Dinner with the homie
Back in it 🙏🏾
Here is part of my speech on ‘The Queer Future’ from the Queer & Now forum at the Delacorte in Central Park with @publictheaterny. Such a magical night. Link to the full speech in my bio.
Happy Juneteenth, Ya’ll! #neverforget @surly_shirts
#flashbackfriday to playing ‘Sylvester’ in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
And sometimes Donny Hathaway takes over your Saturday morning
Ain’t no sense in being woke, if you not watching. The sad part is, I know these white police folks could care less about who killed this woman. And I think the black folks care even less than them. If this black life don’t matter, tell me which ones do? A BULLET is a bullet is a bullet, BLACK is black is black and LIFE is life is life. Stay sleep if you want to. We’re killing each other, every second. Rest Easy, #MuhlaysiaBooker
MELENATED CARPET. #metgala
Thanks to @im.angelabassett for coming out last night! There’s a reference to her in the show and the audience went crazy the second I said her name. Royalty.
That moment when Angela Davis calls your play ‘awesome and necessary’ 😱😩❤️
SOO incredibly grateful!!! This story means so much to me, and I’m so grateful that I have some amazing storytellers to tell it with me. In my bio, there’s a special link with a promo code embedded with $30 seats, just click on the performance times in black. You can also use the code BOARD20 for $20 tix for select performances. Hope to see you on the flight! #aintnomo @publictheaterny
Day 28 - My Big Mom, Octavia Beal Keller was born in Mississippi in 1910 - she was a maid, a teacher and a nurse - she retired when from nursing when she was 80 years old. While she was a maid working for a wealthy white woman in a beautiful home, and she hated having to have her family live in the shack they were in. As the days passed by, she began to draw a floorboard replica of her bosses house on napkin. Soon she saved up enough money to buy some wood and have her brother build a house that she felt her family deserved, and then some. And that’s the house our family still calls home today. I still miss her to this day, and will always be her “Buddy”. Our elders truly are our black history and they challenge us to be it too. Thanks for being with me on the journey this month.
Day 27 - Some of South Carolina’s historic sites have recently discovered the fingerprints of slaves left by accident in bricks. South Carolina State Parks officials revealed the little-known detail found at Rose Hill Plantation in a recent Facebook post. “During the early 1800s, bricks were handmade, often by enslaved people,” says the state’s post. “Occasionally, their fingerprints were imprinted in the clay as they pulled it from the mold. When I saw this image, I almost wept. Cant help but think about our ancestors who spent blood, sweat and tears built the house that we live in today as a people.
Day 26 - These pieces were called coon songs, and they were the most popular form of American music from the 1880’s - the early 1920’s. These song, which usually depicted black Americans as violent savages were performed in concert halls, Broadway and even the White House. This style of performance was so popular that even black performers were forced to conform them, just to be recognized as artists. @hollywood_ric
Day 25 - Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. was the first African-American astronaut. He made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his life in service to this nation and the space program on December 8, 1967.
Day 24 - History is being made at the Oscars today. Peter Ramsey is the first black director to be nominated for an animated film - “Spider-Man : Into The Spider-verse”. ALSO, Black Panther is the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture.
Day 23 - Jackie Shane passed away yesterday at the age of 78 - she was a 1960's R&B singer who identified as Transgender. The Grammy nominated singer was known for her Top 10 hit "Any Other Way". Rest easy 🙏🏾🥀
Day 22 - Rare image, from funeral of the great Harriet Tubman, who died of pneumonia on March 10, 1913. Before her death she told friends and family surrounding her death bed “I go to prepare a place for you”. Tubman was buried with military honors in the Auburn’s Fort Hill Cemetery. Facebook: Askia Muhammad
Day 21 - Happy Birthday to the high priestess, Nina Simone!
Day 20 - the son of a slave, George Edwin Taylor was the first black person to run for president in 1904 as a candidate for the National Negro Liberty Party. Most states left him off of the ballot due to his color.
Day 19 - On April 12th 1888, 26 years after slavery was abolished in Washington D.C., the first recorded arrests in the United States for female impersonation took place at the home of William Dorsey Swann, a black man. Less than a mile from the White House, Swann and twelve other black men were arrested and “charged with being suspicious characters”, after police raided a secret drag ball he was hosting. The following day the headline in the Evening Star read “Colored Men in Female Attire.” Swann and his friends worked as laborers for wealthy white families or for the federal government. Their names were published in the local papers the next day for all the city to read. Three white guests faced no charges but were summoned as “witnesses.” Those “witnesses” were identified in The Evening Star as “young men of respectable parentage” These black men were not only among the nation’s first drag queens, but they were also, leading activists in what would eventually become the gay and transgender liberation movements ahead of the Stonewall riots, more than 80 years later. Artwork: “Toto Getting Ready”, 2018 @devanshimoyama #blackhistorymonth
Day 18 - Happy Birthday to Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize (first black female recipient)- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, exquisite language and richly detailed African-American characters who are central to their narratives. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Beloved, Jazz, Love and A Mercy. Morrison has earned a plethora of book-world accolades and honorary degrees, also receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 #blackhistorymonth
One of my favorite vocalists, thank you for sharing your magic with us. Rest easy ❤️
Still a gem 💎
Thank you for the work. Rest well.
God is so great! 🤦🏾♂️😱
Ain’t no way we’ll ever forget you.
SO SO grateful and excited to be writing for this upcoming season of STAR on Fox!!
And we out ✌🏾