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?”

5 Black Owned Businesses To Support This Father’s Day

Is it me, or are men extremely hard to shop for? It can be difficult to find the right gift for the fathers in your life this year, but I got you covered with this short list of exceedingly dope gift ideas. Harrison Blake Apparel Harrison Blake Apparel is one of the best subscription services… Continue reading 5 Black Owned Businesses To Support This Father’s Day

I Am Not Your [Respectable] Negro

So lately I’ve been accused of being “too harsh” and “too mean” to bigots by more than one person. The irony of the statement astounds me every time I hear (or read) it. Sometimes I reply to the criticism (if you can call it that), and sometimes I let it ride. But so it is… Continue reading I Am Not Your [Respectable] Negro

Remembering Jordan Edwards: Miss Me With The Respectability Politics

When I was in high school, I had a 3.6 GPA. I had a good class ranking, captain of the football team, and vice president of my senior class. I wasn't very vocal about these things, so when it came time to discuss plans for after high school, teachers and faculty were shocked when I announced I… Continue reading Remembering Jordan Edwards: Miss Me With The Respectability Politics

5 Facts About Waist Beads

If you know me or have seen me around, you know that I’m a jewelry fiend. If I don’t have at least a watch on, I feel naked. Watches, bracelets,, necklaces, rings, I love alldat. They put the finishing touches on a dope outfit. One of my biggest obsessions is beaded jewelry. A lot of… Continue reading 5 Facts About Waist Beads

Signature Move: A Review

"That's not how it works in real life. People don't fall in love with strangers that change them." This is Zaynab's plight as she unwillingly sits in front of a Pakistanian soap opera with her mother. Zaynab carries a slightly defeatist (or realist, depending on your perspective) disposition when it comes to relationships. A temperament that many queer… Continue reading Signature Move: A Review