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Black Masculinity

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 12.31.2012 | Gay 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 12.05.2012 | Gay 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 10.15.2012 | Gay 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 09.26.2012 | Gay 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 09.08.2012 | Gay 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 06.18.2012 | Gay 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.