BLACK HISTORY MONTH – AN OVERVIEW OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black History Month is a month set aside to learn, honor, andcelebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. Since itsinception, Black History Month has always been celebrated in February. Find outhow Black History Month originated, why February was chosen, and what theannual theme for Black History Month is for this year. Origins…

BOTTOM FEEDERS (THE MORAL OF THE STORY)

Once upon a time there was a sea turtle and a wolf who becamefriends. Now you might think that these are two animals who wouldn’t have muchto do with each other. And you’d be right. One was a plodding, oddly-shapedocean dweller, while the other was a sleek predator who prowled the forests forunwary deer. Their…

DARKNESS N’ TRAGEDY

There’s a part of me that yearns toexplore the darkness and tragedy of our lives without resorting to jokes thatlighten or distract from the fundamental horror of the human condition. Fear, Brutality,  Greed, Rage, Stupidity, Lust, Pride, Grief, Insanity, Betrayal. These are but a few of the words weuse to describe the ugliness that hides…

LIFE: ¿WHO IS WITH ME?

As best as I can tell, life isintolerable. Oh, not always of course. A case can be made for all the bigwonders and little blessings and blah, blah, blah. But when you really boil itdown, our entire existence rests on a few really ugly premises. First, life, and by that I mean thebig life, life…

WATCH: ‘I WILL MARRY YOU,’ A SUMPTUOUS MARRIAGE EQUALITY AD FROM ITALY

This is refreshing: In a PSA entitled“I Will Marry You,” the Italian LGBT advocacy group Arcigay has no doubt unleashed a finely tuned, almostpoetic video that looks at ordinary life and same-sex relationshipsvery much like Australia’s “It’s Time,” which The Advocate called“possibly the most beautiful ad for marriage equalitywe’ve seen.” Below, sprinkled withmusic by Lorenzo ‘Jovanotti’ Cherubini, yellow sunlight and the…

THEGA(Y)TE-KEEPER PRESENTS: DEREK LASSITER – VOCALIST/COMPOSER

As a vocalist/musician Derek Lassiter’s power is in hisability to render the subject he’s writing about as cleanly as possible. Forhim, God isn’t in the details but in simplicity. Lassiter bravely steps frombehind the false front and in doing so reveals the sobering truth about his life. In this sense he is a poet’s musician….