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World AIDS Day and my community’s ongoing struggle

World AIDS Day and my community’s ongoing struggle

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! President Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University (GWU) in D.C. by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been to achieving the extraordinary:...

Confronting echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola

Confronting echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola

Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS: “Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our...

Is being ‘Black-ish’ also being homophobic-ish?

Is being ‘Black-ish’ also being homophobic-ish?

The second episode of ABC’s promising new comedy Black-ish left its LGBTQ viewership ”black and blue.” “It looks a little gay,” Pop (the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne) casually told his son Dre — short for Andre — while he...

Black children are beloved and beaten

Black children are beloved and beaten

”Beloved and beaten” is a phrase that best depicts how many African American children — past and present — are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many...

African American sisters aging with HIV and co-morbidities

African American sisters aging with HIV and co-morbidities

Imani (not her real name) was 32 when she contracted HIV. Surrounded by sister-friends who died from the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle age. Now in her fifth decade of life, Imani has new and multiple challenges. She self-manages her...

Presbyterian Church crawling toward marriage equality

Presbyterian Church crawling toward marriage equality

Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon their 221st General Assembly, when Presbyterians voted to amend its constitution’s (The Book of Order) definition of marriage from “a man and a woman”...

Desecrating Maya Angelou’s funeral

Desecrating Maya Angelou’s funeral

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, was planning to protest the “home-going” service of our nation’s most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil rights activist, and sister-sage to us all, Dr. Maya...

Military’s ban on nappy hair

Military’s ban on nappy hair

African American female service members comprise the highest percentage of women in the military. And with these sister servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their White, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country,...

America cleans up its homophobic language

America cleans up its homophobic language

As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demeans us. In last month’s New York Times’ article “The...

Que(e)rying Michael Sam’s timing to come out

Que(e)rying Michael Sam’s timing to come out

When NBA center Jason Collins came out last year, it was the moment the professional sports world had been waiting for: a gay athlete currently playing in a major league who comes out publicly. And what many may not have known is that the professional...