Oaklanders School ‘Real World’ Cast on
Transgender Identity

Oaklanders keep it real. And last night, almost 2 million viewers watched as five queer people of color from the Town schooled the cast of MTV’s Real World: Ex-Plosion on a topic that’s been steadily garnering more media attention: transgender identity.
The subject came up around 25-year-old cast member Ari Fitz (who goes by Arielle Scott on the show), a black lesbian, androgynous model, and horror filmmaker who was born in Vallejo and most recently lived in Oakland.
Halfway into taping the show — which was filmed in San Francisco last summer and is currently airing on Wednesday nights — rumors about Fitz being a transgender woman surfaced on the Internet and among cast members. Her initial reaction to the rumor — which was false — was negative. “I don’t want to be trans,” she says during last night’s episode, expressing that she felt the misidentification threatened her lesbian identity.
But Fitz feels uneasy about her feelings, so she invites five of her Oakland friends — Kingston Farady, Krys Freeman, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Chaney Turner, and Charleen “Chikun” Caabay, who all embody various gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations — to talk her through her feelings, and help educate her fellow cast members at the same time.
Read full article here: Oaklanders keep it real.

Oaklanders School ‘Real World’ Cast on

Transgender Identity

Oaklanders keep it real. And last night, almost 2 million viewers watched as five queer people of color from the Town schooled the cast of MTV’s Real World: Ex-Plosion on a topic that’s been steadily garnering more media attention: transgender identity.

The subject came up around 25-year-old cast member Ari Fitz (who goes by Arielle Scott on the show), a black lesbian, androgynous model, and horror filmmaker who was born in Vallejo and most recently lived in Oakland.

Halfway into taping the show — which was filmed in San Francisco last summer and is currently airing on Wednesday nights — rumors about Fitz being a transgender woman surfaced on the Internet and among cast members. Her initial reaction to the rumor — which was false — was negative. “I don’t want to be trans,” she says during last night’s episode, expressing that she felt the misidentification threatened her lesbian identity.

But Fitz feels uneasy about her feelings, so she invites five of her Oakland friends — Kingston Farady, Krys Freeman, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Chaney Turner, and Charleen “Chikun” Caabay, who all embody various gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations — to talk her through her feelings, and help educate her fellow cast members at the same time.

Read full article here: Oaklanders keep it real.











[Body Waves Fundraiser] Community Acrobatics Workshop!
Saturday April 26th, 1pm
Come to our Community Acrobatics Workshop!  Donate $20 towards rehearsal space and mats for Body Waves and you can take part in the workshop, or sponsor another participant.  This workshop will focus on building basic partner acrobalances with 2 or more people. We will also teach some tumbling skills, as well as conditioning and body awareness techniques for acrobatics. Intended to be accessible for all, we are dedicated to supporting a large spectrum of abilities within the structure of this class. You’ll get to learn in a supportive environment with knowlegable and skilled teachers. AND you get to support your favorite queer black acrobatics dance crew. We promise this is gonna be a really good time. 
More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/494570533982713/

[Body Waves Fundraiser] Community Acrobatics Workshop!

Saturday April 26th, 1pm

Come to our Community Acrobatics Workshop!

Donate $20 towards rehearsal space and mats for Body Waves and you can take part in the workshop, or sponsor another participant.

This workshop will focus on building basic partner acrobalances with 2 or more people. We will also teach some tumbling skills, as well as conditioning and body awareness techniques for acrobatics. Intended to be accessible for all, we are dedicated to supporting a large spectrum of abilities within the structure of this class. You’ll get to learn in a supportive environment with knowlegable and skilled teachers. AND you get to support your favorite queer black acrobatics dance crew. We promise this is gonna be a really good time.

More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/494570533982713/

Enjoy the unique experience of an Oakland loft party, featuring the best djs, live performers, and artists in the Bay Area & beyond.  house || soul || dnb || funk || hip hop || whatever else we’re feelin’ *Resident Sound Jedis: Trinity (TrinityWolf Network II Living Room Project) LP (Free Lunch Crew II Social Life II No Pants) *Guest Selectors: The Plush One *Visual Curater: Bushmama Africa  $5 (no one turned away) 21+ @ the Living Room Project 1919 Market Street, @ 19th W.Oakland 94607

Enjoy the unique experience of an Oakland loft party, featuring the best djs, live performers, and artists in the Bay Area & beyond.

house || soul || dnb || funk || hip hop || whatever else we’re feelin’

*Resident Sound Jedis:
Trinity (TrinityWolf Network II Living Room Project)
LP (Free Lunch Crew II Social Life II No Pants)

*Guest Selectors:
The Plush One

*Visual Curater:
Bushmama Africa

$5 (no one turned away)
21+
@ the Living Room Project
1919 Market Street, @ 19th W.Oakland 94607

CHECK OUT THE NEW WEBSITE!!!!! 

still a work in progress, but coming along…….

micahhobbesfrazier:

Saturday Nov. 9th….The Front Porch comes to The Living Room Project!

