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…

The American Government is the Popeyes of Governments

We did a lot of Juneteenth, last Juneteenth. Like, it was a lot. I wrote some shit , you wrote some shit, my momma probably wrote some shit, KD’s burner account probably wrote some shit. Everybody wrote some shit. With this universal dedication to bring Juneteenth awareness, it sparked a lot of conversation and a lot of education. This education and awareness trickled into 2021, when the federal government announced that Juneteenth would be recognized as an official federal holiday. That’s right, it only took 150 years to recognize the…

Happy 50th Birthday, Tupac Amaru Shakur: An Analysis of “Ambitionz Az a Ridah”

Tupac had so many faces, so many layers, so many personalities and so many emotions. And he was entitled to all of them. Tupac is the poster child for black folks are not monolithic. In fact, a lot of shit is running through our brains, simultaneously, including conflicting thoughts. We want to be rich; we want to be anti-capitalism; we want to say fuck the world; we what’s best for our people; and sometimes we’re just tired of everyone, including our own people. And Tupac was this. He was all…

Happy Birthday, Biggie Smalls: An Analysis of “Warning”

Jogging really does provide me with a form of clairvoyance. Because it’s Biggie’s birthday, today, I decided to just simply type “Notorious BIG” in my Apple Search and hit a random shuffle for my Biggie catalog. Obviously, not many songs were skipped. Even though the length of Biggie’s career equates to the stature of an homunculus, his batting average is the size of Thanos. And so I jog, and listen. Jog and listen. Until Apple blesses me with “Warning.” Most Biggie and even non Biggie fans are familiar with this…