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• Jewelle Gomez  // Jewelle Gomez is the author of 7 books including the lesbian vampire classic novel, The Gilda Stories. Her new play about James Baldwin will be produced in September 2011. Follow her on Twitter: VampyreVamp. Or her website: www.jewellegomez.com

07 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Sandra Bullock Gets Fetal in ‘Gravity’

Sandra Bullock Gets Fetal in ‘Gravity’

Sometimes movie fans can be a big disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed the film “Gravity” with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney for a lot of reasons: likeable stars, great visuals (especially a truly toned Bullock in her astronaut underwear), a tension-filled story and most importantly a moving emotional evolution for a female character. Most of the […]

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22 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Shedding Couture

Shedding Couture

Shedding Couture

Females go through life shedding our clothes, ecdysiasts or not.  We add and subtract clothes usually based on the vagaries of the male-dominated design industry, which set the standards for the images we absorb through television and films.  These ‘ideals’ are then indiscriminately reinforced by our family and friends.  And that is not to mention […]

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Care To Speculate?

Care To Speculate?

Apparently the clitoris was a scientific mystery until recently…or at least this post I found on FB says so: until-2009-the-human-clitoris-was-an-absolute-mystery. I guess it shouldn’t really be a surprise since much knowledge held by the western medical establishment can be parochial at best and misogynist in general. How we—women and men and those along that spectrum—are […]

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19 Jun Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

I recently went to hear a conversation between feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Letty Cotten Pogrebin and felt lucky that they were still around to reflect on from whence we’ve come. Both in their seventies, have survived cancer and were discussing how to care for loved ones who are ill without becoming a pain in […]

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Janis Ian is Coming to Town!

Janis Ian is Coming to Town!

When Janis Ian’s hit record, “Society’s Child,” hit the airwaves in the late 1960s it was like a shock wave.  A young woman was singing out loud about an interracial romance between two teens that’s doomed because of the bigotry around them.  At the height of the Civil Rights movement the song was a voice […]

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24 Jan Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Like most women living in urban areas I live with an unconscious (usually) anxiety about rape. In 1989 in NYC the crime rate was horrendous; notonly did the ‘city never sleep’ muggers and rapists seemed to work on perpetual overtime. Women looked over our shoulders just going down to get the mail. When a young […]

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26 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Image as Inspiration – Gloria Richardson

Image as Inspiration – Gloria Richardson

Image as Inspiration – Gloria Richardson

Sometime in the late 1960s I fell in love with Gloria Richardson. To be precise I fell in love with a picture of her from 1964 and what it represented for me: direct and fierce action from a woman of color. I found the picture when doing photographic research for a television show for which […]

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10 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Call the Midwife!

Call the Midwife!

Late in her life Jennifer Lee Worth wrote three books about her life as a midwife/nurse in the 1950s in London’s poverty ravaged East End.  The books, “Call the Midwife,” “Shadows of the Workhouse” and “Farewell to The East End” are a kind of 20th century mirror of the conditions written about by Charles Dickens.  […]

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25 Aug Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Hilary Swank Kicks Ass!

Hilary Swank Kicks Ass!

Beginning with the film Boys Don’t Cry actor Hilary Swank has continued to play characters who won’t settle for living half a life; people who risk everything to be full human beings.  The Brandon Teena role, based on a true and tragic story of a young woman who lived as a boy, represented a major […]

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What is Found There?

What is Found There?

When she heard, my friend, poet Cheryl Clarke, called me from Jersey City at about 5:45 in the morning because she needed to talk to someone else who knew Adrienne Rich as she did.  She needed to talk to someone on the West Coast, the place from which Adrienne left our world.  It was as […]

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