Roxane Gay is one of the most important authors alive today. She is the brilliant, unapologetic author of “Bad Feminist,” “An Untamed State,” and “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” books that cover themes like gender, race, fatness, sexuality, pop culture, and politics. This past Monday, she paid a visit to the Hammer Museum to read excerpts from her latest book, “Hunger,” despite revealing during the reading that she personally hates being read to.
Alok (they/them) Vaid-Menon is a poet, blogger, performer and community organizer whose work challenges white feminism’s notions about identity and activism. Their work explores their personal identity as a gender non-conforming Indian individual as well as sociopolitical analysis and commentary.
The Women of Rock Oral History Project is building an archive that can change our preconceived notions of rock and roll icons.
Here are some of the upcoming events the FEM staff is looking forward to.
Comics, despite what anyone tells you, are thriving right now. 2017 saw some incredible comic output and particularly innovative challenges to the traditional rigidity of comic storytelling. Here are some of the best works of the past year.
Afrofuturism and Nnedi Okorafor’s novella, Binti, centralize the possibilities of Black life and Black imagination through science fiction and speculative work.
On November 11th to 12th, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) hosted LCX – the nation’s first comic book convention dedicated to showcasing the vibrant and diverse works of comic creators, illustrators, and others involved in the literary and visual arts that exhibit and celebrate the influence of Latinx culture. From “Mini Comics” workshops to “Queer Comics Taking Over The World” and “Latina Power!” panel presentations, the founders and exhibitors of LCX made it clear that the purpose of the Expo is to create a space to cultivate creativity, educate, learn, and share the richness of the multitude of Latinx cultures.
Released in 1992, Daughters of the Dust was the first film directed by a black woman to have a wide theatrical release. The Theatre at Ace Hotel celebrated the film’s 25th year anniversary by hosting a screening for over a thousand viewers. The screening was followed by an interview between Dash and Ava DuVernay, director of 13th and Selma, and the first black woman to direct an Oscar-nominated film.
Because tourism is its largest and most successful industry, Cuba is now treated by Americans as a spectacle meant for foreign, capitalist consumption, rather than a real country made up of real people.
The Red Nation Film Festival’s Two Spirit series highlights neglected narratives of queer and trans American Indian and Indigenous peoples. Their stories are part of a larger exhibition of incredible American Indian and Indigenous cinema.