WASHINGTON, August 12, 2014 — Katrina Goodlett is more than just a beautiful face, producer and host of The Kitty Bella Show on Blog Talk Radio. Katrina has been one of the many Trans women of color taking back the telling of Trans Narratives within the Media. Katrina is breaking ground by offering a platform for Trans People of Color and allies to tell their stories and speak out about current events. Her show features guest such as Yah Yah Nicole, J Mase III, Janet Mock, and Laverne Cox. CDN’s Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi was featured on the show in February. Katrina was recently invited to the White House to watch the president sign a new law protecting trans people from discrimination at their jobs.
Katrina sat down with Digital Communities News’s Lady Dane to speak about her life.
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally born in the housing projects of Harlem NYC. I spent my first several years in East Harlem and when I was 15 my mom moved my sis and I to Brooklyn for a better quality of life…or so she thought lol.
When did you move to Jersey?
I didn’t move to Jersey until 2009. It’s definitely different, more open space less congested than NYC. I only moved there to be close to my current job. I never ever thought I would live in New Jersey, being a City girl and all. I do miss the flair, the spice of NY. I also miss the proximity of everything.
What made you choose to go to the college you did?
What made me choose to go to York College was it’s convenience in location to my mom’s house. It really wasn’t a big decision for me. I just knew I needed to get my college degree and during that time it was all about proximity and York provided that. I had just gotten fired from my supervisor job at Starbucks and felt getting my college degree would help bring some stability and security in my life.
What birthed the Kitty Bella Show?
The Kitty Bella Show was birthed from the continued media obsession with Trans women genatalia. Today’s society and media is obsessed with anything sensational. I, along with many of my girls, grew tired of the same old meme regarding the lived experiences of Trans women of color lives. I had enough after seeing the Katie Couric interview with Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera. It was then I knew complaining and venting on social media would not be enough. When you have someone of Katie Couric’s stature being misinformed and ignorant to the actual experiences of TWOC, it is very disappointing. As a former journalist I was very disappointed. I thought about all the amazing folk of color doing the work in the community and how diverse we all are and I just knew there had to be another way.
Would you like to have The Kitty Bella Show transfer to Television?
I would love to do a television version of The Kitty Bella Show. Being visual gives you so much more options in terms of branding and messaging. I actually started out with YouTube videos then created the radio show. It made more sense logistically to stick with radio. I actually have a few YouTube videos up called “Spilling the Tea”; these videos are “after show” synopsis of my radio show.
Tell me what women have inspired you?
Women that have inspired me are some of the amazing Queen Goddesses that have been in my life like my Mom, my aunt. Also women like Assata Shakur, Phyllis Wheatley, Angela Davis to name a few. Strong powerful forces to be reckoned with like all the ladies of The TWOCC.
How do you think we can bring more trans visibility to the forefront of our conversations about diversity?
The ways we can bring Trans visibility to the forefront of our conversations is by actually allowing twoc to have those conversations. Let’s start there; something so basic as creating platforms for twoc to be visible. Another way is continuing to hold these Org’s and ngo’s accountable for the space they take up which is usually wasted on issues that have no bearing on the day to day lived experiences of twoc.
You were with our Sister Lourdes Ashley Hunter as TWOCC was being birthed: Tell me a little bit about your work with TWOCC?
TWOCC exists to create revolutionary change by uplifting the narratives, leadership and lived experiences of twoc. We are tired of the lip service GAY INC has given black Trans women and we are taking the baton back and creating our own platforms. The TWOCC has hosted and organized twoc themed events, calls to action, fundraisers as well as panel discussions on the actual lived experiences of Trans women. We advocate for our community and for ourselves and we foster sisterhood at our cornerstones. We don’t follow a typical NGO structure so roles are fluid but our message is consistent.
Tell me a little bit about the T Girls Rock Project? Are T Shirts and hats still available?
The #tgirlsrock campaign was birthed last year out of a need to empower my Trans peers thru clothing. I was seeing a few clothing campaigns and noticed a void in a particular section of the population (lack of affirming fashion for TransFolk). The campaign is all about visibility. So last year I spent money out of my own pocket and ordered the shirts and hats. I sold my products at last years PTHC 2013 as well as donated a few pieces. The generic version of the shirts and hats are still sold online at zazzle.com/tgirlsrock
We tried to launch a crowd funding campaign early this year but unfortunately it was not successful. I will be looking to revamp and possibly take this brand to the next level soon.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years I see myself owning my own business or company. I also see me finding ways to help other twoc live their truth and dreams. I would love to have a televised version of The Kitty Bella Show and I see The TWOCC being a True Non-profit organization that utilizes it’s resources to help the lives of Trans Folk everywhere.
I know you are super busy and I want thank you on behalf of myself and CDN for taking the time to sit down with me. I also want to thank you because you have been a huge support of my artistry and activist work since the moment we met. Thank you sis.
You can catch Katrina Goodlett on The Kitty Bella Show every Tuesday night at 9 at www.blogtalkradio//thekittybellashow.com