"You can't have that! Boys not supposed to have the same things as Girls!" My ex-Stepfather blared that pronouncement as he handed me a can of root-beer whilst all of my girlfriends got cool bottles of flavored water. It didn't matter that I had asked for the flavored water first. It did not matter that … Continue reading Black Boy Beautiful: Escaping The Throes of Toxic Masculinity…
In general I am not the biggest holiday enthusiast. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter mean absolutely nothing to me (especially when three out of the four are religious holidays and I'm an Atheist). Moreover, since growing up I've never established any traditions surrounding them and quite frankly do not care if I ever do. However, … Continue reading Surviving Mother’s Day: Tips for The Motherless Child.
Self proclaimed BLERDS really get on my damn nerves, and for good reason too. First of all you maybe asking yourself, "What is a BLERD?" Well, BLERD is a cute/clever little amalgamation of the words Black and Nerd. Blerds are a thriving community of Black people who enjoy things that are typically not associated with … Continue reading BLERDS: Stop Disparaging Blackness in Pursuit of the perfect Cos-Play
About a week or so ago I fell out with a former Facebook friend. He posted something so heinous and morally reprehensible (to me at least) that I cursed him out and blocked him entirely. "What did he say?" you might be wondering. Well, he posted an intentionally inflammatory status that read, "African Americans are … Continue reading African Americans “The White People of Black People?” How about NOPE?
If I read another rambling think piece or watch another whiny YouTube video about some dejected and rejected Black Gay Man (or any other ethnicity of gay man for that matter) waxing poetic about how racist it is for White Gay Men to rebuke them based solely on race I am going to smash my … Continue reading Dear Gay Men of Color: Stop Begging Racist White Gay Men to love you.
Well, Valentine's Day is here once again and that means it's time for another marathon of my favorite John Hughes movies (and the other classic coming of age flicks that inhabit the same genre). I don't know what it is about Coming of Age movies but they always leave me feeling better about my life. … Continue reading Valentine’s Day: I Want A John Hughes Ending
I just got back from witnessing Nate Parker's (in his directorial debut), "Birth of a Nation," the much hyped (loosely based) biopic surrounding the life and death of renegade/revolutionary slave preacher Nat Turner. For the most part my feelings on the movie are mixed (and that is putting it mildly). While the film's director has … Continue reading The Birth of A Nation (2016): The Commodification of Black pain…