My Writing

I write about pop culture, politics, race, sexuality, religion, class and gender. Note that these topics often overlap, but the samples below are broken down by category (as best I could). Enjoy.

Personal Essays:

Her Jesus Doesn’t Love Me: On Finding Closure With My Mom (Gawker)

At 30, I’m Finally Tackling My Intense Fear Of Sex (xoJane)

I’m a Black gay man learning to be okay with dating people who don’t look like me (Washington Post)

I Was The Other Man (Gawker)

Learning To Dress Like An Actual Adult (Complex)

Pop Culture:

Why We Can’t Stop Watching Empire? (New York Times magazine)

Kylie Jenner and the Media’s Troubling Coverage of Underage Girls (VH1)

Kanye West Is [Imperfect] The Voice For Frustrated Black America (Esquire.com)

Justin Timberlake Has a Long History of Trifling Behavior (Complex)

Rude Boys: Stop Slut Shaming Rihanna (EBONY)

TV’s Black Sitcom Problem (Salon)

About Those Sherri Shepherd Comments… (EBONY)

Race:

The Key Thing Conservatives Don’t Get About Obama’s Use Of ‘N*****’ (Talking Points Memo)

Black People Are Not More Homophobic Than Everyone Else (Complex)

The Curious Case of the “New Black”: A Conversation (Gawker)

Hey Black Folks! We Didn’t Teach White People How to Hate Us (EBONY)

Pharrell is a music genius but naive on race relations (theGrio)

Sexuality and Gender:

When ‘Love Is Love’ Isn’t Enough (Elle)

What Janet Jackson Taught Me About Sex (NTRSCTN by Complex)

Everybody sexts. So why do we treat it like a shameful secret? (The Guardian)

Scared Old Men, Modern Style, and the Perceived Feminization of Black Men in Hip-Hop Via Fashion (Complex)

Rapper Azealia Banks Has a Problem With Gay Men  (The Root)

Black Gay Men Are Still Invisible (Time Ideas)

What Your Gay Bestie Wants You To Know (ESSENCE)

Politics:

Why Donald Trump Isn’t As Fringe As You Think (Talking Points Memo)

Black Republican Wins May Be Historic, But It’s Not Progress (NewsOne)

Rick Santorum’s Unholy War (EBONY)

Music:

Beyoncé Brings Fury, Forgiveness on Bracing Lemonade (Rolling Stone)

It’s Time We Embrace the Mariah Carey That Is, Not the Mariah Carey That Was (Complex)

Even a Pop Deity Like Beyoncé Gets Marginalized to “Urban Radio” (Complex)

Social Media:

If you are single and whine about it online prepare to stay that way (The Guardian)

You’re My Friend, But I Hate You Online (Complex)

Let A Thirst Trap Be A Thirst Trap (Complex)

Humor/Satire:

Drake Is An Awful Person To Date (And If You Act Like Him, So Are You) (Complex)

The Weekly Read: Ciara (EBONY)

Celebrity Roundtable: Rhythm & Beef (The Shadow League)

Celebrity Roundtable: Losers Comfort Romney (The Shadow League)

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