
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, Brittney Griner, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.”