Truth Be Told is a series by Katina Parker that will profile black queer and trans visionaries, including Staceyann Chin, B. Slade, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Patrik-Ian Polk, Mia McKenzie, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Toshi Reagon, Emil Wilbekin, Darnell Moore, Linda Villarosa, Karamo Brown and Justin Robinson.

Help make this series happen by donating and sharing this fundraising campaign!

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Hi someone mentioned this space for me and I thought I would reach out. I love the idea of this!! And I hope more pop up.  Here is the link to my gofundme.  I would love for you to share it. Thank you so much.  http://www.gofundme.com/bwgab4



Thank you for taking the time to visit us! We are are two sisters Michelle and Sharlene of the jewelry brand Miche + Lene Jewelry. Our brand got its start when a fellow jewelry designer taught us how to craft our own jewelry, and on that serendipitous day our love affair with jewelry design began. After much encouragement and good feedback from fellow artist and family members we realized that out true calling was for jewelry design.

We are a very small brand and your donations will help with events, material supplies, packaging, and touring our designs across the U.S. Any donation is appreciated.

Thank you,
Michelle and Sharlene

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This is how me and my family are living these months.

My mom has a great job but doesn’t make enough to support all five of us. She’s working extra hours but it isn’t enough and with school starting for my brothers and them needing over priced uniforms, we’ve all reached the end of our rope.

On top of this, my mom also has diabetes and sometimes has trouble getting the money for her medication. And as people who have/are dealing with this kind of disease you know that everything is so much more harder for her. When she gets a paper cut it can last a month and when she gets caught in the rain, she is guaranteed to get sick and as she says so many times “[she] cannot afford to get sick”.

Right now we are trying to move from this house into a smaller, more affordable one but the chances of that happening anytime soon are dwindling. In addition to this, my mom wants to visit our sick grandfather in New York who has multiple myeloma. If anyone who has heard of this would know that it affects your organs and there is no cure for it. We are all hoping for one last visit before he passes on.

I’m asking that you please help us. I don’t like this life for my brothers who have to wonder if it was okay that they are ramen for breakfast or that my mother can’t see her father one last time. Anything and everything you donate will be used to help my brothers and mother have an easier more enjoyable life.

I have set up a fundraiser and a paypal on my blog. Again, anything and everything you can spare will be much appreciated and if you cannot donate, please share this so that it gets around.


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GiveForward Campaign for Kevin Aviance’s Double Hip Replacement
July 12, 2014

Kevin Aviance, a monumental figure in the history of the American Drag scene is reaching out to social media to help them get a double hip replacement. If you’re unfamiliar with Aviance’s work, check out one their most popular songs/performances, Din Da Da (later the song was covered as part of the Ying Yang Twins’ songs, Shake). Search Youtube and Google to see much more from Aviance.

Aviance has not been able to perform for years because of the damage done to their hips through performing and because of a hate-crime/assault which happened several years ago. Here is a statement from the GiveForward Campaign site:

I need to raise some coins to help pay for my double hip replacement surgery - Thank you. Love, Kevin! xoxo

I’ve been contemplating on doing this for a long time and have been putting it off until I’m able to figure out a way to take care of this matter myself but unfortunately I’m not able to … When us “queens” sign up for this fabulous career of doing drag to entertain for all of you the one thing we’re NOT given is medical insurance. All the years of performing in stiletto heel pumps have taken a toll on this queens body … From marching down Pride events all over the world on foot down the entire route to greet fans, to full choreography shows at wigstock, charity events, store openings & and many many after-hour marathons in nightclubs week after week for 20 plus years and then being brutally gay bashed have taken a toll on my body. I’ve been known for my over-the-top shows and the way I move on stage and now that has been taken away from me. I can barely walk and it’s been struggle to even put a pair of heels on to just host shows but I have to bite the bullet and deal with the pain for now to survive. My doctor has informed me that I need to have a double hip replacement which frightens me because of the recovery period and costs involved. He told me if I proceed,   I’ll be able to move again within 4-5 months after my surgery the way I used to in the past. I mean, I can’t prance around on jukeboxes in heels anymore but I can perform on stage the way I used to when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. I need to raise some coins to pay for the surgery. So, this is another reason why I’ve been MIA for the past few years. I’ve been depressed about the situation and in a lot of pain. I recently decided to make a comeback because I’ve gotta eat and pay my own bills but i do have the urge to make a full comeback and perform around the world again but need to take care of this matter first.

I know this isn’t quite the international protest news we usually post about, but if we can help Aviance replace their hips and perform again, that would be amazing. So far the campaign has raised $5,560. Donate here.

Hello! Thank you so much for reblogging my link for GoFundme. Unfortunately, in a moment of self-doubt and thinking that no one would really care, I deleted the page. It really warmed my heart to see that there were those that did and were trying to spread awareness, and I really appreciate! Would you be so kind as to share the new link? Thank you so much!


Hello! Thank you so much for reblogging my link for GoFundme. Unfortunately, in a moment of self-doubt and thinking that no one would really care, I deleted the page. It really warmed my heart to see that there were those that did and were trying to spread awareness, and I really appreciate! Would you be so kind as to share the new link? Thank you so much!


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My name is Angel, and I’m a senior at University of Alabama in Birmingham, set to graduate with degrees in Philosophy and African American Studies upon completion of 18 more credit hours; however, I’ve been unable to attend school for the past six months, due to inability to pay the fees. I’m a young woman on my own, working 40+ hours a week at a finance company, and paying bills, while struggling to save every spare penny toward my education…but it seems that I never have enough to even begin to hope at returning to school anytime soon. If I don’t pay off my student account and return to school in September, then I will be forced to begin paying back my private loans, as well as federal loans. My mom is old and retired and I am too young to sign for my own loan (must be 24 and have enough credit history in Alabama), so this is my last hope. Please help me to return to school and complete my undergraduate degree. I pray that someone reading this understands the pressure and stress of being so close and yet so far..feeling as if your future is fading and all of your hard work will be washed away if not for a miracle….please be a blessing to me and give from your heart.


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These are the latest screenshots from the website I’m working on creating: It is set to be the only website where people can easily find black hair stylist in their area and a directory of online black hair resources (youtube channels, natural hair recipes, tutorials, online stores, etc) in one place that members can add to

I’m asking everyone and anyone to contribute to the indiegogo campaign to help cover the last design and development cost and I want to stress that every little bit helps - there’s no such thing as “just” $1 or “just” a reblog.

Also, I hope to have the site up by mid August. If you would like to be notified of the exact date you can submit your email: here

THANK YOU in advance!



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Guys Im curating my first gallery show! If you want to help fund this FREE music/art festival, show ya love and drop a few dollars!!

On August 2nd Sanaa will be expanding into an annual festival. This year’s theme is “identity” - specifically touching on misrepresentation and under representation. We will be utilizing spaces in and around the Mt Rainier artist lofts to create an indoor- outdoor atmosphere. The festival will include live music performances and Dj sets, 3 indoor curated art exhibits, Poetry, live painting , vendors and food trucks as well as information booths for several non profits who do good work in the community. Because Sanaa firmly believes in economically acessible art the festival will be free, but we will be accepting donations for Mousai (an organization that provides free art programs in the community. For more info visit Mousai.org) the day of the festival. Thank you for your support, we hope to see you there!