From the second annual Black Comics Expo’s Women in Comics Panel: Regine Sawyer, Alitha Martinez, Jennifer Cruté, Barbara Brandon, and Juliana Smith. Black comic excellence, y’all. And many thanks to Kia Barbee for the excellent photo!
I was raised within the Jamaican culture in Britain. I was surrounded by these incredibly powerful women growing up—independent, opinionated, strong-willed women, like my mum and my aunt. But what always shocks me is that I don’t really see those women being represented in film. I see a woman who is a kind of adjunct to a male story and doesn’t really influence how the story goes. The men kind of go off and do the brave things and the women kind of wait at home, cowering while the dragons are slain. And from my experience growing up in a Jamaican culture, that’s not at all how it was. The women would be going out to slay the dragons alongside the men, if the story were told from their perspective. [x]
In a community where everyone asks about what you do and no one asks about what you love, it’s easy to become discouraged and uninspired. Many of us cease to think of ourselves as “artists” as our minds and our days are consumed with the tedium of the jobs we take on to afford living in New York. So what’s the point?– I Am Not My Job: Why I Left New York City | (via thatkindofwoman) Via
We’re looking back at some of our favorite interviews from 2013.
During this year’s Festival, Lily filmmaker Matt Creed spoke to us about the challenges of shooting in New York City.
So nice to hear from the director, this was a film I screened for a local festival.