REPRESENTATION  IN  MEDIA

We are entering a time where the visibility and stories of queer and trans people of color are more prominent than ever before. Why now...who's telling these stories… and how are we taking ownership of our own narratives? Not about us, without us… right?

MODERATOR

Mikelle Street

 

Mikelle Street is a Manhattan-based freelance writer whose work has appeared for publications like The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, Teen Vogue, Vice, Out, and many more. His work generally revolves around topics or subjects in fashion, blackness and queerness and the intersections therein. 

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Mikelle Street

PANELISTS

George Johnson

George M Johnson is a writer and activist located in the NYC area. He is a columnist for Afropunk and VICE with his work featured in NBC, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed and over 40 National publications. He has also been seen on the Grapevine TV, VICE, and MSNBC. His debut young adult memoir All Boys Arent Blue will be released April of 2020.

Stephon Mendoza

Stephon Mendoza a Fashion Designer, Milliner, Host and Content Creator living in New York City. Growing up in the bustling metropolis of Baltimore, Maryland inspired Stephon’s endeavors as an artist. His interest in the fashion and beauty industry was sparkled at 9 years old. Stephon Mendoza is a brand that is limitless to the traditional perceptions of what fashion or beauty is. He believes that fashion should be an external voice speaking for internal feelings.

 

Stephon is a recent graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and have also studied in Florence, Italy with former Creative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo, Massimiliano Giornetti from whom I received my AAS Degree. Stephon’s creations can be seen on artists like Zendaya, Lil Mama, and Celine Dion. Fashion has been a conduit for his identity and LGBTQ advocacy. Stephon wants to create a genderless lifestyle that creates a different dynamic in the everyday appearance of the world.

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Miss Lawrence

Miss Lawrence's style acumen and snappy sense of humor brought him to the attention of Bravo network where he first appeared as confidante and hairstylist on the cult reality show, "Real Housewives of Atlanta." His popularity on the series resulted in him being named co-host of Bravo's "Fashion Queens" alongside Bevy Smith and Derek J.

Lawrence also caught the attention of producer and director Lee Daniels, after his guest appearance on "EMPIRE." Daniels then casted Lawrence as Miss Bruce on his hit series "STAR" on FOX. Lawrence is currently a series regular as the show enters its fourth season.

Khary Septh

Khary Septh is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Tenth Magaine, a media platform that fuses the ethos of community building with cutting edge journalism to drive contemporary conversations around sexuality, capitalism, art and culture, politics, theology, and philosophy as they intersect LGBTQ communities of color around the globe. In print, The Tenth has been called by Vice, “a magazine with a heft and aesthetic vision on par with Vogue’s September issue” and circulates on shelves from MoMA PS1 in New York to Barnes & Noble all across America. In real life, The Tenth has built partnerships with brands like HBO and The Smithsoniam Museum of American Art to develop innovative ways to expand the view of underrepresented voices in media. A graduate of Cornell University, before starting The Tenth, Khary spent many years working for some of the biggest names in fashion and beauty, from Barneys New York to Beyoncé, and these days, when not “on the road” creating content for The Tenth, spends his time between New York and New Orleans.

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