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Growing Up Gay in Mississippi

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


“A Seat at the Table”: A Necessary Discussion About Being Black in America


Solange Knowles released her highly anticipated self written, produced, and composed album “A Seat at the Table” Friday, September 30th after a 4 year hiatus. Staying true to her gift of provoking self love through her art, this album expresses not only empowerment for African Americans, but also the struggles of racism and mircoaggressions we face throughout our lives. The term “A Seat at the Table” is widely known to represent an opportunity to be heard and make a difference; the exact purpose of this album for the African American community.

“A Seat at the Table” serves as a soundtrack and a source of strength for African Americans as we are continuously, unrightfully, unjustifiably killed at the hands of police officers. When asked on Twitter how “A Seat at the Table” compares to her previous album “True”, Solange notes:


“A Seat…” starts with a slow tempo “Rise” that instructs Continue reading “A Seat at the Table”: A Necessary Discussion About Being Black in America

Episode 3: Part 1 of #ToBeHonest and Watch Party Details

This week’s episode of #ToBeHonest covers religion, a topic not to be messed with in the South. Mississippi is in the heart of the Bible Belt and most recently, our governor, Phil Bryant, signed a bill giving businesses the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs. Scary huh?

See what the cast has to say about religion below and make sure to RSVP for a FREE watch party with the cast for Episode 3: Part 2 next Tuesday, April 12th at Offbeat. See you there!

To Be Young and Black: Episode 1 of #ToBeHonest

If you’ve been following my FaceBook page, Nside My Box, you would already know that I, Marla Denise, creator of NsideMyBox.com, is a cast member of Jessica Simien‘s new web series #ToBeHonest.

#ToBeHonest discusses real topics facing society today from the prospective of young, educated, African Americans from the south. Check out Episode 1: To Be Young and Black below and make sure to subscribe to Jessica Simien’s YouTube page to view cast introductions and upcoming episodes.

Comment below to tell us what you think it is to be young and black.