Full of comedy and drama, four girlfriends vacation together in Trinidad where they discover more about themselves as women and deepen their sisterhood with each other:
Starring Garcelle Beauvais, Essence Atkins, Malinda Williams and Terri J. Vaughn
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT): Registration now open for the 19th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma on September 7–10, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Register.
The End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object think that a rating system may be the answer. They recently published a report, called Pornographic Performances, condemning the portrayal of women in pop videos as hyper-sexualised and “endlessly sexually available” objects.
Those who view such videos have been found to have an associated tolerance of racist, sexist and even rape-tolerant attitudes, the research states.
The three organisations advocate compulsory age ratings for all music videos, to ensure there is consistency in the regulation of music videos viewed online and on hard copy, as with film. Sarah Green, of the EVAW Coalition, said:
“Some forms of media, such as television and film, are well regulated and our society accepts and supports this. Other forms like music videos are getting away with very little scrutiny and as such seem to be competing for who can most degrade and insult women. If the ‘creative’ people who make them won’t stop this, regulators should rein them in and implement age ratings.”
In addition, the paper highlights the portrayal of Black women as “wild and animalistic” hypersexual objects. Regardless of the genre of music, the report states that “racialised tropes are deemed marketable.”
The Tigerlily Foundation is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk, on September 14, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at Fairfax Corner. The race will start at the Fairfax Corner Pavilion, 11945 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia. Registration is open, and participants can sign up as individuals or create teams.
This event will bring together more than 500 participants from around the Washington, DC Metropolitan area to raise funds to support young women 15 – 40, before, during and after breast cancer. Tigerlily Foundation’s programs provide education, buddies, buddy bags, meals, financial assistance and support to young women. Tigerlily’s Pink Boa 5K Run/Walk will be hosted by Lesli Foster, Anchor WUSA9 and Allyn Rose, Ms. District of Columbia 2012. Visit our Pink Boa 5K website to register as a participant, join a team, sponsor, donor, fundraise, volunteer or help us spread the word. We’ll have giveaways, music, fun activities, and lots of friends from around the beltway and there will be lots of fun to be had! Sponsorships and vendor opportunities available.
Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa is proud to present BIRTHRIGHT: 10th Anniversary Celebration – an elegant evening of pure energy & sheer grace in honor of the spirit of sharing and cultural legacy inspired by West African Dance and Drumming. On this night, attendees will witness intergenerational performance and the stellar result of an active and intentional transmission of African cultural values, performance, movement and rhythm from one generation to the next with performances by the entire Farafina Kan Family.
Performances will be given by the childrens ensemble (ages 3 – 7), the youth ensemble (age 7 – 12), the junior company (ages 13 – 19), and the adult professional company.
BIRTHRIGHT is sponsored in part by Busboys and Poets and The Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique, and will take place on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the University of the District of Columbia Theatre of the Arts. The celebration kicks off with a Red Carpet & VIP Reception beginning at 5:30 pm sponsored by Diamond District Wines, Koncious Caterers and Asli Pure co-hosted by the Honorable Omar Arouna, Ambassador to Benin with a live performance by the DuPont Brass Band. Other dignitaries and special invited guests include other African Ambassadors, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Members of the DC City Council, and other elite cultural stakeholders of Washington, DC.
The doors open to the general public at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the VIP reception and concert are available exclusively at www.FarafinaKan.com.