Queerness Beyond Sexuality, Into Identity, and Toward a Truly Liberated Future

Today is the final day of Pride month 2021. As a Black Queer man, this month always has me reflecting quite deeply on how the meaning of Pride resonates with me and how it continues to evolve over time.  Growing up, we were taught to synonymize Queerness solely with sexuality.  A man should not lay with another man.  There is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Years of indoctrination socialized us into a reductive conception of what it means to be Queer. It is a “sexual orientation.” Same gender…

Department Of Justice to Investigate the Louisville Police Department After The Killing Of Breonna Taylor

Today the DOJ announced that it is opening a civil investigation into the shooting and killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that the federal “pattern or practice” probe will begin exploring whether a culture of prejudicial practices and abusive and unlawful tactics have been pervasive in the Louisville Police Department. Taylor’s death sparked an uprising in Louisville and throughout the country in 2020 and she has yet to have justice for her death after Attorney General Daniel Cameron failed to charge or present evidence…

Amazon’s “THEM” is a Genuine Terror Marathon Worth Running

Look this might or might not contain some spoilers. Ion know yet but whatever I say, imma say it with my chest so just be sure you keep it in mind as you read this. Stick around though… cause it’s gonna be good. Ok So Boom, over the course of the last year, hell the last few years if I’m being honest, I, like many of the beautiful Black people I know and love, have found myself to a great extent in Survival Mode. But that damn 2020-2021 run has…

We Rooting For Everybody Black: Andra Day Talks Her First-time Oscar Nomination, The Historical Significance and Her Powerful Portrayal of Legend Billie Holiday

When asked, “What are your highlights on your road to this first Oscar?” Andra Day replied, “All of it.” She then laughed and reflected. “Yes really all of it. Being able to sit and be in this moment. Meeting these people. For me it’s amazing. I have experienced nothing but support from everyone I’ve encountered. Seeing women in these spaces where we’ve traditionally been given this idea that there is limited space for us, limited support for us, this experience has totally broken down that idea that needed to be…

BTSD: Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder

I am suffering from Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder. No, I didn’t mean Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You can’t label an event “post” when it is continually happening. BTSD is not a diagnosable disorder, meaning it has not been validated by any governing body of psychological medical conditions. While I did make it up, this is me searching for a label to describe how I feel with every triggering reminder that Black people are still oppressed in this country. There have been several reminders in the last two weeks: the new…