Queer and Trans POC Artists We Love

A collection of our favorite LBTQ women and gender non-conforming artists of color, curated by QWOC Media Wire executive editor @spectraspeaks. Who's…
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About Denise
DENISE UYEHARA is an award-winning performance artist, writer, and playwright whose work has been presented across the U.S. and in London, Vancouver, Helsinki and Tokyo. For over two decades she has investigated what marks us in our migration across borders of identity through interdisciplinary performance. A founding member of the Sacred Naked Nature Girls, she conducts workshops for artists and a wide range of communities – LGBTQ, women, people of color.
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LINDA VILLAROSA is a journalist, author, editor and now novelist. For several years, she edited the health pages for the New York Times, working on health coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. She was also the executive editor of Essence Magazine—two different times--where she wrote or edited a number of award-winning articles that she is extremely proud of.
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TOSHI REAGON is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R, country, folk, spirituals and funk.
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SAPPHIRE emerged on the scene with the release of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Sapphire is also an acclaimed poet and performance poet that has been a part of the black lesbian arts movement since the 1970s. She is a former member of United Lesbians of Color for Change, Inc., and self-published a collection of poems, titled “Meditations on the Rainbow” in 1987.
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C.C. CARTER is a writer, poet, performance artist, and teacher. She has helped to develop audiences for poetry, music by women of color, writing by women in prison, African American literature and art, and women’s health awareness. As a fund-raiser and board member she has also helped to sustain numerous groups.
DORIA ROBERTS (@doriaroberts), a regular on the national singer/songwriter circuit, creates songs that have been described as "a delicious, bohemian blend of folk, jazz and pop". Doria’s versatility as a songwriter and entertainer is never lost whether she is performing solo or with her band. Furthermore, she is an activist, a bodega owner, and started her own record label. Taylor Swift, Lgbt History, Lgbt Community, Food Chain, Indie Artist, Inspirational Women, Female Artists, Record Label, Thinking Of You
DORIA ROBERTS (@doriaroberts), a regular on the national singer/songwriter circuit, creates songs that have been described as "a delicious, bohemian blend of folk, jazz and pop". Doria’s versatility as a songwriter and entertainer is never lost whether she is performing solo or with her band. Furthermore, she is an activist, a bodega owner, and started her own record label.
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Tracy Chapman photos from 2007 to 2008
TRACY CHAPMAN is an American folk, blues-rock, pop, and soul singer-songwriter, best known for her singles "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "Give Me One Reason" and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.
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Girl on 'Wire'
FELICIA PEARSON (@BmoreSnoop) is an American actress, author, and rapper. She is best known for playing a character of the same name, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, on The Wire. She wrote a memoir titled Grace After Midnight.
GAYE ADEGBALOLA is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer. By maintaining the blues legacy, she now sees herself as a contemporary griot – keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane. Gray Hairstyles For Women, Short Gray Hairstyles, Perfect Face Shape, Women With Short Hair, Haircuts For Frizzy Hair, Gray Hairstyles, Chin Length Haircuts, Grey Hair Looks, Grey Hair Transformation
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GAYE ADEGBALOLA is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer. By maintaining the blues legacy, she now sees herself as a contemporary griot – keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane.
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Marla Glen - Wikipedia
MARLA GLEN is an American jazz and rhythm and blues singer. Glen is known for her haunting lyrics, for her fierce commitment to social change and the cause of human unity. Most recently, she has dedicated her time and efforts to the education of children, and was declared the "patron saint" of the Knowledge Festival, organized by Bildung ohne Grenzen (Education without Barriers) in Hamburg, Germany.
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Azealia Banks - Wikipedia
AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIAWORLD) is an American rapper, singer and lyricist from Harlem, New York signed to Interscope/Polydor, and formerly known under the pseudonym Miss Bank$. Banks rose in notability in 2011 when she topped NME's "Cool List" for the year. On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that Banks had been nominated for the Sound of 2012, where she ultimately finished third. Her debut single, "212" featuring Lazy Jay, was released on December 6, 2011, charting in some European countries.
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The Glee Project's Tyler Ford Speaks with GLAAD
TYLER FORD (@tywrent) is a 21-year-old multi-racial transgender contestant on The Glee Project's second season. Tyler, a student at Vanderbilt University, has been performing for 11 years and lists his biggest musical influences as Lady Gaga and Sia. He said in an interview with GLAAD, "The show is lacking in the "BTQ" half of "LGBTQ," but hopefully I can add some spice there! I would definitely love to see more trans* and queer characters - especially people of color."