A Closer Look at the Evolution of Aina Brei’Yon [Interview]

Where were you when you were first introduced to the artistry of Aina Brei’Yon? I can still recall distinctly being a young lesbian preparing to cross the street on the eastside of Chicago when out of my peripheral I saw a car turning the corner. Inside was someone with a striking face and a gorgeous…

LGBTQ+ News: Weekly Recap (7/4/19-7/10/19)

Here is a rundown of some of the top LGBTQ+ news stories you might have missed over the past week: 1. Have you ever been in awe at the youth? Recently a valedictorian received a standing ovation after announcing his bisexuality during his commencement speech. 2. Waka Flocka landed in the waters of social media…

LGBTQ+ News: Weekly Recap (6/27/19-7/3/19)

1. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising, an LGBTQ plaque was unveiled at the NY Yankees Monument Park. 2. Janelle Monae is on the cover of Paper Magazine’s Pride issue. 3. Historical changes have been made in Philadelphia for trans rights. 4. Aaron Philip, a Black, transgender and disabled model…

A Black Man Will Head the Human Rights Campaign

For the first time in history, the Human Rights Campaign will have a person of color as its president. Alphonso David, a Black man, will lead the organization. David has had a storied career in New York and Pennsylvania as a law professor, legal advisor and civil rights attorney. In his own words, as reported…

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…

LGBTQ+ News: Weekly Recap (6/19/19-6/26/19)

Pride month is drawing to a close but the news continues. Here is a rundown of some of the top LGBTQ+ news stories you might have missed over the past week: 1. Can you imagine launching a campaign for your wildest dreams, then having them come true? That happened for this trans model who will…

Watch These Older Lesbians Share Advice With Youngsters

“You’re the authority on yourself.” Listen, hunny, I don’t know who needed to hear this but I’m glad it was shared! So often, society teaches us from an early age to subscribe to prescribed expectations. To hear an elder confirm for a younger questioning soul that the ultimate voice for their life is their own…

LGBTQ+ News: Weekly Recap (6/9/19-6/18/19)

Pride 2019 has been joy-filled and full of celebrations, however, not all occurrences have been positive or welcomed. Here is a rundown of some of the top LGBTQ+ news stories you might have missed over the past week: 1. There have been a number of killings in Detroit and North Carolina. 2. The administration of…

Life Reflections on a Plane to Mexico

It is 9:53 am on Friday, January 18, 2019, and I am sitting on a plane, a little over two hours from landing in Mexico City. I am going back and forth between listening to music and reading Eat, Pray, Love. Her feelings and the desire to go, to master a language, to be, to…

Music Choice: Danni Cassette

It is no secret that I have been a fan of Danni Cassette for quite a while and the newest single definitely lives up to my expectations! Give your soul a boost and check out the melodic croons of “Banana” by this electric talent. The newest single: Listen here :). Discover More of Danni: Leave…

Staying in Love: Is It Ever A Good Idea To Get Back With An Ex?

I haven’t written about relationships in a while, but I’ve been pondering this question a lot and figuring out if it is worth writing about. One of my closest friends is currently “getting to know” an ex again after not dating each other for a number of years. They have dated other people over the…

Juliet Takes a Breath (Book Review)

Last month I hosted a book club and the selected reading was Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. The book is one that I recommend everyone read; especially young queer women of color who are trying to figure it all out. To determine why I love the book watch the video: Until next time,…

Can You Explain to Me Open Relationships?

Okay, Okay, Okay…I feel like a lot of people are sharing stories about how nonmonogamy is making them happy, but is it just me or do they all sound like they’re in monogamous relationships? Now, before you think this is a hate article, understand that I have always said that monogamy isn’t for everyone–I get…

2 Simple Ways to Ask Women Out

Happy Pride Month! Most days I’m unsure whether I’m an extroverted introvert or an antisocial extrovert, either way, I enjoy the art of flirtation. Sometimes, I even want that dance to continue beyond the present moment, though most times I don’t. In those cases, someone has to make the move and acquire the other’s number,…

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but I have never taken a moment to fully introduce myself. So, here we are. When I initially began this blog it was as an extension, and eventual replacement, for the “For Your Black? Conscious” newsletter I started during my years in Chicago. The original intent of…

Books I’m Reading: May 2018

In honor of my birth month, I am reading three books by and for powerful women. They are: 1. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace 2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 3. Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward Have you read any? What were your thoughts? Leave them in the comment…

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,…

It is what it is, not what it could be

Break the cycle in 2018. Not because it’s a new year, but because you deserve the unknown. In life, I find that it is easier for most people to circle back to what they’ve always known, instead of walking in the potential of the future. Sure, you have no idea what tomorrow may bring, but…

Salt (Book Review)

In the book The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara there is arguably the most amazing opening line ever that states, “Are you sure, sweetheart, that you want to be well?” Our current read, Salt by Nayyirah Waheed, would be if you answered the question in the affirmative! Check out the review below: ‘Love like…

Cause We Love Ourselves?

There is this poem by Nayyirah Waheed, “i loved you because it was easier than loving myself” And I think we’ve all fallen guilty of doing this at one point or another. However, the question is when do we then alter this behavior? For example, I recently shared this poem with one of my closest…