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Black Masculinity

Black Masculinity and Black Faith: An Interview with J.Kwest

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 10.11.2016 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Racial justice is a constant headline in America. Whether it's Colin Kaepernick kneeling, the overlapping of gender and racial justice in the critical...

Vibrant Photos Of 'Masculine' Men Around The World Defy Black Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.01.2016 | Arts

“I contend that Blackness is not monolithic,” Shantrelle Lewis explained in an email exchange with The Huffington Post. The New Orleans-born curat...

Mychal Denzel Smith Discusses His New Book And The Concept Of Black Masculinity

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.29.2016 | Black Voices


Tupac: Hard On The Outside, Human On The Inside

Joshua Adams | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

Today is Pac's 45th birthday, and as I reflect on his legacy and my own nostalgia towards his music, I think the reason I appreciate his life and work so much is he made public the private struggle of inner-city Black masculinity.

How #IStandWithJon Highlighted Masculinity That's Not So Fragile

James Harrell | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
James Harrell

When you challenge masculinity, people get nervous. There are rules to follow in order to "protect" and "affirm" masculinity, and they all border on absurd.

Average Size ... for a Black Man: Myths About Size, Racism, and the Patriarchy

Bill Johnson II | Posted 08.25.2016 | Black Voices
Bill Johnson II

I have a problem with my dick size. It's not big and I want it to be! I guess it is about average size, and that's just not good enough! I'm also Black and the 'word' is all Black men have a large phallus. Not sure where I was when they gave them out, I obviously skipped kindergarten that day.

Joseph Erbentraut

Evocative Photo Project Counters Stereotypes Of What It Means To Be Black, Masculine And Stylish | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.08.2015 | Black Voices

For black men, the world of fashion has often been one wrought with stereotypes, misconceptions and images of three-sizes-too-large T-shirts, baggy je...

Dr. Boyce Watkins Charges Lee Daniels With Having A 'Gay Agenda'

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

Across scholarship that seeks to advocate for progressive and varied representations of Black masculinity, one rejoices in the visibility of a gay Black man such as the character of Jamal.

Is Gay Porn Racist? I Don't Think So

Terrence Chappell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Terrence Chappell

Porn should not be leading the conversation in social or racial issues, and we shouldn't be charging them to even contribute to that conversation. Right sentiment but wrong space. Porn is all about desire and losing inhibitions, at least behind a monitor. By its very nature porn caters to a person's fantasy and their innate impulses.

On 'Table Seats' and Validations: An Open Letter to Kanye West

Jay Dodd | Posted 05.25.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

I hope you seek to create counter-cultures and use your charming ability to rupture and truth tell to show people more than just your person talent. You and your aspirations for particularly white-nesses are the center of your work

Documentary Explores Why So Many People Are Afraid Of Black Men

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.14.2014 | Black Voices

Tragedies like the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Jordan Davis -- and the public outcries that have followed each one -- are proof that tha...

On Being a Good Black Man

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2013 | Black Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

We live in a world that assumes the worst of young black masculinity to the point in which it causes concerned citizens -- even those of color -- to act as 'race vigilantes' who enforce preventative measures with the hopes of keeping black men from acting out our criminal nature.

theSWAGspot: Intimate Public Space to Talk Love, Lessons and Legacy With Men for Men

Esther Armah | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Esther Armah

How do you transform a masculinity that normalizes violence, celebrates aggression and anaesthetizes feelings? By doing the emotional work.

The History of the Black Male Superhero in Comic Books: An Interview With Dr. Jonathan Gayles

Yolo Akili | Posted 01.24.2013 | Black Voices
Yolo Akili

Superman, Batman and the Flash -- you know those super heroes right? But do you know Power Man? The Black Panther? Icon? If not, you need to rush out and watch the film White Scripts and Black Supermen, which traces the early history of black male comic book heroes.

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

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Some folks understand marriage as the ultimate goal in relationships. However, that view obscures the possibility of other forms of relationships, like multiple-partner commitments, long-term unmarried relationships, sexual relationships, etc.

Tongues Untied: On Love And Violence In LGBTQ Relationships

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Darnell L. Moore

LGBTQ folk, just like heterosexual folk, experience intimate partner violence in our relationships, as well, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, or other identity markers. We need to talk honestly about the ways that violence shows up in our relationships, too.

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

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Men seem to hug on the basketball court, but why are some men afraid to embrace on a busy street corner? Join me and Sylvia Harvey, producer of Out of Bounds, as we tackle the topics of male-to-male affection and black masculinity.

'Barbershop Conversations,' Black Masculinity And Sexuality

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Darnell L. Moore

To say that a barbershop, street, or neighborhood is safe for all LGBTQ people is to forget that not all LGBTQ people share the same privileges that we do. Would a feminine-performing brother be safe in your barbershop? Would a masculine-performing sister feel safe in mine?

The 'Real Black Man' Is Dead: Frank Ocean and Black Masculinity

Esther Armah | Posted 09.15.2012 | Black Voices
Esther Armah

Frank Ocean's act equals emotional justice; emotional revolution. One step at a time. One conversation at a time. One revelation at a time. Emotional justice is about giving voice to hurts - present and historical - to speaking the most intimate truths.

'Frank Ocean Say He Gay'

Kevin Powell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Powell

That is what I heard a group of teenagers say the other day, here on the streets of Brooklyn, when it came out that Frank Ocean had revealed a past love affair with a man. There was no judgment in that remark, no gay bashing, not even the slightest hint of hatred or disgust hovering about them.

Reflections On Self-Hatred And Relationships

Wade Davis II | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wade Davis II

After my last Huffington Post piece, "Black, Gay, and Suspicious?" I received several humbling requests from people who wanted to read a follow-up elaborating more on the subject of my internalized racism and the way it had potentially shaped my dating choices.