Book review: Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis

Literature and fields of study have often overlooked, or altogether erased, the presence and impact of Black gay men in socio-political movements and ideologies. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and African-American disciplines have both neglected to give proper credit to Black gay men’s contributions to their respective fields. Kevin J. Mumford’s Not Straight, Not… Continue reading Book review: Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis

The Great White Fear: White America’s Real Problem with Immigration

*This was originally a short essay written for my American Studies course* The United States of America has a long, documented history of its obsession with national identity. This obsession with identity has manifested itself into the close monitoring of, and desire to identify, the “American culture” or “national narrative.” Neil Campbell and Alasdair Kean,… Continue reading The Great White Fear: White America’s Real Problem with Immigration

The Truth About The “Hoe Phase”

Yesterday I was on the phone with my ex. He is happily in a new relationship that he was telling me all about. It was nice to here the excitement and the fervor in his voice as he talked about his partner. After he was finished he asked me about my love life and what it… Continue reading The Truth About The “Hoe Phase”

4 Reasons Why Black Queer Men Code-Switch

This week, The Advocate, a popular LGBT publication, posted an article about Insecure's newest ostensibly gay character, Ahmal (Issa's brother), and code-switching. When I seen the article come across my feed, I was glad that someone was finally addressing it. When I first saw the episode, I clocked the code-switching immediately and just knew that… Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Black Queer Men Code-Switch

So I Know I Said I Was #TeamLawrence, But Uhhh…

(Warning: If you have not watched last night's episode of Insecure (S2, E1), STOP here, go watch it, then come back) The debate on Black Twitter since the season 1 finale is a debate surrounding Lawrence's character. He is a "good guy" or not. After last night's season 2 premiere, those lines are becoming a… Continue reading So I Know I Said I Was #TeamLawrence, But Uhhh…

Ask Avery: “Isn’t White Supremacy Just About Racism?”

A few weeks ago I wrote about respectability politics and why you won't catch me subscribing to them. When I posted the link on my Facebook, I put this as the caption: Afterward, I got a bunch of questions about why I link whiteness (read: white supremacy) with things like homophobia and patriarchy and etc.… Continue reading Ask Avery: “Isn’t White Supremacy Just About Racism?”