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I am an advocate for equal representation and authentic representation for women in the media; especially women of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. I’m interviewing extraordinary women in film and journalism to get their perspectives on what is happening right now, and how their work is creating social impact.My guests are sharing their stories…So that we may be informedSo that we may be inspiredAnd so that women record our own history.When we acknowledge our different lived experiences, we create connection, and build the foundation for real relationships. This is how we will radically change the world, from the inside out.

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I am an advocate for equal representation and authentic representation for women in the media; especially women of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. I’m interviewing extraordinary women in film and journalism to get their perspectives on what is happening right now, and how their work is creating social impact.My guests are sharing their stories…So that we may be informedSo that we may be inspiredAnd so that women record our own history.When we acknowledge our different lived experiences, we create connection, and build the foundation for real relationships. This is how we will radically change the world, from the inside out.

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I am an advocate for equal representation and authentic representation for women in the media; especially women of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. I’m interviewing extraordinary women in film and journalism to get their perspectives on what is happening right now, and how their work is creating social impact.My guests are sharing their stories…So that we may be informedSo that we may be inspiredAnd so that women record our own history.When we acknowledge our different lived experiences, we create connection, and build the foundation for real relationships. This is how we will radically change the world, from the inside out.

Authentic Stories: The Lives of Teen Girls with Jennifer Reeder

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Jennifer Reeder is the original Riot Grrrl, and created the films to prove it!  Jennifer is one of the most fun, intellectual, intense and passionate filmmakers I have had the pleasure of interviewing. Her films are true reflections of the inner lives of teen girls. 

Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism.   The Oscar-winning director of Parasite, Bong Joon Ho, has named Jennifer one of the top 20 directors to watch in 2020, in this article by Indiewire. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination.   Jennifer's films have shown consistently around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival, and the The London Film Festival.   Her most recent film, Knives and Skin, is a mystical teen noir that follows a young girl's disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and parents. Knives and Skin is now streaming on Amazon and on Hulu. You can also find Jennifer's short films on Vimeo.    She is currently in preproduction with a new feature length film called PERPETRATOR which is being produced by WTFilms, 30West and Divide & Conquer.

Jan 13 2021

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What Does Hair Mean To You? with Alyscia Cunningham

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My guest today is Alyscia Cunningham.  We are talking about her new film, "I Am More Thank My Hair".  It seems like a simple statement, but it is powerful one. Our conversation is a deep look at what society thinks of as beautiful.  We touch on the messages we receive in the media on what our hair should look like, and how it is intrinsically tied to our value. 

Well, no more. Alysica's film, and her book by the same name, is a rebellion, and call to action, to love ourselves beyond what others think. 

Alyscia is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. After the success of her first book, "Feminine Transitions", a photography book encompassed with portraits of raw feminine beauty, Cunningham published her second photography book and documentary film, "I Am More Than My Hair". It includes interviews of women who've experienced hair loss due to a health-related condition and dives into the connection of their emotions in relation to the media's portrayal of beauty standards. Her upcoming project, "Seeing", is a documentary that includes stories of girls and women who are visually impaired.

Alyscia co-organized the Reel Moms partnership with WIFV, a supportive community for working Moms and Caregivers in the film and TV industry.  She is also one of the FrontLine Voices for Stop the Beauty Madness. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Fox 5, ABC 7 and Proud2BMe.

Alyscia’s goal is to continue producing documentary films and photo books. With the completion and direction provided through the Horror/Psychological Thriller workshop with Sundance Collab Institute, Alyscia also plans to write and direct Horror films.

Find out more about Alysicia's work on here website at:

www.Alyscia.com

Find her on Instagram: @alysciacunningham

and on Facebook

and on Twitter at: @alyscia_c

You can also find Alyscia's book, I Am More Than My Hair on Amazon

To help support Alyscia, you can make a tax-deductible donation to fund her exhibition in March 2021.

Dec 30 2020

46mins

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Representation for Marginalized Women in the Media with Soraya Giaccardi

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My conversation today with @sorayagiacarrdi was nothing short of revolutionary! THIS is a call to action: start supporting women in the media, for equal and authentic representation. Behind and in front of the camera. From studios promoting women to the executive level, to movie goers, and streaming service consumers (that's you and me). Women need to tell their own stories. The numbers are there, we can see the inequities. NOW let's change that.

