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Black Queer Creatives

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Campbell Addy

Photographer, Filmmaker

Campbell Addy is a London based photographer and filmmaker born and raised in South London. With a modelling agency and magazine to his name, the British-Ghanaian photographer combines entrepreneurship with genuine empowerment.

https://campbelladdy.com/

Tobi Adebajo

Artist

Tobi Adebajo is an anti-disciplinary creator whose practice draws from all the senses and relies upon meaningful collaboration to create work that centralises diasporic experiences and honours the power of identity at the same time.”

https://www.shapearts.org.uk/news/artist-profile-tobi-adebajo

Patience Agbabi

Writer

Patience was born to Nigerian parents in London . She studied at Oxford University and later took a Creative Writing degree at Sussex University. She has published three poetry collections focusing on themes relating to sexuality and gender.

https://twitter.com/patienceagbabi

Ajamu X

Photographer

Ajamu is a British artist, curator, archivist and activist. He is best known for his fine art photography which explores same-sex desire, and the Black male body, and his work as an archivist and activist to document the lives and experiences of black LGBTQ people in the UK.

https://campbelladdy.com/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajamu_X

Rikki Beadle-Blair

Performer, actor, screenwriter

Rikki Beadle-Blair is a performer, actor, screenwriter, and activist. He’s been involved in creating a plethora of LGBTQ film, theatre, TV, and literature. He wrote the screenplay for Nigel Finch’s film Stonewall and is one of the editors for Sista!, an anthology of LGBT women of Caribbean and African descent. Beadle-Blair was also the Executive story editor of Noah’s Arc, a U.S. TV series about four Black gay friends living in L.A.

https://twitter.com/rikkibb

Blkmoodyboi

Illustrator

“Afro-indigenous non binary trans “”illustrator””, community organiser, activist and self-taught digital illustrator based in London, UK. Their art is a reflection of their experiences as a queer, black, trans, and a child of Colombian Caribbean migrant. Ornella centres these narratives, which are overwhelmingly never featured in art. Their doodles focus on black gender non-conforming bodies, to document their existence, lives, feelings and emotions. They began doing these to not only archive the existences of these bodies but also as a method of communal healing.”

Ms. Carrie Stacks

Musician

From enrolling at Central Saint Martins and discovering their queer voice through the art of fashion and personal style, Ms Carrie Stacks has become a formidable creative force – now rightfully synonymous with the London fashion and nightlife scene. She’s also one of the co-founders of East London’s notorious party PDA, a space for the queer/non-binary PoC community to come together as one and showcase their true creativity and freedom. A place that champions the importance of the individual – something Carrie applies to her fashion, however challenging at times.

https://www.instagram.com/ms.carriestacks/?hl=en

Aaron Carty

Performer

After leaving Essex Police as a regular Police Officer, Aaron set up a digital media production company along with his business partner Darrel Eve. Carve Productions has produced content for Channel 4, Coca-Cola and Toni & Guy to name a few. Aaron is based in London and runs his media company alongside making costumes, rehearsing and looking after his two pugs Gaston & Bruce. Having performed around the world, Aaron has also performed for Pride in London at Trafalgar Square four years in a row. Having performed for Barclays and Terrence Higgins Trust and The Grand on multiple occasions where The Beyoncé Experience brings the house down!

https://www.instagram.com/beyonceexperience.co.uk/

DG Goutinho

Writer

DG Goutinho is a self-proclaimed “Wordsmith, film addict and blackhearted pirate, based in London England where living and working join up. A court reporter by day to keep my three kids in fidget-spinners.” They are also “a film editor, a trade union activist, a Liverpool fan and ferociously dyslexic. I find neither spiders nor right-wing politics even vaguely attractive.”

Read their longwords, shortwords, otherwords, kidswords and more on their website.

http://www.dgcoutinhowords.com/

Tajah Hamilton

Poet

Tajah is a writer from London. They write poetry exploring the intersections of gender identity, race and mental health, as well as the occasional love poem or five. They were also a Merky New Writer’s Prize finalist for 2019, and have been published in the BAME anthology ‘The Colour of Madness’.

https://www.instagram.com/tajahspoetry/

Loraine James

Electronic artist

Loraine James is an up and coming electronic artist/ producer (influenced by artists such as Aoki Takamasa, Telefon Tel Aviv and Toe) with a lot of promise and already a wealth of material. A master at crafting organic textures through inorganic means, she effortlessly blends Electronica and Math rock with whispers of jazz and post-rock all wrapped up in the artists key avant-garde aesthetic and sensibility. With a minimal use of equipment Loraine crafts truly breathtaking textures from relatively simple means, armed only with a Macbook, a MIDI Keyboard and Novation Launchpad – Loraine transcends any technological constraints to make anything from ambient off-kilter beats to four to the floor vocal-sample driven techno/house.

