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Essence | Instagram Celebrates 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

Since the announcement of the show, many have been excited to see some many creative Black women all share one screen. Each episode not only centers Black women’s thoughts on what’s happening in pop culture but makes history for being the first series to ever showcase an all-Black woman-led cast.



Though I was contending with my anxiety, I felt good about going to the event given all the positive things I had heard about how progressive, safe, and welcoming San Diego was for LGBTQI+ people.

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Bitch Media | The Category is “That Bitch”

Candy Ferocity is a complex character that, like many of those on Pose, is unlike any we’ve seen on television before. In the show’s first season, we watched Candy navigate a number of issues familiar to Black trans women, including body dysmorphia, colorism, and the struggle to be fully accepted into New York City’s circa-1980s ballroom scene. This season, Candy still has had a lot to prove to a lot of people—and she’s not shying away from the challenge.

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Daily Xtra | The Try Guys’ Eugene Lee Yang on His Viral Coming Out

A visual artist and member of the offbeat, do-anything YouTube quartet the Try Guys, Yang has a lot to say about his life since the launch of the video that he wrote, choreographed, directed and starred in to tell the world about his identity.

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In past seasons, the Netflix series focused on the love women of color have, and in the recently released fifth season, Black Mirror has decided to introduce another queer storyline, though viewers might not have been expecting that when they first hit play.


Slate Outward / Despite Its Controversial Past, Paris Is Burning Has Many Gifts to Offer Queer and Trans People of Color

even as we see Black and Brown queer people navigating the tough parts of their lives, the film offers a glimpse of the ways QTPoC individuals create family, find joy, and reclaim their sense of belonging all in the middle of a dance floor.


TheGrio / Celebrating pride Must Go Beyond Rainbow Flags and Diversity lip Service

It feels like EVERY company is trying to peddle their rainbow decorated goods and wares onto us all and it leads me to wonder, are companies truly invested in the liberties of LGBTQ+ or only pandering to the money they know we possess?


Daily Xtra | Rupaul’s Drag Race Has A Race Problem

The show has exposed drag’s troubling traditions of appropriation and blackface.




The first season of Netflix’s On My Block won over viewers by telling a story that’s rarely told, focusing on the challenges for young Black and brown people growing up in inner-city Los Angeles.



When watching the film for the first time, I not only saw Peele’s point about duality, but also a love letter to classic horror films. But, after watching it for a second time, I began to see the movie as being a startling reminder of how awful classism and capitalism can be, and how, if you are not wise, it can have you tethered to the darker parts of yourself.

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As someone who has been very open about their own mental health struggles and how difficult it is to find a therapist who practices from an intersectional lense, it has been comforting to know that the work Audre Lorde left behind can be used as an aid in navigating mental health.

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MEDIUM | “How To Get Away With Murder” Reminds Us Why We Need to Do Better By Black Women

From storylines that address the lack of attention given to the mental health of Black women to the pressures that they face day in and day out in the office, HTGAWM has always been a good call to action for Black men (and people) to be better to and for Black women.

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ESSENCE | Black History Now: Black LGBTQ+ Aiding In The Resistance

Black people for centuries have said if you want something done, you have to do it yourself. While many Black LGBTQ+voices continue to be targeted and silenced in popular queer spaces, some have made it their life’s work to follow in the footsteps of those who have come before us.

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Here’s why the attack on Jussie Smollett is so devastating for the Black queer community

This was "MAGA country" long before President Trump took office.

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On New Year’s Day, a twitter user made the claim that gay men, specifically, needed to be honest with themselves regarding their “fitness journey,” and the truth that can be found in said statement. In the post, they position the idea that a gay man’s fitness journey is never really about health or personal growth, but a way to gain access to societal privilege, specifically sexual access to other fit men.

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OUT MAGAZINE | We Talked to That Kid Who Went Viral for Backflipping in High Heels

Now, the ballroom kid has his sights set on a comedy career.

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From films to television to music, 2018 marked a much-needed change in the way we saw queer representation in entertainment. With certain Black and Brown LGBTQ+ artists owning their talent and identity, a common theme throughout most of the year was visibility.

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From conversations about the diaspora, Black representation, and cultural significance, the film created space to discuss Blackness in a new and more inclusive way.

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INTO | What Kevin Hart’s Oscars Situation Says About Queerness and Black Masculinity

The complication lies in the idea Black men are taught from a young age that, because of the oppression they will already face for their racial background, their heterosexuality is the only thing they have in terms of access to privilege.

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ESSENCE| How Growing Up Poor Led Me To Hate Mac And Cheese

Every year, especially around the holidays, I begin to cringe knowing that a wave of disappointing mac and cheese recipes are going to be shoved on my plate.