Soraya Giaccardi is a researcher, educator, consultant, and speaker working in the media/entertainment and non-profit circles. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Research at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and has consulted for non-profits like The Representation Project.

Soraya’s work focuses on representations in media and how these representations contribute to real-world attitudes and behaviors, particularly during childhood and adolescence. Her work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.S. from the University of Michigan.

www.sorayagiaccardi.com

Find Soraya on Instagram here.

Dec 23 2020

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The Hidden History of Women's Suffrage with Katsitsionni Fox

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Katsitsionni Fox is a warm, powerful and wise woman filmmaker. What a joy and privilege it was to interview Katsitsionni. Did you know that suffragettes like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony found the inspiration for the suffragette movement from Haudenosaunee women? For over 1,000 years before women had the vote in the United States-1920 for white women and 1965 for women of color- Huaudenosaunee women had equal rights in their tribes, in every aspect, including government. The Haudenosaunee were then and are now, matrilineal. In Katsitsionni's new film, Mohawk Clan Mother Louise Herne tells us, "I'm not a feminist, I'm the law." 

Katsitsionni Fox has been making films since 2003 in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where she resides. Her most recent film is Without a Whisper Konnón:kwe, the untold story of how Haudenosaunee women influenced the early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality. Katsitsionni also directed Ohero:kon - Under the Husk a 26-min documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Katsitsionni received the Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival in 2016 as well as the Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking Award at LA Skins Fest in 2016. This film received funding from Vision Maker Media and has been broadcast on many PBS stations in 2017. She is currently producing a short - doc series for REMATRIATION - a Native American women's online, multi-media magazine.  It is focused on healing and empowerment of Native women through the sharing of their stories and successes. Katsitsionni teaches at the Salmon River School in upstate New York.

Kitsatsionni has won several awards for Without a Whisper Konnón:kwe this year, including best short documentary at Female Voices Rock, and at the Red Nation Film Festival.

Rush to see this groundbreaking film! It will change everything you know about the women's suffrage movement in the U.S.

You can view Without A Whisper Konnón:kwe right now HERE!

You can order Without A Whisper Konnón:kwe website for schools, or for your personal library here.

Dec 16 2020

43mins

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Commentary: Hannah Gadsby, Christmas Shows and What Changed Me In 2020

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It's my last commentary of 2020, and my 50th episode!  

Taking stock here, looking at what changed me this year, and how I changed. Hannah Gadsby's new show, Nanette, on Netflix, and Jingle Jangle!

Follow me on Instagram: @dianne_wieler

If you enjoy listening and like what I do, please support me on Patreon. For $3 a month you can become a patron, about the same as a cup of coffee. :) 

Dec 09 2020

24mins

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Cultural Humility and Race In the Media with Venida C. Rodman Jenkins

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I am so grateful for Venida Rodman Jenkins, and the illuminating conversation we had about cultural humility and conscious consumption of the media. I have realized that white women have the power to change what we see on screen. We vote with our dollars. Which means, with every dollar we spend, we can choose to support films made by and about women of color, to ensure that their stories are told. Authenticity. There are so many ways we can seek out these films, and right now, film festivals are highly accessible online. Let’s celebrate; celebrate seeing women of color on screen, their voices, and their journeys.

Venida C. Rodman Jenkins is the Director of the Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center for Equity and Diversity at New Jersey City University bringing visibility to underrepresented groups.  In September of this year Venida was welcomed as the new Race, Gender, and the Media professor at Newhouse NYC at Syracuse University. She is also the Founder and Pastor of EMBRACE Church.

Venida, named to ROI’s Influencers List for People of Color 2019 has merged her unique experiences in publishing, higher education, and Christianity to facilitate discussions, and bring enlightenment in the areas of race, gender, cultural humility, and faith.

Dec 02 2020

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Defining Bonds with Sujata Day

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My guest today is Sujata Day. Sujata’s first feature film, Definition Please, spoke right to my heart. I have bipolar disorder, and I am so glad that it is being seen in a fuller scope. In popular films, we see the extreme side of bipolar disorder. In Sujata's film, the story of Monica and her family shows the much more nuanced side of this mental illness. Sujata’s film is down-to-earth, elegant, joyous and poignant all at the same time. And in our interview we talk about how life is just like that, and that our relationships play a big role in who we are as human beings.