https://lorainejames.bandcamp.com

Myah Jeffers

Photographer, Director

Myah is a theatre maker, dramaturg and portrait photographer whose personal ethos is rooted in supporting and championing the artistic development of emerging poets, playwrights and theatre makers. She is currently the New Work Coordinator for Talawa Theatre Company, Literary Associate for the S+K Project, and Resident Photographer & Creative Director for poetry platform, Heaux Noire. Myah’s work, in both the fields of theatre and photography, focuses on amplifying the voices of those who continue to be marginalised in today’s Britain, with a particular focus on queer people of colour. She has coordinated artist development projects in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse, Graeae Theatre Company and Shoreditch Town Hall, and has also collaborated with the BBC, SOHO Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Birmingham Rep, Camden People’s Theatre, The Roundhouse, The Midlands Arts Centre and Battersea Arts Centre.

https://www.instagram.com/myahismyname/

Big Joanie

Band

Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band. Based in London, UK, Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013 to play at First Timers (a gig where each band plays their set for the very first time) at the close of the year. The band also functioned as a space where its members (Stephanie Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri) could be completely themselves as black women, and within it discover their own power in creativity. . Sharing influences from alternative rock and post punk, such as Poly Styrene, The Raincoats, and Bikini Kill, the forever evolving three-piece are evangelical activists for representing people of colour both within and outside the LGBQT+ community.

https://www.facebook.com/bigjoanie

Isaak Julian

Filmmaker, Installation artist

Julien’s work is held in collections that include: Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; the LUMA Foundation, Arles; the Kramlich Collection; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town. In 2016 the Towner Art Gallery Collection (Eastbourne, UK) acquired Ten Thousand Waves (2010) as part of a Moving Image Fund program. Ten Thousand Waves, a globally acclaimed multiple screen installation work, premiered at the 2010 Sydney Biennale and has gone on to be exhibited extensively – recently at Platform-L in Seoul (2017) and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2016) as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013, with whom he also published a comprehensive monographic survey of his life and work, titled ‘Riot’.

https://www.isaacjulien.com/

Jackie Kay

Writer

Black Scottish lesbian writer and poet Jackie Kay is the third ever modern Makar, the Scottish equivalent to the Poet Laureate. She has written many wonderful novels and poems highlighting the lives of LGBTQ+ people, including her own life in her autobiography Red Dust Road.

JaJa Kisses

Singer

Bjork and Sade had a lovechild, her name is JaJa Kisses, London’s purple haired independent alternative R&B singer/songwriter serving psychedelic vocals over celestially-alluring, bass infused, trappy/trippy instrumentals.
Born and raised in West London, JaJa Kisses began blossoming her sound online in 2012, releasing heart wrenching quirky layered acapella’s on SoundCloud, alongside releasing some content with the mysterious art collective Last Night In Paris. Since then, JaJa Kisses has stepped Goddess. Along with long term lab partner, fellow SERØTØNIN collective producer Flowzart, Kisses incorporates her love for 808’s and vivid laid back soul edged vocals, threaded with a subdued intimacy in cryptic lyrics. Her inflections reveal the sensuous and sensitive content of her introspective thoughts and ideas.

https://www.jajakisses.co.uk/

Aude Konan

Writer, Filmmaker

Aude Konan’s career began early on in France. As a child writer, she won several French literary contests and published many short stories in anthologies. She published her first novel, a YA novel called “”Les Chats Errants”” in December 2013 and her next one, a children’s book called “”Ma Petite Soeur”” in 2014 with Dagan Editions, a publishing house.As a bilingual journalist, her work mostly focuses on gender, race and politics and her features have been published in national and international magazines and webzines such as Okay Africa, Afriscope, Complex Mag Uk, Media Diversified, Amina and more.As a filmmaker, she has written, directed and also collaborated on many short films at film school and then with the production company Busy Kiwi and the film festival Illuminations. Her latest short, Me Too, is currently in pre-production.As a playwright, she has been invited by the Royal Theatre Stratford East to develop and co-direct her play, Recipes. She is an alumnus of the Soho Writers Lab, Talawa TYPT and the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting.

