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A Salute to All the Black Queer-Club Owners Who Have Helped Us Be Thots in Safe Spaces A Salute to All the Black Queer-Club Owners Who Have Helped Us Be Thots in Safe Spaces

On the second episode of the new FX series Pose—a dance musical that largely chronicles the ballroom culture of New York City and the transgender and queer people who drive it—Blanca Rodriguez, a trans woman, challenges the racism and transphobia she experiences at Boy Lounge, a gay club largely populated by white…

Why Are We So Thirsty for #MeToo Comeback Stories? Why Are We So Thirsty for #MeToo Comeback Stories?

As familiar as I am with the pastime of giving white men maximum credit for minimum effort, even I was taken aback by this recent Vanity Fair headline: “Matt Lauer Is Planning His Comeback.” 

With Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B Crafted the Perfect Thot Bop Album With Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B Crafted the Perfect Thot Bop Album

In a since-deleted post on Instagram, Azealia Banks, the poster child for self-destruction, launched another attack on hip-hop’s newest female superstar, Cardi B.

Trump Had Unprotected Sex With Stormy Daniels and Everything Else You Didn’t Want to Know About That 60 Minutes Interview Trump Had Unprotected Sex With Stormy Daniels and Everything Else You Didn’t Want to Know About That 60 Minutes Interview

If I were the proud owner of a vagina but had made the strategic error of allowing Donald Trump not only to be inside it but also to enter the premises without the protection of a condom, I would let that story go to my grave.

The Deflating Importance of the Leaked Dick Pic The Deflating Importance of the Leaked Dick Pic

I’d rather watch my own cremation by way of a Crock-Pot than look at Donald Trump’s presumably squash-colored dick, but in 2018, it’s not implausible to believe that such a sight might find its way onto a social media feed near you.

So I Saw Set It Off: Live on Stage ... and We Need to Talk So I Saw Set It Off: Live on Stage ... and We Need to Talk

“I have never felt more bougie in my life,” my friend of about 15 years said to me after leaving the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., this past weekend. She agreed to come with me to witness Set It Off: Live on Stage, a theatrical adaptation of the 1996 cult-classic film directed by F. Gary Gray that starred Queen…

Meshell Ndegeocello Is Right About Bruno Mars Being Karaoke, but I’m Bopping Anyway Meshell Ndegeocello Is Right About Bruno Mars Being Karaoke, but I’m Bopping Anyway

Meshell Ndegeocello did not mince words when asked about my beloved Puerto Rican Frankie Lymon, better known as Bruno Mars to the rest of y’all. In an interview with Billboard to promote Ventriloquism, an album of covers, the singer-songwriter and musician made clear that she wasn’t impressed with Mars’ performance of…

You Don't Need to Worry About Tiffany Haddish You Don't Need to Worry About Tiffany Haddish

When I first heard Beyoncé’s verse on DJ Khaled’s new single, “Top Off”—the only verse that matters on that track, FYI—I didn’t immediately think of Tiffany Haddish.

Mary J. Blige Is Probably Not Going to Win That Oscar, but She Has Already Won Enough (Still Hate You, Though, Kendu) Mary J. Blige Is Probably Not Going to Win That Oscar, but She Has Already Won Enough (Still Hate You, Though, Kendu)

Call it cynicism spurred by decades of watching artists, actors and other public figures squirm to make the perfect “I just lost an award, but believe me, I’m very happy for the person who beat me!” face in a matter of seconds, but I don’t always believe people when they say it’s an honor to be nominated.

What in the Hell Was That Last Season of Living Single?

Like many Negroes with a Hulu subscription (or, if you’re a lightweight scammer, someone with the password to a paid subscriber’s account), you’ve been treating yourself to Living Single marathons. I have loved this show ever since it was a part of Fox’s old black-night trifecta alongside Martin and New York Undercover…

Snoop Dogg Doing Gospel Confuses the Hell Out of Me, but I’m Not Mad at These Bops for Christ Snoop Dogg Doing Gospel Confuses the Hell Out of Me, but I’m Not Mad at These Bops for Christ

When I got a press email announcing that Snoop Dogg had a gospel project, a double album titled Bible of Love, on the horizon, I immediately took a screenshot of the message and forwarded it to a few friends and posed the same question: “When did that nigga get saved?”

Famous Black Women, Get On Board: Mute R. Kelly Forever Famous Black Women, Get On Board: Mute R. Kelly Forever

Last month, talk show host Wendy Williams offered her thoughts about the grassroots campaign #MuteRKelly. Recently launched by Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes, the campaign’s intent is to finally shove R. Kelly out of the music industry because of a long history of abuse, from past allegations of pedophilia,…

Toni Braxton Has Blocked Me on Twitter and I Have Questions Toni Braxton Has Blocked Me on Twitter and I Have Questions

In September I was alerted to a new Toni Braxton single, entitled “Deadwood,” by a friend who has long known my affinity for all things Toni Braxton.

To All Old White Men Considering a Run for President in 2020: Reconsider To All Old White Men Considering a Run for President in 2020: Reconsider

For a brief period on the campus of Howard University, I walked around looking like Huey Freeman come to life from the comic strip pages with one unshakable thought: I wanted George W. Bush to get the fuck out of the White House.

Stop Talking to Me About Bitcoin Stop Talking to Me About Bitcoin

I believe I first heard about bitcoin some years back in between one of those breaks that happen during MSNBC’s Morning Joe, a program I turn to when I want to immediately begin the day by cursing out people I see on television for not knowing what they’re talking about. I barely pay attention to those reports because…

Justin Timberlake Claims He Made Peace With Janet Jackson, so Why Do I Still Want Michael Jackson’s Ghost to Haunt Him in Retaliation? Justin Timberlake Claims He Made Peace With Janet Jackson, so Why Do I Still Want Michael Jackson’s Ghost to Haunt Him in Retaliation?

When Justin Timberlake revealed to Apple Music’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe that he “absolutely” made peace with Janet Jackson following the controversy that erupted from the 2004 Super Bowl, all I could hear was one of my favorite Negro colloquialisms: “Bitch, you lying.”

Do We Really Need a Super Fly Remake? Do We Need Any of These Blaxploitation Remakes? Do We Really Need a Super Fly Remake? Do We Need Any of These Blaxploitation Remakes?

Last fall, Variety reported that Sony was working on a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation flick Super Fly.

Azealia Banks (I Know, I Know) and 17 Others Who Deserve a 2nd Chance in 2018 Azealia Banks (I Know, I Know) and 17 Others Who Deserve a 2nd Chance in 2018

In the last couple of days of any given year and the first few of the one that follows, you may often hear people declare that they are cutting off people from their lives. Now more than ever, such proclamations are more visible thanks to social media. Unsurprisingly, this heightened visibility has spurred retaliatory…

Justin Timberlake’s New Single Is Not the Trump’s-America Tune Many Anticipated Justin Timberlake’s New Single Is Not the Trump’s-America Tune Many Anticipated

I assumed that Justin Timberlake’s new single would end up being some ol’ bullshit. The second half of his last album, The 20/20 Experience, certainly was, and based on the trailer for his forthcoming album, Man of the Woods, I had no reason to assume that the legendary Ms. Britney Spears’ ex-boyfriend was going to…

I Want Better for Cardi B I Want Better for Cardi B

I love Cardi B. I find her hilarious, charming, and endearing. Her candor on social media is a major part of her appeal. It makes her come across more accessible than many of her contemporaries, who may be online with her, but certainly don’t carry themselves in the same way that the regular degular shmegular girl…

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