The Beautiful Discomfort of John Ridley’s American Crime

When many of us reach for our television remotes, we also grab our cell phones, computers or iPads to connect to Twitter, Facebook or some other social media site to engage with millions around the world as we tune in to our favorite shows. Watching television while interacting on social media is the new normal. For many, this new form of engagement is wonderful. Yet I’m curious as to whether this constant stimulation, connection and interaction ever really allows us to “feel” what we are witnessing. Read more

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Op-ed: Russell Tovey, Sexism, and Imaginary Masculinity

For as long as I can remember, many of my friends (men and women) and I performed this constructed idea called masculinity. Ask 10 people to define masculinity, and there will likely be 10 different answers, all pointing to the ways in which we expect “men” to act. Acting is the key. Masculinity is an act or a performance that many individuals try to master with great success, or great imagined success, due to the consistent evolution of what masculinity is “supposed to be, in what form and on whose body.” Read more

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#ThisIsLuv:Black Families+LGBT People= Love

“Mr. Davis, I have to leave my mom’s home,”the old self-identified “stud” lesbian told me. When I asked why, she said, “My mother is Black and from the Caribbean and you know she will not accept me for being gay and all.”
I laughed to myself because I had met her mother and based on the young girl’s gender expression, I figured her mother knew she was a lesbian. Read more

Family Business

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” As our country celebrates his life and work this week, this quotation makes me think about health and health care through the lens of solidarity, about the ways that we all — in our communities, in our families, in our friendships — need to look out for each other, care for each other, and advance each other’s ability to live the lives we’ve always dreamed about. Read more

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The Cancer of Sexism

Since the release of the infamous “cat calling” video by the group Hollaback last year,there has been a national conversation around street harassment– or as some men like to describe it – an “innocent” human interaction. Unfortunately this conversation has once again placed some men and women on opposite sides of an issue that should have us all standing together in solidarity. (Editor’s note: the organization released a much better video this month.) Read more