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Let’s talk about landscapes of power, justice, and liberation and the worlds we dare to imagine.

Latest Episodes

Damien Belliveau - Editing Cinema, Reinventing Yourself, and The PartBlack Project

Picture Theory is a project of Mocha Los Angeles.

--MAR 11
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Damien Belliveau - Editing Cinema, Reinventing Yourself, and The PartBlack Project

Kyoko Takenaka & Tobi Adebajo - Filmmaking, Feminism, Ancestral Healing, and Spirituality

For this episode of the Picture Theory podcast we had the pleasure of chatting with Kyoko Takenaka and Tobi Adebajo. Tobi happened to be in from the UK where they currently live and Kyoko was in town in Los Angeles so Val introduced us and pitched them the idea of chatting on the podcast and we made it happen on the fly. For the interview they both wore bright red elastic jumpsuits and poured in some red and blue and purple lights. Before the interview we all went out to grab a bit to eat and ended up finding some spicy Pho to give us some energy. In this episode there were so many things to talk about. We started chatting about their music project Wastewomxn, which currently has a new album in the works…all the way to their micro-community titled Femmes of Colour...and the related Purple Rain Collective… Once we got the fire burning we wandered all over the place to find out Kyoko and Tobi’s deeper philosophies and feelings on feminism, ancestral energy and healing to the role of activism in creative expression. And they even performed a few songs for us. Here’s a little more about both Tobi and Kyoko: Tobi Nicole Adebajo is a community-focused Queer, Non- Binary Activist, Educator, Hair Stylist, Parent, Poet, Performer, Singer, Writer & Yoruba Spiritual Practitioner who works with prowess – centring their work on the depths and nuances of topics such as queer love, politics, g(end)er & Yoruba culture. They’ve performed and shared works and projects in various venues around Nigeria & Europe, continuing to create pieces that resonate with many. Kyoko Takenaka (Jinjabrew) is an actress, singer-songwriter, filmmaker and multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. Their name Kyoko means"vibrations of sound child" in Japanese. Their short film, HOME, premiered at the Academy Award / BAFTA qualifying 2018 LA Shorts International Film Festival. Their self-directed music video, "Prince," was recognized by the Voiceless International Film Festival. (www.kyokotakenaka.com)

--MAR 11
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Kyoko Takenaka & Tobi Adebajo - Filmmaking, Feminism, Ancestral Healing, and Spirituality

Leah Byrd: Writing Comedy With A Queer Black Feminist Lens

EFor this episode of the Picture Theory podcast I had the pleasure of chatting with writer, director, editor Leah Byrd. At the time she had recently finished the first season of her web series titled Hot and Bothered. As described by Leah, Hot and Bothered follows the story of: “Two sarcastic stoner twenty year-olds get in over their heads when they create the "Grindr" for lesbians.” In this episode we chat about making political artwork that addresses our identities as half-black, half-white American filmmakers. We also chat about what it means to make comedy with a queer black feminist lens. Here’s a little more about Leah from her bio at LeahByrd.com: Leah Byrd is the writer, director, and star of Hot & Bothered. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In this episode we chat about making political artwork that addresses our identities as half-black, half-white American filmmakers. We also chat about what it means to make comedy with a queer black feminist lens. She grew up spending 13 years in Catholic school in a small Midwestern city leaving very little room for queer spaces within her childhood. Discovering all of the queer content available online was a real game changer on her path towards self acceptance. This has driven a strong passion within Leah to create diverse characters within her own media. She knows first hand what representation can do to one's mental health and the incredible power that media can have on opening minds. Leah Byrd has a BFA in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University. Without further delay, here’s the video interview with Leah.

--MAR 11
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Leah Byrd: Writing Comedy With A Queer Black Feminist Lens
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Latest Episodes

Damien Belliveau - Editing Cinema, Reinventing Yourself, and The PartBlack Project

Picture Theory is a project of Mocha Los Angeles.

--MAR 11
Comments
Damien Belliveau - Editing Cinema, Reinventing Yourself, and The PartBlack Project

Kyoko Takenaka & Tobi Adebajo - Filmmaking, Feminism, Ancestral Healing, and Spirituality

For this episode of the Picture Theory podcast we had the pleasure of chatting with Kyoko Takenaka and Tobi Adebajo. Tobi happened to be in from the UK where they currently live and Kyoko was in town in Los Angeles so Val introduced us and pitched them the idea of chatting on the podcast and we made it happen on the fly. For the interview they both wore bright red elastic jumpsuits and poured in some red and blue and purple lights. Before the interview we all went out to grab a bit to eat and ended up finding some spicy Pho to give us some energy. In this episode there were so many things to talk about. We started chatting about their music project Wastewomxn, which currently has a new album in the works…all the way to their micro-community titled Femmes of Colour...and the related Purple Rain Collective… Once we got the fire burning we wandered all over the place to find out Kyoko and Tobi’s deeper philosophies and feelings on feminism, ancestral energy and healing to the role of activism in creative expression. And they even performed a few songs for us. Here’s a little more about both Tobi and Kyoko: Tobi Nicole Adebajo is a community-focused Queer, Non- Binary Activist, Educator, Hair Stylist, Parent, Poet, Performer, Singer, Writer & Yoruba Spiritual Practitioner who works with prowess – centring their work on the depths and nuances of topics such as queer love, politics, g(end)er & Yoruba culture. They’ve performed and shared works and projects in various venues around Nigeria & Europe, continuing to create pieces that resonate with many. Kyoko Takenaka (Jinjabrew) is an actress, singer-songwriter, filmmaker and multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. Their name Kyoko means"vibrations of sound child" in Japanese. Their short film, HOME, premiered at the Academy Award / BAFTA qualifying 2018 LA Shorts International Film Festival. Their self-directed music video, "Prince," was recognized by the Voiceless International Film Festival. (www.kyokotakenaka.com)

--MAR 11
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Kyoko Takenaka & Tobi Adebajo - Filmmaking, Feminism, Ancestral Healing, and Spirituality

Leah Byrd: Writing Comedy With A Queer Black Feminist Lens

EFor this episode of the Picture Theory podcast I had the pleasure of chatting with writer, director, editor Leah Byrd. At the time she had recently finished the first season of her web series titled Hot and Bothered. As described by Leah, Hot and Bothered follows the story of: “Two sarcastic stoner twenty year-olds get in over their heads when they create the "Grindr" for lesbians.” In this episode we chat about making political artwork that addresses our identities as half-black, half-white American filmmakers. We also chat about what it means to make comedy with a queer black feminist lens. Here’s a little more about Leah from her bio at LeahByrd.com: Leah Byrd is the writer, director, and star of Hot & Bothered. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In this episode we chat about making political artwork that addresses our identities as half-black, half-white American filmmakers. We also chat about what it means to make comedy with a queer black feminist lens. She grew up spending 13 years in Catholic school in a small Midwestern city leaving very little room for queer spaces within her childhood. Discovering all of the queer content available online was a real game changer on her path towards self acceptance. This has driven a strong passion within Leah to create diverse characters within her own media. She knows first hand what representation can do to one's mental health and the incredible power that media can have on opening minds. Leah Byrd has a BFA in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University. Without further delay, here’s the video interview with Leah.

--MAR 11
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Leah Byrd: Writing Comedy With A Queer Black Feminist Lens
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