Dr. Ashley Coleman Taylor talks about her work collecting black queer oral histories that will preserve an important part of Atlanta’s past. We also talk about the impact of storytelling on creating/sustaining social justice movements and how Audre Lorde’s concept of the “erotic” is an asset to harnessing one’s personal power.
Ashley Coleman Taylor, Ph.D. is an Instructor of Women’s Studies at Agnes Scott College and formerly a Lecturer in the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. As an interdisciplinary ethnographer, she specializes in the intersecting lived experiences of black embodiment, black genders and sexualities, and African diaspora religious experience.
She was a 2016-2017 Visiting Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. Her book project, Magestad (MA-hey-stod) Negra: Race, Class, Gender and Religious Experience in the Puerto Rican Imaginary is an intersectional black feminist approach to race, class, gender, and activism in Puerto Rico. The manuscript is a finalist for the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.
Her current project, Atlanta as Black Queer Place, is an archival oral history project that centers the lived experiences of Atlanta-based LGBT activists and features qualitative geospatial methodologies.
She can be contacted via email at AshleyColemanTaylor@gmail.com
In a world of inauthentic voices, it is refreshing to hear someone talk openly about grief and the journey forward after losing a loved one. Rev. Maressa Pendermon is such a voice as she shares her story on this episode of the podcast. This is a frank and generous conversation that also contains her thoughts on how losing her son has affected her work as a parish minister and hospice chaplain.
Reverend Maressa Pendermon is an ordained reverend in the Unity Fellowship Church Movement (UFCM) currently serving as senior pastor of Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, Greater Atlanta. She also works as a hospice chaplain, providing spiritual care for individuals living with a terminal diagnosis and their families. In addition, Reverend Pendermon is a community strategist as well as trained facilitator. She is passionate about social justice issues and does her work in community with traditionally marginalized and low wealth individuals and communities from a human rights perspective; and through a womanist theological lens. A native of Boston, Massachusetts where she was raised in public housing, Maressa has been involved in advocacy, organizing and coalition building since the early 80″s. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Albany State University; a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, College of Law; and a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She also holds facilitation and organizational development certifications from the Interaction Institute for Social Change in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. In our episode today, we talk with the first couple to marry after the court’s decision, Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes, a same-sex couple living in Atlanta, GA. They talk about how Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, A LGBT advocacy organization helped them initiate the process, describe what it was like to wait until the passing of the law, and what married life looks like today.
Georgia Equality Calls Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage “National Victory”
Gay Marriage Comes to Georgia
Same-Sex Couples Begin Marriages In Fulton County Courthouse
Midgett on Satisfying Work and Passionate Sex at Age 82
Midgett, an 82 year-old Black Lesbian writer of erotica living in San Francisco, talks about the importance of having meaningful work and a passionate sex life at every age. She has written two books, “New York Flavor with a San Francisco Beat” and “Brown on Brown: Black Lesbian Erotica.” Her email address is email@example.com
You can find her on YouTube.
She has also written a monthly inspirational column, Midgett’s Corner, for the Western Edition, a newspaper that caters to San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood.
EP 005: “The Best She Knows”, Sheree L. Greer on Intersectionality, Creative Writing and Perspective
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Sheree L. Greer is a writer and educator living in Tampa, Florida. She founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women writers of color and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms, a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and a student writing guide, Stop Writing Wack Essays. Sheree is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, Ragdale Artist House Rubin Fellow, and YADDO fellow.
She has completed Creative Capital Core Skills workshops and was awarded an NEA artist grant to support her current work in creative nonfiction. Sheree teaches composition, creative writing, fiction workshop, and African American literature at St. Petersburg College in Florida.
Mary Anne Adams, Founder and Executive Director of ZAMI NOBLA: National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging talks about why she gives back to her community and details the genesis of ZAMI NOBLA.
Dr. Dionne Bates, Atlanta area therapist shares wisdom on how using the right language can make a big difference, and so much more.
Trey Anthony, an acclaimed writer, producer, and actor shares insights from her life and her plays, How Black Mothers Say I Love You, and Da Kink in My Hair.
Angela Denise Davis, host of the ZAMI NOBLA Podcast talks about her journey creating and implementing the podcast.