Sujata is known for her starring role as CeCe in Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl. She has also recurred for three seasons on HBO's Insecure. Sujata is a Sundance Lab fellow and 2019 HBO Visionaries Ambassador. Her short film, Cowboy and Indian, sold to a major studio for series development. Sujata's award-winning debut feature film, Definition Please, is currently on the film festival circuit.   You can connect with Sujata through Facebook and Instagram   Additionally can also watch her film, Definition Please at the following film festivals  

Nov 25 2020

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Commentary: A Personal Story, The Geena Davis Institute, and Lovecraft Country

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Woo hoo!  I got the courage up to do a commentary. Good job, me.

I am going to do commentaries regularly from now on. Each episode will be about 20 minutes, and I’ll be talking about:

  1. Something personal about me; funny family stories, and life experiences in general.
  2. A review of a film or tv show I’ve seen that week, with a female lead. 
  3. My take on current events that week.

This week I’m talking about where I’ve lived, the documentary film Miss Representation, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Lovecraft Country and the impending exit of our current, crap president.  

And that’s it in a nutshell! It was a little scary deciding to do this; interviewing other people just seems easier. But in fact, it was way better than a trip to the dentist.

Hope you are having a great week. 

My love to you!

~Dianne

www.diannewieler.com

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Nov 18 2020

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Women Called To Spy with Sarah Megan Thomas

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Sarah Megan Thomas is a champion for women's stories, and her latest film, "A Call To Spy" is the fantastic telling of 3 heroic women spies in WWII. In 1941 Winston Churchill enlisted women spies in the Special Operations Executive to conduct sabotage and build resistance. Women were not seen as threats, and were far less likely to be stopped at check points.  Working off this stereotype these women were dauntless in their efforts to thwart the march of the Nazi regime into France. I was absolutely riveted by the stories of Virgina Hall, Vera Atkins and Noor Inayat Khan. This is a must see film for anyone wanting to know more about the role these courageous women played in ending WWII.

Sarah Megan Thomas is an actress, producer, and writer. ​

For her latest film, “A Call to Spy,” Sarah wrote the original screenplay, produced, and plays legendary American spy Virginia Hall, alongside Stana Katic (playing Vera Atkins) and RAH dee kah Ahp tay (playing Noor Inayat Khan). The project, released by IFC Films, has won numerous awards including the Anti-Defamation League “Stand Up” Award presented at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the “Audience Choice” award (in record numbers) at the Whistler Film Festival. INDIEWIRE called Thomas “the standout here, with the multi-hyphenate not only taking on the film’s meatiest role as real-life spy figure Virginia Hall, but also writing and producing the feature.”​​

Sarah’s previous film was the groundbreaking “Equity,” in which she created the concept, co-wrote the story, produced, and starred. A first of its kind, “Equity” is a female driven Wall Street thriller. Sarah was honored with a Women's Image Network Award, Creative Coalition Spotlight Award, and Voice of A Woman Award for "Equity.” ​​

Sarah also starred in the romance-drama “Backwards” opposite James Van Der Beek and has appeared in various television shows including “Law and Order, SVU.” She has also starred in numerous Off-Broadway productions.​

Sarah is an athlete in her personal life, enjoying nearly all sports from basketball to yoga. She has climbed to the top of Mt. Rainer in Washington, and sea-kayaked in Alaska.​

Sarah currently resides in downtown New York City with her husband, son and daughter.

Watch A Call To Spy on Amazon

and on iTunes.

Find out more about A Call To Spy on their website here.

You can also follow Sarah on Instagram

and Twitter.

Nov 04 2020

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What Is At Stake For People of Color: The US Election 2020

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In this special episode, Gangotri Garg, Mansi Goel and I are talking about how this presidency has heightened racism, and how it has effected them personally. We are talking about what is at stake collectively with Election 2020.

It is imperative that we, white people, vote with our humanity. ESPECIALLY this election.   Look into our hearts. Understand that for us as white people, nothing will change if Donald Trump remains president. Nothing. For people of color, their lives are at stake.   This is not political. This is factual. We each have been witness to the racist comments the president makes. This is an unavoidable truth.   So please, my white friends, listen to our episode here.

