Tongues Untied

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Tongues Untied
January 15, 2016 7:00 PM
January 15, 2016 9:30 PM
Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
212 620 7310 ext. 300
January 6, 2016
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
212 620 7310 ext. 300
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States


“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act” ~Marlon Riggs

Please join us for a special screening of Marlon Riggs’ groundbreaking semi-documentary film Tongues Untied. Mixing poetry, music and performance art, Marlon grants us a glimpse into the complex lives of black gay men. As they navigate racism, homophobia, marginalization and create culture. The lives of black gay men as told by black gay men with all their style and fierceness. It’s time you learned how to snap like a diva.

After the film, please join us for a conversation with Pamela Sneed, Stephen Winter, and Bill Coleman, moderated by Sean Apparicio and Jim Fouratt.

This event is organized by Sean Apparicio and presented by the Bureau in conjunction with the Bureau’s exhibition The Uses of Anger.

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Sean Apparicio is the founder of One+Love. One+Love is a geo-local mobile LGBT community center—connecting users to local events, supportive online community, entertainment, lifestyle and news that reflect and celebrate diverse sexual and gender identities.

Before forming One+Love, Sean was multidisciplinary creative director specializing in digital media, commercial direction, Branding and Marketing Strategy. He has over 17 years of award winning industry experience. He’s re-launched multiple brands, strengthened their visual identity and introduced current trends in technology to develop solutions for his clients. Most notably, under his direction, the BET Redesign won 11 Tellys and a Promax/BDA Diverse Voices Award.

Sean has worked for over 26 years as an advocate and activist for LGBTQ issues. He’s done outreach and community organizing with the Audre Lorde Project, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and TransJustice. He has worked as a life coach at the Ali Forney Center; raised hell with ACT UP to raise HIV/AIDS awareness; mentored LGBTQ youth and lectured at UC Berkeley regarding coming out in the age of AIDS; provided safer sex education via the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project; served in a harm reduction center for at-risk clients; and has worked to become a griot of U.S. LGBTQ history.


BILL COLEMAN [Peace Bisquit]

Multi-faceted DJ, producer, remixer, music supervisor, performer, recording artist, writer and influential tastemaker Bill Coleman is renowned for his eclectic taste, acute ear and diverse musical expertise.

The tireless “renaissance man” has enjoyed success as a revered music journalist (Dance and Singles Reviews Editor for Billboard Magazine ’87 -’90), has written a music column for NYC style rag PAPER, sat on the initial editorial board for OUT Magazine and freelanced for numerous international media outlets such as the BBC and BET.

As the owner of Peace Bisquit, Coleman celebrates 25 years heading up the popular Brooklyn-based entertainment company representing an array of genre-defying artists and producers including: Ultra Naté, Amanda Lepore, French Horn Rebellion, Cazwell, Jill Jones and Cazwell. Peace Bisquit are also often recognized for their part in discovering and developing the influential, platinum-selling trio Deee-lite (“Groove Is In The Heart”).

Throughout the years, the much in-demand maestro has music supervised / sound designed for various films (“Party Girl,” “Beyond The Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater”, “Inside Deep Throat”, “Party Monster”), fashion shows (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Marc Bouwer, DIFFA), Broadway premieres (Evita, The Color Purple, After Midnight), art installations (Deitch), nightclubs (Cielo, CBGB’s, Limelight, APT, Santos Party House, Ministry of Sound, SOB’s, Sound Factory, The Tunnel, Save The Robots, Pyramid, The Shelter) and special events (Lady Gaga’s inaugural Fame Ball, amFAR’s Inspiration Gala, Bowie Ball, Silent Disco at Lincoln Center).

Bill has lent he and his company’s talents, A&R and consultancy services to such esteemed clients as Bette Midler, Tom Tom Club, A&E Network, Beyoncé, Radiohead, The Kennedy Center, Sinead O’Connor, PETA, World of Wonder, Neneh Cherry, Swing Out Sister and Lenny Kravitz.

On top of that…Bill has found morsels of time over the years to spearhead late night performances by electropunk dance renegades, Daisy Spurs; has been a member of NY club art denizens The Dazzle Dancers; was inducted into Next Magazine’s Nightlife Hall Of Fame (Class of 2013) and is an occasional member of Grammy Award winner Jody Watley’s touring band!

Jim Fouratt has been a political and cultural activist all his life . Broadway, Pacifica , Mercury Records, nightlife instigator (Hurrah, Danceteria, Pepperlitz, Studio 54 etc) featured guest Colbert Report , Charlie Rose, Stonewall Rebellion participant, Gay Liberation Front, Heal/Wipe Out AIds, pub SPIN, Rolling Stone, Village Voice etc etc, Founding Editor New Times.

Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet and actress, featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, published by Henry Holt in April 1998 andKONG and other works published by Vintage Entity Press 2009. She has performed original works for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, P.S. 122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, and BAM cafe. She has headlined the New Work Now festival at Joe’s Pub/Public Theater. In 2013, she performed at Central Park Summer Stage, The Whitney Museum of Art, Columbia University’s, “Geographies of Mass Incarceration.” In 2011, she performed in South Africa, in collaboration with the women’s organization FEW. She is a guest faculty member at Sarah Lawrence teachingWriting for Solo Performance and Solo Performance in Production.  Her work is included in The 100 Best African American Poems edited by Nikki Giovanni.  Her recent publications include work in Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, Future Perfect, and LIU Teaching Narratives.

STEPHEN WINTER is an award winning filmmaker who has worked with Steve Harvey, Lee Daniels, John Cameron Mitchell, Xan Cassavetes, John Krokidas, David France, Gus Van Sant and Jonathan Caouette. Stephen’s new film as writer/director “Jason and Shirley” (2015) a fictionalized imagining of the 1966 Chelsea Hotel filming of “Portrait of Jason” with Sarah Schulman as Shirley Clarke and Jack Waters as Jason Holliday was called “One of the year’s finest” by Richard Brody in The New Yorker and played for two sold out weeks at the Museum of Modern Art.