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OUT MAGAZINE | No, You Don’t Have to Deal with Your Homophobic Relatives This Holiday

From navigating conversations about your identity, to the intentional jabs certain homophobic uncles often make at your expense, prioritizing wellness over family ties might be the way to go.

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Beyond the show’s snappy one-liners and exploration of the pain that queer people of color endured in the ’80s, Pose also navigates an important conversation about the important role that trans women of color play in the lives of queer men of color.

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SHADOW & ACT / 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' Flips Patriarchy—And Toxic Masculinity—On Its Head Through The Black Warlock, BeholD

In 2018, when American Horror Story: Apocalypse was announced to be a crossover between previous AHS anthology series Murder House and Coven, many were excited at the chance to see some of their favorite witches back on TV. But the real gag of the season came in episode 4, “Could It Be...Satan?” when warlocks take center stage.

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INTO / When Who You Are Becomes Your Brand

For many marginalized people, the story often sounds the same. The struggle to come out is even more real for folks who are dealing with racial and religious oppression. Some fear that speaking truth to power will cause greater harm than good, while others may fear the repercussions of what could happen when using their story to create opportunities for themselves.

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EFNIKS | My Body Does Not Need Your Opinion to Be Whole

Losing weight only brought on more pressure to be thin and made me even more insecure about physical appearance. I learned that I wasn’t unhappy with my size, but I was unhappy with the way other queer men treated me because of my size.

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Slate | Being a Black Nonbinary Person Is Difficult. But It’s Shown Me the Radical Power of Defining Your Own Existence.

Not being good at “being a man” in these ways rewarded me with a set of problems—ones that often left me questioning why pain and aggression was something so normalized in my black family experience. My difference meant that I was often asked if I “wanted to be a girl.” This left me to wonder why my gender presentation was the only thing that determined my worth.

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The Daily Dot | How a Facebook group helped me heal from religious trauma

In my junior year of college, I decided the teachings and values of the Jehovah’s Witness organization no longer served me. I was coming to terms with many of my intersecting identities—Black, queer, non-binary—and it was clear that the religion was never going to let me accept myself.

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Shadow & Act | The Rise of Black Male Mental Health Awareness In Primetime TV

Primetime shows are navigating the impact of toxic masculinity on Black male mental health in responsible and intriguing ways.

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SHADOW & ACT | 10 Questions After HTGAWM’s Bloody Season Opener

Last week, Annalise Keating and the gang returned for the season 5 premiere of ABC’s hit show How to Get Away with Murder. Like a good season opener should, it left us with more questions than answers.

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INTO | On Being ‘Enough’…

So what does “enough” truly mean in the context of one’s identity anyway? Well, if you find yourself wondering what it means to present “enough” in your identity and you’re worried like me that you aren’t, remember there is no clear-cut definition of what it means to be anything, really.

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SHADOW & ACT | 'The Purge' Offers Much-Needed Depth To The Murderous World Of The Franchise

The Purge franchise, which started with a low-budget horror movie with a simple premise, has become one of the most politically-driven thriller series in recent memory.

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SHADOW & Act | Prison Is The New Slavery in 'OITNB' Season 6

It was rather hard to know what cards Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) had up its sleeve with the announcement of the sixth season premiere. After letting many of its black viewers down countless times in the past, it seemed that OITNB was losing its infectious charm....

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On Being | What Does It Mean to be a Man?

Very rarely are cis-men given space to interrogate and create a their own definition of masculinity that includes being emotionally/mentally sound and whole. Men often have to look outside of themselves for their first definition of what it means to be a man, so much so that it often leaves men in a dark and sad state of existence.

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INTO | "Pose,"My House"and the need for chosen family

For many in the LGBTQ community who also identity as people of color, the concept of “traditional” family can often be defined as painful and traumatic, rather than a source of support. For many QTPOC individuals specifically, chosen families remain the pillar of their community, built upon not just kinship but the intentionality of love, support, intimacy and most, solidarity.

INTO | Flying While Black, Fat and a Person of Size

From the feeling of wondering if someone doesn’t want to sit next to you because you are Black, queer, a person of size or all of the above, flying with said identities is in fact, daunting.

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INTO: mayhem miller on Rejection, Racism, and Rupaul

Mayhem Miller is known by many for being the life of the party. But to those of us who met her on Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Miller is a prime example of how hard work and persistence does in fact pay off.

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PRIDE | A day in the life of a Rupaul's drag race super fan

Already in its fourth year, RuPaul’s DragCon took over Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend and celebrated all things queer! The annual, three-day convention brought over 50,000+ people together to embrace their courage, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, and the entire event and was proof that no matter who you are, you belong!

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THEM | HOW Audre lorde taught me to love myself|


Audre Lorde taught me that self-love means allowing yourself to feel; allowing yourself to stand in your truth no matter how painful it might be.

