September 8, 2019

SCENE: Qween City Photoshoot

We managed to get 85.71% of the QC Gang under the same roof in early August, so obviously it was time for a proper photoshoot, for the first time since we became a team 3 years ago! Photos by Jillian Barrile Photography and Alana Adetola Arts Photography, LLC.

February 26, 2019

Solis: The Beautymakers

“As a creator, being able to capture these moments and being able to see the before, during, and after is so incredible…I don’t want to leave because I want to see it happen. I want to take pictures of it happening.”

January 29, 2019

ORIGINAL WORK: Trio

I see

How quickly your

stance/tone/vocabulary/overtalking

tendencies/comfort with me buying my own

drink/and tendency to flinch

when I speak

in femme

changes

December 31, 2018

#18Words || 2018

Whether you gave 2018 the smackdown like Ocasio-Cortez to every one of her critics or you shutdown like our government, 2018 likely left you feeling some type of way. Utterance presents 18 word summaries of how it left some of our readers feeling.

December 31, 2018

Qween of Cups | Episode 5

Join Afura and Ashera as they try to hold their prosecco and muse about the energetic effects of the darkest time of year, the varying intensity of divination techniques, and the power of religious iconography in an eclectic witchcraft practice.

December 11, 2018

SCENE: Mettle x Combat Conditioning

On Sunday, November 18, Qween City joined the team at Combat Conditioning for a solid two hours of intense self-defense fitness skills, combined with an enlightening educational component. It was an awesome afternoon of camaraderie, learning, and sweat, sweat, sweat. 

November 30, 2018

Smash Talks: Flowers for Others

A little over a month ago, I ended things with a woman I’d been seeing. There were many reasons as to why, but most of them fall under the “I don’t like how you treat me” umbrella.

November 23, 2018

Smash Talks: The Bounce

I’ve noticed that some of my friends seem to bounce from one relationship to the next, often with no time in between. I’ve asked the more serious offenders about this, and they never really seem to know why they do this.

October 31, 2018

Qween of Cups | Episode 4

Join Afura and Ashera this Halloween, as they carve pumpkins and talk correspondences and fun ways to honor ancestors and the wheel of the year.

October 8, 2018

SCENE: A Day at Gypsy Parlor

Qween City recently had a chance to hang with the gang of Gypsy Parlor, in anticipation of this year’s Dining Out for Life to benefit Evergreen Health. Come see us this Tuesday, October 9, from 5 p.m. on. Come hungry! 25 percent of sales will go directly to fighting HIV in WNY.

September 29, 2018

WYD?: Suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and there’s been increased dialogue on the topic on all social media platforms.

September 4, 2018

Qween of Cups | Episode 3

In this month’s episode of Qween of Cups TV, Ashera and Afura interview Jamie Doktor, the goddess behind Buffalo Burlesque Studio and the Buffalo Stripteasers.

August 25, 2018

Interviewing Tips & Tricks

In conjunction with the team at StaffBuffalo, we are pleased present the second in a two-part series of articles that offer tips and advice to job seekers newly entering the workforce or exploring a career change.

August 10, 2018

Landing Your Next Job

In conjunction with the team at StaffBuffalo, we are pleased present the first in a two-part series of articles that offer tips and advice to job seekers newly entering the workforce or exploring a career change.

August 2, 2018

SCENE: Queen City Live

Schondra Aytch was on the scene at Sugar City this past Saturday for an awe-inspiring live installation of Queen City Live, now in its second year.

July 30, 2018

Grace Lougen: Shreddin’ Sensation

“I think the best way to even just to learn how to play is just to do it. Play with people who are better and more experienced. You’ll learn a lot faster…It’s just like life, ya know?”

May 23, 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Kristin Brandt

Photographer Alana Fajemisin shot with artist Kristin Brandt recently, in anticipation of Kristin’s exhibition at GEORGETTE June 1.

May 21, 2018

SCENE: A Day on the Farm

On Earth Day 2018, Qween City spent a glorious 60 degree day out on Beiter & Sons’ Farm in Wales, NY, and the headquarters of Alpine Made.

May 16, 2018

Qween of Cups | Episode 2

On this month’s edition of Qween of Cups, Afura and Ashera tackle sex and gender energy in magic and using the menstrual cycle to time your intentions. All this while drinking margaritas.