Nov 03 2020

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Witchy Books with Paula Brackston

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Wow, what a fantastic talk today with one of my favorite authors, Paula Brackston! Paula is a New York Times bestselling author and her witch series is a pure delight. Last month I finished her book, The Winter Witch and am now reading The Witch's Daughter. Paula's books are perfect for this Halloween month! In today's episode we talked about her books, including her Found Things series, and a good treat bag full of her other-worldly books. I can't wait to share this episode with you- a great break in the wild storm of 2020. We all need moments to decompress. Reading Paula's books is my way of transporting to another space in time, if even for a bit, to get that much needed escape. Have a listen so that you may do the same!

Paula Brackston is a New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, and the sequel, The Return of the Witch.  She  has also written The Winter Witch, The Silver Witch and The Midnight Witch. Her new books are a time travel series set in the historic market town of Marlborough, where Xanthe Westlake and her mother buy a run down antique shop. Different treasures sing to her, and she travels back in time with them to solve their mystery. 

Paula grew up in Wales and now lives in the ancient border city of Hereford, with her partner and their two children. And three cats and two dogs! When she is not writing, she loves going for long walks and enjoys movies and photography. Paula has also just finished filming her first short film, which she is about to edit.

Find Paula here:

www.paulabrackston.com

Find Paula on Facebook

and Instagram

BOOKS BY PAULA BRACKSTON:

The Winter Witch

The Witch's Daughter

The Little Shop of Found Things

Once Upon a Crime: A Grimm Brothers Mystery

Oct 21 2020

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Mental Health and Privilege with Myisha T. Hill

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It was my honor to talk with Myisha T. Hill today, and I am grateful for her openness, in our conversation about mental health. This was personal for both of us.  Although we have both struggled with mental illness, our experiences within the healthcare system have been very different. In today’s episode we are talking about cultural competency, diagnosis, treatment, and cultural stigmas towards mental illness.

Myisha T is a mental health activist, speaker, and entrepreneur passionate about mental wellness and empowerment for women.

In 2018, Myisha became curious about white women and privilege after ending a relationship with a co-worker that negatively impacted her mental health. This led her to identify her own internalized oppression and racism. Not interested in throw-away culture, she decided to seek out safe ways that white folks are showing up for BIWoC.

During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Myisha began her Check Your Privilege interview series inquiring into the work some white women are doing to show up safely for BIPoC and move beyond passive ally-ship to action driven co-conspirators.

Myisha works with organizations and community groups taking white people on a self-reflective journey exploring their relationship with power, privilege, and racism.

You can connect with Myisha T. Hill through FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn

Oct 14 2020

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Indigenous Stories by Indigenous Women with Peshawn Bread

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Peshawn Bread is a filmmaker who is going to the places we are not always willing to talk about in our daily lives, but need to. Through her new film in production, The Daily Life of Mistress Red, Peshawn is reframing how we look at sexuality and indigenous women. As a Comanche woman and a former dominatrix, Peshawn found herself in situations where racism would come into play, during sessions with her white male clients. Over time, there began a BDSM relationship where Peshawn confronted their white supremacy. This became a transformative experience and fostered a deeper understanding of race for these clients. The Daily Life of Mistress Red is about reclaiming narratives about sexuality as an indigenous women. This film is currently in the Sundance Film Lab.

The Daily Life of Mistress Red is a mockumentary that explores the world of kink, native women and defeating white supremacy. Marie Callingbird is a Native fashion boutique owner by day and Mistress Red by night. Mistress Red is a dominatrix for hire who takes the effects of racism, sexism and colonization into her own hands by educating white supremacists through pleasure. This project focuses on issues within the circle of indigenous women, racism and the acceptance of sexuality.    In the winter of 2015 she was introduced and welcomed as one of Sundance Institute’s Full Circle Kellogg Fellows. As well a 2015-16 recipient of the 4thWorld- Indigenous Media Lab Fellowship supported by SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) and in partnership with Longhouse Media, Sundance and ITVS. She also attended the Sundance Screenwriter’s lab hosted by Joan Tewksbury. Throughout the years she has worked on many sets from Drunktown’s Finest (2014) to Mud (Hashtl’ishnii) (2017). She currently resides in San Francisco where she is a fourth year student at the Academy of Art University.    Follow Peshawn on Instagram.

