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Interview with Omar Thomas, Jazz Composer of Monumental LGBT Civil Rights Hymn, “We Will Know”

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.

African Women in Tech: Learn More about SpeakYoruba App Developer, Abake Adenle

Welcome to my new series, African Women in Tech, and the first interview w/ Nigerian tech entrepreneur, Abaka Adenle, lead developer of the SpeakYoruba app.

Straight Allies, White Anti-Racists, Male Feminists (and Other Labels That Mean Nothing to Me)

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.

A Gay Zulu Wedding and the Danger of a Single LGBT African Story

I’ve been mulling over the gay zulu wedding fiasco over the past few weeks. I was excited to see it, but something left me unsettled. Here are my thoughts, inspired by a TEDTalk by one of my favorite writers, Chimamanda Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story.”

Celebrating Audre Lorde with Jamaican Feminists: Activism, Self Care, and Virtual Sisterhood

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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