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…

Screaming Without Vocal Cords: Many Black Men Are Falsely Accused and Silenced

The revelation last week by the Innocence Project and American Civil Liberties Union that DNA and fingerprint evidence did not match Ledell Lee, a Black man executed in 2017 for the murder of a white woman, is part of a larger issue that we rarely discuss.  Too many Black men face false accusations without true redemption or justice. With all the protests for police and judicial reform, the rising issue of false accusations is buried in our conversations and focus on addressing blue bravado and the immunities afforded to prosecutors,…

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…

The 93rd Academy Awards: Blackest Oscar Ever!

Setting the tone for a virtual award show is probably not the easiest task to navigate. Being trumped by the pandemic woes, entertainment and celebration has a different look but the vibe of this year’s Oscars felt Black. I kid you not! As soon as the red carpet ended, Actor Lil Rel and The Lucas Brothers kicked the night off BLACK AF! After Glen Close surprised Lil Rel with her knowledge of the classic song “Da Butt” by E.U. (Experience Unlimited) along with demonstrating the dance, Lil Rel dubbed this…