Oct 07 2020

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Latinx Journalists with Astrid Martinez

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As you can guess, I was extremely nervous about interviewing a journalist as respected and accomplished as Astrid Martinez. But she immediately put me at ease with her down-to-earth personality and empathy, which I think are two of the qualities that make her a superlative journalist. 

Astrid Martinez is an intensely insightful, 3x Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, based in Atlanta Georgia, at CBS46. She is the creator and host of entertainment/culture segment “Astrid in the ATL” at CBS46. The segment explores film and TV industry, music, art, and race and culture. Astrid has also tackled topics ranging from immigration, homeland security, drug cartels, violence along the border and human trafficking.

In our interview we talked about the current civil unrest and protests we are experiencing in America, fueled by a racist agenda in the Whitehouse. We also talked about how the stories we are hearing in the media have the power to shape our perceptions of each other.  Astrid goes on to say "I have great friends who are allies that say yes, forever we've told our own stores, let’s look at other beautiful stories and let’s tell them.”

Growing up in Colombia, Astrid saw first-hand the civil and political unrest that plagued her country. It was this type of upheaval and the people's lives it affected that first ignited her passion for storytelling and a career in journalism.   After moving to the United States, Astrid graduated with top honors from Montclair State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a concentration in Latin American Studies.   Follow Astrid on Instagram here.

Sep 23 2020

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Centering Women of Color In Film with B.Monét

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It was a thrill and an honor to talk with B. Monét, Director this week! In her films, B.Monét poses questions about identity, society, race, and culture. It is vital to her that under-represented people are shown in film, media, and television.   In this episode, we are talking about her most recent film, Ballet After Dark, which is a pure joy to watch. It is a magnificent celebration of the freedom from pain that dance can give. Last week I talked with the amazing Tyde-Courtney Edwards, whom this film is centered around. B.Monet was selected as one of the winners for the Queen Collective in partnership with Queen Latifah, Tribeca and P&G for Ballet After Dark.   B.Monet is a writer/director, a graduate of Spelman College, and holds an MFA from New York University in Film and Television with a concentration in writing and directing.    Watch Ballet After Dark is now streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Sep 16 2020

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Dance To Heal with Tyde-Courtney Edwards

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This week I'm talking with Tyde-Courtney Edwards, an incredible woman, who has worked to transcend her own pain, through the healing power of dance. She has now founded her own ballet company, Ballet After Dark, to help other black women trauma survivors do the same.    Ballet After Dark is an immersive dance class and therapy program. Through social media, Tyde-Courtney received several requests to start her program worldwide, and now Ballet After Dark just launched their first international studio, in Mexico.   B.Monet, a renowned American filmmaker, heard of Tyde-Courtney’s story. As a result, she reached out, and together they created the beautiful, award-winning short film, Ballet After Dark. This film was produced by Queen Latifah, and is now streaming on Hulu, Amazon Prime and screening at the Lunafest Film Festival across the country.   Tyde-Courtney is offering women an innovative, transformative, and positive way to cope with the grief of trauma. Listen in to hear more about my amazing guest this week, Tyde-Courtney Edwards.

Sep 07 2020

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The First Transgender Women In Government with Maebe A. Girl

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Maebe A. Girl is the first transgender woman to hold office in the United States, and she is fierce! When Maebe decided to run for the Silverlake Community Council in California, she wanted to represent who she was, and acknowledge her whole identity.  With that, Maebe decided to run with her drag queen stage name, Maebe A. Girl.

What I loved most about my conversation with Maebe, was her irrepressible enthusiasm, and dedication to servant leadership. Her mission is to Protect. Advocate. Legislate. Primarily, Maebe is focused on solving homelessness, and LGBTQ rights. 

LGBTQ youth represent as much as 40% of the homeless youth population.  Maebe is actively working with organizations like The Trevor Project

“The Trevor Project exhorts policymakers to fully fund programs that support homeless youth and to legislate environments of LGBTQ inclusion and affirmation.” 

In March 2020 Maebe ran for congress against Representative Adam Schiff. Although she did not win the nomination, she came in third place, and missed second place by only 1,114 votes. Don’t count Maebe out for another congressional run!

In a completely unique and wonderful way, Maebe combines her natural joie de vivre with a strong dedication to advocating for homeless people, and the LGBTQ community. Her empathy and deep understanding of these issues is what sets Maebe apart as a council member.

