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8/14 All the Fabolous That Can Fit On Screen

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2008

The Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival kicks off four days of fabulosity tonight with a screening of the 1975 Diana Ross vehicle “Mahogany” that while not technically a “Gay” film gets props among the LGBT crowd for Madame Ross’ shear onstage ferocity and impeccable style (last year’s official selection was the Wiz).  Through Sunday, catch some of the best in queer and queer friendly cinema, some of which you’d be hard pressed to see anywhere else.  I guess, to paraphrase Joseph Beam, black lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenereds loving other lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenereds is still considered a revolutionary act.

Some of the festival standouts include Hanifah Walidah’s Music Video “U People” and a peak at “Shirts and Skins” chronicling the exploits of the first gay basketball team, located where else but San Francisco.  Screenings take place at the Parkway with afterparties every night at various locals.  Check the website for full details.-kwan

6th Annual Black LGBT Film Festival
Aug. 14-17
Parkway Theater
1834 Park Blvd
Oakland, California

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