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15-year-old Nigel Shelby “You better sing, boy!” The cry rang out from a hat-wearing sister in the crowd as she held up her hands in euphoria. An older deacon followed up her exhortation, “Take your time now!” Others in the crowd chimed in with enthusiastic fervor. The deserving recipient of these hurled praises? Demetrius.  He [...]

Last week, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Christopher Paul Hasson, was arrested. Hasson is a self-professed white nationalist who intended to carry out a terror attack complete with a stockpile of weapons and a kill-list. Named on this murderous spreadsheet were well-known journalists and politicians including Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, political [...]

This morning, I woke to a text from a friend that read, “You should do a piece on Eddie Long. He dead, girl, and on a Sunday, too!” She told me to check Facebook, “SoB specifically.” I checked my favorite social media personality, Son of Baldwin’s, page per her suggestion. He quoted Moms Mabley, “They [...]

For the past week, my timelines have been filled with news that Kim Burrell made a homophobic sermon in which she called homosexuality a “perverted spirit of confusion and delusion.” After expectedly being dragged to hell and back (pun intended) on the internets, Burrell promptly went live on Facebook to issue the standard unapologetic apology, [...]

I grew up in a homophobic house in a homophobic neighborhood in a homophobic community. I never knew the words “faggot” and “dyke” were violent slurs until I was in high school. For the first 15 years of my life, I genuinely believed these words were appropriate labels for homosexual people. Consequently, I’ve used both [...]

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