Maebe A. Girl is asking us to “Go out and vote, and take a really honest look at who the candidates are...what would inspire you to support this candidate?  What is the change you want to see in the world?”

I believe these are the questions we need to ask ourselves at this incomprehensible time in America. I believe we need to vote for a president who is compassionate, integrous, and resolute in upholding equality for people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Now is the time to stand up for the marginalized and underrepresented people in our country. 

Vote.

To check your voter registration, to register, to find out how to vote by mail and get reminders, visit Vote.org.

Find Maebe A. Girl on: 

Instagram

Find out more about The Trevor Project

And watch Maebe A. Girl’s feature in Behind The Drag

Aug 31 2020

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Filmmaking: Love is Love with Lisa Donato

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I am beyond excited to tell you about my fabulous guest this week, Director Lisa Donato. Lisa’s first feature film, Gossamer Folds, was just selected for Geena Davis’s Bettonville Film Festival. Gossamer Folds, set in 1986, is about ten-year-old Tate, who is uprooted and moved unwillingly to the suburbs of Kansas City. As his parent's marriage unravels, Tate finds solace in the unlikely friendships of his next-door neighbors: a retired college professor and his transgender daughter, Gossamer.

Lisa Donato has directed so many fantastic short films including: There You Are, starring Jen Richards, now screening at the Lunafest Film Festival across the country.  Foxytrot, Spunkle, and a docu-series, Behind the Drag are a few more of the irresistible films that Lisa has created and directed. Join me for the ride!

Lisa also co-wrote Signature Move with Fawzia Mirza, a hilarious dramedy about 2 seemingly mismatched lesbian lovers, now on Amazon. 

Lisa Donato is a film director, screenwriter, and activist who is dedicated to centering the stories of people and communities relegated to the margins. She lives in Austin (Texas) with her wife, niece, and siamese rescue cat. When she's not making movies and videos, she's making playlists on Spotify or photographing nature and water reflections. She's a taco enthusiast and I often thinks about how she could feasibly bathe in a giant tub of mashed potatoes.

Watch Gossamer Folds here.

www.lisadonato.com

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Aug 24 2020

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An Immigrant's Story: Hope For A Just America with Mutale Bingley

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In her story, Mutale connects us to the “unfavorable and limiting conditions,” of post-colonial Africa, which forced her emigration. This is the homeland she is seeking to restore within herself, through narrative storytelling. Her story provides some perspective on the far-reaching impact and devastations of the racist ideologies and practices that began when Europeans first set foot on the African continent, in the 15th century. Elevating the voices of people of color is vital, and Mutale’s story is one that informs and inspires. Mutale makes a call to first listen, and then to take action; for a better world and a better future.

Mutale Bingley was born in Botswana, Southern Africa. At the age of 19 she immigrated to the United States, originally arriving as an International Student. Mutale had very little in the way of financial resources, but despite this she understood that her only option was to succeed. Going back home, where she had left an alcoholic father, was not an option at the time. She wanted more than what her home life had given her. She hoped to begin a new life and find her dreams in America.

Mutale is a social worker at Veterans Affairs and lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

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Books:

"When She Was White", by Judith Stone

"Between The World and Me", by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Aug 17 2020

1hr 6mins

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Crazy For Life: Living With Bipolar Disorder with Victoria Maxwell

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My guest today is Victoria Maxwell, aka the Bipolar Princess.  In Victoria's one woman, international performance, "Crazy For Life", she talks about her own experience with having bipolar disorder in a hilarious, honest and moving way. 

Victoria was diagnosed with BP in her twenties, and struggled with her diagnosis and treatment in the beginning. No one wants to be nutbar, looney, loopy, or wacko.  These are some of the many words we have for crazy, as Victoria has said. Shortly after Victoria had a psychotic episode and ran naked down a major Vancouver street, things began to be more clear. It was an eye opening experience.  For literally everyone. 

There is so much stigma around metal illness, and even more misunderstanding about bipolar disorder. Talking with Victoria was such a weight off my shoulders. In her sharing her story, I was able to tell my own. 

Tune in for the season one finale episode. It's a doozy. 

www.victoriamaxwell.com

Find Victoria's Mental Health Resource & Tips Free Guide here.

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Aug 11 2020

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I love listening to Dianne, it’s like listening to a friend. It’s so inspiring.