March 23, 2017 – Lady Participate 016
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The above still is from the short film afro-woman: 2016 CE by filmmaker Shatara Michelle Ford which stars former child actress, Zelda Harris best known as Troy in Spike Lee's CROOKLYN. Keep an eye out for the filmmaker's first feature film called queen elizabeth which "follows an irreverent 24 year old suffering from some serious Millennial malaise." She'll be shooting the film this fall with some shorter film projects coming in the meantime.

Name: Shatara Michelle Ford    ::    Occupation: Filmmaker & Social Entrepreneur    ::    City: Los Angeles     ::    Astrological sign: Gemini

To cope with a long commute: James Brown, Miles Davis, Stromae

Currently reading: Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Most important failure: Getting rejected from my dream PhD program... because, now, 5 years later, I'm pretty sure I'd be miserable, and not creating.

Recurring dream: That my father is abducted by aliens in a grocery store.

The future/What's next:I'm shooting a music video that is a black feminist reimagining of Hitchcock's VERTIGO, which I'm loving every minute of. After that I'm working a short film about mermaids and my debut feature shoots in the Fall. It's a really exciting time of just head-down hardcore creating. Naturally, as a Gemini I have another life building a social enterprise venture focused on ownership of land and property for historically non-white communities. Our goal is to go into cities on the cusp of gentrification and buy up space to develop on with an eye to improving the quality of sustainable affordable housing, access to healthy food and availability of cheap commercial property for the actual inhabitants of those communities... therefore reinvigorating neighborhoods for social good, not commercial gain and displacement. 

Ladies who we should know: I've got music on the brain, so I would like to highlight Nerdcore rapper, SAMMUS, and Neo-Disco queen, Gavin Turek. Also, the gritty visual poetry and photography of Joss Barton.


New York CityBecome The Queen Bey of Networking 7pm, hosted by Ladies, Wine & Design @ New Women Space [188 Woodpoint Road, Brooklyn, NY 11211]

BostonMediterranean Women in Action featuring Aynur 8pm @ Berklee Performance Center [136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115]

New OrleansConversations in Color: Bernice L. McFadden & Alexis De Veaux 6:30pm, hosted by The Amistad Research Center Ashé Cac [1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113]

San FranciscoBenefit For Bay Area Women's & Children's Center 7:30pm @ Great American Music Hall [859 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109]
...these ladies have loved their podcasts!
Here's a roundup of some of the podcasts the Lady Participate featured ladies have been listening to! (and a peek at some old newsletter if you missed them)

Currently listening to: Democracy Now!, RadiolabInvisibilia and Criminal

Sharon Madanes – newsletter
Currently listening to: Comedy Bang Bang

Marisa Crawford – newsletter
Currently listening to: Another Round & Real Housewives of Bohemia

Samantha Nye – newsletter
Currently listening to: Fresh AirRachel MaddowThrowing Shade or Two Dope Queens

Elisabeth Subrin  newsletter
Currently listening to: Democracy Now

Some of my lady-made favorites: With Friends Like These, 2 Dope Queens, Rookie (coming soon), You Must Remember This, Stuff Mom Never Told YouBombshell
Thanks for participating! See you on Monday with Sydney Lowe!
Curated by Paris McGarry
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