I came out to my mother last Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the age of 29, a week after National Coming Out Day. I wanted to do it in person and knew I’d be in town the following week so I waited. Plus, coming out doesn’t have to be on a certain day, just whenever you feel ready and comfortable doing so. I’ve always said I wouldn’t come out to my mother until I was in a serious relationship and I had to let her know because it would be too hard to hide. I was scared. I dated a woman who told me about her family disowning her after they found out. I didn’t want that to happen to me, so I decided to wait. Although I’m currently not in a relationship, I couldn’t hold this secret in any longer. Continue reading Growing Up Gay in Mississippi
One of the most important artists of this generation, Kendrick Lamar, used his platform for a greater purpose yet again at last night’s Grammys. Kendrick is not an entertainer, although his talent and energy foster excitement; he is an artist. As Beyoncé stated before announcing a Grammy award last night,
“Art is an unapologetic celebration of culture through expression.” – Beyoncé.
Kendrick did just that, express his thoughts on what’s happening in the African American community unapologetically while celebrating his African heritage. Continue reading “This is modern day slavery”: Kendrick Lamar’s POWERFUL 2016 Grammy Performance (Video and Lyrics)
Today, singer August Alsina, went on The Breakfast Club to promote his new music (as all artists do). But unlike most artists, August isn’t afraid to open up about his life and what’s really going on in it. In this interview, August talks about issues he has with his family and his battle with depression and thoughts of suicide.
A lot of celebrities, and everyday people, put up a façade on social media and present only the highlights of their lives or what they think would be pleasing for others to see. You see it everyday on Instagram; money, cars, clothes, girls, etc., all to try to impress everyone else. However, EVERYONE goes through trials in life that leave them emotionally hurt. Some may choose to address it and learn from that experience, but others will ignore the pain caused and never fully heal. I’m not saying that you should put everything that you’re going through on social media, but I think social media is very misleading and should not be taken farther than face value.
Thankfully, with artists like August being open Continue reading August Alsina Talks About Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
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Every week, if not more rapidly, there is news of another African American being killed. Yesterday, a young Caucasian male walked into a church in South Carolina where African Americans were praying and having bible study, sat down and joined them, then opened fire killing nine of the African Americans in attendance. There is a cycle of emotions and actions African Americans seem to follow with every occurrence: anger, marches/protest, repeat. Yes, anger is an understandable response to being treated as though your life does not matter and can be easily dismissed without consequences. But one has to think about what can really be done to stop the killings from happening in the first place. Or better yet, if we can stop them from happening. Continue reading Is Equality a Realistic Option for African Americans?