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1st ANNUAL SLAYFEST ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2018 PROGRAM LINEUP Festival Celebrating Black Queer and Trans, Arts and Culture

 

SLAYFEST 2018, presented by SLAY TV., announced its official program lineup for their 1st Annual SLAYFEST. SLAYFEST is a celebration of Black queer and trans artistic excellence and aims to bring together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, artists, and the overall LGBTQ community in the new Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Building (BAM). SLAYFEST will occupy 4 floors of the building and will screen short films and a feature film, along with special artists performances, panels and festivities. SLAYFEST will take place Saturday, July 21st, 2018 with a pre-party on Thursday, July 19th in partnership with Trappy Hour at Harlem Nights.

SLAYFEST is bringing a new platform for filmmakers and artists to celebrate diversity,” said Sean Torrington, SLAY TV’s Co-founder and CEO. “We feel it’s more important than ever to promote, support, and protect our own narratives. From handpicked screenings, to dope performers and amazing panelists, we are proud to present this 1s t annual program and honored to those artists who are making it possible.”

SLAYFEST 2018 is proud to present the following short films to play in its main program:

  • Gema – Directed & Written by Kenrick Prince | Starring: MJ Rodriguez & Ari Blinder
  • Missed Connections – Directed & Produced by Michelle Sam | Executive Producer: Angelic Ross | Starring: Angelica Ross & Jermell Smith
  • Finding Home – Director & Cinematographer: Abraham “AB” Troen | Producer: Marc Mounier

SLAYEST 2018 will feature panels that extend the festivalgoers experience beyond the cinema screen, offering opportunities to listen and discuss topics that directly affect the LGBTQ community. This year panels will feature:

  • Holistic Wellness – On this panel, we’ll dive into a NEW vision, where we consider our entire health and wellness- mind, body and spirit.
  • A Discussion on Representation in Media – We will discuss the advances being made to take ownership of our own queer and trans narratives.
  • Money & Empowerment, SLAY.COIN – introducing the blockchain solution for funding queer people of color in media. A candid fireside chat about the sheer size of the global QPOC media market, and how using blockchain technology to create a new cryptocurrencies can help us fund the evolution of our authentic and unapologetic stories in mainstream media.
  • The Women’s Experience– Through a queer feminist lens, this panel will examine and discuss sexism, exotification, healthy relationships and partner violence as well as sex and mental health.

SLAYFEST will finish the day with a concert featuring New York City’s hottest queer artists. Headliners and performers include:

  • Headliner – Cakes da Killa
  • Headliner – Dai Burger
  • Mila Jam
  • Davi Akei
  • Bry’nt
  • Charlie Xile
  • Boy Radio
  • Punk Adams

Additional festivities will take place throughout the day including a VIP Rooftop Cocktail Reception and a streaming live podcast with guest hosts who will report events as they happen and interview festivalgoers.

Corporate and community support for SLAYFEST plays a dynamic role in the life of the festival and underscores SLAYFEST’s commitment to quality and distinction in the art of queer and trans culture. SLAYFEST is privileged to collaborate with renowned consumer, health and entertainment brands including Gilead Sciences, Aid Health Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Hornet, Black Gifted and Whole, Personal Data, Keith Institute and Tenz Magazine.

About SLAYFEST

SLAYFEST is an annual celebration of queer and trans arts and culture presented by SLAY TV. Showcased through independent films, shorts, documentaries, music videos and other creative works, SLAYFEST aims to promote awareness, foster dialogue and build community by celebrating and bringing visibility to queer and trans artists and themed work.

About SLAY TV.

SLAY TV. is a global media network that creates and curates queer and trans digital content. Unlike other applications, SLAY TV. is a suite of applications covering multiple platforms including mobile and TV. SLAY TV is one of three entities under the SLAY. media umbrella. Other entities include SLAY STUDIO, a production company of actors, writers, directors, and producers who develop quality content and SLAY AGENCY, a full-service digital agency able to support small and large-scale campaigns from concept-to-production. SLAY. conceptualizes, produce, manage, and distributes. For more information, please visit www.slaytv.com

Contact: Winstina Dakers
Director of Public Relations & Communications
SLAY TV.
(240) 715-7579
[email protected]

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Kanye Feuds with Drake

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A flurry of tweets erupted from Kanye West’s Twitter account. Alleging Drake threatened him, Kanye says Drake has gone too far.

“No tough talk either”

At 10pm EST, Kanye began his tweet streak, calling out Drake’s shady behavior. In the 4-hour-long tirade, he implied Drake was responsible for the hospitalized Pusha T concertgoer that rushed the stage. He also credited Drake for the death of XXXTentacion and arrest of Tekashi69. Saying “I got a family and kids”, it seems Kanye may fear for his safety.

