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RACE + ENTERTAINMENT

An unpopular, unapologetically Black opinion

Dave Chapelle's new Netflix series The Closer struck a nerve. Of course, he has always been known for his unique perspectives about American culture. …


Gloria Gaynor’s lyrics remain an inspiration for Black queer communities.

Black Music Month and Pride Month celebrations collide in Nicole Forrio’s essay about Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit, “I Will Survive.” Though the inspiring dance song was released in the 70’s, the single resurfaced in the 90’s as LGBTQ dealt with the AIDS crisis and homophobia.

The moment Gaynor was living…


From the ‘Zola’ movie trailer to Lil Nas X’s controversial video, here’s what’s been going on in the world this week!

We’re ranking current events on a scale of 0 to 100! Who kept it 100 this week?


Writer Casira Copes reminds us of the Renaissance’s most famous lesbian entertainer

When I asked writers to submit hidden history for publication at the anti-racism blog Momentum, I wasn’t prepared for the sheer breadth and depth of what writers submitted. Casira Copes sent over this fantastic story about Gladys Bentley, who I absolutely need to learn more about. Bentley embraced herself and…


Allyship is not enough anymore. Here’s what you can do.

Pride flag at a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett has put a number of LGBTQ organizations and advocates on high alert. According to a report by the Human Rights Campaign, the biggest LGBTQ organization in the United States, Judge Barrett’s record on LGBTQ issues indicates that her confirmation poses “a direct…


Society focuses on one thing, but I see all the intersections

A protestor in a crowd holds up a sign that says “TRANS BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

I’m a radio producer. I’m a stand-up comic. I’m an aunt, sister, and friend. But lately, it feels as though my identity as a Black transgender woman is all anyone can think about.

I knew coming out as a Black trans woman wouldn’t be easy. Three years ago, the world…


I don’t have to worry about my appearance or strangers’ judgment. I’m limitless with my people.

Two days prior to me moving into a new apartment, the president of South Africa announced a 21-day, nationwide lockdown. My inner introvert was gleeful at the thought.

As the weeks went by, the reality of the severity of the pandemic began to sink in. I consumed Covid-19 news with…


Health restrictions and violence against Black people has made it harder than ever to celebrate Pride this year

A young black woman holds up a rainbow flag at an outdoor gathering.

If you let many Black queer folks tell it, Pride isn’t that big of a deal because we’re queer 24/7, all year long.

Don’t believe the hype.

The stance makes sense. From the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest to the South, Queer spaces tend to be majority White, if they…


Through grassroots efforts, we’ve found abundance among ourselves

A photo of the trans flag hanging on a balcony.

In late February, New Orleans hosted its annual Mardi Gras celebrations. As usual, there were vivid floats, crowds galore, and attendees adorned in green, purple, and yellow decorative beads. …


XOXO

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned lover, here are some ways to keep the relationship spicy

A photo of two black women lying down on pavement, looking at each other and touching each other’s hair.

When people ask me when I knew I was queer, I often say when I realized that looking at Janet Jackson made me feel the same tingles I felt when looking at Michael Jackson. I remember feeling sheepish about whatever my young body was doing in response to those two…

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