Featuring:
Qui510
Quincy Mosby
JenRo
& Special guests.

Open Mic for first 8 to sign up.

Hosted by Tim’m T. West, FKA 25percenter of Deep Dickollective (D/DC)

The Front Porch is a monthly multi-genre artistic set that began in December 2004 at Mocha Lounge, DC as an attempt to create an open mic & feature space in the nation’s capitol where all kinds of poetry, spoken word, Hip Hop, acoustic, and soul music could be welcomed by people of diverse racial and sexual orientations.

micahhobbesfrazier:

that’s right, we back at it again for your dancing pleasure! join the crew Saturday Nov. 16th for another edition of Living Room - Engaging your Body, Mind, & Soul.

with your residents djs LP & Trinity

celebrating scorpios, especially our homie Savannah Schmidt

New Flyer!!

Join us Saturday October 5th to raise money and celebrate the Living Room Project!!!

Ships In The Night
A Queer Dance Party
Sat October 5 +21
@ The New Parish
9pm-2am $5

* DJS: Durt, Bestfriendgrrlfriend, Lady Ryan, Trinity *
*plus a special EARLY set by DJ Snapback 9-10pm
so get there on time!*

* coat check *

* Vendors:
Shooting Star Botanicals——-> www.shootingstarbotanicals
.org*

Free for Real Baked Goods——>
www.freeforrealbakery.com*

* photos by Mikki Vargas *

* Special Performance by The Lady Ms.Vagina Jenkins *
http://www.vaginajenkins.com/ *


shipsinthanight.blogspot.com

***We started off as a small dance party for radical queers to come let loose. The party started off in SF but has relocated to Oakland. Our home is Oakland. We want to maintain this party as a safe space. We aim to prioritize and support: queers, women, people of color, trans people who are also: DJs, performers, vendors, and different organizations. We raised over $30,000 for causes ranging from housing rights to supporting the NJ4.***

*engaging your body, mind & soul*
Friday August 9th **This Month Celebrating BLACK AUGUST**
The month of August is full with histories of Black resistance from the Haitian Revolution to the Nat Turner Rebellion, from the Fugitive Slave Law Convention, the foundation of the Underground Railroad, and more.  We celebrate Black August to remember the long line of resistance and sacrifice of Black people throughout history, and continuing today.  BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! *Special Performances by: Valerie Troutt &  Eni Loicy Pela *Resident Sound Jedis: Trinity (O’FaSho! II T.W.N II Living Room Project) LP (Free Lunch Crew II Social Life II No Pants) *Guest Selector: Jose Soul *Visual Curater: Bushmama Africa *Drink Mixologist: Mz. Amy Adams  TasteMaker: Chef Yulanda (Simply Bliss Catering) FREE BEFORE 10pm $5 from 10pm to 11pm $10 AFTER 11pm 21+ @ the Living Room Project 1919 Market Street, @ 19th W.Oakland 94607 ABOUT BLACK AUGUST:http://mxgm.org/blackaugust/blackaugust-history/

*engaging your body, mind & soul*

Friday August 9th
**This Month Celebrating BLACK AUGUST**

The month of August is full with histories of Black resistance from the Haitian Revolution to the Nat Turner Rebellion, from the Fugitive Slave Law Convention, the foundation of the Underground Railroad, and more.

We celebrate Black August to remember the long line of resistance and sacrifice of Black people throughout history, and continuing today.
BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!


*Special Performances by:
Valerie Troutt &
Eni Loicy Pela

*Resident Sound Jedis:
Trinity (O’FaSho! II T.W.N II Living Room Project)
LP (Free Lunch Crew II Social Life II No Pants)

*Guest Selector:
Jose Soul

*Visual Curater:
Bushmama Africa

*Drink Mixologist:
Mz. Amy Adams

TasteMaker:
Chef Yulanda (Simply Bliss Catering)

FREE BEFORE 10pm
$5 from 10pm to 11pm
$10 AFTER 11pm
21+
@ the Living Room Project
1919 Market Street, @ 19th W.Oakland 94607


ABOUT BLACK AUGUST:
http://mxgm.org/
blackaugust/blackaugust-history/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIVING ROOM PROJECT

Yesterday, June 2nd, was the official 1st Birthday of The Living Room Project!!! and what an epic celebration we had last year to warm and open the space.

this year join us FRIDAY JUNE 21st to celebrate our 1st Birthday!!! it will be fiya…