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Darnell L. Moore
Darnell L. Moore is a writer who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Entries by Darnell L. Moore

Tongues Untied: Is Fly Young Red's Newest Track Revolutionary?

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Along with the three co-authors listed, Bryson Rose, writer and LGBTQIA youth advocate, also participated in this conversation.

Wade: I'm sure you've heard the new song, "Throw Dat Boy P****" by black gay male rapper Fly Young Red. I thought his new song and the buzz around it...

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Singing the American Mythology with Soul

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 12:25 PM


In 1970, Marvin Gaye witnessed an act of police brutality at an anti-war rally in Berkeley, CA that compelled him to begin composing his 1971 self-produced hit concept album, What's Going On. Gaye's record offered a stunningly moving and genius rendering of his...

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In Conversation: On the Landmark SCOTUS Decisions, Single-Variable Politics, and Movement Forward

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Darnell: Tim, You have spoken and written publicly about the need -- particularly on the part of white and economically privileged LGBT people -- to resist hasty celebration of the DOMA decision, given the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on other landmark civil rights cases this week. Can you say a...

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Tongues Untied: Shade Culture -- Throwing Shade, Reflecting Light

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Darnell: I recently read a powerful article titled "A Love Letter to Brothers," published in Mused Magazine Online, written by my friend Dymir Arthur. In it Dymir encourages black gay men to love ourselves (and each other) and to rid our communities of "shade." While it would be...

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Tongues Untied: Pro Athletes, Sexuality and Media Hype

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 9:05 PM

Darnell: Wade, I could not wait to get your thoughts on some of the recent headlines dominating sports news outlets. From the current publicity on the Denver Nuggets' Kenneth "The Manimal" Faried's moving video in support of his lesbian mothers to the Manti Te'o media fiasco...

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Losing the War Against the Grays

(61) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 12:05 AM

I recently stopped by my supervisor's office to wish him a good night. As I talked, he gazed intently upon my head until he finally blurted, "Oh my God, is that a gray hair?"

And an extensive mesmerizing gray strand, it was. In fact, this particular histrionic gray sprouted so...

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A Letter to Frederick Douglass on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

(4) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 8:09 AM

This letter is part of our "Letters to Our Ancestors" project. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we've asked members of our community to share their own letters to our forefathers. With these letters, we hope to look back on the progress our community has made...

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Tongues Untied: Our Fathers -- Invisible Men?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Wade: Recently, while speaking to some friends about my upbringing, one asked, "Why do you not talk about your relationship with your father more?" It was an observant and valid question. It caused me to pause and think about my relationship with both my biological father and my stepfather. It...

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Tongues Untied: Black, Gay and Sanctified?

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 6:23 PM

Darnell: I think that it is fair to say that you and I are what some might call "church boys." I know that some Christian folks tend to place "God" and "gay" in the same sentence when they are referencing "sin" and "hell," but faith and spirituality are important to...

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Mitt Romney's Anxieties: Fear of Democratic Leadership, or, Fear of Black and Brown America?

(83) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:39 AM

Mitt Romney's neoconservative belief that a US Congress with a majority Democratic
leadership--leaders who tend to be voted in by a large black and brown voting bloc--speaks to
the elephant (or, republican) in the room this election year.

Romney offered the following observation at a private fundraising dinner...

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Tongues Untied: When Even Beautiful Gay Weddings Aren't Enough

(13) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 8:26 PM

Wade: Recently, a video of the wedding of Robert Brown and Nathanael Gay, two black gay men, went viral. I almost cried while watching it but was saddened by the negative reaction the two gentlemen received for having a "Kappa-themed" wedding. How did you feel about the wedding...

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Tongues Untied: 'Complex' Relationships: On Love and Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

(11) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 8:29 PM

Darnell: Wade, we recently watched a segment of The CW's increasingly popular The LA Complex where rapper Kaldrick King (played by Andra Fuller) brutally beat a man, Tariq (played by Benjamin Charles Watson), whom he worked with and was intimately involved with. You mentioned...

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Tongues Untied: Love Rules?

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 12:15 PM

We know what you are thinking: Not another conversation on love. We promise, however, that for every saccharine-laced word that follows (thanks to one of our early readers, Larry Lyons, for warning us that our love notes might very well cause toothaches), we were sure to talk about the whips...

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Tongues Untied: 'Man Hugs' and Manhood With Sylvia Harvey

(10) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:11 PM

Men seem to hug on the basketball courts or show affection on the football field, but why are some men afraid to embrace on a busy street corner? Sylvia Harvey, journalist and producer of the mini-doc Out of Bounds, which is a short work that "explores the strange...

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Growing Up Gay in Camden: Remembering Wauynee Wallace, Who Was Murdered (and Remembering Myself)

(16) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 5:25 PM

Seventeen-year-old Wauynee Wallace was tragically killed in the city of Camden, N.J. the city that I often write about and proudly name as home. Today, however, my words are fueled by anger and disappointment, because someone in the neighborhood where I played, lived out my youthful days, and experienced community...

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Tongues Untied: On 'Barbershop Conversations,' Black Masculinity, and Sexuality

(20) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 2:57 PM

This is our second conversation as part of our Huffington Post series, "Tongues Untied: Wade Davis, II and Darnell L. Moore in Conversation." (Read the first conversation here.) The title of our column is our way of paying tribute to the many black gay men who have given...

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Tongues Untied: On 'Coming Out,' Anderson Cooper, and Frank Ocean

(32) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 9:16 AM

This is our first conversation as part of our Huffington Post series, "Tongues Untied: Wade Davis, II and Darnell L. Moore in Conversation." The title of our column is our way of paying tribute to the many black gay men who have given us the language and ancestral strength to...

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(105) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 1:19 PM

Many Americans are invested in the idea of a "post-racial" moment -- a moment marked by our purported movement beyond a historical chapter colored by race-based discrimination, intolerance, inequity, and violence. Such a turn signals America's fascination with the notion of a transracial future and a utopian vision of an...

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A Conversation With Mayor Cory Booker on LGBTQ Policy in Newark (VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 12:33 PM

Cory A. Booker, the popular mayor of Newark, N.J., is no stranger to local and national media headlines. Oprah Winfrey deemed Booker "Newark's biggest cheerleader" when he was nominated in 2011 for TIME's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Newark, too, has received its...

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Trayvon Martin, America's Black President, & (Racial) Politics

(186) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 6:19 PM

All across the country people young, old, black, brown, and white have gathered in memory of Trayvon Martin. The movement, with the rallying cry "I am Trayvon Martin," has already prompted both the US Department of Justice and the FBI to begin civil rights investigations. Advocates continue to demand definitive...

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