Lets talk about Jesse Williams and that speech he made at the BET Awards tonight. It is no secret that we stan for Jesse Williams, just check our archives and the receipts are all readily available. There isn't much that we can say except that the man is some type of unicorn--a thoroughly black, determined, and political Hollywood actor. Check out the speech that he gave at the BET Awards and receive life.
Last time, I saw myself die is when police killed Jessie Hernandez
A 17 year old brown queer, who was sleeping in their car
Yesterday, I saw myself die again. Fifty times I died in Orlando. And
I remember reading, Dr. José Esteban Muñoz before he passed
I was studying at NYU, where he was teaching, where he wrote shit
That made me feel like a queer brown survival was possible. But he didn’t
Survive and now, on the dancefloor, in the restroom, on the news, in my chest
There are another fifty bodies, that look like mine, and are
Dead. And I have been marching for Black Lives and talking about the police brutality
Against Native communities too, for years now, but this morning
I feel it, I really feel it again. How can we imagine ourselves // We being black native
Today, Brown people // How can we imagine ourselves
When All the Dead Boys Look Like Us? Once, I asked my nephew where he wanted
To go to College. What career he would like, as if
The whole world was his for the choosing. Once, he answered me without fearing
Tombstones or cages or the hands from a father. The hands of my lover
Yesterday, praised my whole body. Made the angels from my lips, Ave Maria
Full of Grace. He propped me up like the roof of a cathedral, in NYC
Before, we opened the news and read. And read about people who think two brown queers
Cannot build cathedrals, only cemeteries. And each time we kiss
A funeral plot opens. In the bedroom, I accept his kiss, and I lose my reflection.
I am tired of writing this poem, but I want to say one last word about
Yesterday, my father called. I heard him cry for only the second time in my life
He sounded like he loved me. It’s something I am rarely able to hear.
And I hope, if anything, his sound is what my body remembers first.
Biographical information from Literary Hub:
"Christopher Soto (aka Loma) is a queer latinx punk poet & prison abolitionist. They were named one of “Ten Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know” by Remezcla. Poets & Writers will be honoring Christopher Soto with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award” in 2016. They founded Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color with the Lambda Literary Foundation. Their first chapbook “Sad Girl Poems” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016. Originally from the Los Angeles area; they now live in Brooklyn."
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José Manuel Santillana Blanco is a Ph.D. student in feminist studies at the University of Minnesota whose work on Chicana feminism, indigeneity, social justice movements, and immigration is timely and powerful. Read his comments on the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando below.
Last night's massacre which targeted LGBT and queer folks of color, particularly latin@ folks, was the most violent mass shooting in our country's history. This attack will not serve to divide our communities, to silence or shame us, to immobilize us with fear, stir up hatred or additional violence. This attack makes us angry, it makes us feel the deepest kind of sorrow, and it calls us to action. It forces us to pair our prayers and thoughts with policy change and activism. It is a reminder that we have a long ways to go before we get free.
It has been a full 18 months since R&B singer, Jazmine Sullivan, released her third studio album--Reality Show. We still believe that the album is a black feminist and Womanist masterpiece. Sullivan revels in the joy of an unpredictable and dangerous love, celebrates black women's bodies, and reads the fvck bois for filth. Check out her performance of one of our favorites:
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