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BBZ or "Babes" is Building Spaces for Marginalized People

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How would you react if someone told you they'd started a collective (or a movement, if you want) for the need of deeper and more expansive friendships? Enthralled, am I right? That's exactly how I felt when Tia Simon-Campbell, co-founder of South East London-based BBZ, told me that exact thing. She, alongside Naeem Davis, started the organization to help build intentional spaces for queer, trans and non-binary people of color. Currently, the members consist of spoken word poets, writers, casting directors, DJs, dancers and more from across all of London. Now, 3 years after the inauguration, more than ever the group feels like they are able to inhabit and participate in spaces all over the British capital. But the mission doesn't stop there. We met up with Tia during The Standard, London's celebratory dinner for BBZ alternative graduate show...

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Wear (and Drink) Orange with Us for Gun Violence Awareness Weekend

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Join us for Wear Orange in NY, LA, and Miami this weekend. 

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Eliana Gil Rodriguez Rings Her Rep

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LA It-girl Eliana Gil Rodriguez came by The Standard, Downtown LA with the ACLU for a night of ringing our reps for criminal justice reform. 

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Black Mamas Day Bailout

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South Florida is seemingly idyllic. It’s a region that has some of this country’s best nightlife and beaches, but South Florida is also ground zero for so many of this nation’s most pressing issues including: climate collapse, mass incarceration, displacement and migration at rates unlike many other locations in the world. During a recent chat with Helen Peña-Smicker, the founder of the collective (F)empower, she tells me that “the state of Florida alone incarcerates more people than any country on the planet and spends $55,000 to jail children and only $7,000 to educate them.”

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WATCH: Paige Elkington Hits the High Line for Ring Your Rep

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Ring Your Rep hits the streets to find out what people think about the current state of our politics, whether protesting and calling makes a difference, and what values we want to see in elected officials. 

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WATCH: Paige Elkington Talks Activism with the Art Set at Frieze

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We sent our friend Paige Elkington out to Randall's Island with Ring Your Rep to find out what the art set is thinking about politics, activism, and the issues that matter most. 

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