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All videos were produced, filmed, and edited by Black TGNC people at Black Trans Media #blacktranseverything from experimental short films about Black Trans representation in the media to community rallies that address our strategies to end violence, performances of music and poetry by Black Trans artists like Phoenix Nastasha Russell, Lady Dane and J Mase III, and powerful interviews from Black Trans movement leaders and organizers on issues like mass incarceration, anti-blackness, safety, and redefining trans health!

In addition to making our own media we also hold free workshops and training on filmmaking, production, editing, and political education for Black TGNC people and our communities. 


This Rest in Power Video is the last few minutes of the interview we did with Juan Evans of Solutions Not Punishment Coalition (SNaPCO) shortly before Juan passed away in 2015. We dedicated this video to Juan's family in love and remembrance of his life and his work for justice. In the full video below he breaks down mass incarceration and TGNCI criminalization, his own experiences being in arrested, and his vision for all Black Trans people.
Janetta Johnson is the Executive Director of the Trans Gender Variant Justice Project (TGIJP) based in San Francisco, California. Her leadership and passion to see our communities thrive helps fuel our movements. In this interview Ms. Janetta speaks on reproductive justice, the shifts in access to healthcare, the gender binary, her leadership as a Black Trans Women, the importance of supporting formerly incarcerated people, and the lack of support for Black Trans women in the non profit industrial complex. 

VIDEO TAGS: *Reproductive Justice *Trans Healthcare *the Gender Binary *Leadership of Black Trans Women * Incarcerated people *Non Profit Industrial Complex

An Interview with Janetta Johnson
Executive Director of the Trans Gender Variant Justice Project (TGIJP) 2019

This interview in 2019 by Black Trans Media was filmed and edited by Olympia Sudan and Sasha Alexander
An Interview with Dee Dee Watters, Black Trans writer, activist, and death doula. Dee Dee speaks on her work around grief and holding space for Black Trans communities navigating loss. She talks about her path as a death doula and learning to understand grief.   

In 2022 Black Trans Media started to create a ‘grief container’ where we could create media to help our communities with our individual and collective grief. We began to intentionally interview Black Trans leaders whose work and stewardship around grief is helping our communities hold space.

VIDEO TAGS: *Grief *Death *Violence Against Black Trans Women *Healing Justice 

An Interview with Dee Dee Watters
Writer, Activist, Death Doula, and the Founder of Trans Griot LLC

This interview in 2022 by Black Trans Media was filmed on Zoom by Curly Dacs and Sasha Alexander with editing and music by Sasha Alexander
Twinkle Aria Paul is a Guyanese Trans Woman activist in NYC. In this interview she talks with us about police violence during the pandemic at the height of the resistance in June 2020. As a Black Trans immigrants she shares her concerns about safety in the larger Black Lives Matter protest movement and beyond. Feeling called to act and address the anti-blackness and transphobia Twinkle showed up at her local precinct in Queens to honor the lives of Tony Mcdade, a Black Trans Man who was killed by the Tallahassee Police Department 2 days after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis by police. This video is dedicated to Tony, George, Breonna Taylor, and Nina Pop.

VIDEO TAGS: *NYC *Queens *Immigrant Justice *Anti-Blackness *Police Violence *Safety *Protest *Grief *loss *Black Lives Matter

An Interview with Twinkle Paul on Navigating Anti-Blackness, Police Violence, and the Deaths of George Floyd and Tony McDade 

This video was filmed in 2020 by Black Trans Media video, editing, and music by Sasha Alexander.
A precious and powerful interview with Juan Evans of Solutions Not Punishment Coalition (SNaPCO) in Atlanta Georgia. Filmed by Black Trans Media in Washington D.C. at a convening held by the Brown Boi Project in May 2015 bringing together LGBT Leaders of Color we spoke with Juan about why organizing in the south around the mass incarceration of TGNCI people of color is so important. He shares about this his life growing up criminalized, locked up, and policed and his experience being arrested October 2014 by the Atlanta Police Department who threatened him with a "genital search" that the Mayor later went on record apologizing on behalf. Only 2 months after we documented this interview Juan passed away suddenly. We dedicate this video to Juan's family in love and remembrance of his life and his work for justice.

VIDEO TAGS: *the South *Atlanta *Mass Incarceration *Criminalization *Black Trans Men and Leadership *Police Harassment *Grief 

An Interview with Juan Evans
of Solutions Not Punishment (SNaP Coalition)
Atlanta, Georgia 2015

This interview in 2015 by Black Trans Media was filmed by Olympia Sudan and Sasha Alexander. with editing and music by Sasha Alexander.

Queer Liberation March 
2020 Rally for Black Trans People

In months leading up to the summer of 2020 as continued violence against Black Trans people and Black people escalated/during an uprising in the US the Queer Liberation March and Rally organized their theme in support of Black Lives. There was no rally planned for the end of the march. And so Black Trans Media organized Black Trans and Queer organizers from New York City and beyond. Here Eli Berry, Olympia Sudan, Uche Onwa, and KING speak truth to power.


filmed by Sasha Alexander. 
edited by Yaz Josiah

An Interview with Renae Green of Trans Wave Jamaica - 2022


In the summer of 2022 Black Trans Media interviewed Renae Green, the Executive Director of Trans Wave Jamaica. In this interview she tells us more about what its like being Trans in Jamaica. We discuss the impacts of colonialism on policy past and present, and the ways the roll backs in the United States on Roe v. Wade impact Trans people in the Caribbean and policy globally. She shares her journey as a leader and vision for the future.

