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“The Midas Touch” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman              We were standing six feet apart from each other. Because of the coronavirus, it was the ritual.   We’ve been dealing with this virus for the last seven months, and social distancing has become a part of life.      So, here we stand. We’d just […]

HARTSEL CLIFTON SHIRLEY

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“A Devastating Truth”  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley            History’s gatekeepers often write it, omitting crucial characters and events.   While they shine a more positive light on the misinformation, this does history an egregious disservice.        The history of AIDS–particularly in the United States–is no different.  A case in point […]

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“The Right to Be”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                Indeed, it is exciting to have a new book launched. In writing Never Give Up: A Christopher Family Novel, I wondered in the beginning if I could write a whodunit, given that I love to watch movies and shows like Midsomer Murders, Forensic Files, […]

It’s Time to “Never Give Up!”

EXCLUSIVE!  Wyattevans.com is proud to present the first in-depth interview with author and columnist Mr. W.D. Foster-Graham!  Recognized by the International Society of Poets as one of its “Best Poets of 2003,” W.D. also is an original member of the multi-Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness.  Just last week, W.D. released his highly-anticipated new novel, Never […]

The Poz-itive Brain

     Even when antiretroviral therapy is effective, individuals with HIV still sustain damage to the central nervous system—which includes the brain.  And unfortunately, detecting these changes early and reliably is far from an easy feat.      There’s good news, however.  Recently, a test was conducted that examines brain waves to evaluate just how well that […]

HARTSEL CLIFTON SHIRLEY

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“Return of the Arc“  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley          The much-anticipated return of Noah’s Arc came and tantalized us just as the series did for two seasons on Logotv.  This time with much more freedom and creative control, Patrik-Ian Polk–the groundbreaking program’s creator, writer, producer, and director–returned to whet our appetites […]

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Ready or Not…”Hear” I Come!

     Breaking News:  the relaunch of my radio show hits the airwaves this OCTOBER!       Like WYATT’S MAN CAVE (WMC), the previous incarnation, the new program explores and dissects controversial issues—including relationship and wellness—that impact the LGBTQ Community and its allies.  As well, diverse, distinguished, and compelling guests weigh in.          In the meantime, let’s do a rewind of the debut […]

Chris Dickerson: Profile in (Fierce) Courage, Part Two

     “What a man, what a man, what a man…What a mighty good man…”—“Whatta Man,” by Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue.          A while back, I penned an article about one of my early idols, Chris Dickerson, a Mr.Olympia.  Becoming the first African-American, oldest, and openly-gay/SGL (same-gender-loving) Mr. Olympia, Chris truly was a trailblazer.       […]

HARTSEL CLIFTON SHIRLEY

HartStrings – Before The Rainbow

“Before The Rainbow”  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley                 Drag queens, female impersonators, transgenders.  We’re very familiar with the terms, even if we don’t personally know someone who is.      Throughout American history, these individuals have been taboo, underappreciated–and rejected. In Black America, these persons were “worse than freaks, were […]

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Want Your “HartStrings” Tugged?

     In that case, have no fear!  WYATTEVANS.COM is on the case.      Please welcome Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley to the WYATTEVANS.COM Fam of Writers!  As the popular news, features, and entertainment website’s newest Guest Columnist, Bishop Shirley will delight in tugging your heartstrings by providing insight, analysis…and emotion.       Currently residing in Atlanta, Mr. […]

Doin’ It On the Regular

     If you’re HIV-poz, what’s essential to achieving viral suppression?      The answer:  adherence to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy.  This faithfulness and fidelity about taking your HIV meds on the regular put you on the righteous road toward becoming undetectable.  And that, my friends, is the ultimate destination—to NOT transmit the virus to your sexual partners. […]

Old School New Kid 13 – MARK MY WORDS, YOU NEVER KNOW, NEVER GIVE UP

“MARK MY WORDS, YOU NEVER KNOW, NEVER GIVE UP”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                     Besides the COVID-19 pandemic (which, paradoxically, has given our planet a chance to breathe), there is another pandemic that is front and center at this time, though it has been around far longer: systemic racism. Indeed, George Floyd’s […]

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“Second Home”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                 Indeed, COVID-19 has brought about drastic changes in our lives. My state has a shelter-in-place order at this time, and all that goes with it. People overall have been good about compliance here; I must admit it’s weird driving on freeways with hardly any traffic, but […]

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“Jump!” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman             I was frozen with shock. I couldn’t move. My mind was racing with so many thoughts.      “I can’t believe he did that. I can’t believe we did that. Right here in the alley between two buildings. Anyone could have walked upon us.”     […]

