I am old enough to remember the days of Jack Thompson and his crusade against video games. I remember cheering after seeing him get straight up annihilated on TV and rejoicing when legal decisions recognized video games as art protected under the First Amendment. I thought that was it, video games can be whatever their developers want them to be and it would be up to parents and guardians to “protect” their kids from whatever they thought the games would do to them. That was almost a decade ago, so you can imagine my surprise when the flimsy argument that “violent video games cause real world violence” resurfaced under Trump and his minions. In absolutely refusing to recognize the true roots of this country’s history of violence, the Trumpites and all other kinds of idiots have once again missed the mark. The arguments from my high school and early college days are back since Trump has blamed video games for the most recent mass shootings and I’m honestly stunned that we’re still doing this in 2019.Read More
I’m so sick of stories of Black gay kids dying.
I mean, I’m sick of stories of Black people dying in general, but I’m specifically sick and tired of seeing children…literal children…being brutalized or brutalizing themselves because adults can’t get their shit together. I’m sick of having to speak these children’s names before they get old enough to see their names on a diploma. I’m sick of people asking why “sexuality is being forced” on kids while stuff like this exists. I’m sick of Black kids being unable to find community in Black spaces or outside of them just because of who they are. Most of all, I’m sick of people acting like this isn’t a problem.Read More
Summer break is coming to an end and I'm actually proud of myself for what I've done so far. In addition to reading and writing stuff this summer, I took it upon myself to catch up on a few shows and start a couple new ones. One of the shows I started was a cartoon on Cartoon Network called Craig of the Creek. Quick rundown: it's a show about a ten-year-old Black kid named Craig who explores the wilderness every day after school with his friends Kelsey (the girl who is The Chosen One in the fantasy novel in her imagination) and J.P. (the slightly older and deeply Southern not-trailer-trash comic relief). They get into fun adventures exploring the creek and mapping out their findings. I was put on the show after reading an article from one of my favorite blog sites and I fell in love. I binged all twenty current episodes in like two days and now here I am recommending it to you. Why? BECAUSE IT'S BLACK AND ADVENTUROUS AND WE NEED THAT.Read More
When I first heard about the television show Pose I had no interest in watching it. It wasn't because I'm one of those internally homophobic kids who hate ballroom culture (I loved Paris is Burning too much for that) or because I'm transphobic and Pose is filled to the brim with trans actresses. It was 100% because Ryan Murphy's name was on it. I don't trust that man after the way Glee’s later seasons went, how Coven ended, and how Scream Queens and all the seasons of AHS after Coven turned out. But some of my virtual and real life friends encouraged me to give it a try so I did, and LORD am I glad I did. Pose took the late 80s, the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, featured some queer and trans POC in relative poverty in NYC and turned it into a beautiful story about humanity, family, and support. I don't think I've seen such a beautifully made show in a long time. Simply put, Pose is EVERYTHING and you GOTTA watch it. Need convincing? Here, let me learn you something. (CAUTION: There be spoilers for the whole season ahead)Read More
A week or so ago I heard rumors of Morehouse College sending out a survey to help define their new trans student policy. Now why they decided to give the students, most of whom are under 21 and barely know how to wash their own asses, the power to decide whether or not they will accept a group of people is baffling but whatever. They couldn't let Spelman and their policies be the only "progressive" school I guess. This could be its own issue, to be sure, but when you look at the fact that less than a month ago Morehouse also proved its "progressiveness" by authorizing a documentary about the “white student at an HBCU” it becomes even more fishy. This HBCU decided, clearly against the wishes of its students, to highlight this white student and make them a face of the school while trying to figure out if they "agree" with a whole sector of Black men (yes, trans men are men. Let's get that clear) attending THE ONLY school just for Black men. But Morehouse isn't alone; with the protests at Howard, the decorum policy at Jackson State, and a number of other bullshit practices that deter the students these schools are made for, it's clear that a number of HBCUs have lost their way. They seem to have forgotten their original missions to be education safe havens for ALL Black students; pretty much deciding to remain Historically Black but become Systemically white.Read More