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Meet Melody Cade of QB Women’s Brunch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melody Cade.

Melody, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m good friends with the 2 men who created and organized, respectively, the BGB, Black Gay Brunch. (Ben Jones and Cameron Johnson) It’s a social and networking group for black gay men in entertainment. I would constantly ask if I could go to their event. I just wanted to hang out with my friends. I couldn’t. It was for black gay men only. I asked if there was a similar group for queer black women, no one knew.

I waited and waited to hear about something similar that I could join. I didn’t hear of anything for a year, so I created it. We are in our second year now. QB Women’s Brunch is for queer black women in entertainment and media. Its purpose is to create a community and a support/networking system for women with similar paths in life.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would say the road has been more smooth than not. My biggest challenge has been outreach. It’s not easy tracking women down and getting them to come. Gay black men are far more visible in entertainment than queer black women. It is getting better.

Hearing Lena Waithe’s speech encouraging black women to be more ‘out’ and visible was encouraging.

But, sometimes, it’s not a matter of hiding, it’s just a matter of being crazy busy with life. I have found that it’s very common that queer black women don’t know each other, not like the guys. Visibility amongst ourselves is just as challenging as visibility on a whole.

On all other fronts, everyone has been very supportive. We recently had a joint event with the guys at Paley Hollywood, Paley was amazing. As we look for partners, I’ve found everyone to be very supportive. The guy’s group has been extremely supportive.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about QB Women’s Brunch – what should we know?
I am the founder and organizer of QB Women’s Brunch. I was most proud of the fact that I was able to pull this together.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’m very persistent. I have always been very persistent and curious. If something doesn’t exist, I’m up for trying to create it.

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Trevor Masid

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