Categories
Rape Culture

On Ian Connor, Theophilus London, and Rape Culture

L ast week, videos of Ian Connor, who is Kanye West’s creative consultant, surfaced on Twitter. In these videos, Ian Connor is seen sucker-punching rapper, singer, and Kanye collaborator, Theophilus London. In case you don’t know who Ian Connor is, he’s been accused of rape by at least six women. It was covered in major outlets […]

Categories
Religion

On ‘Coloring Book’ and My Faith

“T his is the sheep that ain’t like what it heard,” raps Chance the Rapper on his intro track “All We Got.” His newest project, Coloring Book, explores the conjunction of his personal life, his music career, and his Christian faith. In 2016, this is a constant conversation many of us have with ourselves. In […]

Categories
Education

A View From Inside

A few weeks ago, I was at my parents’ house helping them downsize when I came across a pendant that I had to have. I can remember it clearly from when I was little, a large gold circle with a swirly representation of my father’s initials. This was the wardrobe item I hadn’t even known […]

Categories
Harlem

A Letter from Mom

A heartfelt, handwritten letter found on the ground at 114th and Lenox in Harlem. Dear the light of my life, This is your mommy. I know you are all grown up. And I know you have your own life to live now. I just want you to know that I love you, and I will […]

Categories
Queer Issues

To Orlando With Love

I ’m gay. It boggles my mind that there are people in the world who harbor so much hate for people like me. There are people out there who don’t want us to live, who want to see us dead, who actually kill us, and who don’t have much remorse when we die. When I […]

Categories
Domestic Violence Film

No Safe Spaces: When Violence Against Women is Fantasy and Reality

A ctress Rose McGowan made headlines recently while calling out a billboard for Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse movie and its connection to violence against women. While comic books, and by extension the movies that spawn from the books, are not bastions of world peace or shining beacons of how we should treat each other, McGowan’s beef […]

Categories
Queer Issues

A Few Words About Orlando

I didn’t have the words to express how I felt about what happened in Orlando. I sat on my couch Sunday morning and continued to watch the death toll climb. First it was twenty people. Then it was fifty. Then fifty-three. And the last number I saw before I started to write this piece, was […]

Categories
Motherhood

A Letter to my Future Daughter

Hi Beautiful, You might think I’m a little weird writing this to you now. Am I pregnant? No. Am I married? Absolutely not. I’m not even in a relationship. There aren’t even any prospects. It’s just me. Do I think I’m ready to be a mother at this very moment? No, I do not. But, […]

Categories
Mental Health

Therapy is Working for Me

Looking back, the circumstances surrounding my mother’s death happened in two phases: the six months of hospitalization before her passing and the subsequent four months without her. PHASE ONE The first phase was a dizzying whirlwind of misfortune. I watched her suffer in ways that still seem surreal. She entered the hospital on Mother’s Day […]

Categories
Music For the Rest of Us

Music for the Rest of Us: Welcome

Peace. Welcome to the “Music for the Rest of Us.” It would be logical to ask, “Just who exactly comprises us?” There’s my general definition, which is anyone who loves great music that was created with artistic integrity. Like most people, I have a wide range of musical interests that span several genres, and I […]