I don't see myself doing anything else in life but writing. To inform, to inspire to entertain.
I Met Him at a Diner.
INT. 24/7 DINER - AFTERNOON Inside a moderately busy 24/7 diner, Ryan, late '20s, sits alone in a booth near a window. Grey skies and a small drizzle of rain is what he sees as he stares out the window, trying to keep himself out of his head at this moment.
15 YEARS OF NOAH'S ARC
I was just about 14 or 15 years old when I discovered Patrik-Ian Polk’s 1st scripted series Noah’s Arc, a show that follows 4 gay black friends living in Los Angeles as they navigate love and careers, a gay Sex in the City some might call it. Patrik gave us a group of men that so many in our community can relate to, Noah the aspiring screenwriter, Alex the activist, Chance the college professor, and Ricky the entrepreneur. Being so young, I had no idea how important this show was to the black gay and queer community, I didn’t see past the fact that Jensen Atwood’s character ‘Wade’ was a gay black boy’s wet dream (he still is by the way…)
DEAR BLACK WOMAN
It’s a must I start by telling you just how much you’re worth to this world. Far beyond what society has illusion you to be and larger than life itself. Trust me when I say I know you don’t need a man to tell you this, but I felt the need to say it because it is in fact man that has time and time again used their power to keep you from realizing yours by constantly devaluing you.
TRANS LIVES MATTER
June brings us into Pride Month and we are still on a long road to fighting the injustice against Black Americans. And as we continue down that road, we must also stop and take the time to acknowledge the many years of discrimination the LGBT community has faced. We have come a long way of acceptance in society since the 1969 Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in history for the fight against an anti-gay legal system and a fight to be seen as equal humans in America. Over the span of 50 years, Lesbian, Gay, and Queers alike have found courage within themselves to live proudly with whom they are and have stood strong as an example for generations to do the same.
Us vs. Them.
I have been trying to find the right words to express everything going on right now. I'm at a loss for how much at a time like this where all lives should matter, the life of my people is still undervalued. For years, we have only seen police brutality on a surface level, but looking back at history, what we’re seeing at this moment in time is the suffering and trauma of decades of unjust treatment from the people who swore to protect us. Now when I say us, I’m talking about those who look in the mirror every day and see our ancestors. Our ancestors who were brought into this country shackled, muzzled, and sold to the highest bidder to work the 40 acres from dawn till dusk. Our ancestors who were devalued with the term “N*gger” that to this day follow us everywhere we go. Now if you can’t look at yourself in the mirror and see what we see, then it shouldn't be that hard to understand exactly why buildings are being burned and rage fills the streets. If you don’t come from a lineage who was beaten and mistreated while building the homes and buildings you occupy with your privileged lives, then you should understand why we are running up in stores to take what belongs to us. If you can look in the mirror and see that you come from a lineage that enslaved, and traumatized our people, then put your privilege to the side, open your eyes to what’s happening in front of you, and listen to the cries beyond our rage.
I sit cross-legged, breathing in and out with eyes closed until my body and my mind is still. I’m using only three senses at this moment, the smell of the fresh air and the rain preparing to come down as the little droplets hit my face. My body feels light, everything in me is aligned which gives me a sense of peacefulness within my mind, body, and soul. I can hear the birds speaking, communicating with each other and all I can think is how lucky at this moment they are. Free to fly any place they feel suits them, no worries at all. At this point all of my beings is one with earth, I am grounded and safe, this is where I belong. As my mind and body continue to remain still, I focus on my breath, the rising and the falling continues to take me deeper and heightens my senses. Not too far away, the bees are buzzing, surprisingly the sound doesn’t break my concentration, they’re just living freely like I am at this moment.
The Pandemic Playlist
Many will say that a pandemic was inevitable for our world, but a lot of us had no idea what come upon all of us. I must admit that the beginning of what we’ll call “the sweep” wasn’t something I took seriously, just like a lot of citizens who won’t allow themselves to grasp the fact that our world is changing through a tragic and unbearable process. During this time, I faced my own personal tragedy. Losing a family member during a worldwide lockdown, on top of the scary virus plaguing our earth, it put me in a space of realizing what life truly is all about.
Unpopular Opinion: The Gay Agenda
“They don’t know God, the devil is possessing gay people.” I was 15, sitting in the middle of a discussion about homosexuality. What’s sad about that statement is that at this time, I was a teenage boy coming to terms with my own sexuality, scared, clueless, young, listening to people you would think at their adult ages would be more wise beyond their years, and the punchline? They were my family. Growing up, I watched how much hatred for gay people plagued the world. A lot of hatred stemming from what I know now as the following of a false God, confusion of sexual desires, denial of the nonconformist, and the misunderstanding of humanity. No thanks to religion that formed the cult belief that the homo species are nothing but sex demons polluting the earth with sodomy and fairy dust.