Four words that are Not for all Cast a pall Build a wall Straight and tall Where only one side is right. Four words that Conjure an era Make nostalgia dearer Allay misplaced fear Make it clear There is only one way to be right. These same four words Erase black authority Deny brown integrity Evade […]

I started this post with the intention of writing about Teddy Roosevelt and the word/phrase “bully!” I figured that would be a creative way to address some of the double standards in this disgusting election process. Then the final debate happened. Clinton, who is far from perfect (but remember Obama opposed same-sex marriage and had ties to the […]

Never before in the history of our country has male sexual privilege and priority been so nakedly on display.  The second presidential debate will not be about the close listening that Clinton has done to those who supported her Deomcratic rivals, nor will it be about Clinton’s sponge-like absorption of the real issues facing black and brown […]

I am thrilled about Solange Knowles‘ new song “Don’t Touch My Hair” from her album A Seat at the Table.  It is sure to mean many things to many people.  For me it is a reminder of my poem “African Prince” from Love Beyond God: Meditations and the fact that black women and men both experience casual […]

I’m with blogger Anjali Sareen, I’m sick of this shit (see her blog post HERE). I’m tired of writing about death in the US and abroad (see my post on the Paris Attacks).  I’m sick of writing about people’s religiously motivated biases.  I’m sick of writing about terror.  I’m sick of guns.  I’m sick. So with the […]

As a man who has spent a lifetime being followed, cornered, propositioned and even groped against his will in restrooms, I can assure you that the predators are never trans*women, trans*men and not even usually self identified gay men. The culprits I’ve encountered are overwhelmingly cisgender “straight” men who feel like they have nowhere else to express these […]