Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Jenny Yang

This week’s Persephone Pioneer is comedian, writer, and co-founder of the Dis/orient/ed Comedy tour, the first all Asian American female standup comedy tour, Jenny Yang.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Eisa Jocson

I had the pleasure of chatting with performance artist from the Philippines, Eisa Jocson, who is a featured artist at this year’s Time-Based Art Festival presented by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. As a Filipina myself and as person who is aspiring for a career in researching gender and sexuality (in the academe or […]

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Lynn Casper

This week’s Persephone Pioneer is multimedia artist and activist Lynn Casper. Lynn is a multimedia artist, strategist, and activist. Her two active projects consist of feminist playing cards and a music podcast show, Homoground. I’m fascinated by her work on so many different levels, but above all, I am inspired by her willingness to share parts of […]

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Laverne Cox and Jac Gares on Their Documentary, FREE CeCe!

[Original publication date: Dec. 16, 2013] Laverne Cox and Jacqueline Gares talk CeCe, transmisogyny, and the justice system.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Issa Rae

[Original publication date: Nov. 23, 2011] Are you awkward? So is Issa Rae, and she is bringing it to you through her breakthrough series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. If you haven’t been watching Rae’s series, I would suggest tuning in right now. No, like now, shut down the interview, give an hour to ABG […]

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Mona Concepcion

This week’s Persephone Pioneer is writer, blogger, and the world’s only female Chamorro comedian, Mona Concepcion!

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Paige Weldon

Paige Weldon is a Los Angeles-based comedian and co-founder of the comedy website, The Higgs Weldon. I came across her work after recently following her on Twitter. I would describe her comedy as insightful, witty, awkward, and smart. Just the way I like it!

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Rachel Hills

This week for Persephone Pioneers, we feature TEDx speaker, journalist, blogger, and soon-to-be author, Rachel Hills.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: 2 Girls, 1 Asian

Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin and Kelly Colburn make up the dynamic duo ensemble, 2 Girls 1 Asian, a new web series about two girls living in New York city, experiencing your typical 20-something situations, and of course, being half Asian and white.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

A Tribute to Yuri Kochiyama

On Sunday morning, Japanese-American activist, social justice warrior, and champion of civil rights Yuri Kochiyama (93) died in her home in Berkeley, California, in her sleep while surrounded by family.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Janet Stephens, Hair Archaeologist

Janet Stephens is a real-life Indiana Jones: by day, she’s a hairdresser, but by night, she’s a hair archaeologist. Her interest isn’t just casual: she’s been published  in academic journals, she presents regularly at conferences, and she is the first person to take studying and recreating ancient hairstyles seriously. Welcome, Janet Stephens!

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Laverne Cox and Jac Gares on Their New Documentary, FREE CeCe!

Laverne Cox and Jacqueline Gares talk CeCe, transmisogyny, and the justice system.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Helen Zaltzman

Cesy and bookgal recently had the ridiculously good fortune to interview one of their heroines, Helen Zaltzman.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Poet and Educator Sarah Kay

I happened to open up my TED app one morning and saw a talk called “If I should have a daughter.” I clicked on it, thinking it might be interesting and twenty minutes, two spoken word performances, and one life story later, I was a sobbing mess who had a new idol: Sarah Kay.

Categories
Persephone Pioneers

Interview with a Nonprofit Partner: Youth N Action

Nonprofit organizations work in conjunction with many other programs. We rely on community partnerships because “we build on the synergy.” By working together we ensure the needs of our community are met to the fullest potential possible. One amazing partner, Youth N Action, represents that ideal. I have the opportunity to work alongside a program […]