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“Never Give Up!”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham            Summer will be here before I know it, and with it the release of Never Give Up: A Christopher Family Novel. True, it is a historical fiction/whodunit, as I have mentioned in my previous columns. However, the story does have elements of romance, which include […]

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

The IPV/A Chronicles, Part Eight: IN CLOSE QUARTERS

I have made it my ongoing–and fervent–mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community. This is Part Eight of an ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.       COVID-19. […]

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“Blue Lights in the Basement”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham            For those of us brothas of a certain age, “Blue Lights in the Basement” was the title of an album by Roberta Flack. When I think of that phrase, I think of a place and mood that took place despite the challenges. Hence, […]

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“Man In The Mirror” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman               I’m so jazzed and proud that author, performer, and podcast host Mr.  R. L. Norman has returned to WYATTEVANS.COM!  So Y’all, get ready for more of R. L.’s topical, scintillating and thought-provoking prose!   And his new novel, “Honey, I Can’t Stand the Rain: The Story of Survival,” drops in April.       Ready?  Aight…let’s do it to it!     […]

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“A Writer’s Work Is Never Done”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham         One thing this Old School New Kid has learned is that my writing is ever-evolving. Honing one’s craft and writing style is an ongoing process, especially when writing is one’s passion. I remember my days as a child when my stories were largely […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black Gay History IS American History.

     It’s an indisputable and immutable fact:  Black Gay History IS American History.       February is designated as Black History Month.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”        Black History Month reminds us all that each […]

Perseverance, Thy Name is R. L. Norman

     “You have to believe in yourself in order to succeed.  If you don’t, no one else will.”       Sounds simple, eh?        Then, why is it that too many of us find it so difficult to do?      That’s the mantra of Mr. R. L. Norman, arguably the quintessential Renaissance man.  Mr. Norman is an African American entrepreneur, […]

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“Never Give Up” Preview  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    A Wyattevans.com exclusive! A tantalizing excerpt from “Never Give Up,” the much anticipated and soon-to-be released tome by Mr. W. D. Foster-Graham!  Through the lens of Judge Berry’s wife, Juanita Langston Berry, here is a preview of one of the pivotal events of my upcoming novel, “Never […]

Fulfilling Your Wishes

Wanna start off your New Year just right? Well, you can with “Wishes Fulfilled,” the popular book and seminar by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Sadly in 2015, this acclaimed motivational speaker and international best-selling author passed away. The salient message of “Wishes Fulfilled” is: a change in feeling (and thinking) is a change in (your) destiny. […]

The Holiday Blues

Wipe Those Holiday Blues Away!

     Ohhhhhh, “geezalou!”   It’s THAT time of the year.       Again!  And (seemingly) too soon.      It’s the Holidays, and you’re workin’ overtime to be…well you know…festive.       But oh, how you’re dreading it!          Why might you be in a major funk?       Maybe you’re feeling that you can’t be your “authentic self” around family–  still closeted, […]

The IPV/A Chronicles, Part Seven: Me & IPV

I‘ve made it my ongoing–and fervent–mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community.  This is Part Seven of an ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.        As you’re aware, October is Domestic Violence Awareness […]

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“Authenticity—To Thine Own Self Be True”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham      “To thine own self be true.” I’m sure that somewhere, at some time, brothas have heard or read that phrase. As an Old School New Kid, it has deep meaning when dealing with not only coming out, but being out as an LGBT man […]

The IPV/A Chronicles, Part Six: October is DVAM!

 I’ve made it my ongoing–and fervent–mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community.  This is Part Six of the ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.        It’s purple month!          Now, you […]

October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month

     It’s official!  It’s purple month.          Now, you may ask: “’ Purple month’?  What the heck are ya talkin’ about?”        Well, let me to explain.  You see, we wear purple—actually, a purple ribbon—as a symbol used to honor victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence/abuse, which is generally referred to as Intimate Partner Violence […]

BREAKING NEWS

Domestic Violence & Military Sexual Trauma Seminar for Male Veterans

Domestic Violence & Military Sexual Trauma Seminar for Male Veterans We are Listening! We Care! We Are Here to Help! Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6 pm to 8 pm DAV Omaha Beach Chapter #7 8205 Laurel Bowie Road, Bowie, MD 20715 Keynote Speaker: Wyatt O’Brian Evans, SME, B.A. Jour., B.A. PolSci Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse (IPV/A) […]

BREAKING NEWS

The Renaissance Man

     Renaissance Man!  That’s what  Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), one of the most influential national LGBTQ media outlets, has just bestowed upon me.  And I like it!      Read PGN’s portrait on your’s truly at http://www.epgn.com/arts-and-culture/portraits/15009-wyatt-o-brien-evans-man-of-many-trades-and-accomplishments

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

The IPV/A Chronicles, Part Five: Just Throw Away the Key

I have made it my ongoing–and fervent–mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community. This is Part Five of an ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.      This […]

A Subversive Take On PRIDE? 

