White folks have wasted too much of our time.Read More
I have met ungrateful sons and daughters raised by mothers whose arms are swollen from the backbreaking work of raising other people’s children, cleaning other people’s toilets, and picking up the strung out and elderly.Read More
We all should have spiritual mentors in our lives. Spiritual mentors are people who are invested in our spiritual health, personal growth, and in us reaching our fullest potential. They may help us learn new skills or knowledge, provide guidance and wisdom for decision-making, or hold us accountable in the ways we engage with ourselves and the world around us.Read More
There are only a few ways a Black queer man can survive under such a system: Resistance or queer respectability. I hope that we as Black queer men will no longer feel the need to mask our true selves regardless of our differences. This is what self-preservation looks like. We possess multiple identities that deserve to be affirmed. We must reject the notion that we are inferior.Read More
If there is a God, how can we rationally rectify the abuse, neglect, and violence such as the recent hate fueled attack on a gay couple in Atlanta done in reverence to God? And while I do not believe my sexuality and my Atheism are associated, I’d be remiss if I did not highlight the social expectation to live in silence and shame, and the ridicule I have experienced because I am Black, same-gender-loving, and an Atheist.Read More
You are my longest relationship and the weight of most of my worry but every day I speak of your existence and live in spite of your taunting, I grow more equipped and able. I illuminate a bit brighter. I love deeper.Read More
Each generation has struggled to congeal a politics of Black identity. Historically, that struggle has often meant silencing queer and femme bodies. Beyonce's new video encapsulates our current generation's struggle. That is, that we reject all of the binaries and dichotomies of the old, and we celebrate Blackness unapologetically. Whether that means being ratchet or stereotypically excellent.Read More
The lived experiences of Black men, who have been victims to intimate partner abuse, evoke a deep dark emotion that I often cannot explain, not because our abuse is more violent or even more traumatizing than any other demographic, but because we often internalize our pain and hide our scars in silence.