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Reverend Irene Monroe

What 'Men on Boats' tell us about American history

When “Men on Boats” concludes, you feel a shared rollicking experience of adventure -going through the rapids and over waterfalls and narrowly escaping them alive- with the cast members.

Jaclyn Backhaus’ “Men on Boats” has come to the Speakeasy Stage Company in Boston. And, for 100 minutes the audience experiences a hilariously thrilling adventure with imaginative staging and over-the-top theatrics of the retelling of Major John Wesley Powell’s 1869 daring exploratory trip down the Colorado River through present-day Grand Canyon.

Caitlyn Jenner’s growing pains

This past February Jenner spoke out against Trump's trans bathroom bill that prohibits trans students from using public school restrooms that coincides with their gender identity.  

When June approaches, I always like to reflect on the pantheon in our LGBTQ community.

However, when it comes to Caitlyn Jenner it is difficult to fathom how she went from icon to outcast.

Is it transphobia?

Is it because she was once part of the over exposed Kardashian clan on their forever running TV reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Aaron Hernandez’s Hail Mary pass with John 3:16

However, the big question mark Hernandez leaves many of us scratching our heads is the popular Christian Bible verse “John 3:16” scrawled in red ink on his forehand.  

Former Patriot tight-end Aaron Hernandez’s suicide leaves us with more questions than answers.

Many wonder what were Hernandez’s last dying words expressed in the three handwritten notes to loved ones left next to a Bible in his cell.

CBS Boston reports he conveyed “I love you and please don’t cry.”

That message anyone can wrapped their mind around.

Pepsi ad failed its multicultural audience

Kendall Jenner's generation protests injustice by drinking soda, according to Pepsi ad.

Pepsi ads aim to emphasize its youthful brand by championing it as “the choice of a new generation.” Not a bad marketing tool to turn its second-class status to Coca-Cola, its archrival, into an advantage.

However, Pepsi’s recent commercial starring Kendall Jenner (of the Kardashian clan) was a fiasco.

Boston’s racist past haunts its present

Boston is known for achieving many firsts.

Boston is a “city of champions.” That appellation is not only about its dominance in sports. It’s about Boston being one of the country’s leading medical and academic hubs, too.

Boston is known for achieving many firsts.

Boston Latin, established in 1635, was the first public school.

Bishop Eddie Long’s cautionary tale about homophobia

Bishop Eddie Long was rumored to be gay and enjoy sex with young men.

When news hit the airwaves that Bishop Eddie Long died from an unnamed aggressive cancer resulting in dramatic weight lost, many now throughout the Black Church community wonder if his death was due to HIVAIDS, and he was too embarrassed to admit it or seek medical care until it was too late.

Laughing to keep from crying in 'The Scottsboro Boys'

The Scottsboro boys lived during the time of the minstrel shows popularity performed by both black and white actors.

Broadway legends John Kander and  Fred Ebb’s  production of “The Scottsboro Boys” is here now in Beantown. 

When I was told that the framing devise of Boston’s SpeakEasy’s current production of “The Scottsboro Boys” is a minstrel show I was aghast.