3 Exciting Projects to Pay Attention To
Danielle Scruggs on Harriet’s Gun Media, Well-Read Black Girl, & Black Girls Talking
This post is part of a Nat. Brut series in which feminist writers, artists, and activists discuss people, publications, or organizations who are working toward inclusivity. Today, artist Danielle Scruggs shares her choices.
Harriet’s Gun Media
“…valuable resources…to help Black queer, women, and trans artists.”
Harriet’s Gun Media is an interdisciplinary media company run by filmmaker and visual artist Tiona McClodden. Aside from her being a compelling and thoughtful artist in her own right, McClodden also runs the HGM Black Queer + Women + Trans Artist Booking & Management Program, which is designed to provide valuable resources and booking and management support in order to help Black queer, women, and trans artists establish and maintain lasting careers.
Well-Read Black Girl
“…sprawling book club that is a bookworm’s dream.”
Well-Read Black Girl: This Tumblr, Instagram, and bi-weekly newsletter created by Glory Edim invites Black women to share what they’re reading — a modern-day and sprawling book club that is a bookworm’s dream. The newsletter also gathers arts, culture, and literary events geared towards people of color based in Edim’s current city of Brooklyn.
Black Girls Talking
“…a brunch filled with four of the most wickedly clever women you know.”
Black Girls Talking is an insightful and often hilarious podcast created by four Black women who met each other through Tumblr. They tackle everything from politics to pop culture to lighter fare such as beauty and travel with grace, humor, and intelligence. They regularly break into peals of laughter, making it feel less like a podcast and more like a brunch filled with four of the most wickedly clever women you know.
Danielle A. Scruggs is a Chicago-based photographer, photo editor and cultural producer. Scruggs has exhibited her work throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, NY, including Honfleur Gallery, Arlington Arts Center, Invisible Dog Gallery, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the 2013 and 2014 (e)merge art fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, and Pleasant Plains Workshop. Her work has been published and reviewed by several publications, including The Washington Post, Ebony, Fusion, and PBS. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock,The Wassaic Project, and Pleasant Plains Workshop. Scruggs is the co-founder and Research and Media Director of Mambu Badu, a collective of cultural producers and artists who curate exhibits and publications that center the process and product of Black self-identified women photographers and lens-based artists. Additionally, Scruggs is the founder and producer of The Vanguard, a transdisciplinary platform of images and interviews of contemporary artists and Black Women Directors, an online resource dedicated to highlighting and celebrating Black women filmmakers. Scruggs completed her MA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and BA degree from Howard University. Her work can be found at daniellescruggs.com.