FINDING AUMONT WHITAKER A short documentary film by Leslie Cunningham
At age 22, Dina learned her real father was a postman from Compton, California. Her mother told her he was married and she shouldn’t interfere. Dina didn’t. Left with three assumptions- he either didn’t know about her, he didn’t want her or he didn’t love her, Dina convinced herself she was her father’s unknown child. More than two decades later, when Dina finds her siblings on Facebook, she sets out on a trip across the country to surprise them. An emotional journey filled with sorrow, love and laughter, Finding Aumont Whitaker will uplift hearts and bring families closer together. Run-time 11:41 minutes. A TRIBES Entertainment Film.
M.I., A Different Kind of Girl – A TRIBES Entertainment Film
Special Screening at NCCU! Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00pm
North Carolina Central University
Michaux School of Education
700 Cecil St., Durham, NC 27707
This is a free event.
Donations to NCCU LGBTA Resource Center are Welcomed!• 6:00pm – Doors open
• 6:15-6:30 – Welcome from NCCU and the Gender Reel Planning Committee
• 6:30-6:45 – Intro to M.I., A Different Kind of Girl, from the filmmakers
• 6:45-7:45 – (53 min. runtime) Film screening
• 7:45-8:15 – Nation Tyre Performance
• 8:15-8:30 – Filmmaker/ Cast Q & A
• 8:15-10:00 – Reception and Networking – Special Thanks to LGBTA Resource Center, Campus Pride, and Human Rights Campaign.
LAINE BROWN, a spirited and passionate male impersonator born on North Carolina’s rural coast, transforms by taping down her breasts, shaving her head, and studying the masculine performances of today’s most famous male entertainers -to become the incomparable NATION TYRE, show-stopper and ground-breaker for women in drag. Challenged by a desire to please all of those that love her, Nation is on a mission to generate acceptance for women like her. As she pushes the bounds of female gender identity, is there room for a lone performer, to challenge the constraints at work in the African-American and LGBT community in pursuit of fame and visibility on the world stage?
In the new feature documentary ﬁlm M.I., A Different Kind of Girl, ﬁlmmakers, Leslie Cunningham and Alana Jones enter the world of new millennium drag and pick up the torch ignited by documentary ﬁlms like Paris is Burning to investigate attitudes in their own LGBT and African- American communities about women in drag. In the process, they uncover powerful ideas about female gender identity and sexuality in not only the mainstream popular culture but also within the marginalized LGBT and African American communities where Nation has made a name for herself.
Set in the American South, this thought-provoking film from TRIBES Entertainment uses candid interviews, performance footage, artful b-roll, images of striking green in the Carolina Piedmont and more to bring viewers through the flashing lights into the heart of Nation Tyre (M.I.). Introducing Laine Brown as Nation Tyre, The House of Tyre, Breyannah Allure, Paris Brooks, Image, First Lady, Hollywood and many more. Featuring music and special commentary by Hip Hop’s hottest female duo, KIN4LIFE. Purchase on DVD or watch on demand now!
Reality TV shows bore me these days, so I wasn’t expecting to like BIG FREEDIA, The Queen of Bounceon fuse. But his lovable personality sold me. I was transfixed by Big Freedia’s passion and excitement for bringing New Orleans’ unique style of rap, bounce and twerk dance to mainstream audiences- and he’s got the whole world watching!
“Excuse, I don’t mean to be rude!” yellsBig Freedia as he shakes up cities across the country and abroad, recently making a tour stop in the Bull City (Durham, NC) for the Pinhook’s 5th anniversary event. Featuring a high energy dance troupe comprised of some of the best twerkers and bounce dancers in the world, Big Freedia performed for a packed, nicely diverse audience and took downtown Durham to a whole new level on a Tuesday night! Fun for everyone, Big Freedia’s shows touch a place in all of us that just wants to dance, bounce and feel good! WATCH THE FULL EPISODE. Leslie Cunningham, TRIBES
She transforms by taping down her breasts, shaving her head, and studying the masculine performances of today’s most famous male entertainers! GET READY TO ENTER THE WORLD OF NEW MILLENNIUM DRAG!TRIBES Entertainment Films presents a provocative and daring documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl.
TRIBES TV takes viewers on a journey into the world of slam poetry, as some of the most renowned female poets from across the country travel to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the all-female Rough Language Poetry Slam Competition. Featuring spoken word poetry diva Queen Sheba; R&B artist and music producer Phillippia Williams; radio personality Dia Easley from “The Show”; performances by Krystle wit an “e”;Corrina Delgado, Audaciously Speaking, T. Miller and many more. Runtime 21 minutes. A TRIBES Entertainment Film in association with Rough Language and High Impact Multimedia.