Rarest Gems

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month. Over in the Literary Underworld, this Literary Underlord provides a list of exceptional Black & LGBTQ media — not necessarily the titles you’ve already heard of.


You think you know but you have no idea. Most of you believe you’re familiar with the fable, The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. What if I told you that the Big Bad Wolf, or Bad Wolf rather, was in fact the hero? What if Bad Wolf’s only crime was defending his terrain … More Stonewalled

And I Quote

“The path of the One is made by many.” —The Oracle, The Matrix films Be it a social media post, an academic essay, a news article, or a novella, many of my readers know that I am very prone to include profound quotes in my work. A number of those quotes have guided me and … More And I Quote

We Hold These Truths of the Black Experience To Be Self Evident

The month of February may have ended but the celebration of #BlackExcellence continues 24/7, 365. Making my return to Yopp and speaking with the cadence and conviction of Black Bolt, I discuss 8 truths of the Black Experience that are often neglected or purposely misrepresented: The driving force behind antiblackness and systemic white supremacy is … More We Hold These Truths of the Black Experience To Be Self Evident

But I Paid Him A Compliment

The late Toni Morrison eloquently stated, “I’m always annoyed about why Black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else’s contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we’re demons.” Ms. Morrison was an example of how a phenomenal Black woman can recalibrate your entire reality with a few sage words. My … More But I Paid Him A Compliment

Black Lives Matter Vigil

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a local #BlackLivesMatter vigil for Rekia Boyd and all of the other sisters we have loss to systemic racism and police violence. The turnout was actually pretty decent all things considered. We participated in a libation ceremony and I had the opportunity to share some thoughts as well. I spoke … More Black Lives Matter Vigil