How One Album Saved My Life | EFNIKS

I have always said that Pink’s second album; “Mizundastood” saved my life. Each track, each lyric spoke to me on a spiritual level, one that no other artist or album has even been able to accomplish in my life.

A Reminder: Why White Poverty Will Always Be Different Than Black Poverty | Blavity

The struggle is real y’all. It is even more real for black people.

A Safe Space for Pride | Efniks

As Audre Lorde once said, “The personal is always political”.  Yes, Pride should stand for equality, but if we are stating that these events are rooted in social justice we must make these event equitable to all who attend.

Everything I Needed To Learn Happened After Graduation | BLAVITY

I thought college was going to teach me everything I needed to know about being a young, black queer man, but it was not until I graduated that I learned some of the most critical things about what it means to be a graduate.

The Silencing Of Black Women In Politics|BLAVITY

Why is it that we go up for white female politicians, while trying to silence and dismiss the voices of black ones?                    

The Tragedies of Black Masculinity  | THE ROOT

I remember the feeling I had last week when I saw the text come in from a friend back home. The text read, “Y’all hear about North Park Elementary?” All I could do was think about the feeling I had in the pit of my stomach when I got the same text about the terrorist attack that took place in my hometown of San Bernardino, Calif., back in 2015.

So Lets Talk About Safe Spaces | MEDIUM

For most queer black individuals like myself, I am constantly having to question the culture within said environment. Will the space be inclusive? Will people in the space understand or comprehend why I do not ascribe to the binary? In most cases, most places are highly heteronormative and do not provide space for LGBTQ people to feel included in conversation or community.

5 Ways To Support The Black LGBTQ Community In Times Of Uncertainty| BLAVITY

When you hear LGBTQ and black, what do you think able out? Rupaul? Drag queens? The new song by CupcakKe? Is it your favorite hairstylist or makeup artist, and the thousands of times you've asked to spill the tea? 

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Why Black-ish Is Winning This Season |THE ROOT

For years there has been a progressive erasure of high-quality black, mainstream television sitcoms. It feels as if, after Family Matters and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air went off the air, the idea of black family comedies went right out the door with them. Though many have tried (My Wife and Kids, Reed Between the Lines), the quality and thought-provoking content featuring black families has been subpar.

 

Black Superheroes Are Here to Save the Day | THE ROOT

News flash: Being a black superhero is in. Whether that means being able to walk through a sea of bullets or being able to protect yourself with a 6-inch machete, black superheroes are here to stay.

On Black Men and Mental Health | THE ROOT

They say it is only funny until everyone stops laughing. Well, today we’ve stopped laughing, and many of us are quite concerned.

From Blackbird to Moonlight: Black Queer Men Are More Than Enough | THE ROOT

The movie Moonlight has been met with critical acclaim since June. Some reviews have stated that the film is riveting because of the story that it tells: a young black gay man navigating drugs, mass incarceration and the violence of his neighborhood. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film navigates the tides and turns that queer men face when navigating elements of their racial and sexual identities.

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From the Pulpit to the People: Kim Burrell, Homosexuality and the Black Church | THE ROOT 

On Friday night, social media became ablaze when one of preacher-singer Kim Burrell’s sermons went viral. In the video, Burrell shared a hate-filled message about what she believes 2017 will look like for LGBTQ people if they fail to repent.

Just Because You’re My Father Doesn’t Mean You’re My Parent | THE ROOT

Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is in full swing, and the show would not be what it is without its typical storylines. From fights over who has the most expensive and well-decorated homes to who’s sleeping with whom or who’s stepping out on whom, The Real Housewives of Atlanta continues to provide enough shade for everyone to enjoy his or her favorite weekly cup of tea.

Insecure Highlights the Double Standard of Sexual Fluidity | THE ROOT

Sunday night’s episode of Insecure had to be one of the best in the series so far. The HBO show does well painting a picture of what it means to be a modern-day single black woman dating in Los Angeles, while examining topics of racism, sexism and microaggressions not only in the dating scene but also within the daily lives of black women.

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Embracing Whiteness Won’t Save You | THE ROOT

Black people: Embracing whiteness won’t save us.

Why Hollywood’s Portrayal of Black Women Is Problematic | THE ROOT

2016 started off great with lots of visible leading black women in television. In series including Empire, How to Get Away With Murder and Queen Sugar, black women continue to show that they can hold their own when it comes to leading a television series. But knowing that, I have to say something that I have felt since seeing the preview for Viola Davis’ new film, Fences.

Ex, Lies and Murder: Why Oliver Is the True Hero of HTGAWM | THE ROOT

Last week’s episode of How to Get Away With Murder gave us hope that both Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) and Connor (Jack Falahee) would get back together. Since the beginning of their relationship, many viewers have been rooting for the two of them to stay together because their relationship shows us what it is like to be…