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August 07, 2017 – Lady Participate 041
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Nijla Mu'min is a writer and filmmaker whose artistic background spans poetry, photography, short fiction, dance, and film criticism. Hailing from the East Bay Area, she tells stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities. The above still is from her upcoming feature, Jinn.

Name: Nijla Mu'min    ::    Occupation: Writer & Filmmaker    ::    City: Oakland & Los Angeles     ::    Astrological sign: cancer

First gig: bagging groceries, sweeping floors, and doing price checks.

To cope with a long commute: I sing.

Currently watching/listening: Watching Queen Sugar, listening to Sza, The Hics, Valerie June & Kehlani.

Best work environment: fresh fruit, water, clean sheets, quiet, and mountains outside my window.

Your personal masterpiece: 35mm film documentary photos of people and things in Oakland, Berkeley, and South Africa.

Current obsession: Completing post-production on my first feature film, Jinn.

Favorite interview you've done:  http://blavity.com/nijla-mumin-interview/

Why you love your city: There's water, a port, tasty tacos, Mosswood park, and activism in the air.

Recurring dream: I'm stuck in a massive cage-like dome but somehow I find a way out.

Personal role model: My cousin Tiffany. She introduced me to Public Enemy, extension braids, and Afrocentrism as a child.

What's next: My first feature film Jinn.

Ladies we should know: Nikyatu Jusu (director), Aleshea Harris (playwright), DeWanda Wise (actress).

Ava DuVernay on Queen Sugar and Her Hollywood JourneyThe Atlantic (August 3, 2017)

NBC Launches “Female Forward” Initiative To Train & Hire Women Episodic DirectorsDeadline Hollywood (August 3, 2017)

CBS Execs on Not Picking Up Any Fall Shows With Female Leads: ‘We Are Cognizant of the Issue’The Wrap (August 1, 2017)

Dear Men of "The Breakfast Club": Trans Women Aren’t a Prop, Ploy, or Sexual PredatorsAllure (July 31, 2017)

Black Women's Equal Pay Day Exposes Another Dark Side of the Pay GapGlamour (July 31, 2017)

If Americans Love Moms, Why Do We Let Them Die?New York Times (July 29, 2017)

‘Dolores’ Trailer: Feminist Pioneer Dolores Huerta Finally Gets Her Due in Peter Bratt’s Wide-Ranging DocumentaryIndieWire (July 24, 2017)
NEW YORK CITY
Tuesday, August 8th, 7:00pm
Naomi Watts, Brie Larson, & Jeannette Walls on The Glass Castle
Florence Gould Hall: 55 E 59th St, New York, New York 10022

Wednesday, August 9th, 7:00pm
On Fear + The Impostor Syndrome
New Women Space:188 Woodpoint Road, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Wednesday, August 9th, 7:00pm
The Divorcee - Fearless Femmes in Film
Village East Cinema: 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, New York 10003

Thursday, August 10th, 6:30pm
Summer Thursdays: Alsarah and the Nubatones
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St, New York, New York 10019

Friday, August 11th, 6:15pm
Shady Ladies of The Metropolitan Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Ave, New York, New York 10028

Friday August 11th–Saturday August 12th
Nia & Ness, Premiere of 'run.' 
Point Green: 260 Java St, Brooklyn, New York 11222
CHICAGO
Saturday, August 12th, 10:00am 
Trans Beach Party: 2017 South Side with Pride
Rainbow Park Beach: 7520 S Exchange Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60649

Saturday, August 12th, 7:00pm 
Sucias: Exhibition & Performances
Hoofprint Workshop: 2433 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60608
LOS ANGELES
Tuesday, August 8th, 7:00pm 
Statements on Fire
Women's Center for Creative Work: 2425 Glover Pl, Los Angeles, California 90031

Thursday, August 10th, 6:30pm
Social Justice Education In the Era of Trump: A Women's Assembly
UTLA: 3303 Wilshire Blvd Fl 10, Los Angeles, California 90010
OAKLAND
Thursday, August 10th, 7:00pm 
Yalie Kamara discusses and signs "When the Living Sing"
DIESEL, A Bookstore: 5433 College Ave, Oakland, California 94618

Thursday, August 10th, 6:00pm 
Women Bike Book Club
Golden Gate Branch Library: 5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, California 94608

Friday, August 11th, 6:00pm
Night Moves | Sarah Thibault and Liv Aanrud
Interface Gallery: 486 49th St, Oakland, California 94609

Sunday, August 13th, 3:00pm 
Alice Coltrane: In Celebration of a Sonic Legacy
The Malonga Casquelourd Center for The Arts: 1428 Alice St, Oakland, California 94612

Sunday, August 13th, 5:00pm 
Italy's Witches and Medicine Women, Part 2
The Sacred Well - Oakland: 536 Grand Ave, Oakland, California 94610

Sunday, August 13th, 7:30pm
Shapeshifters Cinema presents Sofía Córdova
TAC: Temescal Art Center: 511 48th St, Oakland, California 94609
Thanks for participating! See you next Monday for writer Haley Mlotek!
Curated by Paris McGarry.
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