Writing

Reading Janet Mock’s ‘Surpassing Certainty’ As A Black Trans Woman

The power of Janet Mock rests in her accessibility and relatability. Goddesses must bless Amazon’s algorithms because in late spring 2014 Janet Mock’s bounteous afro halo was featured in a little thumbnail picture of related interests thanks to my previous purchases. In her first book, “Redefining Realness,” I gained a mentor who ushered me into the early days of my […]

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7 Trans and Gender Nonconforming Make-Up Artists To Follow On Instagram

There are thousands of online make-up artists to follow on Instagram and YouTube, but what about trans and gender non-conforming artists? What about artists who are welcoming towards us? We compiled a list of our favorite artists to look out for. 1. @brownbeautystandards – Don’t tell Tomi Lahren but Umber Ghauri is a professional make-up artist who specializes in working with people of color […]

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‘Check It’ is Tainted by the Neo-Colonial White Gaze

However much the directors of “Check It” claim to love the participants, a crime has still been committed in this trauma-porn production. In late Spring 2016, I posed for a photo shoot with my friend and activist Charlie Craggs. The publicity was for a self-defense class for trans women and our photographer was the incredibly talented late Khadija Saye who […]

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Hoteps: Where Are We With Them Now?

The memes we cackle at which ridicule these hoteps may be hilarious, but the high numbers of followers and subscribers they garner suggest that many of us are still struggling with our “strong Black male” problem. I give Black men a lot of leeway. My mother taught me to. She viewed men as emotionally weaker in need of being coddled. […]

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Reading Janet Mock’s ‘Surpassing Certainty’ As A Black Trans Woman

The power of Janet Mock rests in her accessibility and relatability. Goddesses must bless Amazon’s algorithms because in late spring 2014 Janet Mock’s bounteous afro halo was featured in a little thumbnail picture of related interests thanks to my previous purchases. In her first book, “Redefining Realness,” I gained a mentor who ushered me into the early days of my […]

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