How to Avoid Problematic Lenas: Carving you own path and more with Kyra Jones
Encompass Collective Conversations
We sit down with screenwriter, director, and actor Kyra Jones to unpack her prolific career. Kyra is a staff writer for WOKE, and the writer/director of Go to the Body which will be her first feature film. If there was an example of someone carving their own seat at the table it would be Kyra. In this she drops a how to guide on persevering while maintaining your integrity in a white male heterosexual dominated industry. Hope you were inspired as we were.
Kyra Jones is a Black queer screenwriter, actor, and filmmaker based in Chicago. She holds a degree in Theatre and Gender Studies from Northwestern University. In 2019, Kyra co-wrote, executive produced, and starred in the award-winning web series,The Right Swipe (OTV), which was an official selection at Austin Film Festival, Urban World Film Festival, and several others. Her half-hour comedy pilot script, Good Vibes Only, has placed in several competitions, including the Sundance Episodic Lab, Diverse Voices, and the Nashville Film Festival. She’s currently in pre-production for her first feature, Go to the Body, a boxing film that explores sexual violence in the Black community. Her extensive work as a sex educator and survivor advocate lends itself to her artistic endeavors, inspiring scripts that focus on Black women’s experiences with relationships, sex, and intimacy. Since we chatted, Kyra’s script Good Vibes Only won Best Half Hour pilot at the Nashville Film Fest and Kyra’s feature Go To The Body won The Pitch at the Chicago International Film Festival. Kyra also just wrapped production on the proof of concept for Go To The Body.
ep 2 | Writing Black Women's Stories Our Way (with Britt Julious, Karla Huffman & Kyra Jones)
Toni, Maya, Lynn, & Joan
In this ep, Rosalyn brings on four storytellers working to tell black stories honestly, with all their realness and complexities. Britt Julious, a journalist, Karla Huffman, a tv producer, and Kyra Jones, an actress and producer, share their triumphs and struggles of centering their voices and perspectives. 00:01:09 - The Roundtable Discussion begins00:02:11 - The guests reveal which girlfriend they relate to most00:06:21 - Rosalyn recaps Girlfriends episodes 3-600:09:33 - Roundtable discusses Toni's colorism00:19:32 - How do we write problematic characters?00:30:42 - Black love on screen00:45:27 - Do people still care about Girlfriends?01:00:28 - White gatekeepers locking out black creators GirlfriendsPodcast.comGirlfriends Podcast on InstagramGirlfriends Podcast MerchGirlfriends Newsletter
Kyra Jones (The Right Swipe) wants strippers, or at least pole dancers, at her funeral! She talks about the artistic heroes she's met on earth (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino), the ones she'd want to meet in heaven (Prince, Hendrix), and we talk about the lessons of Chadwick Boseman's legacy.Follow Kyra on IG: @kyra.a.jones. Watch her series, The Right Swipe. And support the new film she's making, Go to the Body, at its GoFundMe page.Follow me on IG, Twitter, and sign up for my newsletter, Hella Immaculate!
6. Restorative Justice and Releasing Responsibility with Kyra Jones
Gray Area Stories
Johanna and Erica snack on some fruit while speaking with survivor Kyra Jones who shares her experience participating in a restorative justice process with Malcolm London, the man who r*ped her. Kyra takes us through her contrasting experiences following reporting sexual assault -- one in the carceral system and one a restorative justice process --and how she's practicing releasing responsibility. [Content Warning]: This is a podcast where survivors share stories of sexual assault, sexual violence, and r*pe. In this episode, Kyra’s story includes instances of r*pe as well as mentions of harm done to additional survivors. The story is told between the 14 minute and 36 minute mark but is referred back to throughout the episode. This episode was recorded in July of 2020. Kyra requested an update to address recent events regarding Malcolm London, which you will hear at the end of the episode. Survivor Kyra Jones is a Black queer multidisciplinary filmmaker, sex educator, and survivor advocate. Find her on IG @kyra.a.jones and Twitter @blkassfeminist Follow us @grayareastories and visit www.grayareastories.com Hosted by Johanna Middleton and Erica M. Hart Edited by Erica M. Hart Theme Song by Nailah Hunter Additional editing by Maya Bingham
70: Kyra Jones, artist, activist, actor in Chicago
The BraveMaker Podcast
Kyra Jones is a queer Black multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Chicago, IL. Kyra received her degree in Theatre and Gender Studies from Northwestern University. As an actor, she's appeared on Empire (Fox), Chicago Justice (NBC), Kappa Force (Revry), Seeds (OTV) and more. She's the co-creator, executive producer, and star of the award-winning web series,The Right Swipe (OTV). She's currently in pre-production for her first feature film, Go to the Body, a boxing film that tackles sexual violence in the Black community. In addition to her work in film, TV, and theatre, Kyra is also an educator and advocate, working with survivors of gender-based violence. She's represented by Stewart Talent. https://www.instagram.com/kyra.a.jones/--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bravemaker/support
Meet Sexual Violence Prevention Educator and Actress Kyra Jones. Listen along as we discuss discuss how to give and understand consent in intimate situations,why it's important to create a sexual yes, no, maybe list, and her new web series The Right Swipe.