Archive for 2011

Magic Johnson: Friend of the Gay Community?

Magic Johnson: Friend of the Gay Community?
Magic Johnson wants to fight homophobia- say what?!? Recently, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Johnson discussed his legacy of service to Black America from his Magic Johnson Foundation, but now he wants to focus his efforts not only towards HIV/AIDS prevention but, also, homophobia in the Black community and AIDS. In the interview... Read more »

Farewell 2011

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been writing for a few months. I decided to take a break from writing. I was uninspired, and life got hectic. I think I needed to step back and refocus my attention. I became a parent, sort of. Meet our dog, Dempsey Magee-Brown, who we’ve dubbed... Read more »

Black People Plank, too!

It has come to my attention that Black people don’t plank…this is not true.  I went on a quest to prove America and the world wrong! Check out some of the pics!   *Some photos are courtesy of

'Dark Girls' Documentary Sheds Light on Skin-Color Bias

Is it me or does it seem like Beyonce is actually looking lighter and lighter these days? Well, this is the perfect time to release a documentary geared toward darker skinned African Americans. “Dark Girls” is a new documentary by Bill Duke explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color that are experienced particularly... Read more » Editor Comes Out as Transexual

The editor of shares in a new interview that she celebrates the boy she was born as, because he paved the way for her to become the woman she is now. Janet Mock, a popular blogger, co-host of the podcast The Missing Piece, and the author of a new memoir in which she’ll share another... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel Makes June 2011 Pride Month in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel already seems to be doing some really cool stuff for the LGBT community in Chicago.. In a press release, released today, Mayor Emanuel proclaimed that June 2011 to be Pride Month in Chicago. The Mayor encourages, “all Chicagoans to recognize the many contributions the Lesbian, Gay,  Bisexual and Transgender communities have made to... Read more »

NBA star Grant Hill Wants Young People to Stop Using the Word "Gay"

NBA star Grant Hill Wants Young People to Stop Using the Word "Gay"
The NBA aired a 30-second public service announcement last week featuring NBA Phoenix Suns player Grant Hill and Jared Dudley encouraging young people to stop using the word “gay” to mean “dumb or stupid.” The commercial is also part of the “Think B4 You Speak” campaign sponsored by the NBA, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education... Read more »

The Courage of CNN's Don Lemon

Former Chicago NBC Anchor Don Lemon is, arguably, changing the game. Now, a CNN anchor, Don Lemon recently posted a Twitter link to a New York Times article announcing his new book, Transparent, in stores on June 16, in which the anchorman reveals that he is gay. Lemon will become one of three openly gay anchors... Read more »

Are your kids 'Planking?'

There is this thing called “planking,” which is apparently huge in Australia, and basically it’s people lying very stiffly on their stomachs on top of different things…some that even can be deadly. Yeah, I don’t get it either. But it’s got 85,000 fans on Facebook so it must really be all the rage, and the Facebook... Read more »

HBCU Summit Brings Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Issues to the Table

This event is the first of its kind. It brought together nine HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) to talk exclusively about LGBT issues on campuses, last month. Which is unheard of because it’s still considered a taboo subject on many Black college campuses. The summit took place at Atlanta’s HBCU Spelman College and they hoped open the dialogue... Read more »