“I need my apologies now!”

Calling him “disrespectful to all people with mental health conditions”, Kanye implored Drake to work things out. In the past, Drake has held an extensive feud with Kid Cudi, who famously struggles with depression. Going for the low blow after being name-checked for having ghost writers, Drake said this in “Two Birds, One Stone”:

“You stay xanned and perc’d up, so when reality set in, you don’t gotta face/Look what happens soon as you talk to me crazy/Is you crazy?”

The track, released while Kid Cudi was seeking care in a rehabilitation facility, sent him into a tizzy, promising retaliation upon release. But Cudi would need to aim twice if he wanted retribution, as Kanye was credited as a writer for the diss. Despite championing for the normalization of mental health care discussion in recent years, Kanye does not have clean hands either.

While no one is entirely sure what caused the beef, tweets about 2 hours into Kanye’s rant hinted why. Blaming Travis Scott, Drake drew his ire for dissing him in “Sicko Mode”. Claiming “Trav is my family and let this met throw sneak disses at me for clout”, Kanye says he heard there was more to Drake’s verse insulting him.

Drake Ki Ki-ing

Through it all, Drake seemed to be amused by his meltdown, allegedly sending “purple emojis” to Kim. He even requested clearance for “Say What’s Real”. Kanye ultimately denied the request for the sample.

Kanye West Drake Beef

Upcoming Diss Track?

Never one to stand idly by when it comes to family, Kim eventually popped out to defend her man.

Kim Kape Kardashian

Completely sidestepping Lil Wayne’s discovery of Drake, many said Kimberly should’ve just sat there and ate her food.

Kim Ray J

This whole thing is just so messy!!!

While there’s no indication there’s been a resolution to their disagreement, Kanye says “don’t sneak diss or diss at all”.

What do you think about this situation? Is the King of Calabasas really about that action or is he bluffing?

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Michelle Williams Quits Broadway Show

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It has been a difficult year for Michelle Williams. Having ended her engagement, per doctors’ orders she now has to end her Broadway career.

From a statement provided to People magazine, the Destiny’s Child alum has orders to take it easy.

“Effective immediately, Michelle T. Williams has been advised by doctors to take a leave of absence from performing.”

The 38-year-old  singer and mental health advocate had the role of Erzulie, a goddess, in “Once On This Island”. She had only been performing in the role for two weeks.

Sources say her understudy, Cassondra James, will take over until December 26th. From that point, Lea Salonga, the original lead, will resume her role until the finale January 6th.

Rocky Road

With no further explanation given regarding why Michelle must take a sabbatical, its tough to say why she needs a break. Her ongoing struggle to conquer depression, the recent stint in a mental health care facility, and toxic relationship may have taken their toll.

Hopefully, Michelle is taking some time to mend herself. This summer she stated, “Take one step at a time! Don’t overwhelm yourself.” We’re all hoping she’s following her own advice.

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Kodak Black Walks Out Hot 97 Interview After Ebro Brings Up Sexual Assault Case

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During an interview with Hot 97, Ebro asked Kodak questions about his criminal past. Things went smoothly until Ebro mentioned the seriousness of sexual assault allegations.

At the beginning of the segment, Ebro posed an interesting question to Kodak for which he had no answer.

“When you look at all the stuff that you’ve got on your rap sheet, everything that you’ve been charged with, how much do you take accountability for?”

“Everything that you’ve been charged with.” At the time, Kodak may have only been thinking about misdemeanor drug charges. Ebro had specifically mentioned marijuana possession and alluded to “different things” Kodak had been going through.

Kodak was obliged to answer the Hot 97 crew’s questions, but it wasn’t until the focus was shifted to sexual assault that he got uneasy. Ending the interview, in a huff, Kodak said:

“I feel like sometimes when n*ggas like me going through sh*t, like, y’all be entertained by bullsh*t.”

Indicted on sexual misconduct charges, Kodak could face 30 years in prison if convicted. He stands accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a hotel. Allegedly biting her neck and breast before the assault, prosecutors claim he also pushed her into a wall. With the trial tentatively scheduled for April 2019, Kodak is avoiding any discussion surrounding the case.

Far to go

Following the release of the interview, many of Kodak’s fans took to social media to support the artist. Showing that the hip hop community is not prepared to call out misogyny and abusive behavior, his fanbase began attacking Ebro. Still, many stood in Ebro’s defense. Despite the rise of the #MeToo movement, hip-hop is still ages behind in terms of inclusive progression. Twitter users echoed the same sentiments with statements like these:

In his defense, Ebro had this to say in regards to the touchy subject:

Do you think Ebro was out of line? In what ways could Kodak have responded better?

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