Coined in 1990, by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, AfroLez®femcentric defines the culturally conscious role of women who identify as Afrocentric, Lesbian/Queer, AND Feminist.
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“I am an AfroLez®femcentric Cultural Worker (Black, Feminist, Queer Documentary Filmmaker, International Lecturer, Published Writer, Social Change Agent, Vipassana Meditator, and Global Traveler). I believe in the power of the spoken and written word as well as the power of the image on the screen. I do not create art for art’s sake. Since 1992, I have primarily used the spoken and written word in partnership with the camera lens, as a producer, writer, and director, to advocate for and make central some of the many things that have been and are on the periphery— the issues impacting African descended people, with a specific emphasis on lesbian and heterosexual women. For almost twenty-years, I’ve been both motivated and engaged as a cultural worker because I believe each one of us has the birth right to live in a world where oppression and exploitation based on gender, race/ethnicity, national origin/citizenship, sexual orientation, class, and/or religion of anyone is non-existent.
Personally, spiritually, politically, and professionally, I’m interested in the emotional, psychic, psychological, spiritual, and mental wellness of all of humanity. I believe that if we are EVER going to be fully well…fully human…fully humane each one of us must examine and learn from the contradictions in all of our lives so that we can fully walk THE talk of peace, justice, truth, integrity, accountability, principled behavior, forgiveness, compassion and metta (infinite LOVE) in every single aspect of our lives…” ~ Aishah Shahidah Simmons