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Pastor McClurkin’s homophobic past came back to haunt him

Pastor McClurkin’s homophobic past came back to haunt him

Sep. 11 | Pastor Donnie McClurkin, an uber-star in the stratosphere of Black gospel music, learned his light was extinguished before boarding his plane to perform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. McClurkin was scheduled to be one of the...

Rattled with PTSD:  Post-Traumatic Snake Disorder

Rattled with PTSD: Post-Traumatic Snake Disorder

Aug. 7 |       This summer there will be no grilling on my back porch. And here’s why. This past Sunday morning I found myself in a chapter of a Stephen King novel. It began as a hot, lazy, humid, and deliciously quiet morning. I got up to fix...

Matthew Shepard and Trayvon Martin:  bigotry knows no boundaries

Matthew Shepard and Trayvon Martin: bigotry knows no boundaries

Jul. 24 |     The nation is once again divided along the fault line of race. In a perceived 2013 post-racial society, William Faulkner’s prophetic quote of the last century — ”The past is never dead. It’s not even past” — has come back...

Pride events unite us in a common struggle for equality

Pride events unite us in a common struggle for equality

Jun. 19 |     Black Pride reaffirms our identity. And it dances to a different beat. What started out in Washington, D.C. in 1990 as the only Black Gay Pride event in the country has grown to over 35 gatherings nationwide. Each year, celebrations...

Tom Joyner’s homophobic message to Black community is sad but no surprise

Tom Joyner’s homophobic message to Black community is sad but no surprise

May. 22 |     On May 1, Jason Collins, the 7’-0” center for the Washington Wizards and a former Boston Celtic, came out. His statement — “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m Black. And I’m gay” — made the cover story for the May 6...

Another tackle in  the world of  homophobic sports

Another tackle in the world of homophobic sports

May. 1 |     Another former professional athlete came out last month — 6’-7” Jamaican-born NFL offensive tackle Kwame Harris. With news of LGBT equality in the news daily, one may wonder why this is news at all. But it is. The world of sports...

The Boy Scouts of America: another closed door for Black GBTQ youth

The Boy Scouts of America: another closed door for Black GBTQ youth

Mar. 6 |     The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Black Church are rightly lauded for molding young Black men into adult leaders. BSA troops have produced distinguished African American scouts like retired four-star general Colin Powell, six-time...

Haiti’s LGBTQ-accepting Vodou societies

Haiti’s LGBTQ-accepting Vodou societies

Feb. 14 |   As I celebrate Black History Month, I’d like to recognize one of my indigenous West African ancestral religions that’s not homophobic — even if some of the practitioners are. To the disbelief of many — it’s Vodun. Haitian Vodou is an...

Obama linking Selma to Stonewall  divides Black community

Obama linking Selma to Stonewall divides Black community

Jan. 30 |   President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was the most inclusive speech a president has ever given. It was delivered on the 27th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the president honored King’s legacy when he eloquently spoke...

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Jan. 29 |   This January 1 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The original purpose for the document core to President Abraham Lincoln’s presidency may have been to free slaves, or it may have been solely a strategic move to...