Archive for August, 2008

A Family Affair In Oakland, CA

Posted in Culture on August 31, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Enjoy the Sistahs Steppin In Pride Photos!


Bonus Link

Muscial dedication to all my Yeah Area homegirls.

“I am giving you props, respect and dignity”.

Rachelle Ferrell – Sista (live)


Rachelle Ferrell

You got that certain thang that can’t quite be described
Copied all over the world, it can’t be denied
And when you walk into a room the brothers be slippin’ all up out they
Incredible woman, you’re still my girl!

You know you got a friend in me
We’re sharing the power of femininity!

You brought my spirits up when everything was low
You helped me to heal my heart and continue to grow
And now I’m feeling so much better that I can do
anything I choose
With you in my corner I just can’t lose!

You know you got a friend in me
I’m giving you props, respect and dignity

You don’t know what you mean to me
You’re the light of my life
Strength in my fight
The stand in my feet
And Ohhhh, sho’ do like the way you roll
Auntie, Mama, Grandmom, Daughter.

I’m giving you my heart and soul
Because it was you who helped to make me whole again

You know you got a friend in me
We’re sharing the power of femininity

[Rachelle Ferrell – Sista Song Lyrics from “Individuality (Can I Be Me?)

Celebrating Black Butch Visibility In The Performing Arts

Posted in Culture on August 29, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

In support of my long-time comrade, sistahfriend, and daddi-dyke Pippa Fleming I want to direct Skyeview readers to the announcement below.

The Ms. K.I.A. Chronicles is important cultural work and will surely serve to increase Black butch visibility in the performing arts. The project is still a work-in-progress but these women are off to a grand start.

Pippa recently added video clips online including this CHOICE clip from a rehearsal. The musicians are Pat Wilder, guitar, Caroline Acuna, conga, Trevelyn D. Lee, drums, and Pippa Fleming, vocals. I have also included one of my favorite scenes from the live performance because it was such a surprise and moving dance segment.


Bonus Links

The Ms. K.I.A. Chronicles Underground Rehearsal
The Ms. K.I.A. Chronicles “It’s A Man’s World”

KPFA interview with writer/director/choreographer/DJ (etc., etc,) Pippa Fleming, and producer and Endangered Species Project activist Grace Dueñas [sic?] , and cellist Naboko Mizaguchi [sic?], on Fleming’s performance project “The Ms. K.I.A Chronicles” a “multimedia exploration of African American butch, griot identity in America” taken from her longer work Living In the Mainstream.

Fleming looks at various aspects of identity taking into account the inter-generational questions of identity in relationship to gender, race, national identity, culture and memory.



Dear friends, associates and newly made connections,

In June 2008, I premiered the theatrical version of “ The Ms. K.I.A. Chronicles” at Laney College Theatre. I am pleased to announce that clips of the show are on line and can be seen on Youtube and Myspace.

One of the most important aspects of being an independent lesbian artist is visibility, marketing and promotion. I am calling on each of you to bear witness to this unique project that features an all women’s band and to share this work with others. If any of you know promoters, booking agents or anyone in a position that would be willing to sponsor this project, please feel free to contact me.

Currently the Ms. K.I.A. band is gearing up to perform regularly beginning this fall as a means to promote and raise funds for the theatrical production. I will be sending out announcements of upcoming shows.

How can you help?

Share, rate or become channel subscribers on Youtube
Book me for lectures, workshops or conferences that deal with LGBT issues, butch identity or women in the media and arts.
Book the Ms. K.I.A. band for live performances or the theatrical show.
Sponsor this project by contacting
Hire me for after school programs

How to find me?

Oakland Art & Soul Festival

Posted in Culture on August 20, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Oakland Art & Soul Festival
Labor Day Weekend


August 30, 31 & Sept. 1, 2008
$10 at door;
$5 Youth 13-18 & Senior 65+; 12 & under free

Enjoy music by the Indigo Girls, Stephanie Mills, The Matches, Bobby Hutcherson, Rose Royce, Walter Hawkins and more during the 8th Annual Comcast Art & Soul Festival.

Six concert stages will be packed with an eclectic all-star lineup of 60 national recording artists and hot Bay Area bands to please every musical taste.

Bring the entire family. Kids will love the Family Fun Zone with rides, hands-on activities, entertainment and special performances. Plus admission is free for kids 12 and under!

Stroll the Global Artisan Marketplace for great art and unique gifts to take home.

When hunger strikes, visit one of dozens of food vendors offering a multicultural menu of tasty treats.

Sample gourmet food, wine and chocolate at Oakland’s Own Expo highlighting Oakland’s many celebrated food producers.


Posted in For Fun on August 17, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

My attempt at crafting a virtual mud cloth was so much fun I decided to add this interactive Smithsonian link to Skyeview.

Way cool!



Posted in Culture, Events on August 12, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

AUGUST 23-24, 2008 in OAKLAND, CA

March: Meet 11am @ Astro Park (across fr. Lake Merritt pillars)
Festival: 1-5pm @ Snow Park, 19th/20th St. & Harrison, Oakland

SATURDAY, 8/23, 9pm-2am, $15: AFTERPARTY
The Vibe Lounge, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

SUNDAY, 8/24, 12 noon – 3pm: SUNDAY BRUNCH
Cock-A-Doodle Cafe, 719 Washington @ 8th St., Oakland

Sistahs Steppin’ In Pride’s purpose is to nurture intergenerational and multi-cultural bridges and create a safe, sacred space to honor our Herstory. We seek to empower the diverse East Bay lesbian and bisexual community of women to reclaim their lives from fear and celebrate their spirituality. We aspire to provide opportunities to the artists, activists, community organizations and individuals of our community to come together and share our lives and resources.