As You Prepare For Pride Parade Today Ask Yourself This One Question

“Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a discrete and insular minority entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” – Vice President Mike Pence, 2000. While this statement was made 19 years ago and the LGBTQ+ community now has the right to marry in…

Two Podcasts I Can’t Listen to Enough

1. Bronzeville The podcast describes this series as “an audio theatre for the mind” and this could not be more accurate! My bias towards all things Chicago aside, this is a phenomenal series that honestly elevates the podcast-sphere. This series is jam-packed with A-list performers: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Wood Harris, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick,…

Policy Decisions You Should Probably Be Paying Attention To

The lack of a maternity ward east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC Earlier this year while attending a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” I was hit with a startling realization that I wasn’t aware of; that the only maternity ward east of the Anacostia River has been closed. This matters because the majority…

The Chi (A Chicagoan’s Review)

As we all know, the new Showtime series, The Chi, has made its debut. I initially watched in December, when the premiere episode was released early, but decided to wait until the second episode to provide a review. During that time, a review came out that actually captures most of my thoughts, here. For the…

Ferguson? Mike Brown? It STILL Matters!

During the height of protests in Ferguson, Missouri I wrote the piece below. I find it fitting to share it again as so many non-melanated and melanated folk alike are up in arms with Beyonce for: 1. Celebrating the amazingness and strength of Black culture, and 2. honoring the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther…