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Maurice Tracy is a very black and pretty queer doctoral candidate in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He lives in Chicago.

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No, Being Black and Gay Does Not Suck

(12) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Apparently it sucks to be a black gay guy. At least that is what "Stevie" over at gayguys.com claims in his post "20 Reasons It Sucks To Be A Gay Black Man." I hate this article. I am over articles like this one, which measures our worth as...

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17 August

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 7:12 PM

When I think of home, I think of a place where there's love overflowing. I wish I was home... -- "Home"

A week ago I was on Vandeventer at a bar. I tossed back whiskey and soda and felt my belly burn. The burn made me smile. My friends...

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August 11

(9) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:16 PM

"Tell the truth!" -- Town Hall Panelist.

The air was thick and slowly the heat caused sweat beads to form on my brow. I scanned the space as I fought back childhood memories of sitting in various church sanctuaries fighting boredom and lunchtime hunger. Murchison Tabernacle CME Church was...

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It Is Not a Question of Pride

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:43 PM

"Are Black Gay Men Proud?" That is the titular question asked by Donovan Thompson's June 26 HuffPost blog post. I must admit that it caught me by surprise because I feel the answer is obvious: like any other group of gay, queer, same-gender, same-sex loving and desiring people,...

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Breaker of Trust: Game of Thrones and Rape

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Everybody is talking about it, blogging about it, and thinking about it: The rape of Cersei Lannister-B. Well, okay, maybe not everybody but it is still on my mind. I cannot shake what it is about this particular choice that I find so upsetting. Make no mistake, Game...

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You Are Not My Peer

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Warning this blogger is over it

With all due respect White America, hell maybe even Non-Black America, but you are not my peers and as such you should not (and have consistently proven that in general you cannot or refuse to fairly do so) judge my brothers and sisters in...

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What Hypocrisy?

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:20 PM

There is always, will always be, at least one, if not a few, people who rush to condemn their brothers and sisters in the hopes of gaining the respect and adoration of their perceived fathers and mothers; I at times wonder if Brandon Ambrosino is that person. Ambrosino's TIME

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No Tears, Just a Selfie: A Response

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 5:53 PM

Selfie. The word carries so much weight, towers over so many other words, and infiltrates so many of our lives that we ignore how ridiculous and juvenile the word of the year sounds. Selfie, something so prevalent that numerous bloggers have had to respond to its reality (this is my...

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Looking at HBO's Looking

(6) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 7:52 PM

Lately my Facebook wall has been bombarded by my fellow gay brothers (not really by any of my queer-identified brothers or gay or queer sisters) sharing the trailer for, and new stories about, HBO's upcoming show Looking. I imagine this is what life would have been like if Facebook had...

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The Scandalous Truth

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Last Thursday night I, like millions, finally received my fix. Scandal's gladiators came swinging back to me firing speeches off as if words are bullets and their mouths guns (and rest assure there was a proverbial body on the floor by the end of the episode), and Miss Pope surveyed...

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On the Night of July 13

(123) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 12:36 AM

"There are people who will have their anger just because they are angry people not because it is based in fact."~ Mark O'Mara on CNN about the way people may react to the Trayvon Martin verdict.

This is America (Amerikkka?).

Or, at least part of it.

What...

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Re: Bush's Dodge

(12) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 2:23 PM

I want to yell. I want to scream "fuck you!" at the top of my lungs directly at George W. Bush's face, but I won't, because that will just get me labeled as the angry, queeny black boi. I am an angry, queeny black boi, but nobody wants to listen...

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New Chub in the City

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 10:57 AM

Moving to a new city is hard for the average person but when you are everything society tells you not to be it is almost excruciating.

In my move to Chicago I am in awe of how beautiful the city is. Chicago truly is an architectural gem. The people...

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Marching on the Dance Floor

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 4:45 PM

It has been a difficult week for those of us who live in the crosshairs of many margins. This is the thing, this is the thing, not about being black and queer, but recognizing you ARE black and queer, and living, as my friend Rickey L. puts it, intersectionaly; pushing...

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In Defense of the Selfie

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:31 PM

NOTE: A version of this post, titled "The Fat Boi Diaries: Why Selfies?," originally appeared on my blog BlaQueer and on The Good Men Project.

Last week I engaged in my weekly I-am-tired-of-job-searching-and-thinking-about-my-dissertation-ritual of watching the HuffPost Live while I twisted my...

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That Moment When Ellen Sturtz Heckled Michelle Obama

(40) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Well, Ellen Sturtz certainly has given people something to talk about. First Lady Michelle Obama's heckler has various people blogging, Facebooking, and, in my case, calling friends to talk about... well... to talk about the event, not so much about what the first lady was heckled for, it seems.

To...

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'I Am Because We Are,' but What Are We?

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Confession: Most of the times I write a post, an idea races from my heart to my head and then to my fingertips. There is little pause between the different moments in this process. The exceptions are posts like this one, posts that are not about anger (or only anger)...

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Let's Talk About Fat, Let's Talk About What You Think of Me

(39) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:27 PM

America hates fat people. There, I said it. I'll say it again: America hates fat people. We make America feel uncomfortable. We require attention. You cannot ignore us as we walk down a street, or sit in our car, or dare to enter a mall.

We are the source of...

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To a Brother From a Snap! Queen

(26) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 11:20 PM

Queer confession: I have little patience for the arrows that (some) masculine black gay men shoot at us feminine black gay men. It usually goes something like this: Masculine guys first state that they are not trying to offend anyone (the presence of this statement is almost always a guarantee...

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Biting Into Me: Food's Role in Identity and Connection

(6) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 3:53 PM

My first year at Saint Louis University as professor Cindy Ott's graduate assistant I was introduced, by her, to the fields of material culture and food culture studies. Dr. Ott was working on her (now published) book manuscript Pumpkin: The Curious Case of an American Icon. At the mention of...

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