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EFNIKS | The Movement And The Future: There Is No Black History Or Black Civil Rights Without Black LGBTQ

We have to acknowledge that all struggles for freedom are connected and this cannot be done without attention to what this means for every Black person, regardless of how they identify sexually.


EFNIKS | The Age of Love: These Queer Black Elders Show You Their Lasting Partnership and Tell Your How to Get There, Too

There is nothing more amazing than seeing two people in love. Especially when it is two Black men who found each other at the prime of their lives.

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SYFYWIRE | Black Mirror: Reflection on My Fathers Incarceration

No one can ever understand the pain of what the prison system can do to a family and rarely do we ever discuss the power dynamics that are involved.For most families who are dealing with an incarcerated family member, the situation always comes back to the interactions that said family member has with those who are in positions of authority.


THE ROOT | The Real Anti-Blackness of Comedy

I suggest that those who celebrate Cardi B and judge Tiffany Haddish only do so because of anti-blackness and respectability politics.

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PRIDE | 7 Famous Queer People of Color Redefining Body Positivity

There are so many QPOC celebs leading the way in the body positive movement!


By embracing your aesthetic and all elements of who you are, you are in fact telling the world that your intersectional existence matters and that it can not and will not be erased.


WEAR YOUR VOICE | Marsha P. Johnson's Life Isn't White People's Story To Tell

There are thousands of Black trans women who, if given the right resources, could have really educated us about the plight, successes and experiences of trans women of color.


THE ROOT | Fixing The Lives of Male Childhood Rape Survivors

This weekend’s episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life dealt with a topic that often goes unmentioned in the black community: childhood rape and male survivors.


WEAR YOUR VOICE | 'American Horror Story: Cult' Reveals What Really Scares White People

American Horror Story: Cult doesn’t give justice to the American horror story that is being a QTPOC.


SOULE | When Do We Have a Responsibility To Speak Out

This debate brings up a very interesting question regarding advocacy and using one’s platform to address inequity in the LGBTQ community: Do artists like Hall, Rupaul & Lee have a responsibility to speak up about racial disparities that queer Black/Brown people face?


THE ROot | A Reminder: Black Queer People Are Whole

The Emmys were this past Sunday, and they were nothing short of black star power. From a black actor winning for the first time in decades in the drama category to a black comedian winning in a comedy series directed and written by all black people, one could say that the event was the most inclusive and representative of black people in the 69 years of the show.


BLAVITY | Everything I Needed To Learn Happened After College

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 ROOT | Black Superheroes are Here to Save the Day

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.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.


INTO | The Never Ending Battle To Stop Homophobia Within Our Own Communities

It is 2018, and we are still having to have the conversation about homophobia in the Black community. Sigh. What Hussle posted isn’t something that we queer people have never heard. In fact, the homophobia that many people of color face within their communities are things we’ve come to expect due to how many marginalized people will still feed upon systems of power they themselves battle against.


INTO | Being Authentic in an 'Insecure' World

The breakout show has become famous for telling stories that are never told. And in Season 2, QPOC stories rose to the surface thanks to people like actor/writer christopher oscar penã.


EFNIKS | I Need An Accomplice, Not an Ally

Being an ally during this time is not enough, because right now it only lets people know that you recognize that the tiki torches aren’t coming after you, and we need more than recognition.

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MEDIUM | So Lets Talk About Safe Space

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.


THE ROOT | Why Black-ish Is Winning This Season

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.


EFNIKS | How One Album Saved My Life

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.


BLAVITY | A Reminder: Why White Poverty Will Always Be Difference Than Black Poverty

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


EFNIKS | A Safe Space for Pride

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.


BLAVITY | The Silencing of Black Women In Politics

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


THE ROOT | On Loving White People and Hating Whiteness

There is a difference between loving white people and loving whiteness.


THE ROOT | On Black Men and Mental Health

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


WEAR YOUR VOICE | White Women: Queer Black Men Are Not Here To Be Your Accessories

It’s a tale as old as time: heterosexual, cisgender women want us as their best friends and confidants as soon as they learn that we are queer. Add to the equation said queer male being a fantastic dancer, hair stylist or makeup artist and you are no longer just a friend, but an accessory to their lives.

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BLAVITY | 5 Ways to Support Black LGBTQ in Times of Uncertainty

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

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.


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.


THE ROOT | Insecure Highlights the Double Standard of Sexual Fluidity

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.


THE ROOT | Embracing Whiteness Won't Save You

Black people: Embracing whiteness won't save you.


THE ROOT | The Tragedies of Black Masculinity

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.


THE ROOT | Why Hollywood's Portrayal of Black Women is Problematic

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.


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

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…


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

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.