In response to the necessary precautions related to COVID-19, the Planning Squad for Womxn of Color Weekend 2020 made the difficult decision to not host an in-person event during our scheduled dates of June 4 - June 7, 2020. We thoroughly understand that the fruitful gathering of our community is needed during these trying times, and wanted to create a space for us to fellowship in a new way. It was important that we maintain the health, safety, and financial well-being of our community as a top priority. Therefore, we pivoted to a virtual event!
Below is the full schedule of events that took place - please be sure to join us next year for an in-person AND virtual event!
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TRILLFIT® w/ MEGHAN VENABLE-THOMAS
FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH @ 6:30PM EST | 60 MIN | ZOOM
This 60-minute hip-hop dance cardio class will get your blood flowing and your body moving! TRILLFIT® is an award-winning boutique fitness studio in Boston, MA with classes ranging from Cardio Dance to Sculpt. They believe that fitness should be fun, inclusive, and set to the illest soundtrack.
Meghan Venable-Thomas is cardio dance instructor and manages Community Engagement & Events at TRILLFIT®. As a Doctor in Public Health focused on how arts and culturally grounded practices impact health equity in communities of color, she leverages both practices to think about creative opportunities for increasing access and decreasing health disparities.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH @ 8:00PM EST | 60 MIN | ZOOM
The "if you can Feel it, you can Speak it" Open Mic Movement is Boston's ONLY open mic dedicated to the voices of the LGBTQ+ communities of color, and is blessed to have a group of resident poets - Team Be Spoken. Join TBS members Phree and SublimeLuv as they kick off the Weekend with an open mic! ALL talents and forms of expression are welcome, and the sign-up sheet can be found here: Open Mic List
WARM WELCOME w/ THE WoCW PLANNING SQUAD
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 10:00AM EST | 30 MIN | ZOOM
Please join us first thing Saturday morning for an official Welcome to WoCW2020's 'Virtual Vibrations'! Our Executive Director & Producer, Jha D, will orient us and review the Standards of Community Building in collaboration with the Planning Squad.
MANIFEST: WORKING WITH ELEMENTS OF NATURE FOR SEXUAL HEALING w/ IGNACIO RIVERA
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 11:00AM EST | 45 MIN | ZOOM
Working through sexual trauma is deep continues work. A powerful tool for healing is manifestation; and when combined with ritual, crystals, or other elements of nature, manifestation can amplify positivity. Working with the natural beauty around us, not only grounds us, but aids in raising our vibration allowing healing to occur.
Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma and healing for marginalized populations. Ignacio is a Queer, Trans/Yamoká-hu/Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua, and Taíno activist who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, educator, writer, and performer with over 20 years of experience on multiple fronts, including economic justice, anti-racist and anti-violence work, as well as mujerista, LGBTQI and sex positive movements.
MAKING GLOBAL CONNECTIONS:WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING BLACK/POC ACROSS THE GLOBE?
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 12:30PM EST | 45 MIN | ZOOM
What is the experience of being Black/POC across the globe? Tikesha, Ny and Phyll will build on their lived experiences, shared commonalities, networking and having a global network.”
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, widely known as Lady Phyll, is the executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride - Europe's largest celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent. Lady Phyll has over 20 years’ experience as an LGBTQ+ rights activist and anti-racism campaigner. She has spent a decade advocating for the rights of workers within the largest civil service union as a lead negotiator on behalf of Civil Service workers and is now the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust an LGBT+ charity that works to defend and uphold human rights. She is also a patron for Albert Kennedy Trust; Diva Magazine columnist, and public speaker focusing on race, gender, sexuality and class. She is named as one of the top 5 on the World Pride Power list.
Nubia was called to the nomadic lifestyle 3 years ago when she decided to leave the United States on a one way ticket to SouthEast Asia. Throughout her travels, she has lived on 3 continents and explored 43 countries, while chronicling her journey as a single nomad over 40. Nubia's passion for food and travel have led her to start businesses in the Travel and Hospitality industry. Currently, Nubia is the Director of Up In The Air Life Travel, a Black female owned luxury travel company. She is also the founder and co-host of a notable travel podcast called Chronicles Abroad and she continues to move about the world with a thriving online business as a Travel & Expat coach. Nubia continues to inspire Women of Color to stop waiting for permission to chase their dreams and to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world.
