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The Speak Truth Summit: October 20 - 21



The Impact Alliance, Chicago Foundation for Women, Chicago State University, Women Employed, Arab American Family Services, and Chicago Black Women in Tech invite you to attend the inaugural #SpeakTruth Summit on October 20 and 21, 2018, at Chicago State University. The #SpeakTruth Summit is a platform by and for women of color to identify, address, and heal from the issues affecting them in particular and disproportionate ways in the various systems they operate and live within. The #SpeakTruth panels, workshops, and plenary sessions are designed with a focus on empowering women and equipping them with the concrete action steps, connections, and knowledge to thrive, not just survive, in their day-to-day lives. For more information and/or purchase tickets, please visit www.speaktruthsummit.com ! No tickets will be sold at the door, all tickets must be purchased online prior to October 15, 2018. We hope to count you among us!"
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August 7 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day

On average, women make just $.80 (cents) compared to white non-Hispanic men. The pay disparity widens for women of color. Black/African American women are making $.63 (cents) to the dollar. This means that a black woman must work 8 extra months in the 2018 calendar year to make up for what a white man made in just 2017. These extra days of work symbolize Black Women's Equal Pay Day which falls on August 7 this year.

Here are three things you can do as an advocate of fair pay.

1. Log onto leanin.org/equalpay and share campaign tools and resources with your organization and peers because #38PercentCounts.
2. Join the Twitter storm at 2pm eastern. Learn more at blackwomensequalpayday.org
3. Tune into Lean In Women of Color's Facebook livestream conversation with women leaders at 6pm central. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/leaninwomenofcolor









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Interview with Numa Perrier, Actor-Writer-Filmmaker

By JULENE ALLEN






In a journey of vulnerability and self-exploration, Numa Perrier, actor-writer-filmmaker, and founder & creative director of House of Numa is debuting her first feature film, Jezebel, a true story which is expected to premiere this fall. Jezebel is a coming-out and coming-of-age tale that uniquely explores sexuality. Starring Tiffany Tenille and Numa Perrier who plays her sister in this film, Jezebel reveals a story about a special bond between siblings. While finding themselves in a predicament, having to support their family, two sisters work as a phone sex operator and internet fetish cam girl. A champion of Perrier’s work is American filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, creator of Selma, 13th and A Wrinkle in Time. In our interview, Perrier discusses how support from the filmmaking queen transpired, why good storytelling entails some level of risk and where feminism and sexual freedom intersect.

The following is a sample of our interview with Numa Perrier which is featured in Women For Action magazine's July -October 2018 Issue.


Women For Action: Where did the idea of producing Jezebel, (a true story about your life) stem from?

Perrier: I’ve been plucking true stories based on parts of my life the entire time I’ve been creating visual art and films. This specific story was one of those I knew I wanted to add to the volume.  It took a long time, 15 years — to gain the emotional distance and the courage to follow through with this particular story.  There was a lot of shame associated with not only the work but the poverty that I was in with my family at the time.  So far, I am happy that I am sharing it, but I still don’t feel entirely comfortable.  I think that’s part of the requirement of this work.  I’m way out of the safe zone with this one.


Women For Action: You play your sister in Jezebel and she also helps you with the seed money for the film. This is her story just as much as it is yours. She shares your vulnerability. Why do you think this story is just as important to her to tell?

Perrier: My sister and I have had a roller coaster relationship. It has stabilized and deepened now especially while working on this film together. Playing her in the film caused me to understand and love her beyond description. She has always encouraged me to explore and exploit my sexuality. In her view, we would not be born with something that wasn’t supposed to be of use to us. This story is very much hers as well, but she has let me tell it how I see fit which has been a tremendous vote of trust and confidence towards me. The story is important to both of us because it brought us closer and may do the same for others. We’re both excited about revealing a piece of a lifestyle and a black family in Vegas that just hasn’t been told before.


Women For Action: Not only did the queen, Ava DuVernay donate to your crowdfunding campaign, she made sure her audience caught glimpse of your fundraising initiative for Jezebel. How did she learn about the campaign and how did DuVernay’s support make you feel?

Perrier: I slid in Ava’s direct message’s and let her know that I had just finished filming my first feature. She wasn’t aware that I was even making one and she was so excited for me having got that far and immediately offered to help by contributing and boosting my GoFundMe campaign on her Twitter. It was very generous and more than I had anticipated in reaching out. The second she did that a wave of people donated including other prominent industry players. It wasn’t a blind reach out—I’ve known Ava since 2008 and been a witness to her hard work and courage in making her space very real and very known. It feels pretty great to know that she is proud of me and cheering me on.

Grab this issue!

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Coming Up In The July - October 2018 issue

Numa Perrier as Sabrina | Photo courtesy of House of Numa

♦ In our July - October 2018 issue, we are introducing an exciting interview with Numa Perrier, actor-writer-filmmaker and founder & creative director of House of Numa! Perrier is releasing her first feature film, Jezebel, a true story which is expected to premiere this fall. Jezebel is a coming-of-age- tale that explores feminine sexuality in a unique way. Starring Tiffany Tenille and Numa Perrier who plays her sister in this film, Jezebel tells a story about a special bond between siblings. While abruptly finding themselves having to support their family, two sisters work as a phone sex operator and internet fetish cam girl. One of Perrier's biggest champions is American filmmaker, Ava Duvernay, director of Selma13th and A Wrinkle in Time. In our interview, Perrier discusses how support from the filmmaking Queen transpired. 
 Also in this issue, in honor of Black Women's Equal Pay Day coming up on August 7th, 2018, ten black women's voices and causes you probably did not know about but you certainly should follow.
 Plus why commemoration days are important for women and how they help reshape a place of importance!



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Equal Pay For All

Today is April 10th 2018, Equal Pay Day which represents how long it takes within the 2018 calendar year for the average woman to make what a white man made in 2017. This averages out to just 80 cents to a dollar. The fact is that all women regardless of background, race, ability or sexual orientation are impacted by the pay gap. The following video shows you how all women are predisposed to unequal pay.



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