I'm pretty sure there is no box for that. You might need a suitcase for all of that. And knowing that will not likely help you to relate to me, understand me or know me any more than you did five seconds ago.
During my writer's journey, I've come across an interesting question that I think every writer (and non-writer) can relate to: what makes something or someone authentic?
As a black man, my heart aches over the disproportionate numbers of men and boys of color left back by schools, left out of jobs and caught up in crime. As a black public official, I am struck by how little appetite there seems to be among law makers to deal with the root causes of this.
One person's "flexibility" is another person's "lack of stability." And one person's "stuck" is another person's "steady." The way you'll feel about buying vs. renting is very much in the eye of the beholder.
As an openly gay and openly trans* person of color, I hear from so many folks about how homophobic my people are. I even hear many folks of color tell me about how much more homophobic black and Latino folks are, but is that all really true?
There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.
This week I talked with actor Pam Grier -- legendary for her starring roles in Foxy Brown and Jackie Brown, and for her role as Kit Porter on The L Word -- about Dining Out for Life, being a spokesperson for this fabulous event and her spin on LGBT issues.
Patty was a wonderful stepmom. Sweet and kind, she treated my sister and me like we were her very own. She worked for the airlines and often had a crazy, upside-down schedule, yet she never failed to be a loving force for good.
If I were a sculptor, I would create a memorial to all those who have suffered from its poisonous and debilitating affects. I would construct the word out of deeply scarred and rusted steel to symbolize its onerous antiquity and unfortunate endurance. I would make the letters as tall as the average person to suggest that human beings, not animals, were demeaned by this word.
During her acceptance speech, Lupita Nyong'o eloquently remarked: "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." We should continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform that can provide every talented person the opportunity to succeed in the greatest nation on Earth.
If we're really to humour the idea that only white people can be racist, what about the rest of the world where white people don't figure? Those African countries wiping out their neighbours are doing it just for the power, silly - perish the very idea that genocide or ethnic cleansing has anything to do with racism...
Gay men's relationships with our fathers are often fraught, to say the least. But without a father's loving support and kicks-in-the-butt as needed, research suggests that the odds already stacked against us in enjoying good mental health and staying HIV-negative grow even steeper.
Someone, such as Adegbile, would have thoughtfully and aggressively enforced the nation's civil rights and voting rights which are exactly the very thing that the GOP has done everything possible to undermine. Now we can add a troop of timid and self-serving Democrats to that shameful list.
This development has brought incredible resources to the area, but the rent-regulated homes of Williamsburg are being systematically and violently dismantled by crooked landlords.
March marks Women's History Month -- a time for celebrating women's historic gains and achievements. But, equally important, especially in this sluggish economic recovery, is amplifying the contemporary economic challenges women continue to face, including the uphill climb to retirement security.
The material is structured, well edited and devoid of academic jargon. Yet, it took me almost four days to read the book.
Salt N Pepa
Noted broadcast news anchor and radio correspondent Jacque Reid has made a name for herself over the years with big-name gigs at BET 'Nightly News,' CNN 'Headline News' and the 'Tom Joyner Morning Show.' She's had sit-down interviews with both President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. Yet, she has remained committed to keeping her professional image separate from her private one.
On Jan. 11, this poised Southern belle will become the first black news journalist to venture into reality TV with her new VH1's show, 'Let's Talk About Pep.' The show centers on Salt 'N' Pepa rapper Sandra "Pepa" Denton and her three gal pals, which include Reid.
The Clark Atlanta University graduate knows that the public is used to seeing her "so serious," but her television venture allowed her to open up.
"I don't sit around with all of my girlfriends and talk about orgasms and sex toys. This forced me to say out-loud different things I was feeling," Reid shared with BV Newswire this week.
Some of those topics include her desire to have a baby and perhaps before tying the knot with Mr. Right. The premiere episode of 'Let's Talk About Pep' finds Reid discussing the idea of having a child before marriage with her friend and hunky 'Why Did I Get Married' star Lamman Rucker.
"The baby stuff – I don't really talk about as much, and the orgasm stuff, I don't talk about it at all, so it gave me an opportunity to focus and hone in on things that were going on with me," she explained.
She describes dating in New York City as "really hard" but believes that people will relate to the show and her on-going struggle.
"I think it's always the perfect time to focus on women and relationships because it's a never-ending situation trying to deal with relationship drama," Reid laughed.
"We're all past 35, and it's something that so many of us go through and it can be something that all women, and men too, can relate to."
In between juggling her many hats, including co-hosting on D.L. Hughley's morning radio show and her bi-weekly appearances on 'Tom Joyner,' Reid is hoping to produce a documentary and write a book in the near future.
But, in the meantime, she's stopped being anxious about her new foray into reality television.
"After I saw the pilot, I realized this is a good thing, and I let myself have fun and go with it."
'Let's Talk About Pep' premieres on VH1 on Jan.11 at 10:30 p.m. EST.