Portraits

  April is Sexual Violence Awareness month. The statistics speak for themselves: One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives and almost half (49.5 percent) of multiracial women are subjected to some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes, but there’s not much in the way of research or help specifically geared towards LGBTQ people.

“Unchained: A Revolution of Love” is the theme for this year’s Philly Black Pride. Running April 26-29 with a kick-off parade on the 25th, PBP is a celebration for LGBTQ people of color and their allies. Throughout the year, PBP works to create multicultural opportunities that educate, inspire, improve and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ individuals through programs, policy, advocacy, partnerships and relationship building.

Now it’s time to educate and celebrate, and this year’s Pride weekend is chock full of things to do. We spoke to Antar Bush, coordinator of the first-ever Black Pride Parade. 

“He knew she was right, but didn’t care to relate his own life to her very egocentric observations. Her life had already become quite disenchanted, and Charlotte knew that for Teddy, it was only a matter of time; she hated that he got to be away, but loved the freedom he had.”

~from “Teddy Madison”
by Gregory Montagnino

Gregory Montagnino wears many hats, some of which he’s designed himself. As an author, clothing designer, teacher, event planner and host, this week’s Portrait is a jack of all trades, with a Master’s degree to boot.

It’s time for The Women’s Film Festival, with its screen offerings and festive events, including a burlesque performance, dancers from Indonesia, moving films, funny films, documentaries … and they’re not finished yet.

The evening of March 23 brings two films on sex, “The Foursome” and “Bookends,” and several shorts that cover the #MeToo movement, among other topics. On March 25, “The Feels,” starring Constance Wu from “Fresh Off the Boat” alongside a cast of female comedians, will be screened as a joint collaboration with the qFLIX Festival, along with a powerful film on domestic violence called “Blindsided.”

This week, we get to know filmmaker Caryn K. Hayes, originally from New Orleans. Hayes has a passion for storytelling, with fiction published in the New Voices Literary Journal. In 2007, she began producing new media content for Showbiz Shorts and BrevityTV.com, ultimately taking on directing responsibilities at the latter and getting appointed head of production. In 2009, Hayes launched Hardly Working Entertainment to produce her first short film, and got into online content with the popular, award-winning relationship dramedy “Entangled With You.”

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