VEGAN COOKING DEMONSTRATION w/ CHEF T
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 1:30PM EST | 45 MIN | ZOOM
Shared meals is a critical aspect of WoCW, and this year we are honoring the Director's Dinner, Cookout and SisterSoul Brunch by hosting a live cooking demonstration. Chef T is going to show us how to "veganize" one of our favorite dishes! A grocery list for those who want to cook along can be found here; Chef T's Grocery List.
Chef T started life on a mountainside farm in the great state of North Carolina. Personal interest in crops and cooking has overtime grown into a vast explosion of great tasting dishes. The inter passion for health and for food is visually captured through a unique approach of "vegan”, plant based, and traditional cuisine.
LATIN DANCE CLASS w/ ANA MASACOTE
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 3:30PM EST | 45 MIN | ZOOM
There is something magical and transformative about tieing our bodies to movement and music, and it is a fact that Ana Masacote is an amazing teacher! So, if you want to express your love for Latin dance, or finally take that class you've been wanting to try then do not miss this session!
Ana Masacote is an award-winning Latin dance specialist, educator, and womanpreneur who passionately believes that through dance, we can facilitate social change within communities. She is a co-founder and partner of Masacote Entertainment and has spread the salsa bug to more than 30 countries across five continents. Ana is also the producer and executive director of Yo Soy LOLA, a movement to reclaim the Latina narrative through artistic platforms and a scholarship initiative for Latinx MA artists, and the founder of Dance to Power, LLC, an online Afro-Latin dance academy dedicated to educating and uplifting womxn and allies around the world through Afro-Latin dance.
SPEED DATING HOSTED BY KIA COMEDY
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 4:30PM EST | 45 MIN | ZOOM
Has the quarantine interfered with your plans to meet the next lucky someone? Has being stuck inside made you a little braver and more willing to try something new? Well, Kia Comedy might be able to help!
Kia Barnes, also known as Kia Comedy, is an Atlanta based comedian, host, and event producer. She's worked with LOL Network, Netflix, ATT's "Codes of Culture," campaign, SVTV Network, and she's also headlined her signature "Lez Laugh" Comedy tour and shows with some of the country's most prominent LGBTQ comedians. Kia produces and hosts LGBTQ parties, events, and fashion shows across the country, including the Andro Fashion Show. With a social media following of over 79k, Kia uses her platform to encourage acceptance, diversity, and unity.
INTERMISSION w/ DJ LADY LY
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 5:30PM EST | 60 MIN | INSTAGRAM LIVE
At this point in the day on Saturday, we're all going to take a moment breathe, stretch, shake and let it out! DJ Lady Ly is going to deliver on the chill vibe we usually share during the annual WoCW Cookout. Catch us on a shared IG Live.
DJ Lady Ly started DJ'ing in 2004 and has always been very passionate about music and dance. Being raised in a multi-cultural environment she was introduced to various genres of music at a young age, from African music to R'n'B, funk, hip hop, soul, reggae and much more.
DJ Lady Ly aims to please by feeding off the vibes, no matter the crowd.
JENNIFER EDEN EXPERIENCE - LIVE BURLESQUE SHOW
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 6:30PM EST | 90 MIN | ZOOM
Performers Chi Chi Gonzales, Majic Dyke, Ophelia Zayna Hart, Queen of Hearts, Arazel and Host Jennifer Eden are going to change the temperature of the entire event and we can promise that you're going to feel the heat!
Jennifer Eden (she/they) is a Baltimore-based poet, event host, and sex educator. This Black queer nonbinary femme has been schoolin' folks on consent, gender-affirming language, and kink dynamics everywhere from BDSM dungeons to Ivy League universities up and down the east coast for over a decade.
LIVE DJ SET w/ DJ MARY MAC
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH @ 8:30PM EST | 60 MIN | INSTAGRAM LIVE
The theme for this year's Saturday night party is VIBRANCE! DJ Mary Mac is going to deliver as she typically does, so be prepared to get up out of your seat! Be ready to post your photos and videos of you enjoying the set, and be entered to win a raffle for tickets to next year's event!
Mary was introduced to the art of turntables and mixing by her older brother while he practiced daily in the basement of their family’s Rosedale, Queens home. Barely a teen, yet highly intrigued by the techniques of the many notable DJ’s of that era, Mary began working diligently to hone and perfect her skills to also become a talented disc jockey. With a combination of natural talent, passion and cultural music influences from her Haitian background, this would quickly lead to Mary Mac becoming a highly sought-after female DJ. She is consistently exemplifying her role as a pioneer for female DJs and aggressively paves a path for the next generation of female DJs.
