To Be Black and Queer: A Divine Opportunity to Reject, Redefine, and Reimagine

Today, October 11, 2020, is “National Coming Out Day.” National Coming Out Day is an annual observance that began in 1988. Its ostensible purpose is to celebrate Queer liberation and to honor those who have journeyed toward self-discovery, embraced new self-acceptance, and risked public scrutiny.  While decades of Queer observance, prides, media representations, laws, and practices have ushered incremental movement toward true liberation of Queer indivduals, there is a pervasive message that only certain manifestations of Queerness merit celebration–while others remain in the oppressive margins of mainstream society, on the…

America Trained Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Art of Dissent

I don’t like politicizing her death. I hate it. But, I’m doing it, because I can’t help it. That’s what happens when important people transition. I guess that’s what I gotta keep telling myself. But that’s also not fair to this old white lady. And this old white lady been an old white lady, forever. You know what? You know what she was, to us? She was the old white lady, that old white teacher you didn’t grasp how much she injected progressive values in her teachings until you were…

It’s A New Game: NBA Players Finally Take a Stand

First, I have to remind everyone that police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove still haven’t been charged for murdering Breonna Taylor. We say her name. All summer 2020, we marched and chanted and disrupted for Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, always knowing in the back of our minds that it was only a matter of time until another instance of excessive police brutality occurred. On August 23, 2020, it happened to Jacob Blake, who witnesses say broke up a fight as police in Kenosha, Wisconsin arrived. Blake…