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Late Post: Dating Outside of Your Race as a Form of Escapism

JTEscapism

If given the opportunity to date outside of your race, would you? Just for a moment, escaping your everyday woes in order to “try on” the reality of someone else’s. While the context of this article revolves around concepts of race, simply dating someone different from you can be seen as a form of escapism. Escapism being a temporary removal …

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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 …

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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 …

The Dream of Shahrazad

Essay submission for my Film in South Africa course at the University of Cape Town located in South Africa. 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 …

Sara Bartman and the 19th Century Colonial Perspective on Black Female Identity

Essay submission for my Gender, Sexauality, and Politics course at the University of Cape Town located in South Africa. 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 …

The Same-Sex Myth in Africa

Essay submission for my Gender, Sexauality, and Politics course at the University of Cape Town located in South 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 …

Seeking Gender Equality

Essay submission for my Gender, Sexauality, and Politics course at the University of Cape Town located in South Africa. 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 …

Defining Clitoridectomy

Essay submission for my Gender, Sexuality, and Politics course at the University of Cape Town located in South Africa. 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 …

#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!

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 …