Thought Leadership


I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with award-winning composer, Omar Thomas, about his new album, ‘We Will Know’, a monumental work of art that breathes new life into the word “movement”. Inspired by the popular civil rights protest song, “We Shall Overcome”, Omar has just gifted the (U.S.) LGBT civil rights movement with their very own soundtrack, one which is sure to spark powerful conversations about what it means to exist at the intersection of struggle, triumph, and history, as both black and gay.

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If my detest for words and definitions stems from anything at all it’s the “allies” I’ve experienced in both my personal life and my work as an activist. I’ve met hundreds of “white allies,” for instance, many of who profess their “consciousness” via some digital channel (e.g. an overly serious twitter bio or utopia-inspired vision statement) or, in person, via some self-congratulatory speech masquerading as a relevant anecdote… especially when surrounded by women of color.

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I was invited by a Caribbean feminist collective to participate as a virtual guest in their Audre Lorde appreciation event this past weekend. After weeks of fighting a winter slump, I ended my Skype session feeling nourished and optimistic, which has prompted some reflecting on the power of sister circles, even when they’re only experienced virtually.

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