Dee Rees (center) on the set of Pariah.
Angela Robertson has spent her life helping other women. Currently the Director of Equity and Community Engagement at Women’s College Hospital, she has been an active member and leader of the Black and women’s communities, helping implement various programs to help support those in need. As the previous Executive Director of Sistering – A Woman’s Place, an organization that offers support to homeless and low-income women, Robertson helped double the agency’s budget and facilitated the expansion of the agency’s headquarters.
A York University graduate, Robertson has also been heavily involved in the Black Queer community, co-founding Blockorama, a celebration of black PRIDE, which marked its 12th anniversary this year. She has been a key member of mobilizing campaigns for social justice issues, from her early days at York where she founded the group, Black Women at York, to her current position as chair of the governance board of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention. She’s a lady with a heart, whose compassion and vision has helped, and still continues to help, the most marginalized women in our community.
Day 15 of Racism Free Ontario’s 100 People of Colour Spotlight.
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(via Angela Robertson)
Congratulation to The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who announced her engagement yesterday. At 69 years young, Ms. Franklin will be marrying her longtime friend Willie Wilkerson. She plans on having a summer wedding and a private reception on a yacht. She joked that she’s not pregnant.
ASHLEY/AMBER is a short film about an antiwar activist who becomes internet famous after being outed as the one-time star of a porn video. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011 and is now available online under a CC-BY-NC license.
Shot in luscious 16mm, ASHLEY/AMBER probes at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and fame: how women are portrayed on the screen, in the media, and in the broader American psyche; what it takes for a woman to be recognized by the culture; and the control one has to manipulate these cultural tendencies towards different ends.
The film is the undergraduate thesis of Rebecca Rojer, a recent Harvard graduate. It won “Best Student Film” at the NJ Int’l Film Festival, an Audience Choice Award at the Williamsburg Int’l Film Festival, and is featured on the German DVD compilation “Back to Politics.”