“We are the House of Pentacles because we come from a long legacy steeped in Ballroom House tradition that we are proud of! Houses have always been how Black trans people support and sharpen each other. That is what we do.”
Joie Lou Shakur | House of Pentacles Founder
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Allied Media Project
Allied Media Projects (AMP) cultivates media for liberation. Our media includes all the ways we communicate with the world. Our liberation is an ongoing process of personal, collective, and systemic transformation. We are a network of people and projects, rooted in Detroit and connected to hundreds of other places across the globe. Together, we grow and exchange ways of using media to create the world we need.
Southerners on New Ground
SONG believes that social movements are one of our main hopes for liberation. Organizations are one of the key building blocks of social movements. Organizations are made up of people—leaders. We build membership (or our base) as a way to build the skills, connection and leadership of thousands of Southern rural LGBTQ people of color, immigrant people and working class people – united together in the struggle for dignity and justice for all people. In order to transform the South we must build our collective power, our people power, which comes from thousands and thousands of us uniting to make the South the home our communities need it to be.
Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generations
The Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) was created by a diverse group of funders to ensure that frontline trans activists and organizations have the financial resources and engagement needed to advance the safety, security and rights of trans people. The Fund’s grantmaking is informed by and responsive to trans communities and movements. The current funders are Arcus Foundation, Laughing Gull Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and Anonymous Donors.
Hayti Heritage Film Festival
The Hayti Heritage Film Festival in Durham, NC is a signature event each year to keep Southern Black film alive. New and veteran artists screen films before a diverse crowd of film enthusiasts while vendors provide great food, beverages, arts and crafts. The Center preserves and advances the heritage and culture of the historic Hayti community in Durham, NC and the African American experience through programs that benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally.
BlackStar Film Festival
BlackStar is a gathering of filmmakers, supporters, and enthusiasts who will attend screenings and participate in panels, workshops, and conversations to expand the vision and understanding of the global experience of communi-ties of color. Acknowledging the diversity and complexity of identity within several diasporas creates space for dia-logue and opens the opportunity for a greater perspective of what it means to be Black, Brown, and Indigenous.
Black Youth Project 100
Founded in 2013, BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people. BYP100 was, at one point, just a hashtag for the 2013 “Beyond November Movement Convening” developed through the vision and leadership of Cathy Cohen.