Overlooked Giants takes a deeper look into the lives of Queer Women of color who have, and are, making careers for themselves throughout various industries. Each of these women share their experience of being a woman of color in a world that has often relegated them to the margins. AhSa-Ti Nu conducted in-depth interviews, recording their narratives about what it is like for them to carry the weight of being queer women of color as they work to change the narrative.
AhSa-Ti Nu meets virtually with renowned artist Tammy Hall, an accomplished solo artist, bandleader, Bay Area-based pianist, organist, and composer. Hall has built a career as a solo artist and in collaboration with a roster of major artists including Mary Wilson, Kim Nalley, Marcus Shelby, Houston Person, David “Fathead” Newman, Pamela Rose, Queen Esther Marrow, Ernestine Anderson, and Regina Carter, among dozens of others.
Her story is truly a success story of how she has overcome and in many ways is still overcoming inequities of being black in America. Hall offers a breathe of hope through her being and music. She is the epitome of black woman magic and her story is more than appropriate for such a time as this. Hall offers a true definition of what it is to be black in America and to soar beyond the negativities that we often face.
Please be sure to follow her on her website, social media and purchase her music!
AhSa-Ti Nu joins filmmaker and theater director Mary Guzmán in an intimate conversation on love, life and career. A veteran to the film and stage, Guzmán has directed, written and is best known for Desi’s Looking for a New Girl (2000), After the Break (1994) and Mind If I Call You Sir (2004). From the theater she has directed “Los Siete” by Veronica Mejano, “Overlooked Latin@s” by Tina D’Elia, “Living Proof” by Skyler Cooper and “Ghost Limb” by Marisela Treviño Orta. With countless other films and theater productions, Guzmán has been a pioneer in creating a space for queer women of color to thrive.
You can find more information on Guzmán and her work at https://www.oneof9films.com
AhSa-Ti Nu sits with Afro-Filipina composer and vocalist, Anna Maria Flechero. Flechero is the recipient of the Bay Area Blues Society Best Jazz Group of the Year award, and has recorded and performed with numerous distinguished resident and international musicians, e.g., Nelson Braxton, Lewis Nash, David Williams, Billy Higgins as well as the late bebop jazz pianist and luminary, Cedar Walton. Her performances include many international and Bay Area venues—Yoshi’s, Angelicas, Fenix, Savanna Jazz as well as festivals including the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, Pacifica’s Fog Fest and the Streets of Brentwood.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Flechero wrote lyrics, composed music and accompanied her brothers’ bands in various local music competitions. In her early 20’s Ms. Flechero co-founded Blessed Soul, a 13-piece Latin jazz band that performed on the same concert bills with such heavyweights as Santana, Pete Escovedo, Malo, and Graham Central Station. Eventually, Flechero ventured out on her own as a solo artist and landed a gig in Fukuoka, Japan after being described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “modern day blues singer.” In Fukuoka, Ms. Flechero performed at the internationally known Blackberrys and while there she met and sat in one night with jazz greats Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins and Tony Dumas.
You can find more information along with her music at https://www.annamariaflechero.com/
AhSa-Ti Nu joins Tina D’Elia in her San Francisco apartment to hear about her experiences as a queer woman and actress. Best known for her performance in The Pursuit of Happiness and her one-woman show Overlooked Latinas, Tina D’Elia is a veteran to the world of acting. The owner and founder of Tina D’Elia Consulting, she serves as a consultant, casting director, acting instructor, performance coach and as a member of SAG-AFTRA. Tina has worked as an actress for over twenty years in theater, film, television and commercial and is an all around joy to be with. Connect with her through her website: www.tinadeliaconsulting.com.