Don’t Look Down

Have you ever noticed when people walk that many of them are constantly looking down? Whether walking on the busiest street in New York or the most abandoned road in a small town in Louisiana, looking down is a common occurrence in people’s  body language.  It’s almost as if they have a security blanket, protecting them from the evil onlookers …

Back At It

Until recently, I never really considered myself an artist. An appreciator and silent critic of the fine arts always, but my inability to produce physical works or engage in the performing arts distorted my definition of what the word actually means. If art is the means by which one expresses him or her self, then how is it that I …

UCT – Film in South Africa: The Dream of Shahrazad

If art is the means by which one is able to express one’s self, then poetry must be the language of expression. Francois Verster, the director of The Dream of Shahrazad (2014), speaks this language to creatively construct a documentary that is both beautiful to watch and powerful in its ability to share with its viewers a rich and deep …

UCT – Gender, Sexuality, and Politics: Sara Bartman and the 19th Century Colonial Perspective on Black Female Identity

Called a “heavy-arsed heathen” and “fat-arsed female” by early white male authors in their ‘discoveries’ of Sara Bartman, the image of Sara Bartman and her significance required a re-awakening or simply a rediscovery. Outraged by their lack of racial and gender sensitivity, Yvette Abrahams, with a strong bias, takes back the story of Sara Bartman, protecting Sara Bartman and her …

UCT – Gender, Sexuality, and Politics: The Same-Sex Myth in Africa

During my childhood and adolescence, I knew there was something innate in my being that separated me from the other boys at my school and sports teams. I may not have known it then, but this self-realization would later lead to the discovery of my attraction to both men and women. Such an affinity for both sexes represented a grave …

UCT – Gender, Sexuality, and Politics: Seeking Gender Equality

A cult can be described as a particular system that requires individuals who subscribe to that system to display a form of such devotion toward it and its practices. Throughout her work, Pumla Gqola uses the phrase ‘cult of femininity,’ yet does not explicitly define it. Using parts of the aforementioned definition of cult and the social construct of femininity, …

UCT – Gender, Sexuality, And Politics: Defining Clitoridectomy

As a young, gay Black man from the United States’ ‘Deep South,’ I find writing about a woman’s genitalia both a tricky and an extremely sensitive task. It is not often that a fine young gentleman like myself would even think about a woman’s clitoris; however, the topic at hand is not only extremely interesting one, but also one that …

#TBT – CROOKEDencounTers for the Maroon Tiger

During my senior year at Morehouse College, I was able to contribute to my school’s multimedia group, The Maroon Tiger, by creating and writing for CROOKEDencounTers, an editorial based column that covered various topics and was designed to help provide my peers and youth advice through the use of my own experiences and encounters. See below to explore my crooked past!

REBEL: From CrookedT to Jonathan Thibeaux

Some days, I feel like the world’s most confident person. With that confidence, it is sometimes difficult for me to admit my mistakes or to show my insecurities; yet, in peeling away the scabs of hurt and doubt, I discovered a core that is rich and ready to be awakened. For so long, observing the power and accomplishments of those …