     Mr. Aundaray Guess, an African-American columnist for Poz.com, has given his thought-provoking—and perhaps subversive—take on PRIDE.      Mr. Guess presents what seems to be rather compelling reasons he has chosen NOT to celebrate the June festivities.       See what you think.  Visit  https://www.poz.com/blog/5-reasons-celebrate-pride#lid=d5ab18bd98.f61896809a

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Workin’ Dat Mic!

     Special Announcement, Y’all!       This fall, I’m reinventing and relaunching my radio show!  Entitled Raw N Real with Wyatt O’Brian Evans, it’s gonna be a truly fab-u-lous listening experience–ab-so-lute-ly off da chain and hook, with divine Fi-Yah and desire!  You’ll hear from titillating, tantalizing and provocative guests from all walks of life.      In other words, it’s gonna […]

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“You Never Know”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham “YOU NEVER KNOW” “You never know what hand in life you’ll be dealt.” That is a motto of the Edwards family, in the next book of my series, ‘You Never Know: A Christopher Family Novel’. Yes, there were Black folks who came from old money—we simply didn’t hear […]

JOSE ESPARZA

Soul Voyages

“Our weakest moments in life often come when faced with adversity. The ability to cope with difficult situations can define who we are and how we go forward in life’s journey.”      Jose Esparza, an emerging author full of promise, exemplifies—no actually, embodies—these instructive and inspiring words. And this heartfelt and captivating scribe has […]

The IPV/A Chronicles, Part Four: Down the Barrel of a Gun

I have made it my ongoing–and fervent–mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community.  This is Part Four of an ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.      Welcome back.  This installment of The IPV/A […]

Tancredo Wedding

A WYATTEVANS.COM Exclusive: Tancredo & Jeff: “Love & Happiness!”

News flash, Y’all! Tancredo Buff—the perennially popular and sizzling adult entertainer (CALIENTE!!!)–and his partner Jeff, the payroll coordinator/accountant for a large and renowned art gallery in Buffalo, New York, recently tied the knot in an intimate ceremony!   The couple graciously consented to give the exclusive interview to WYATTEVANS.COM! So Y’all: let’s “git tha 411!” […]

THE “FRENZY!” IS UPON YOU.

     I wanna thank Mr. W.D. Foster-Graham, author extraordinaire, for giving a rousing three thumbs up to my latest novel, “NOTHING CAN TEAR US APART—FRENZY!”   For his review, visit:  https://wfostergrahamauthor.com/blog/        Mr. Foster-Graham is an original member of the Grammy-Award winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness.  And, W.D. also has been recognized by the International Society of Poets as one […]

In Celebration of Black History Month

     Essex Hemphill—the openly gay, African-American poet and author—truly was a force of nature.  Groundbreaking, Mr. Hemphill blazed the way for talents including James Earl Hardy, E. Lynn Harris…and myself.       So, in celebration of Black History Month, I pay homage to this gifted artist—who certainly was before his time.       And left us way too soon.         Despite […]

Latoya Hankins

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“Lessons in Love and Loss”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins            Greetings, veteran Hot Tea and Ice Sippers–and those new to the blend of wisdom I offer!  It has been more than a minute since my words graced this space. A lot has happened to me: some good, some bad, and some I haven’t quite figured out—and […]

Old School New Kid

“I’m an ‘Old School New Kid’–and I Own It.”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham      Yes, that’s what my teenage Millennial son would call me in this age of social media, iPhones and Internet branding.  How did I, that 21-year-old version of myself, survive without the bells and whistles of 21st century technology?  But hey, […]

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Ringin’ In the New Year With “MOE!”

  Love can be so, so…well, over-rated. As you know, I write a continuing series entitled, “Interview with an Escort.” The series is a raw and revealing portrait of “Jase,” an exclusive and highly in-demand NYC gay/SGL “Man of the Evening,” whom I first interviewed in March 2015. Why have I decided to build a […]