An Interview with Brayland Brown - Smile Trust - Florida 2023


In July of 2023 while at Brother 2 Brother, a gathering organized by and for Black Trans Men and Trans Masculine people, Black Trans Media traveled to Miami Florida. We got to interview Brayland Brown, Co-Director of the Smile Trust organization.The Smile Trust provides support to communities the most in need of resources, including smile days unsheltered outreach program that includes hot food, clothes, hot showers and other resources, the Community Emergency Operations Center, a grassroots resilience network, where movement organizations, organizers, and community members become first responders after natural and man made disasters, and the Smile Haven a direct response to food insecurities in under-resourced communities. They grow and provide fresh organic food to our communities www.


An Interview with Chino Hardin of the Center for Nu Leadership 2019

Chino is a Black Indigenous Trans Man from East Flatbush and Bedstuy, Brooklyn. He has spent his life working against the prison industrial complex and for the liberation of the people. He is the proud father of 3 sons and has over 20 years experience in community organizing, leadership development, campaign strategy, conflict resolution, gun violence/gang intervention, and Human Justice and Healing Praxis. In this interview filmed at WILDSEED farm and community healing village Chino speaks about the importance of land stewardship and his vision for the future.

An Interview with Imani Henry
of Equality and Justice for Flatbush (EJ4F)

In this interview with Imani Henry Founder of Equality and Justice for Flatbush speaks with Black Trans Media as a part of our Space is the Place series. Imani's crucial work as an organizer in Brooklyn and beyond for decades addressing racism, housing injustice, police violence, and gentrification has been pivotal to supporting tenants and community in organizing and building power. Imani talks about displacement and shares important know your rights (KYR) information drawing important connections between our movements past and present, and looking towards the future if we don't get housing justice in New York City. Filmed in 2018 by Black Trans Media with interview and footage from Eli Berry-St. John, Luka Parker, and Sasha Alexander with editing and music by Sasha Alexander.

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"I AM HEAR" is powerful, experimental, narrative exploring the role media has had in shaping the depiction of black transwomen. In the film Olympia introduces us to Ares, a black transwomen whose committed to taking control of her life and her future. Olympia takes us on part of her journey, and how she is shifting and reframing black trans power and love by creating media that speaks out about transphobia and racism, with the intent to reframe the way we view and value black trans people in the world.

Lady Dane Edidi Figueroas "One Women Trunk Show" hosted by Black Trans Media in Harlem at the Maysles Documentary Center

A compilation of some powerful moments from the incredible "One Women Trunk Show" that we hosted at Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem October 2014 featuring Lady Dane Edidi. Lady Dane brought her incredible artistry along with a handful of singers and the live band that joined her for this one night only performance. To get a copy of her latest book and find out more about her performances and appearences go to:

"Redefining Trans Health"

On August 17th 2014 Black Trans Media attended the Body Image 4 Justice LGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend. We presented a workshop about media and the power of storytelling, during which we did a handful of amazing interviews on health, with a black trans perspective. This is the teaser reel including interviews with Justice Williams, Tiq Milan, and Olympia Perez! Listen to these brilliant black trans community leaders speak about "Redefiing Trans Health"

MARCH 2014 BLACK TRANS POETS EVENT FT Phoenix Nastasha Russell, Olympia Perez, and J MASE III


Community Rally and Action in Bushwick Brooklyn October 2014


This is mostly raw footage from the Call to Action to Rally in Bushwick Brooklyn on Monday October 13th 2014. This action was organized in response to an attack the night before on a young transwomen who was brutally beaten by several men while walking to the train with her friend. Community rallied at the site of where the attack had occured to not only raise visibility about what had happened so that folks in the neighborhood knew, but also for us to heal thru being on our streets, sharing our time, energy, and love with community. 

We decided to include all of the folks who spoke out that we could, to honor the various ways leadership works and community shares ways to address the violence, it's important to learn more about strategies to confront and dismantle. 

Black Trans Media wants to make it clear that we do not support increased policing of our communities or systematic violence thru the use of the criminal justice system. Be part of shifting and reframing. Trans lives matter, black trans lives matter #blacktranseverything

!shout out to all the folks who came out to support, speak up, march, hold it down thru copwatch, chanting, community safety, documentation, and solidarity!

J MASE III performs the poem "Gender Bunny" live in Harlem March 2014 at Black Trans Medias Poetry event


On March 28th 2014 Black Trans Media hosted an event in Harlem featuring the incredible work of black trans poets. We celebrated the launch of J Mase III new chap book: "And Then I Got Fired: grief, unemployment, and inappropriate jokes about death." We were also honored to hear the powerful poetry of both Olympia Perez and Phoenix Nastasha Russell. 

Olympia Perez performs the poem "Triceratops" at Black Trans Media's Poetry event March 2014

Olympia Perez performs the poem "Triceratops" at Black Trans Media's Poetry event March 2014

Olympia Perez, Content Director of Black Trans Media, performs her powerful poem "Triceratops" in Harlem at the Maysles Documentary Center for Black Trans Media's march poetry event. #blacktranseverything #blacktransmedia (were working on compression issues so we can bring you a better quality of this video.)

TheTrans Day of Action 2014 NYC

June 27th 2014 Trans Justice organizes the Trans Day of Action bringing together hundreds of organizations, organizers, and community members 

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