QTPOC (Queer/Trans People of Color) talk show with emphasis on community, yoga, love, food, travel, activism, & deep spiritual connection. Bridging the gap between media and Queer/Trans identities because we deserve to be heard; we deserve respect, love, and acknowledgement. New artist showcase on each episode!
In our 10th episode I had the pleasure to interview with Xemiyulu or Xemi for short (Pronounced like "Shemi") from Washington, DC. Xemi describes herself as a Nawat Two-Spirit Trans Womxn, Author, Playwright, and actor. She is the Artistic Director of Nelwat Ishkamewe, Director of Art & Culture of Trans-Latinx DMV, and has. received much recognition. A Lambda Literary Award Nominee and Awarded 2019 “40 Under 40: Queer Women of Washington” by the DC Mayors Office Capital Pride 2019’s Engendered Spirit Award. Xemi has also been Featured as part of Dove, Getty Images, and Girlgaze’s international beauty campaign, Project #ShowUs. In this episode we dive deep into life as a native trans womxn and Xemi shares with us a writing from her book "My Womxn Card is anti-Native, & other Two-Spirit Truths" which is available for sale on Amazon!! After reading this book I had to get her on the podcast!
Find her on Patreon: XemiDaTwoSpirit.
In this episode I was blessed to interview with SM Rodriguez of NYC! SM is a scholar-activist and Assistant Professor of Criminology and Sociology. Their research interests, as well as organizing efforts, lie in justice movements that are by and for same-gender loving and gender non-conforming people of African descent. Their book, The Economies of Queer Inclusion , examines the dialectics of global and local culture and the effects of transnational financing on grassroots activism in Kampala. Dr. Rodriguez has also done extensive research on the legislative history of sodomy in Uganda, with particular interest in the postcolonial motivations to develop laws which control citizen sexuality. We touched on some current and past events. This is an episode you won't want to miss out on!
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In this Episode I got to really dive deep with Kasen Truth. Kasen is a black trans man, activist, photographer and YouTuber. He has spent the past 2 years or so advocating for trans people of color and speaking about experiences on YouTube! We touch deep on keeping a job, how tough it can be to live in Los Angeles, and what truly drives Kasen and his partner to share their stories!
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In this episode of QTPOC Talks I got to interview CoCo Alexa from Baltimore! Coco describes herself as a black conure woman, a mom to a beautiful daughter, a baddie healer, and a lightwkrker! I stumbled upon Coco on IG couldn't wait to get this magical person onto the podcast! We touch on deep subjects from religion to living a dual life to appease White America.
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In this weeks Episode I got to spotlight, Ana Corella from California, Ana is a filmmaker, DJ, music producer, event manager & promoter, VJ( video jockey). Ana graduated from CSULA in 2014 (w/a major in TV, Fim, & Media Studies & minor in English) & worked with Sony Electronics & Sony Pictures Entertainment then with Sundance managing marketing, PR, & distribution for the Navajo LGBTQ+ film "Drunktown's Finest." After that, they started thier own production company, Moonlight Bend Productions. We also dive into Anas love for festivals ( They prefer transformational) & recently started working with a company called Accessible Festivals which manages ADA @ events. Artist name is Velaluna - they have tracks available for purchase on Bandcamp & a mix series called "Velaluna Radio" on Mixcloud
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Episode 5- Deserts & Healing
In this episode I got the opportunity to interview and spotlight Blache!
Blache Marie is a teaching artist working and traveling in community to support healing and engage a global audience. Their art is a living collage of research, dreamwork, poetry, advocacy, herbalism, conscious booking and film created for and with community healing. They are a Pink Door Fellow and Cornell University graduate, co-founder and creative director of For Brown Bleeders. Their work draws from several healing traditions including herbalism, conjure/hoodoo, Southern Folk Medicine, Pachakuti Mesa (Peruvian shamanism), curanderismo, reiki, and rootwork. They were nomadically based, living on farms, couchsurfing, camping in wilderness, between upstate NY and the southwest, searching for their indigenous roots and connecting people of color to their ancestors and the land. They are currently based in Flagstaff, AZ.
Episode 4 - Performance art & Intellectuality
In this episode I had the honor of interviewing East bay native R. Shawntez Jackson, aka “Shawntez the Poet”. He is an award winning poet/ spoken word artist, dramaturg, creative director, producer, playwright, professional actor, community planner and educator; as well as, the father of Wordsi2i a community empowerment program utilizing creative expression for disenfranchised communities.
Described as a vivid story-teller, unapologetically adjoining and dismembering words to creatively frame and display some of the best and worst details of life, biases of culture, relationships, religion and sexuality. Jackson’s work is vivid and has such a wide range from full length plays (School Me, Avon Lady Calling) to short story publications (Evidence of Heaven under a Tent).
In this episode I got to interview Astrid from Oakland, CA. She is a 23 year old artist, vegan cook, and dancer. Born and raised in an area thats rapidly gentrifying, Astrid shares with us what life is like as a brown trans femme, and a growing artist. With a love for all mediums of art, like dancing, make-up, and even room decor; Astrid has a passion for creativity and an eye for detail. Follow her on instagram @laputabae for all art based commissions. To donate to her directly:
In the second episode of QTPOC Talks I got a chance to interview Celina (instagram: @celinanicolewrites) from Richmond, Virginia. Celina is a community organizer, big hearted Afro-Latinx, Avid poet, and librarian. Celina shares with us the ups and the downs of being a proud, black, fat, femme, and queer in the heart of the south. How do we survive as writers In a white America that devalues our creativity? How do we survive as writes when white America devalues our existence as a whole?
In this episode I had the pleasure to record live with Dom Chatterjee, The founder of QTPOC mental health! Here we discuss yoga and capitalism and the issues we faced as QTPOC folk working towards yoga certification.