April 20, 2018

WYD?: Sexual Assault

Once a month, Smash Talks columnist Ashera Buhite addresses a difficult life situation and highlights some local agencies that can help you navigate what to do. This month she speaks with Cameron Balon of Crisis Services about sexual assault.

April 15, 2018

Qween of Cups | Episode 1

Qween City is proud to present the debut episode of the Qween Of Cups talk show, your one-stop shop for all things occult.  Join Afura and Ashera as they discuss the wheel of the year, mercury retrograde, and struggle to open champagne. 

April 3, 2018

Tuesday Tunezday | No. 2

The Prettiots, Kelli Schaefer, Rihanna, Ana Tijoux, AmaLee, Hayley Heynderickx, and Class Warfare round out this month’s installment of Tuesday Tunezday.

February 16, 2018

Smash Talks: Doing You

I have recently come to the realization that all of the important decisions in my life have been dictated by others.

December 27, 2017

#17Words || Beata Skonecki

This installment of #17Words comes from Beata Skonecki, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

December 27, 2017

#17Words || Lisa Martin

This installment of #17Words comes from Lisa Martin, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

December 27, 2017

#17Words || Jess Widmer

This installment of #17Words comes from Jess Widmer, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

December 27, 2017

#17Words || Sara Bisenius

This installment of #17Words comes from Sara Bisenius, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

December 27, 2017

#17Words || Laura Hoover

This installment of #17Words comes from Laura Hoover, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

December 27, 2017

#17Words || Sara Greene

This installment of #17Words comes from Sara Greene, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

December 27, 2017

#17Words || Sarah Miller

This installment of #17Words comes from Sarah Miller, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

December 20, 2017

Make It!: Mallory’s Chocolate Peppermint Hearts

Food lies at the heart of our bodies and our culture; it is there for celebrations and sustenance. NOMaste features a local fierce foodie each month, in four weekly segments. First, an interview, then a top 10 list, followed by a recipe to share, and finally a food review. This food corner will not just feature local …

December 12, 2017

#17Words || Susan Lewis

The first installment of #17Words comes from Susan Lewis, as presented by Tia Brown. Drop Tia a line at tia@qweencity.com to speak your 17 words.

November 17, 2017

Smash Talks: Secret Message Exposé

I recently discovered that an ex of my boyfriend’s reached out to him in a definitely flirtatious 1000% non-platonic message. He doesn’t know that I know about it, and I’m furious.

November 3, 2017

Smash Talks: Ready for My Close Up

I’ve abstained from sex and dating for about a year now. I had to take myself out of game to spend time healing and growing from the whirlwind of experiences I endured last year.

October 26, 2017

NOISEMAKERS: Ladies Who RAWK

In this very special edition of NOISEMAKERS, we profile Qween City’s very own Shannon Dawn in her newest act, Shanzig, as well as Sherry D. Koehler, the baddest lady drummer in the 716. Shannon Dawn Shanzig is a Danzig tribute act, which is “more than a cover.” This more theatrical act will be doing “10 …

October 13, 2017

SCENE: Dining Out for Life 2017

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, nearly 100 restaurants in the Western New York area took part in the 15th annual Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser to support the services of community health provider Evergreen Health.

September 22, 2017

Smash Talks: Hella Jelly

After years of dating and failed relationships, I’ve been able to narrow down what is potentially my greatest flaw: jealousy.

August 4, 2017

Smash Talks: It Starts with You!

Lately, a lot more people have been asking me in person and online about getting tested, mostly because of a (now falsified) article that named Buffalo as the “most dangerous city for online dating.”

June 23, 2017

Smash Talks: Intimacy Inadequacy

I’m about a year and a half into my first-ever relationship with a woman. Several months in, my fatal relationship flaw appeared on schedule: I started to become completely uninterested in sex with my very loving girlfriend.

June 16, 2017

Smash Talks: Ménage à Trouble?

So, I have been mulling over the idea of “treating” my husband to a threesome for our 10-year anniversary. He has told me a few times that his fantasy has always been to have a threesome and that he would love to try it with me and another girl of MY choosing.

June 2, 2017

Smash Talks: May-Bi, Baby

I’m a woman who’s always been in hetero-paired relationships, but lately, the idea of dating a woman has felt more like something I might want.

June 2, 2017

Five People You’ll Meet at Pride

The City of Good Neighbors is celebrating Pride for the 26th year this weekend. This year’s theme is “Connect,” but that doesn’t meant you have to connect with everyone.

