‘I’m Okay’: the story of a Black, trans and HIV-positive woman

The following post was written by Octavia Y. Lewis. It originally appeared on The Root under the title, “I’m Black, I’m Trans, I’m HIV-Positive, and I’m OK.”

By: Octavia Y. Lewis

My Thing Is: The black community is often accused of being closed-minded, but my experience has been the opposite. Thanks to the overwhelming support of friends, family, and mentors I’m happily working on being the best me I can be. 

Privilege At Play in the Oval Office

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Obama has advocated more for the LGBTQ community than the black community. Why? Privilege….

When asked about targeted policy for the black community, Obama conveniently responded with “I am not the president of black America. I’m the president of America.” He added, “I want all Americans to have opportunity.” Though these statements were in response to a question specifically about minority-owned businesses, they demonstrate a larger implication in his approach to policy.

Pastor commits suicide in front of pleading son one year after wife’s death

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A suburban Illinois pastor has shot and killed himself inside of his Matteson home. Pastor Ed Montgomery’s pleading son and mother begged him not to take his life on Saturday, but the grief due to the loss of his wife overcame him.

Montgomery and his wife Prophetess Jackie Montgomery had both served at the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Church in Hazel Crest, Ill. Jackie Montgomery passed away last December after suffering from a brain aneurysm.

Harlem pastors aims to “dethrone” Al Sharpton

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A group of pastors in Harlem have made it their mission to put a stop to Rev. Al Sharpton’s growing political power.

Critics argue that Sharpton has used his power for personal gain, fame and fortune, leaving behind the interests of the black community.

From The New York Daily News:

Four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to knock Rev. Al Sharpton off his Harlem political throne. Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout.

Lee Daniels Offends w/ ‘Welfare Clinic’ Comments; Issues Non-Apology

Black folks, especially black women, may be flocking to theaters to see The Butler, but the movie’s director, Lee Daniels has yet to respond to some unflattering and rather stereotypical remarks about them.

 

In an interview with Larry King, Daniels, who is gay, was discussing homophobia and sexually transmitted infections in the black community.

 

He relayed a story in which he walked into a gay men’s health clinic in New York, and thought he’d entered a “welfare clinic.”

GOP Lawmaker Links Poverty w/ Too Much Fried Chicken and BBQ

Colorado state senator Vicki Marble shocked those in attendance at a meeting of the legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force when she suggested that people of color are poor in part because they eat too much fried chicken and BBQ.

No, really.

From FOX31 Denver:

“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race,” Marble said during a meeting of the legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. “Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can’t help it. Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

J. Cole on Colorism: “I might not be as successful as I am now if I was dark skin”

In a recent interview with BET, rapper J. Cole sounded off on a variety of heavy issues, including racial profiling and homophobia in Hip Hop.

One topic of conversation that is seldom discussed in Hip Hop is the issue of colorism.

Cole says his privilege as a lighter-skinned person has probably helped him to get where he is today.