On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement.
Like any sitcom created before the mid-aughts—around the time Hollywood started doing the bare minimum to give space to marginalized people—‘Friends’ has not aged well.
In writing for TV, I’m committed to doing what I can to wave the Black-femme-boy flag. We deserve to be heroes.
The filmmaker’s retreat from the conventions of Socialist realism—patriotism, militarism, subservience—becomes a journey to locate the self outside the strictures of state ideology.
Being a girl meant minimizing myself and my needs, but Miss Scarlet embodied glamour, power and possibility in an unapologetically femme package.
I’m a queer, northeast girl with southern roots, and no one has captured that duality quite like Kacey Musgraves.
The show went a step further than other cartoons of the time: It showed young women intentionally building a life together.
To refresh our sense of empathy we have to expose ourselves to other perspectives. In the news, in literature, in life.
Transition needn’t be a straight line.
To perform is to literally be seen, to expose yourself willingly. It’s much less scary with people who have your back.
The arc of my journey with Shakira traces a path from veneration to rejection to reembrace.
I use his favorite David Attenborough shows to help me explain my climate activism