May 26, 2017

Smash Talks: Love Off the Mark(et)

I’m writing to let you know I’m officially done with men and dating. I’ve taken myself off the market because dating makes me lose my f**king mind. All the horrible experiences I’ve endured with men have taken a toll on my self-esteem and now non-existent sex drive. I don’t feel safe with men anymore. Where do I go from here?

May 19, 2017

Smash Talks: Tools for Navigating Your Life Explosion

I’m hoping you can help but I know this is a lot to ask for—my life is generally falling apart. My long-term relationship of five years is dwindling into dust, my career is non-existent and I’m scarred from a puzzling childhood. However, I’m not in a position to afford weekly therapy that is clearly much needed. Do you have any tips or know of any resources?

May 15, 2017

Out & About: Runway 10: Remember | Imagine

Walking into the Buffalo State College Sports Arena on Saturday, April 22 felt a bit like stepping into fashion week. The arena buzzed with an excitement, yet controlled chaos for “Runway 10: Remember | Imagine”.

May 12, 2017

“To Samo”

“I cannot remember a time when I perceived one mom as more important than the other, one as more loving, one as more ‘real,’ and I never will.”

May 12, 2017

Smash Talks: Cleansing Mama

My relationship with my mother is…complicated. I haven’t spoken to her in several years due to it being toxic and painful. I always feel super weird around Mother’s Day and I don’t really know what to do about it. I know it’s just another day and I should just ignore it, but I can’t seem to.

May 5, 2017

Smash Talks: Give Up the Ghost

In the past year, I’ve been “ghosted” twice. I’ll hang out with a person for a few months and everything seems to be going fine, and then all of a sudden they cut contact with me completely.

April 28, 2017

Smash Talks: The Avoidance Abyss

Dating has become really frustrating for me. I’ve noticed that I inadvertently push everyone away with each successive relationship I find myself in and I’m more and more closed off.

April 21, 2017

Smash Talks: Border Behavior

Recently I was called a narcissist by an ex. Normally, being labeled by someone who lacks credentials in any field of psychology has very little bearing on how I live my life. However, this one was different.

April 14, 2017

Smash Talks: A Wide Spectrum of Love (or Not)

After years and years of confusion and questioning and soul-searching, I’ve finally admitted to myself that I am asexual (or at least gray-/demi-). This realization has brought me a lot of peace and overwhelming relief. All well and good.

April 7, 2017

Smash Talks: Depression in LGBTQ Youth

My teenage son has begun questioning his sexual orientation and gender identity and has now become very depressed. I tell him that I love and support him no matter what, but I don’t know what else I can do. Any advice would be appreciated.

April 5, 2017

Erin Moser: Countess of Chroma

“I put a tarp on the floor in my room and I cut hair in my room and charged friends like $5 for a color and then we would go to Denny’s and eat fries.”

March 31, 2017

Smash Talks: Cap Dat

I have to stop using hormonal birth control for health reasons, but my boyfriend and I have never really used condoms so I don’t know where to start.

March 24, 2017

Smash Talks: Grieving and Loving

My mom passed away five months ago. My dad who was married to her for 25+ years has already started dating. If you could shed some insight on why he could have possibly moved on this fast, I would really appreciate it.

March 17, 2017

Smash Talks: Monogamish Mess

My partner and I are in an open relationship, but every time I want to exercise that openness my partner gets hurt so I generally just don’t act. Is there a better way to deal with this without sacrificing?

March 10, 2017

Smash Talks: Love Thyself

Over the past few months, my love life has become a spiritually taxing train wreck. I suspect that I’d greatly improve my success in romantic relationships and my overall emotional health by taking a deliberate break from dating to tend to my personal development.

March 3, 2017

Smash Talks: Inevitable Endings

I recently ended a four month thing with a guy who I was just dating. We saw each other at least once a week, though there were “off” weeks on occasion as we are busy adults with lives.

February 24, 2017

Smash Talks: The Cling and the Need

I keep finding myself in relationships I don’t like to please men that I’m not all that into. The dynamic usually consists of me not being that into them, while they’re head over heels for me. I’m bad at telling people what they don’t want to hear so I let it linger on.

February 17, 2017

Smash Talks with Ashera

After about a decade of a very DGAF attitude towards relationships, and several tumultuous / hilariously awful / plain old hilarious short-term affairs (and even more one-nighter/one-weekers), I think I might be FINALLY ready / interested in meeting an actual grown-up and having an actual grown-up relationship with them.