Tag Archives: krys freeman

Krys Freeman hosts Oakland on the Rise: Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s Re-Election Kickoff

8 Jun

Oakland on the Rise

Saturday, June 9, 2012
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The New Parish – 579 18th Street, Oakland


Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember

Saturday, June 8th will be a very important day in Oakland. Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember, is asking for your support in her re-election in November 2012.

With Krys Freeman (@bLaKtivist) MCing this special event, it kicks off at 5pm.  Special guests include Assembly member Nancy Skinner, while musical performances include LaToya London (of American Idol) and DJ Ryan. And be sure to eat up with “A Taste of Oakland”, with food generously donated by Ozumo, Home of Chicken and Waffles, Chop Bar, District, Ebbett’s Good To Go, Oasis Food Market, Tina Tamale, Adam’s Mediterranean Grill, Zza’s Trattoria, Our Cuban Kitchen, Homeroom, Ghazal Indian Cuisine, & Miss Pearl’s

krys freeman

Want to join the host committee? It’s $2000 for Platinum (includes 8 tickets), $500 for Gold (includes 4 tickets), $300 for Silver (includes 2 tickets) and $100 for Bronze (includes 1 ticket). Individual Tickets are $50.  Join host committee or get your tickets online today at www.kaplanforoakland.org/kickoff.

And if you can’t attend, we hope you’ll consider making a gift by donating online at www.kaplanforoakland.org/donate.


Come out and support this noble cause and have a blast while doing it!


Krys Freeman (@Blaktivist) Talks @BettaStop @ Women Who Code Lightning Talks

19 Dec

Krys Freeman (@bLaKtivist) discussed her experience in building and launching her first app, BettaSTOP as a non-developer. BettaSTOP is powered by Twilio through text messages and gives users the opportunity to give feedback on the buses they take on AC Transit. Krys came up with this idea through her direct experience riding public transit. When she proposed the idea at a Code for Oakland event, a team of about ten people came together to help her develop the first iteration of the app. (source)

Women 2.0 (@Women2 Discusses) Women Who Code’s (@WWCODE) First Lightning Talks | Krys Freeman (@bLaKtivist) Highlighted

29 Nov

By Elaine Tsai (Organizer, Hack Nights for Beginners)

Lighting Talks

Women Who Code (WWCode) held our first lightning talks event on Tuesday, October 25. The event was filled with excitement, involvement, and proof that there are plenty of women interested in programming, hacking, and all things related to changing the gender gap in the tech industry.

With an amazing turnout rate of over 70 women, the ladies had plenty of time to meet new friends, reconnect over past programming projects and discuss new ideas. Sasha Laundy, founder of Women Who Code, kicked off the event by announcing that over 400 female coders have joined WWCode since it began in late September. She also announced the first WWCode expansion to the South Bay with an inaugural Hack Night at Hacker Dojo on November 14, an amazing accomplishment.

Lightning Talks is an event where women sign up to give a short five minute talk. The topics presented during this event ranged from live coding with Node.js to salary negotiations. Participation and discussion was lively with great questions from the audience and live tweeting with the #wwcode hashtag.

krys freemanSome of the highlights of the night included Judy Tuan’s demo of Portal 2 with the Kinect, Krys Freeman’s talk about her experience as a non-developer in building and launching her first app, BettaSTOP, and Sarah Allen’s thoughts on being a software engineer. After all the planned lightning talks were given, a handful of women stood up and gave their own talks, which ranged from impromptu pitches on projects they were working on to general announcements in the tech industry.

At the end of the night, everyone left with new friends, perhaps a slightly longer Twitter follower list, and new insights into the tech world. We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors of the event. Twilio provided the food and drinks, and pariSoma donated the wonderful space.

Nine lightning talks were given during this first event.


WITH <3,


Pariah Full-Length Toronto Premiere | Krys Freeman Attends San Francisco Opening

14 Sep

We shared earlier that Ardor Brand client, Krys Freeman, received a special invite to the full length screening of Pariah. We later found out that Krys had the incredible privilege of being included in the film credits.

The film chronicles the story of a “Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.”

Krys Freeman Pariah Premiere Tweets

Krys Freeman Pariah Premiere Tweets

San Francisco was not the only place the film debuted on Monday, September 12, 2011.  The film was also debuted as a part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

XTRA, Canada’s Gay & Lesbian news, described Pariah’s inclusion in the festival saying,

One of the most anticipated queer films at the Toronto International Film Festival is playing to sold-out audiences and getting rave reviews, with some calling it the next Precious. Titled Pariah, it’s the feature film debut for director Dee Rees and has the backing of heavyweight Spike Lee, who is executive producer.

The film packs a surprising emotional punch in the over-crowded field of coming-out stories.  (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY AND BEHIND THE SCENES INTERVIEWS w/PARIAH DIRECTOR)

We thought you might be interested in seeing a few pics from the Toronto opening:

For More Pictures from the Toronto International Film Festival Premiere and other screenings, visit PARIAH THE MOVIE on Facebook.

with <3,


CLIENT CLAMOR: KRYS FREEMAN To Attend Full-Length “Pariah” Premiere in San Francisco

12 Sep
Krys Freeman

Sophia Wallace Showcase

thedefinition.org founder, Krys Freeman, will be attending an advance screening of Focus Features’ upcoming film Pariah the Movie tomorrow at Embarcadero Center Cinema. Blog and updates to follow.

#PR: Crisis Control | How to Handle a Client in Need

29 Jul

   So, we’ve had a lot commotion with one of our non-profit clients, BUTCH Voices, this week.  But these are the types of things we love … because they keep us busy.

A former BUTCH Voices board member recently released a statement that was published by a blog called Velvet Park.  This, of course, created an uproar via fb, twitter, and the various inboxes of various members of BV.

So what next?  Well within 24 hours, we of course released a statement from Krys Freeman, president of BUTCH Voices: An Open Letter … and of course, we contacted the original publication to schedule another interview … which produced this: Unwinding the Butch Fight.  We then released a statement from Joe Leblanc, BUTCH Voices Founder: Letter From BV Founder.  In the coming days, more BUTCH Voices (i.e. more board member voices) will be added to the mix.

We’ve also had folks manning twitter at all hours. Why?  Because people, when hurt or confused, get sneaky … or sneakily vocal … they say things they don’t mean, and a lot of times mean things they don’t say. But that is what you’ve got to look out for.

How many times have we seen large organizations think that they were taking the high road by not addressing the public outcry?  How many times have we seen this high road brought down low?

Continue reading