https://www.audekonan.com/

Les Child

Choreographer

Les Child began as a dancer, performing with Michael Clark’s company in the 1980s. The House of Child was Britain’s first ever vogue house, which was formed in the late ’80s by the professional dancer and choreographer Les Child, inspired by the voguing he was seeing over in the States.

https://www.streeters.com/artists/movement-direction/les-child

Kacion Mayers

Photojournalist

Kacion Mayers – also known as Mister Mayers – is a fashion journalist, critic and photojournalist. Graduating from Central Saint Martins’ BA Fashion Journalism course,  he contributes to titles that include LOVE. Mister Mayers is the editor and creative director of DICKPRINT, which celebrates homoerotica, fetish and dressing for pleasure.  This magazine aims to speak to the authenticity and imperativeness of the Black voice in fashion and culture

https://www.showstudio.com/contributors/kacion-mayers

Okechukwu Nzelu

Writer

Okechukwu is a writer and teacher. He was born in Manchester in 1988 and read English at Girton College, Cambridge. His essay ‘Troubles with God’ was published in the anthology Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space (Trapeze, 2019). In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award. In 2020 his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Polari First Book Prize. He lives in Manchester.

https://www.nzelu.org/

Diriye Osman

Writer, Artist

Diriye Osman is a British-Somali author, visual artist, critic and essayist based in London. He’s the author of the Polari Prize-winning collection of stories, Fairytales For Lost Children (Team Angelica Press) and his writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post, Vice, Poetry Review, Prospect, Time Out, Attitude and Afropunk. He lives on a diet of Disney cartoons, graphic novels, masala chai and Missy Elliott records.

https://www.diriyeosman.com/

Cherish Oteka

Filmmaker

They are a Producer/Director with visual flair, strong editorial judgment and a talent for storytelling. They have been selected on prestigious TV and documentary talent schemes including; Edinburgh TV Festival’s Ones to Watch, Sheffield Doc Fest’s Doc Next and The Grierson Trust’s Doc Lab. As well as this, they won UKTV’s Rising Star Award in 2016. They also independently produced, directed and edited A Man Called Dad which was broadcast on London Live, screened at BAFTA and BFI and won Best Documentary at the Movie Screen and Video Awards 2017.

https://www.cherishoteka.com/

Jade Pollard-Crowe

Artist, Performer

Jade is a queer lesbian British-Jamaican artist and activist. Through her queer performance practice, she has performed for such platforms as Duckie at the RVT London, Compass Live Art Festival in Leeds and at Cambridge Junction to celebrate the rebrand of the Kite Trust. Jade has a degree in Fine Art gained in Sheffield and a Master’s degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice obtained from the University of British Columbia. During her studies in Canada, she taught on arts-based activism in relation to AIDS and HIV and arts activism as it relates to reproductive justice. Her personal research is primarily concerned with evaluating the possibilities and limits of arts-based activism today; particularly focusing on queer, racialized, feminist artists and activists in Britain. She has recently participated in talks and events organised by QTI Coalition of Colour

https://cargocollective.com/jadepollardcrowe

Kayza Rose

Filmmaker

Kayza Rose in an artistic director, filmmaker, lecturer, and activist. She’s also head of external events for UK Black Pride and has worked with Black Lives Matter. Rose is the founder of Family Dinner, a sober safe space for QTIBPOC community.

https://twitter.com/kayzarose

Labi Siffre

Singer, Songwriter

Claudius Afolabi Siffre (born 25 June 1945) is a British singer, songwriter, musician and poet. Siffre released six albums between 1970 and 1975, and four between 1988 and 1998. His best known compositions include “It Must Be Love” (which was famously covered by the band Madness), “Crying Laughing Loving Lying”, and “(Something Inside) So Strong”. His music has been sampled extensively by hip-hop artists, including Eminem, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Siffre has published essays, the stage and TV play Deathwrite and three volumes of poetry.

https://twitter.com/labisiffre

Dorothea Smartt

Poet

Dorothea Smartt is a London born poet of Bajan heritage who wrote Reader, I Married Him & Other Queer Goings-On in 2014, and was formerly staff at the Black Lesbian & Gay Centre. She was a poet in residence at Brixton Market and has lectured at Birkbeck College and Leeds University.

https://dorotheasmartt.wordpress.com/

Mr. Wesly Dykes

Drag king performer

Queer Nigerian-British Drag King and part of the queer band wastewomxn.

https://www.instagram.com/mrwesleydykes/