Minutes before I saw Poison Ivory pour champagne down her back and watch it drip between her legs, I knew seeing this black burlesque performer would evoke Power.
I was in high school when I first saw Staceyann Chin perform, barefoot and incensed. She was fearless in her rage, her sexuality, her eloquence. Now, I feel the same reading her as I felt watching all those years ago — as if I’m being granted permission.
The television landscape is changing rapidly. Where does that leave lesbian, bisexual, and trans women of color on TV? Where have been, and more importantly — where are we going?
“For a work touted as blackness for Black people, Queen & Slim ultimately offers not hope or a way forward, but more images of beautiful Black corpses added to the growing canon of Black death for consumption. And I’m simply not able to keep bearing witness.”
Whatever your feelings about consumerism and capitalism, we think that you’ll agree — it would be great if some of those funds found their way into people of color owned businesses and communities. Spread the joy of economic responsibility, racial justice — and really cute earrings — this holigay season.
I moved to California from Shanghai at fourteen and threw myself into learning how to be an American. It’s a lot like doing drag.
What, were you expecting the National Anthem to be sung in Spanish?
For many black Americans, the South holds a bittersweet place in our heart; as much home as sorrow, as much ghostly as ancestral. Detangling our history is harder than detangling our hair — the webs of our lineage weave back and forth through time and space. Despite all the South has put my people through, it calls to me.
Londynn B is a lesbian Cardi B by way of Grace Jones — all charisma, swagger, and sex. With the bars to back it up.
The fearsome thriller exposes the horror of unsupportive white partners.
Sometimes you have to make a playlist and dedicate it to the horny tween version of yourself.
Young M.A finally dropped her debut album, and babyyyy, it’s got flavor. This is the soundtrack to my black queer love story.
I’ve been looking for myself in mainstream fashion shows for 30 years, and the very first thing Rihanna did in her moment was say, “I got you sis.”
Have you caught up on A Black Lady Sketch Show yet? If not, why are you robbing yourself of joy?
Black August is a month-long dedication to honoring black radical political history, the ongoing fight against the prison industrial complex, criminal (in)justice systems. So why are most of the voices upheld this month from cis men?
Tip #2 – “Don’t Trust the Internet.”
“Squeee!!! Little black nerdy girls in baby gay love!! IT’S SO CUTE!!”
Latinxs are under attack. Since gringos first decided to manifest their destiny on our land, Latinx people in the United States have been forced to live under a regime of fear and degradation: White Supremacy.
A Black Lady Sketch Show recognizes that “black ladies” come across a variety of gender identities and sexualities. Black lesbians are funny. Black queer women are funny. Black trans women are funny. And we aren’t going anywhere, any time soon.
Traveling to see family in Taiwan, the sudden change in beauty standards forced me to contemplate my own. The same features that made me so ordinary at home made me extraordinary in Taiwan. The things that pushed me away from the American feminine ideal brought me closer to the “perfect” Taiwanese woman.