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Rev. Irene Monroe

Another black Harvard man arrested

On Friday evening, April 13, Selorm Ohene, 21, was charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel.

This recent arrest of an unarmed black Harvard man may go viral internationally, too, because the student is from Ghana and the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) prides itself in 2018 since the Gates arrest of being woke. 

A black girl's take on 'A Wrinkle in Time'

What is unjustified are the racist critiques about using a young black female actress to depict a universal theme about the messy complications, frustrations, and uncertainty about girlhood. 

"A Wrinkle in Time" was a must-see film for me. And, a must- see flick worldly different from dashing out to see “Black Panther.”  It doesn’t mean, however, Ava Duvernay’s $100 million dollar film with a multicultural cast isn’t without problems. It is which is one of the reasons the film has received mixed reviews unlike “Black Panther’s” ongoing and wildly enthusiastic critical appraise.

Honoring Mildred Loving this Valentine’s Day

She was in both interracial and same-sex marriages in this country.

For Black History Month on Valentine’s Day 2018, I’m showing my love for Mildred Loving (1942-2008).

She’s often overlooked in the pantheon of African American trailblazers celebrated in February.

Pimping King at the Super Bowl

Super Bowl ad preyed on racial and ethnic stereotypes in its attempt to expand the brand to a multicultural consumer base.

With 2018 being the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, commemorations honoring the man will be taking place across the country.

Trump’s comment about “shi**ole countries” gravely impacts its LGBTQ asylum seekers

Trump’s administration may very well make it difficult for Africans and Haitians to come to the U.S. But, he cannot stop asylum seekers. 

President Trump’s proclivity for racist remarks comes as no surprise to me. His now- infamous comment stating a preference for immigrants coming from a Scandinavian country like Norway than from Africa and Haiti which he depicts as “shithole” countries with nothing to offer the U.S is based solely on his ignorance (Also, Mr. President, Africa is a continent.).

The new Jim Crow targets LGBTQ Americans, too

Since Trump has taken office there has been an erosion of LGBTQ civil rights under the guise of religious liberty. 

Last week the U. S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.”  

My black lesbian body is a target for police brutality

Every day when my spouse and I leave home I pray we return to each other.

The reality of unarmed African American women- LBTQ, gender nonconforming and straight-  being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored – especially with the focus of police brutality on our males.

John Kelly needs a queer history lesson on the Civil War

 White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Boston-born White House chief of staff John Kelly’s recent remark on Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show reopened a divide so deep in this country about slavery that I am reminded of American novelist William Faulkner’s quote “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

New book about Matthew Shepard has a controversial view.

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events.  And Matthew Shepard’s murder is one of them. 

This October marks nineteen years since the death of Matthew Shepard. In October 1998, Shepard, then 21, was a first-year college student at University of Wyoming.