Sunday Funday is Celebrating Being Queer and Brown

Hello, beautiful butterflies! I’m currently lying in bed, listening to Janelle Monae (and my cat who is screaming for his breakfast). I’m definitely gonna be late to church, but like, what can you do, you know? You can’t win them all. How’s the first half of the first month of the year going for you? Are you still living up to your resolutions? Do you still make those? I hope you’re being kind to yourself, however you might be doing. And I hope you’re making time to listen to Janelle Monae. Maybe put on Dirty Computer while you read this week’s good news!


+ Jennifer Harge, a queer black Detroit-based educator and movement artist, was awarded the inaugural Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists by the nonprofit Queer|Art.

In a statement, the artist said, “This project, Fly | Drown, speaks to the trajectory of my work more broadly, and the tools learned from this development period will provide substantial growth towards my work in black dance coalition building in Detroit. In a city undergoing continued gentrification and displacement, this grant affords me the opportunity to think critically about our needs as black dance artists in Detroit and our relationship to black collective care-taking in dance.”

+ Queer art collective FAKA talks about what queer South Africa looks like in i-D’s winter 2018 issue.

+ Nigerian actress and model Alli Ojo came out as a lesbian!

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+ This young Nigerian photographer wants you to know she’s more than just novelty.

+ A West Virginia community holds a rally in support of a transgender student who was previously discriminated against.

+ Seventh-grader Molly Pinta is bringing Pride to Buffalo Grove. Sounds like the start of a Hallmark movie I’d watch.

Huq That, a henna collective out of London, are queering the ancient body art.

+ Check out this queer 2019 calendar.

+ Just wanna make sure you’ve seen this David’s Bridal commercial!!!


Have a great week! It’s my first week back at work and I’m a little stressed, but I’m gonna make it, and so are you! I love you so much! Go outside today for a few minutes, you deserve it.

Alaina is a 20-something working on a PhD in Performance as Public Practice. They are a mom to three cats, they listen to a lot of NPR and musicals, and they spend a lot of time on Pinterest lusting over studio apartments. They are actively trying to build A Brand on twitter @alainamonts. One day, they will be First Lady of the United States.

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3 Comments

  1. Wow. A Nigerian actress coming out? That’s really huge even if she isn’t popular. She’s a legend already to me. I grew up in Nigeria and I can say we are the worst bunch. They’ll use the name of religion, God, Jesus,etc to attack homosexuality but all those same people fornicate everyday and are confident and proud about it and loud it daily and everyone encourages it.

    They’ll say America and the Western world are the ones corrupting Africans with homosexuality as though gays in Africa never existed and didn’t have to hide their identities all their lives for their own safety.

    Thank you to Alli Ojo for doing what I could never do back then.

  2. Too cold to head outside today, Al, but I definitely did enjoy a solo dance party to Dirty Computer while cleaning up around the house.

    I’m so happy for Alli Ojo and for all queer naija girls who will have her to look up to.

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