Our New Video Series ‘#RaceAnd’ Captures the Essence of Intersectionality

By Jay Smooth May 04, 2016

"#RaceAnd" is a special eight-part video series that explores the many ways that race compounds and intersects with all the other issues that impact people of color. Each video features an artist, activist or thinker sharing how their mix impacts their lives both personally and systemically. As featured subject Kay Ulanday Barrett puts it, we can’t truly work toward racial justice if we “see race in a vacuum.”

"#RaceAnd" is produced by Kat Lazo, Race Forward’s video production specialist. You can watch the first four videos of the series below; the remaining installments will run on Colorlines next week. Join the conversation online using the #RaceAnd hashtag.

Kay Ulanday Barrett: Activist, Cultural Worker, Disability Justice Advocate
Kay has been "harmonizing artistry and activism since 2002." His poetry speaks to the struggles and power of his community and his lived experiences as a Filipino-American and transman with a physical disability. Follow his work at @kulandaybarrett.


Sonia Guiñansaca: Migrant, Queer, Poet, Culture Organizer*
As a poet and organizer, Sonia’s work reflects on her many identities; shifting from being undocumented to documented, a migrant, a queer/femme women of color and artist. Learn more about Sonia and her work here and follow her at @theSoniaG.


Hye Yun Park: Writer, Performer, Actor
Artist Hye Yun Park wears many hats, including filmmaker, performance artist, writer and actor. As a genderqueer fat Asian, Hye uses her many talents to counteract the narrow representation of of people of color like herself. To watch Hye Yun visit here and follow at @hyeheyyun.


Arielle Newton: Founder of BlackMillennials.com & Organizer with Black Lives Matter NYC
As Arielle shares in her "#RaceAnd interview," being a queer, Black, college-educated, cisgender woman informs how she navigates the world, and how she responds to injustice and promotes justice. Her work as an organizer and her blog Black Millennials is evidence of her commitment to racial justice through an intersectional lens. Get familiar with Black Millennials and follow Arielle at @arielle_newton.


*Post has been updated to reflect that Sonia Guiñansaca’s surname begins with a "g" rather than a "q."