MEDITATION w/ REV AKOSUA
SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH @ 10:00AM EST | 45 MIN | ZOOM
Sunday's vibe will be reflection and relaxation, beginning with a guided meditation led by Rev Akosua. This will be a moment for pause and mindfulness, and an intentional way to begin your Sunday.
Akosua McCray is the founding pastor of Unity Fellowship Church WDC which was chartered and opened May 19, 2002. Rev. McCray preaches and teaches that “God is love and love is for everyone.” She is a singer, an author, spiritual advisor, counselor and a womanist. She founded "Sistah Space" an organization specializing in counseling, meditation sessions, seminars, and kitchen table conversations designed to speak to the many challenges/interests of women.
TANTRA YOGA w/ LEANA MARIE MARSHALL
SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH @ 11:30AM EST | 45 MIN | ZOOM
Tantra yoga is a practice that can be used to expand the connection and awareness between a couple, creating a deeper bond spiritually with each other. This is an amazing opportunity for couples to recharges their energy and peaceful feelings throughout the day and expands awareness with each other and the universe. Set to sexy R&B tracks, we’ll combine a sensual vinyasa flow with the power and art of touch and connection!
Leana Marie was introduced to yoga as a therapeutic practice after she was injured in a car accident and diagnosed with chronic neck and back pain. When she first began, she felt as if she would never get the poses and form correct. However, Leana was determined to heal her injuries and continued to practice.
Several years later, she made the decision to become a certified yoga instructor. Leana completed Power Yoga Teacher Training in the Fall of 2014, Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training in the Spring of 2015 at CorePower Yoga and Shakti Flow training in the Spring of 2016 on the Big Island. Leana’s goal is to provide healing and relaxation to others. She also wants to help people learn something new about what their body is capable of doing. Leana enjoys bringing a new flare to yoga and her personal practice. She’s definitely not your average yogi!
This workshop dares us to understand and adore our whole selves. Being Disabled, Sick, Chronically Ill, Deaf, and/or being Brilliant/Crazy are often understood as flaws. Also as a Queer and a Person of Color, you ultimately survive struggle heightened by ableism. The truth is, we face all struggles simultaneously! Paying homage to Audre Lorde: “I do not believe in single-issue politics, because we do not live single-issue lives,” Participants will discuss avenues of critical intersections as brown, poor, trans, immigrant, disabled, other. Resources on self-care, Art by Queer and Transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color will be highlighted and explored.
Named one of 9 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Writers You Should Know by VOGUE, KAY ULANDAY BARRETT aka @Brownroundboi is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist. K. has featured at The Lincoln Center, The U.N., Symphony Space, Princeton University, Tucson Poetry Festival, The Dodge Poetry Foundation, The Hemispheric Institute, & Brooklyn Museum. They are a 2x Pushcart Prize nominee, Best of the Net Split This Rock 2019 nominee, and 2019 Queeroes Literary Honoree by Them.+ Condé Nast. They’ve been offered fellowships and residencies from Lambda Literary Review, VONA/Voices, Monson Arts, VCCA, and Macondo. They have served on boards, panels, and committees for The Transgender Law Center, The Leeway Foundation, Res Artis, The Disability Justice Collective, and The Trans Justice Funding Project. They were Guest Editor for Nat.Brut & Guest Faculty for The Poetry Foundation. Their contributions are found in The New York Times, Academy of American Poets, Buzzfeed, Asian American Literary Review, PBS News Hour, F(r)iction, Race Forward, NYLON, The Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine, The Advocate, & more. More Than Organs, published in 2020 by Sibling Rivalry Press is their second collection. Currently, Kay lives outside of NYC area with his jowly dog and remixes his mama's recipes whenever possible. Kaybarrett.net
Please join our Executive Director & Producer, Jha D, and the Planning Squad for this closing session. We'll reflect on the Weekend and set our intentions on WoCW 2021!
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For those who have already registered for the in-person event:
If you have already paid for Lodging or Vendor fees through the WoCW website, then we will automatically issue refunds.
If you have already registered for WoCW 2020, then we offer three (3) options and ask you to fill out this FORM:
- Carry-over your registration fee to WoCW 2021 (June 3rd-6th, 2021)
- Receive a partial refund, minus a Love Offering (donation) in an amount of your choosing
- Receive a full refund for any partial or full payments you’ve made