No matter the medium, the artists' job is to speak, challenge and disrupt. Here's to those who get forgotten or overlooked because the world isnít ready or is too afraid to hear and see their vision.
"In the Kiss Me/Kill Me way black male bodies are seen, it is important to remember that so much of the way black (male) culture is constructed and then consumed is based on the understanding (commonly held beliefs) that we are physically out of control and that our bodies are not our own."
In 2010, I entered the world of blogging. What began as an opportunity to share my thoughts on our fascinating and disturbing world quickly became an obsession and full time gig. This collection represents essays that resonated with more than 10,000 people. Hopefully, you find as much joy and challenge in reading them as I did in creating, editing and sharing them.
What a story you wrote. Itís good that it ended this way. It sounds like you had to make that journey then help your father make it, but in the end he did. Some parents never make that transition and others have no problem. I hope your marriage goes well and you have many years of love together.
My Straight Dad is Coming to My Gay Wedding
Fascinating and so damned impressive, Anthony. Man,do I admire you. This reveals such strength of character. Thanks much for being out and open about your experience and your deepest thoughts and feelings. Your willingness to be so forthcoming is an inspiration. We are each of us better for having read this piece, Anthony.
What One Year of Celibacy Taught Me
Hell yeah bro! I hit the big 50 this yearÖ Itís a strange feeling when guys 24, 25, 26 start coming on to me..I go out, we have a fairly good time, but Lord I donít know what they see in someone twice their age, and I just canít relate in most cases to someone half my age ó who wasnít around, nor can remember Jimmy Carter, or Richard Nixon, or hell Lyndon Johnson! Iíve not given up on Love, it takes a bit longer at this age to find thoughÖ
My Diabolical Plan to Defeat Ageism in the Gay Community
Black males between the ages of 15-29 make up almost 50% of new HIV infection rates in America.
Joblessness, depression and fear often lead to low self esteem, highly risky sexual behavior and mental health issues. Unfettered Mind explores these social and emotional landmines and offers practical solutions for avoiding them.
In 22 short and constructive articles, the reader is given examples of how to build communities that encourage:
* The creation of loving and honest communication
* Personal relationships based on integrity, self reflection, rational thinking and behavior
* Black males to demand resources that allow for emotional health and well being
"Unfettered Mind came about because of a bell hooks essay that I read fifteen years ago and the realization that there were many young black males suffering and dying and no one seemed to notice," says Long Beach resident Anthony Carter, the writer.
"Having survived what felt like daily assaults on my emotional well being, I realized many young people were making life threatening decisions."
Instead of just complaining that something should be done, Carter set up his own blog and wrote about these subjects. In summer 2011 he was offered a free place at the Netroots Nation political convention.
Now for the first time his thoughts and ideas are gathered together in book form.